Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish in 2010 and was moved to Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new topic is chosen, this week’s is: On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why.
So… I’ve been actively avoiding reading some of my most anticipated books because I’m so excited for them. Does that make sense? Let me put it to you this way… don’t you wish you could read your favourite books for the first time again? Can you remember what it was like to first experience Harry Potter? The books I’m currently avoiding are from auto-buy authors and are almost guaranteed to win my heart over in a 5-Star swoop… if I actually got around to READING them.
Here they are:
BOUGHT ON RELEASE DAY
If I had to choose two authors in contemporary romance that get me right in the FEELS every single time… it would be these two! As auto-buy authors I know that whatever K.A. Tucker and Mariana Zapata deliver is going to be 5-Stars (or pretty damn close). This isn’t bias… it’s experience. Their writing styles and ability to create slow-burn romances full of strong women, brooding yet vulnerable men and a cast of adorable side characters gets me every time.
ALL OF THE FEELS
If you haven’t figured it out yet that I’m a complete sap (it’s pretty hard to miss) then my reason for avoiding these books should convince you. I’ve read so many good reviews on A Shape of Water and House of Salt and Sorrows yet I’ve avoided them for one reason: apparently they’re quite emotional. As an overly sappy person, if there’s sadness/or overt happiness in a book then I’m a goner. Cue the tears and stock up on the tissues. One day I’ll have the grit to read these books – hopefully!
On the other hand is Thunderhead. The quite confronting (I’m a wimp haha) themes in Scythe took me a while to get over. The thought of reading the next one, while I’m positive it will be amazing, is a little bit daunting. I honestly can’t wait until I get up the nerve though! I’m eager to see where the story leads…
WILL IT MEET EXPECTATIONS ???
Why am I avoiding these books? Easy… I may have a (teensy) habit of setting high expectations for sequels in a series. I’d be very surprised if you weren’t familiar with at least one of these series and can appreciate their quality. When you’ve adored a series only to be met with a terrible sequel (or ending!) you tend to become cautious. It’s not always easy to jump straight in to see if your expectations are met in books you’ve been highly anticipating!
TOO SERIOUS FOR MY MOOD
Re-iteration: I’m a full on sap and heavy emotions can stay with me for a LONG time. While these books have both been highly regarded in the reading community, the prospect of an emotional roller-coaster ride just doesn’t match my mood right now. I’m not much of a mood reader but these books trigger my SAP CENTRE. I know just from reading their premises (and reviews) that they’ll give me all of THE FEELS and INDIGNATION on their behalf.
// are you avoiding any of the books on my list? or any other books for the same reasons? //