When you have 100+ books on your to-read shelf, it’s easy to have a few books here and there that you aren’t quite sure whether you want to read, especially after some less-than-positive reviews. This list will be a combination of books I’m seriously thinking about taking off my to-read shelf and books I’m nervous about but know I’m going to read no matter what.
I first heard about this book when Debby from Snuggly Oranges gushed about it sometime last year. It was a contemporary book with a catchy-enough title (although I kind of hate the term after its overuse in the past couple of years), so I figured, “why not add it?” Unfortunately, neither of the libraries I go to have it and I don’t know nearly enough about it to rush out and buy it, so the longer I go without finding a free copy, the less sure I am about whether I want to read it or not. It sounds interesting enough, but it doesn’t necessarily sound like something that I would feel as connected with as Debby was (although it’s hard to tell without reading it), so I’m just not sure if I want to keep it around or not. Only time will tell…
It’s so big! It’s so violent! It’s so full of sex and incest and violence (it needed mentioning twice because gore and violence is something I do not do well)! There are just so many reasons to shy away from this book, but with all the attention the series and the television show gets, I think it’s pretty much guaranteed that I’ll at least attempt it, but it might take a while (which is probably a good thing since there are still two or three books in the series that the author is still writing). When I do read it, though, I think I’ll do what Debby (again from Snuggly Oranges) did and divide the book over the course of a month and will read a set amount every day.
After I read and enjoyed for the most part Heather Demetrios’s debut, Something Real, I was quite interested in her second book coming out this year that involved genies (called jinni in this case). As the release date gets closer and closer, though, more reviewers are getting ARCs of it and are a bit underwhelmed, which has me worried in turn. It sounds like there’s a love triangle and an abusive (or at the very least questionable) love interest and maybe even some insta-love – so, lots of love-related problems with little focus on the other elements. So, needless to say, I’m getting to be a bit nervous about this book, but at this point I’m still willing to give it a shot.
This is another book that I haven’t heard too much about, but I have read one review that was less-than-positive. This book sounds interesting enough, I suppose, but the fact that I’ve heard so little about it and that it’s from the point of view of a male perspective, which I often find less interesting than female (I know, I know, diversity and such, but it’s not like male perspectives don’t dominate other genres – let me enjoy a genre where girls are more common!), so I’m really not sure whether it’ll stay on my to-read shelf or not.
Why are there so many books that I want to read that just aren’t available? This is a debut that I’ve heard little about (and the few reviews I have read seem to rest comfortably in the middle, so nothing to get really excited about), so combined with the fact that I can’t find it makes me less inclined to keep it on my to-read shelf forever.
I haven’t heard anything about this book and it hasn’t been released yet, but that’s not why I’m nervous – it’s a horror book, with a creepy cover. I was intrigued by the summary when I was first looking for 2014 debuts to check out, but I am nervous about a book that promises to be at least a little creepy.
When I first heard about this book and started seeing the early raving reviews, I was pretty excited for the latest book from the author of the Ruby Oliver books, but when I started seeing some more uneven reviews and remember that I wasn’t the biggest fan of E. Lockhart’s other, most popular book, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, I got more nervous. I got the book on ebook a couple of months ago and started reading it, but I just wasn’t that into it and it was due back soon, so I decided to try it again later, but whenever I think about it now, I just get more nervous. This book just intimidates me for some reason.
I don’t plan on taking this book off my to-read shelf considering it’s been compared to the fun of shows like Reign and involves Tudor history, which I quite enjoy, but I’m always leery of historical books for some odd reason. This is a lengthy enough book, and I always worry that I’ll be bored by the historical aspects of any historical books, but I know that I’ll check it out anyway and will hopefully at least like it, if not love it.
If I’m leery of historical books, I’m even more frightened by historical books that take place during wars and that lots of bloggers talk about crying over. I’m pretty sure I’ll read this no matter what since there’s so much attention for in the book blogging world, but I definitely will be scared of so many things involving this book.
I didn’t love Just One Day as much as I loved If I Stay and Where She Went and didn’t even try Just One Year since it was from the point of view of the male love interest from the first book that I really didn’t like all that much, so I’m nervous about Gayle Forman’s latest book. However, the fact that I really did love her first two books and that the summary is interesting has me determined to give her another chance to wow me (something that I’m sure is on Forman’s bucket list – such a great achievement).