Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure If I Want To Read


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week the topic is Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read (books you may have bought but aren’t sure if you are into it anymore, books you wanted to read but heard mixed things about, hyped books you aren’t sure about — basically any book that has you going, “TO READ OR NOT TO READ?”)

I’ve gone for hyped books that I’m yet to read and I’m unsure whether to read…

So here are mine in no particular order!Β (Click on the book cover for the Goodreads page!)

Water For ElephantsSara Gruen


I’ve heard so much about this book that I feel like I’ve overhyped it! I feel like it’s a book that I should like, but I’m not sure I would.

City of BonesCassandra Clare


Oh the struggle I have with this! I know that I should read it because everyone loves it so much, but if I’m honest, I’m not sure it’s my sort of thing and I’m not sure I want to commit to another long series. Hmm. Is it worth it?

ShiverMaggie Stiefvater


Maggie Stiefvater is an author I’ve wanted to check out for ages, but again I’m not sure I want to commit to a series. I have a problem of wanting to see a series through and if I don’t like it then I’ll be annoyed! I don’t know if I’m missing out. Argh, the struggles of a bookworm.

IncarnateJodi Meadows


Are you starting to see a theme here? There are so many series on my radar that I’m far too nervous to start. One, in case it’s rubbish and two, in case I’m so sucked in I have to find time to marathon them!

Anna Dressed In Blood- Kendare Blake


This book sounds a bit spooky, and I’m not the biggest fan of spooky. But is it worth it?

The Girl of Fire and ThornsRae Carson


I am so intrigued by this book, but I’m not the biggest fantasy reader. Does that matter? I don’t know.

Born Wicked- Jessica Spotswood


I’m intrigued. Pure and simple.

The Immortal Rules Julie Kagawa


This is where I admit that I haven’t read any Julie Kagawa before. I’m intrigued by this book but I’m a bit over vampires. I’m wondering whether this book stands out in the genre.

EasyTammara Webber


I’m not a big fan of the New Adult genre, but I hear that this book is very good?

Half-BloodJennifer L.Armentrout


Again, this is a series problem. Is it worth investing in?

As you can tell, most of the books I’ve featured on here are series and I’m unsure whether to invest time in them! What do you think? Are any of your favourites here? What would you recommend? Please let me know and feel free to leave your links to your posts!


93 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure If I Want To Read

  1. Easy is probably one of the better NA books that I’ve read, and I’m really not a fan of the NA category at all.

    I would say that The Immortal Rules is Kagawa’s best book to date. Her Iron Fey books are clearly less well-written since they were written earlier.

  2. I wouldn’t recommend City of Bones, but then again everyone’s different. Series ARE a big commitment. I felt the same way about Shiver – but I did get Sinner for review and I feel bad so I might just have to read the series πŸ™‚ I did quite like Water for Elephants, though.

  3. I love that you too have a problem with committing to series. I often feel pressured (by myself!) to finish a series if I start it but I’m trying to get away from that. Only keep reading if I’m really enjoying it.
    I liked CIty of Bones but it did take me three goes to actually finish it. I kept getting half way and was so bored that I wouldn’t finish it but it got very exciting just after that point. I enjoyed The Immortal Rules but it took me two books to get into it too…
    Easy was great. I didn’t htink I liked NA but then I read Easy and I just adored it. It isn’t just YA with sex or silly vapid characters. It deals with some real issues and has really great characters.
    Half Blood – read the first book. Enjoyed it but be warned that it has a very distinct Vampire Academy vibe and I think that’s why I haven’t continued on with the series.

  4. Shiver is the only book I didn’t like from this list (although I haven’t read them all) but The Mortal Instruments is one of my very favorite series so I highly recommend it lol. πŸ˜› The world building is genious, REALLY recommended. πŸ™‚

  5. Anna Dressed In Blood is definitely worth it and not very scary at all! I too can’t decide whether or not to read Shiver, I love Raven Boys and have actually started Shiver but I just don’t know if I want to finish it! =)

  6. I read Shiver very recently because I wanted to read more of Maggie Stiefvater’s books, and I’d recommend trying it out. I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy it to start with but it was very good. πŸ™‚

  7. I really enjoyed both Shiver and City of Bones, but I haven’t continued either series, so I completely understand how you feel about them in that regard. I also agree with you on Easy. I’m kind of NA-ed out, but I *do* have a copy and I hear so much praise. I’m torn on that one too.

  8. I read water for elephants before I saw the movie, and didn’t anticipating enjoying it- I really, really did. Gruen has lovely writing and despite the subject matter can get a little hard to read at times (TW: animal cruelty), the story is engrossing and I highly recommend it.

