Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Been Avoiding

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  Today’s topic is books I’ve been avoiding, and why. To answer this question, I looked at the books that have been on my Goodreads TBR the longest.

Based on that list, here are the five types of books I’ve tagged as wanting to read, but haven’t followed up on.

  1. Classics: on my TBR list are Anna Karenina by Tolstoy, Bleak House by Dickens, Les Miserables by Hugo, and Don Quixote by Cervantes.  These also fall into the “dauntingly long” category.
  2. Dauntingly long books: in addition to the classics I mentioned, Murakami’s IQ84.
  3. Series books I haven’t kept up with: A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King, The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness, The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon.  I generally don’t read series books right in a row, but if I let too much time go by, I probably won’t be going back.  Maybe that says something about how much I liked the original book, but not always.
  4. Nonfiction: I’m reading a lot more nonfiction these days, but there are a lot of books I hear about and then don’t read.  Examples here are Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof, Born Survivors by Wendy Holden, and Dark Money by Jane Mayer.
  5. Books I’ve Gotten in GiveawaysFirst Impressions by Charles Lovett, Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan. I’ve learned that free books sound great, especially when you win one, but when it wasn’t a book I chose, I’m unlikely to actually read it.  They clutter up my shelves instead, which is why I rarely enter giveaways anymore.

Are there any books on this list you’d recommend I read?  Or should I cull them from my TBR and donate them to a good cause?

What are your reasons for putting off a book?

22 Comments on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Been Avoiding

  1. I haven’t read any of those classics yet either. I do enjoy classics in general, but I need to be in the right mood for them.

    My TTT.

    • Thanks for the comment! I enjoy classics too, but I’ve been reading a lot less of them lately. Trying to make room for other types of books, mainly.

    • Thanks for the comment! I hope you get to it, and you enjoy it. I really liked War and Peace, so I’ll get to this one eventually.

  2. I’m in the same position with the Rothfuss and the King. I clearly didn’t like the earlier books as much as I thought I did. In terms of recommendation I would say get round to Bleak House; it is one of my three favourite Dickens along with Our Mutual Friend and Little Dorrit.

    • I loved Laurie King’s book, so I do mean to go back to the series. But of course I keep starting new series instead. Thanks for the recommendation of Bleak House! I’ve always wanted to read it. David Copperfield is my favorite.

    • It’s a sad thing, since I’m always excited to win a book. But if I don’t really want to read it, I’m not going to spend my time on it. I should just donate them.

  3. Lol! I agree with you about free books.
    I see very long books as a challenge and love starting them but hardly even finish them (unless it’s a fantasy series), which is why I’ve yet to complete Don Quixote although I enjoyed reading it. I would say it’s worth getting started on it, but I only made it a few pages in.

    • I used to love reading long books, and I’ve gotten away from that. I think partly because I tend to read library books and I never have enough time for what I get from the library. I started Don Quixote too and didn’t keep going.

  4. If you read one long classic, make it Les Mis. It’s incredible! And I thought a lot of it was easy to follow and the story was very engaging. Of course, I also love the musical so I think that helped. I have Bleak House and Anna Karenina on my TBR as well. Perhaps I will add them to my next classics club list.

  5. Hopefully when/if you get to these books, you enjoy them! Anna Karenina was SUCH a commitment but definitely worth it in the end for me. I can definitely see why you’ve been avoiding it! It’s so long.

  6. I love Les Mis. I read it before I saw the musical and just got absorbed by it. Probably helps that I’m interested in the history of that era. My other half read it by skipping some of the detours into history. Fot me they were a bonus to the story, for him they were a distraction from it.

  7. Anna Karenina is a favourite of mine from a long long time ago. i did start bleak house and got half way through but just got completely confused about all the characters. I might have to watch an adaptation just to get the characters straight before trying to read it again

  8. Bleak House is definitely worth reading—I plan to never read Anna Karenina again, but I know it has its fans. If I don’t read Monstrous Regiment of Women this Oct I expect I won’t actually read more in the series. You’re right, if too much time goes by, the series is a goner.

  9. The book you mentioned by Trudi Canavan is brilliant and I highly recommend it! I’ve read all of her books and I think he is one of the most underrated fantasy authors out there.

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