Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: To Read Or Not to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where a new topic is given each week by the host blog and participants write up a corresponding list of ten things. Simple, fun, and great for those obsessed with lists. This week's 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?"

 Outlander (Outlander, #1)Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)Under the Dome: Part 1The ExorcistThe Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)Watership DownThe Pillars of the EarthHis Dark Materials (His Dark Materials #1-3)Ashfall (Ashfall, #1)

(1) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - I see this book on so many favorites or must read lists...so of course when I saw it used I picked it up. I just can't decide if I'm really that into it or if I got it because of the lists.
(2) Eragon by Christopher Paolini - So. Many. Mixed. Reviews.
(3) Pretty much every book I've ever bought by Stephen King. I can be such a scaredy cat but I really want to read his books...I just don't want the anxiety to overwhelm me. -.-
(4) The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty - I watched the movie with the family and it really didn't bother me...at all. Which was kind of disappointing. But I've been told the book is ten times worse. Dun, dun, dun.
(5) The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan - It's such a big commitment...and I already own the first three or four books, plus the prologue. BUT THEY ARE SO BIG...
(6) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson - I own the first two books in this trilogy. I've had them recommended to me countless times, despite the fact that they aren't of a genre I normally read. And I do want to read more outside my comfort zones, but are these the books to go for it with?
(7) Watership Down by Richard Adams - I feel like I'm one of the few people who has never read this book. It feels like it's practically fantasy canon to some. But rabbits? I dunno...
(8) The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett - I bought this ages ago when I was in the midst of yet another one of my historical fiction binges...now that I'm out of it I'm kind of wishy-washy on whether or not I still want to read it.
(9) His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman - Again with the mixed reviews. This trilogy seems to be either loved or hated by everyone who reads it. I liked the first, simply liked. I own the bind-up...I just can't decide if I want to continue or not.
(10) Ashfall by Mike Mullin - I honestly just don't know what's up with me and this book. Again, I own it and the sequel...I just always seem to set it back down without starting it.

If you've read any of these, please let me know your thoughts...maybe then I can decide once and for all whether or not I'm going to read them.


  1. Watership Down has some decidedly creepy elements to it, despite that innocent, fluffy-looking cover! It was years ago that I read it, so I can't really remember much about it, but I did find aspects of it surprisingly sinister/disturbing for a book about rabbits.

    1. Really? That surprises me! I think I might let it sit on my TBR shelf for awhile yet.

  2. I say you should read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. That is a genre that I don't normally read either, but I still really enjoyed the whole series. Watership Down is on my TBR, but then again I love rabbits lol.

    For Stephen King books, maybe you just need someone nearby whose arm you can grab if you get too scared. I volunteer :P. King is another author who I've wanted to check out for awhile. I plan on starting with one of his short story collections.

    1. I shall try to sneak The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo into one of my TBRs then. I think one of my friends was wanting to do a buddy read or a read-a-long so I might pester her a bit. xD

      That sounds like an excellent plan!