    I feel like the one person in the world. however, who does not like cassandra clare’s writing. I …enjoyed mortal instruments 1 I guess (gave it a 3) but…yeah after an insane amount of bad metaphors and analogies, I gave up.

  9. I really loved Maggie Stiefvater’s writing and if you want to get introduced to her works, I suggest you try her The Scorpion Races which is her only standalone book. If you liked it, you might enjoy Shiver series too!

    I loved the first three book of TMI but I understand why it may not be for everyone. And Easy was like released with the first batch of NA titles two years ago. I loved it then but I wasn’t as enamored with it when I tried to reread it a few months ago. Probably because I’ve already read too much NA and alot of the books in the category has pretty much become a copy of each other.

    • Thank you for the recommendation of The Scorpion Races. I think I will try that first and then move onto the Shiver series if I like her writing. I do think the NA books I have read do tend to blend into each other!

  10. Incarnate was on my list, too.
    I highly recommend EVERYTHING by Maggie Stiefvater. I was hesitant to read her books for the longest time and she’s one of my favorite authors now.
    I own the entire Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices and I wish I never would have read most of them. It’s taking up too much valuable book shelf space and was an epic waste of my time. (I LOVED the first three books, so you should just read those and pretend like it ends.)

    • Ahhh. I’m so glad there’s another person championing Maggie Stiefvater. It’s good to know that you enjoy her writing so much. It’s a shame when you regret buying so many of a series! 😦

  11. I totally get the series problem. It’s a lot of commitment and money.
    The Immortal Rules definitely did stand out in the vampire world for me. Very dark and complex and a real badass female.

  12. I really liked Shiver and the other books in the series, so I would give it a try. On the other hand I totally know what you mean about being hesitant to start a series. I put off starting the Game of Thrones books forever because I knew they would take over all my reading … and I was right.

  13. Of the ones here I’ve read, the only one I’d really recommend is Water for Elephants. The book is actually quite good. I’ve read the Shiver trilogy, and thought book #1 was the best of the bunch. It was kind of downhill from there, so I don’t know that I’d recommend spending time on them. Same for City of Bones — I read the first 3, and they were pretty engrossing at the time, but I never felt like reading more than that. I know Anna Dressed in Blood got a lot of hype, but I just didn’t see what all the fuss was about! Great list — I ran out of time and didn’t do one this week!

    • Thanks Lisa! πŸ™‚ I’m certainly intrigued by Water for Elephants, but I’m not sure if it would be too heavy. I will definitely think about giving it a try though as it sounds fascinating!

  14. Please, please, please try Born Wicked. It’s one of my favorite historical fantasies. I also really enjoyed Shiver (though I haven’t read the rest of the series yet)

  15. Water for Elephants almost made my TTT list this week, too. It’s a definite Runner Up.

    I really liked City of Bones. You could, actually, just read the first three books. That is actually a complete series, if that helps the series seem a little less daunting.

    I really liked A Girl of Fire and Thorns, but I definitely struggled with it a bit. If you listen to audiobooks I recommend it that way.

    I HIGHLY recommend Easy. It is really, really good.

  16. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS isn’t bad, but I wouldn’t say it’s spectacular, either (but better than the movie, I’m pretty sure). I really like ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD and the sequel was good, too–though not as good–and I’d recommend it. I love INCARNATE and thought the sequel was a bit of a sophomore slump, and I haven’t read the final book yet, oops! As for SHIVER, read it. There are some slow and not as good parts, but the writing and story are just so good (I was reminded me of this when I reread some parts recently and loved it). Thanks for stopping by!

    Rachel @ Beauty and the Bookshelf

  17. mmmmm I liked Immortal Rules, but it wasn’t spectacular. The cool thing is that the MC is the “monster” instead of the love interest like it is in most books. I’m kind of over vampires/zombies/etc too haha

    Shiver was okay for me, but I love love love Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style. If you haven’t already, I’d suggest reading Raven Boys instead. But if you don’t want to read a series, Scorpio Races is a standalone (not my favorite of hers, but still good).

  18. Ditto Anna Dressed in Blood and Immortal Rules. The latter I even have (I found it for a couple of bucks) and it just hasn’t drawn me to start it. Shiver we discussed over on my post – so yeah, right there with ya. Now. The Cassandra Clare Mortal Instruments series. This could go either way for you. I read the first four books, and while there were elements to the mythology and world building that were really awesome, a lot of the inter-personal stuff was off-putting. The romantic entanglements become more and more of the focus, and keep providing so much drama that they interfere with the rest of the story. I have no problem with romance mixed in with my action/supernatural plots, but this got a bit out of hand and high school-ish for my taste, which is why I haven’t finished the series yet. I plan to, just because I’d like to know what happens, but I’m not super stoked to dive back into this angsty, melodramatic world. So depending on your tolerance for teenage love drama, you may or may not enjoy it!

