Top Ten Books I’m On The Fence About Reading

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list are the books that we’re on the fence about reading. I have a few of these! Ha.

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

The Jewel (The Lone City, #1)

I used to really want to read this book but I’ve heard a few things that have put me off.

Water for Elephants

I have wanted to read this book for a long time! I think I’m nervous I won’t like it.

Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)

I’m not a massive fan of this genre, but I’ve heard good things. I’m torn!

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)

I have yet to read this series. I’m not sure whether it would be for me or not.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)

Pretty sure that this book has made numerous appearance on my blog, but I STILL haven’t made time for it.

Incarnate (Newsoul, #1)

Hm. I used to really be into this sort of read, but I’m not anymore.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

I know this series is massively popular but I’m not sure it’s for me.

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)

I’ve heard very mixed things about this book so I’m really on the fence about reading it.

Into the Dim (Into the Dim, #1)

I was originally really excited about reading this book, but I’m not so sure about it now.

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

I’m not sure I want to continue the Throne Of Glass series. I started this book but felt pretty ‘meh’ about it.

What do you think about my selection? Are there any of your favourites that you want to root for? Let me know!

Ten Series That I’ve Given Up On

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

This week’s list is all about the series that we’ve given up on. It feels quite negative to do a list like this. I always feel sorry for the author’s that have put effort into these stories. However, not every book will work for every reader. I’m happy to show these books in case others are interested in them!

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Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

Oh boy. I feel like my list could offend some people this week. I just didn’t enjoy this book. I found it to be a little too cringe-y for my liking.

Matched (Matched, #1)

I enjoyed the first book but then I began to read more widely and realised it was quite same-y. I tried to start the second book but it didn’t engage me enough and I stopped reading.

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

Again, the first book was alright, I just don’t feel like committing myself to this series.

The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1)

I liked this series despite it being a bit ridiculous. After book 6 though I was done with the series and the character.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

Sorry fans of Cassandra Clare! Her writing just doesn’t work for me.

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

I really wanted to love this book but it just didn’t work for me!

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

Read to Book 3. I have no interest in continuing the series!

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

Here’s another one that I wanted to love. Unfortunately it just wasn’t my sort of thing. I tried the second book, but gave up!

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

I didn’t think that when I started this series that I’d ever put this series on a list like today’s. However, after book 4, I had just lost interest in the series. They got a little too long for my liking and the plot wasn’t what I wanted it to be.

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)

I enjoyed the first book, but then heard really mixed reviews for the next book. It definitely made me lose interest.

So there we have it. Series I don’t intend to finish. Please don’t feel sad if your favourite book is here! I can honestly say I gave them all a go but they didn’t work for me! I’m glad that they did for you!

Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Hyped Books That I’ve Never Read. I hope I don’t offend anyone with my choices!

As ever the book images go to Goodreads!

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo- Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)

I don’t know what it is about this series, it just doesn’t seem to appeal to me at all. I don’t have any desire whatsoever to read it, even though I know it’s supposed to be amazing!

A Game Of Thrones- George R. R Martin

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

I’m just stepping into the world of fantasy and I have to admit, the size of this book and the length of this series puts me off!

Red Rising- Pierce Brown

Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1)

Hmm… I keep seeing this series around and I’m not sure that I want to read it!

The Heir- Kiera Cass

The Heir (The Selection, #4)

I have such trouble with this one. The cover is BEAUTIFUL and I enjoyed the series enough, but I just feel like it’s being dragged out a little? Feel free to convince me otherwise…

City of Bones- Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

My good friend really enjoys Cassandra Clare’s writing. I’m just not sure I want to commit myself to another series…

Lord of The Rings- J.R.R Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)

Lord Of The Rings is another epic read which I don’t think I’ll get around to. I have no interest in it. I’ll go hide now…

Dracula- Bram Stoker

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I know the story, I’m just not compelled to read the story.

It- Stephen King

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My sister picked this one for me. She really doesn’t think I’ll EVER read this book. I think she’s right…

The Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver

The Poisonwood Bible

I’ve heard good things about this book. I may read it in the future, it’s just not one that stands out to me right now.

The Cuckoo’s Calling- Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)

I have had this book for so long waiting to be read, but again… not compelled to read it!

Have I mentioned any of your favourites? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by! 🙂

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

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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! (Click on the book cover for the Goodreads page!)

Water For ElephantsSara Gruen

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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I’m intrigued. Pure and simple.

The Immortal Rules Julie Kagawa

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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

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

Half-BloodJennifer L.Armentrout

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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!

Clockwork Angel

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How did I get it?
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Orphan Tessa Gray, sixteen, crosses the ocean from New York to find her brother Nate in Victorian London, her only possession a clockwork angel necklace from her mother. She is ignorant of her power to transform; the Dark sisters are not. They kidnap her for the Magister, who wants to marry Tessa and claim her power.

Shadowhunters, warriors of angel blood, battle demons and keep the peace in the Downworld of vampires, warlocks and other supernaturals. Orphan teen Shadowhunters Jem, Will, and Jess rescue Tessa and agree to help save Nate. Vengeful vampire Lady Camille Belcourt and her current lover, warlock Magnus Bane provide entrée to the Magister’s secret Pandemonium Club.

Thoughts:

I thought it was about time to start this series. I will say now that I haven’t read anything from Cassandra Clare before, I understand that this series is a prequel to The Mortal Instruments. I haven’t read it.. should I?

I thought Clockwork Angel was a fantastic read. I was easily gripped reading it over 2 days. I think there was enough given in the story to set itself up wonderfully for the next two books.

Cassandra Clare’s writing style is fabulous. She writes Victorian London incredibly well. She really made me picture it and feel like I was a spectator actually in the book as the scenes unfolded. I thought Cassandra has written an incredibly imaginative world. I liked the idea of Nephilim, Shadowhunters that protect humans from mystical creatures. There were demons, warlock, vampires and much more besides. It wasn’t a predictable plot at all.

I thought Tessa was a great female character. I LOVED that she was a book lover. (Naturally!) This quote is fantastic and oh so true:

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”  

Oh how knowledgeable Tessa is about the power of books! I liked that Tessa was such a strong character. She wasn’t feeble and wasn’t overly dependent on the males around her. I loved that she had a sensitive, caring side too. Jem and Will are wonderful male characters. They’re completely different, but both appealing. I found Will particularly intriguing, probably because the main focus of the book is on him. I’d like to read more about Jem in the next few books.

Clockwork Angel had enough action to keep me turning the pages. It had some great humorous moments too:

“Will looked horrified. “What kind of monster could possibly hate chocolate?”  

Clockwork Angel certainly left me wondering where on earth I’m going to slot Clockwork Prince in to my huge TBR list. It might have to be sooner than I had anticipated…

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
This Is How It Ends- Kathleen MacMahon

WWW Wednesday #21

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday!

To join in you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book covers to take you to a link to find out more!

 

What are you currently reading?

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I am SO excited to begin this book. I finished Hopeless last night, so I’m literally just starting this book. I’ve heard great things about it.

What did you recently finish reading?

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This is the second choice of book from last week’s selection for me to read next. I really enjoyed it, but found it an incredibly emotional read. It was good that there were some laugh out loud moments though, they were much needed. My review will be published tomorrow.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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This is another book from a book club selection that I’m participating in. I’ve heard good things, so hopefully I’ll enjoy it.

Please feel free to leave your links to your WWW Wednesday posts in the comments and I’ll come and visit you 😀