Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why

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9/9/19 It has come to my attention that it is indeed Monday and not Tuesday so we’re just so on top of things that we’re a full day early. That’s the story we’re going with!

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo I own this book and I’ve still been putting it off. Largely because I’m scared that it won’t live up to the sheer volume of hype. THE HYPE IS UNREAL. Yalls really like this book. Also, I haven’t read anything else by this author yet and I’m not entirely sure of how this book ties into everything else. I think this is a Grisha book? Maybe? I honestly don’t know.

Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon I own a physical and a digital copy of this book. I’ve started it but I’m in and out of a wrist brace all the time and my weak baby wrists weren’t intoit so I got a digital copy (on sale!) and then I was like I WANT AN AUDIOBOOK. I don’t have audiobook money and neither of my libraries own audio for it so it’ll just have to wait until I have a large amount of time to sink into fully immersing myself in the story.

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan This book was highly anticipated for me. And then it came out and reviews were such a mixed bag. And honestly, I’m usually willing to give books like that a try. However (and please don’t come for me for this) the author’s behavior on social media has left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth and while I’d like to look past that and appreciate the story without the author influencing how I feel (appreciate the art, not the artist), I can’t help but feel that it’s part of what makes me keep pushing this further down my list.

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore I have started this book and really enjoyed what I read, however, with this author I find that I need to set aside time to be in an entirely quiet place and have a fully functioning brain (aka not post-work vegetable brain) to fully appreciate the writing. It’s super gorgeous but it takes focus for me to really get what’s going on. Magical realism with gorgeous prose + ADHD + dyslexia = buckle up, buttercup!

Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman This is another case of it being a polarizing book and me already having too many things on my hands. I’ve read a book by Kaufman before and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s honestly really stuck with me over time and I think about going back and rereading it. I did try reading Illuminae and had to walk away from it (I’m planning to give it another try – please don’t skin me alive). I’m just afraid this isn’t going to be a good fit.

Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan I started this book, loved it, bought a physical copy because I kept running out of time to read the borrowed copy, and then promptly didn’t pick it up again because I’m smart like that. At this point in time, I’m putting off reading it until I know I can get my hands on a copy of the sequel so I can read them back-to-back. Literally cannot wait to read this.

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas I know the bookish community likes to rag on this series. A lot. And you know what? I get it. But I will say that very few things stick with me and make me want to reread them quite like the worm scene in the first book. And that I remain mystified by the Night Court. AND that the beasts and lesser fae in this series were great (to me, at least). However, the third book really didn’t do it for me and the longer I sat after reading it, the less I was into it. And then my pre-order of this book from when I was still madly in love with the series came in the mail AND I NEVER READ IT. I may never read it. The last book BORED me. But like, I bought this book and I’m kinda curious. So like, it’s still on the TBR but we aint thrilled about it.

The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco This is the third and final book in the Bone Witch trilogy and I pre-ordered this sucker and I still haven’t read it. Why? Because I’m not ready for the series to end. I’m not ready for the emotional things that are sure to come in this book. I’m in denial about the end actually being here. This is one of my favorite series and I love Rin. Did I write about this last week? Yes. Have I done anything about it since? I STARTED THE BONE WITCH AGAIN. This is my fourth (?) time reading it. Why am I like this?

Finale by Stephanie Garber This was on my list of series I need to finish from last week as well. But I’m still upset about how the second book went so I’m gonna whine about it again. Again, I’m just really salty. The second book expected you to go against everything you learned in the original book and lacked all the charm that made the first book swoony and made me fall in love with it. It felt so disjointed from the original. I really want to like the final book but it is a true continuation of book 2 and I have low expectations.

Women in Microbiology by Rachel J. Whitaker I think this book is the one that I’m most ashamed to see on this list. This was another pre-order. As the blog theme implies, I am a microbiologist. In fact, I’m very enthusiastic about my love of microbes and it bleeds into a lot of parts of my life (I have a microbe tree for Christmas and I’ve gotten emotional over microbe themed animes). The first chapter is even about Bonnie Bassler, a scientist whose work I’ve been a fan of forever and whose science communication skills are what I can only dream to accomplish. However, I’ve hit a point in life where I feel like a fraud. I’ve been working in the biotech industry for about two years now and while I’ve been desperately trying to get a job in micro, it just hasn’t been happening – for one reason or another. I literally had to turn down the opportunity to apply to the company I’ve been trying to get in since I graduated recently because of health issues. Every time I see this book on my shelf, I feel like a failure and a fraud. Deep down, I know I’m not. But it’s just really disheartening right now.
To make this end on a happier note and to stay on-brand, THIS COVER GIVES ME LIFE. Her hair is amazing and absolutely everything. (For those unable to see it, her hair is just a giant mass of different microbes and I love it!)