    • I think I might try Anna Dressed In Blood. I’m very intrigued. I’m not a massive fan of the teenage love drama, so I’m not sure if I’ll invest my time in the Mortal Instruments series. Thank you for such a detailed comment, it really made me think about whether to try it or not! πŸ™‚

  19. Chrissi, if you are going to try a series by Cassandra Clare go with The Infernal Devices instead if you haven’t read it. I like it WAY more than TMI and it is only 3 books long. Also, I LOVE the Shiver series and it is a really quick read. I think you may really like to so I say give it a try! Easy and Incarnate aren’t on my list but I’m feeling much the same as you about them. Thanks for stopping by my post today and I hope you have a fantastic week!

  20. I’ve gotten about halfway through Shiver before I got distracted by other things. I plan to go back to it one day, but I’m in not hurry. I’ve really enjoyed some of Steifvater’s other books.
    Also the Half-Blood series was ok, but I much prefer JLA’s Lux series.

  21. With Cassandra Clare, I steer clear because I know there were accusations of plagiarism about some of her writing, and I seem to remember her not coming off very well as a person in the process, though I could be wrong about that one. Still, I hear the books are entertaining?

    I wonder about Water for Elephants myself, good pick.

    • I didn’t realise that there were accusations of plagiarism against her! Ooh that’s not good. I am so curious about Water for Elephants, but I’m not so sure it’s something that I’d enjoy!

  22. I seriously almost put half these books on my list too. I can’t decide about Easy, Incarnate, Immortal Rules, and Shiver did make my list! The only one I can comment on firsthand is City of Bones. And I say NO. Stay away. The first book is fine, maybe even the next two or three, but then I got so bored of the whole thing. I am reading City of Heavenly Fire right now (because I can’t *not* finish) and I yell at the book every time I pick up all 750 pages of it. Just…skip this one.

    • I really trust your opinion so I think I probably will steer clear, especially with what others are telling me about the series too. We have very similar taste in books! πŸ™‚

  23. City of Bones and the TMI series is something I enjoy! But I’ve only read the first three books, so not sure how the rest of them fare. I know a lot of people are tired of the Shadowhunters. Have you read her Infernal Devices series? If you haven’t, I’d suggest starting with Clockwork Angel. They are so much better! Anna Dressed in Blood was spooky, but I loved it! Great male POV, awesome character relationships, and an intriguing mystery. AND EASY. Oh my gosh, you should read it! I thought it was a very empowering book with a strong female lead. πŸ™‚

  24. I think I am in the minority and didn’t love Easy. I loveeeeeee NA but this wasn’t anything fantastic (in my opinion). I read the first 3 books in the City of Bones/TMI series and they were very “meh”. I did enjoy the prequel series Clockwork Angel and etc but I don’t think it is necessary to read the entire series. You need to read The Girl of Fire and Thorns! One of my all time favorite series. I am currently making my way through Half-Blood series (I can’t remember the series name…) and it is enjoyable. It is very similar to Vampire Academy but also very unique. I am a huge fan of Jennifer L Armentrout’s writing so that helps.

  25. I should’ve put Water for Elephants on mine! Blast! Sometimes, things just slip your mind.

    I didn’t enjoy City of Bones because, as weird as it sounds, I think I thought about it too much. I kept finding too many plot holes and illogical things going on that I just couldn’t enjoy it, plus a lot of the time I found the writing hindered the mood of some of the scenes.

    Girl of Fire and Thorns was brilliant, honestly. I really enjoyed and found Elisa a good hero, plus I liked the way the love triangle was handled in the end. I’ve been meaning to follow through on the rest of the series.

  26. I thought Water for Elephants was pretty good, but then again I read it around 4 years ago. If I read it again today, I’m not sure I would enjoy it as much.

  27. I actually own some of these, I just need to get around to reading them. Others I need to check out on goodreads because they look that good …

  28. I’ve read both Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares, they’re enjoyable novels, more creepy and unsettling than scary. I liked them, lacked a bit in character development in my opinion but had a great ending that made me cry for a whole 10 minutes haha!

  29. If you want a taste of The Mortal Instruments without committing to the huge series, try The Infernal Devices trilogy! It’s set in the same world, it’s only 3 books, and they are better than The Mortal Instruments in my opinion.

  30. Born Wicked is really good! I just finished the series the other day and I absolutely loved it. It can really suck you into its world. The Immortal Rules stood out to me because its world is really interesting. Plus, it was an exciting book. TMI, The Wolves of Mercy Falls, and the Covenant series are all favorites of mine and I loved both Easy and Incarnate. I don’t remember much about Anna Dressed in Blood. . . .

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