Top Ten Tuesday: books we’re avoiding

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s all about books, lists and sharing the love we have of both with our bookish friends. This week we’re considering books we’re pretending aren’t on our TBR.

I honestly don’t know how all these books get on my TBR (shhh), but it’s hardly surprising that as I stare at it towering over me there are always some books I carefully pluck off the top and push back in lower down.

There’s as many reasons for putting off reading a book as there are for putting it on my TBR in the first place, so I’m combining today’s TTT prompt with Jamishelves Books I Want To Have Read But Don’t Want To Read Book Tag to help give me some structure (thanks Jamieson!)

Book cover: Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky (a spaceship in orbit above a green planet)

A book that you feel you need to read because everyone talks about it

I picked up Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Time in spite of being an enormous coward about spiders. I have obvious reservations about reading this but even fellow arachnophobes tell me it’s amazing. It’s just going to take some getting round to, okay?

Book cover: The Priory of the Orange Tree - Samantha Shannon a dragon wound around a tower against an orange skyA book thats really long

I’ve got several weighing on my conscience here: from The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett and GRRM’s Dreamsongs, both of which I’ve been putting off forever, to The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (which I’m FAR more excited about but bloody hell it’s big). But dragons and lesbians. Let’s face it, I’ll read it long before the other two.

A book you’ve owned for too long

Book cover: Company of Liars - Karen MaitlandOne of my very early Kindle purchases was The Company of Liars by Karen Maitland. It’s about storytelling and the Black Death, which should be catnip for me, and it came highly recommended by one of my Green Dragon reading buddies. And yet here we are nearly seven years later and it’s still unread. Somehow, there’s always something else more appealing. Have you read it?

A book that is ‘required’ reading

<stares mournfully at the stack of classic SF on the shelf>

Yes, well. Look, I will read some of them, honestly. Probably with my mouthguard in so I don’t crack a tooth with all the clenching of team at the inevitable egregious isms. I do want to have read them, but I really don’t want to read them.

A book that intimidates you

Book cover: Lud-in-the-Mist - Hope Mirlees
Don’t laugh – Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirlees. I’ve had a copy for ages and I really want to read it, but oh gosh that language is going to take some concentration. So it is languishing in the list of books I’m really keen to read but that I need to be more awake / less stressed / better able to concentrate to get the most out of. See also: The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth.

Book cover: The Queens of Innis Lear - Tessa Gratton (hands holding a spiky crown in the gloom)A book that you think might be slow

Well, a book I know is slow, because I tried to read it and ground to a halt: The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton went straight back on my TBR (because I do want to read it), but it’s going to take the right circumstances for me to tackle it. It’s huge AND it’s slow.

Book cover: The Stone Sky - N K Jemisin (a green archway)A book you need to be in the right mood for

Ah, The Stone Sky. I want and don’t want to read it in equal measure. It’s going to be amazing. It’s going to be devastating. And once I’ve read it, it won’t be in my TBR and I sort of love having it in my future to look forward to.

Book cover: Ship of Magic - Robin HobbA book you’re unsure if you will like

Robin Hobb’s Ship of Magic has been sat on my shelf for quite a while. The Liveship Traders trilogy comes up regularly in recommendations, and seems to be more or less universally loved. But I was so bored by the Farseer trilogy (yes, I finished it out of some weird sense of obligation) that I keep putting it off. Convince me I should get on with it?

But a lot of my TBR languishes purely because it has too much competition. It’s not deliberate avoidance, it’s more accidental procrastination.

What books do you keep shuffling down your TBR?