What books are you avoiding? Want to change my mind on any of these? Tell me in the comments!

22 thoughts on “Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why”

  1. I mean there are a couple faves on here for me lol I love the Caraval series so much, but I loved Legendary the most – so not sure if Finale will be good to you. I’m sorry to hear about Wicked Saints, that book is def making my top ten this year. I just loved it. I haven’t heard anything about Emily and she has been nothing but sweet to me, so that is too bad 😦

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  2. The mixed reviews are putting me off reading Wicked Saints as well! I was super hyped for it but now I’m not so sure. I want to try it, maybe next month, so I can decide for myself though.

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  3. Great list! I really want to read The Bone Witch and I want to read something by Anna-Marie McLemore this year, too. The Priory of the Orange Tree is one I really want to get to – an f/f standalone epic fantasy sounds like perfection – but it’s SO BIG.

    I didn’t read Six of Crows until last year, but I absolutely fell in love with it. You don’t need yet another person telling you to read it (in fact I find I enjoy hyped books WAY more when I get to them in my own time) but I will say while this book is set in the Grishaverse, you definitely don’t need to read the Grisha trilogy to understand this duology. 🙂 I read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom before I read the Grisha triliogy, and I’m glad I did it that way round because I wasn’t a big fan of Shadow and Bone!

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    1. I cannot recommend The Bone Witch enough. Rin Chupeco pretty much owns my soul at this point in time. I just started The Bone Witch again last week.

      The consensus seems to be to go ahead with Six of Crows so I think I might do it soon. I almost feel like I know more about Kaz than I do about characters from books I’ve actually read just from everyone being in love with him.

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  4. I’m glad I’m not the only one who is hesitated to read Six of Crows. True, the hype is sooo unreal it makes me scared to actually read the book. Like what if I don’t like it… what if it’s not worth the hype?

    Honestly, Legendary is on my TTT because I’m afraid of what would happen. I love Caraval so much and I don’t know. I read the blurb and suddenly I’m afraid if this book disappoints me, but judging from your review…is it worth it?

    My TTT:

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    1. I’m going to go ahead and tell you to go ahead and recommend you give Legendary a go. I have yet to meet a single other person who shares my opinion on it. I think Caraval will just remain my favorite in the series ❤️

      I saw Six of Crows on SO MANY lists for this prompt it was kinda funny. Seems like we’re all in the same boat.


  5. This is such a great list and I totally relate to many of the reasons you’ve listed for all the books! I was thinking about ordering Court of Frost and Starlight but I’m so glad I didn’t because otherwise, this woulda been piled onto my shelf sitting untouched for beyond an age 😅 Finale woulda been on my list as well, if I didn’t have 90% of my shelves to choose from but I’m pretty nervous about reading it! Lol

    My TTT post

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  6. I think it was helpful that I read the Grishaverse trilogy before reading Six of Crows, but it’s not totally necessary. Sometimes they refer to Grishaverse history (which you read about in the original trilogy) and a few of the characters from it show up in Crooked Kingdom, but if you don’t read it, you won’t get lost or anything. I hope you get the chance to read Priory… it did take me a long time to read it.

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  7. I positively adored the entire Caraval trilogy–it is definitely one of my favourite YA trilogies of all time–buuut if you didn’t like Legendary, I feel like you likely won’t like Finale! But, because I’m an optimistic person (that’s not entirely true I don’t think but OH WELL oops!) I hope that if you get to it, you’ll enjoy it. That can be said about the rest of these titles. It’s funny, I’m avoiding Wicked Saints as well. I don’t really pay attention to what authors say online (just because knowing me, it’d frustrate me and turn me off of so many authors work) so I’m not really sure of her Twitter behaviors BUT it makes me kind of glad that I’ve been avoiding the book haha

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  8. I really need to reread Six of Crows but I have a feeling I’ll finally do it and then hate it.

    I’m not going to try and change your mind on any of these but instead say that a ton of people are obsessed with Aurora Rising but I hated it so much and you aren’t missing anything by not reading it.


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