August 12, 2014

Top Ten Books I'm Not Sure I Want To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the BookishThis week we're discussing those books we once had every intention of reading...and now, we're not so sure about. I limited my response to some books that I have actually acquired/purchased (so have in my possession) that I just may not actually take the time to read.

 First, an ARC:
Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
I was actually really excited about reading this at one point, and I can't even pinpoint just why I no longer feel like reading it. I'd say it's because I don't want to read dystopians, but that's not quite true. I just can't muster enough curiosity to battle this inertia.

Then, some ebooks:  
The Testing (The Testing, #1) by Joelle Charbonneau
Partially because I'm not in the mood for a new dystopian series. Mostly because I'm not sure how interested I ever was in this particular series. I fell bait to it being free for Kindle.
The Night Creatures trilogy (Burn Bright, Angel Arias, Shine Light) by Marianne de Pierres
Again, free for Kindle. It sounds like a cool concept and it's Aussie YA. But I haven't heard the best things with regard to this series, so that's definitely affecting my desire to pick this up. 
The Books of Bayern series (Enna Burning, River Secrets, Forest Born) by Shannon Hale I did love Hale's The Goose Girl (my review), but I think mainly because it was a fairy-tale retelling. I'm just not sure I love this world/these characters enough to continue reading about it. 
Stray (Touchstone, #1) by Andrea K. Höst I didn't love Höst's And All the Stars (my review) nearly as much as I'd hoped. I have heard great things about her works (this series in particular), but, really, I just bought this because it was free for Kindle.  
Entangled (Spellbound, #1) by Nikki Jefford This was actually the first ebook I purchased when I started blogging. I'm not sure how I heard about it, but I thought buying it was a good idea at the time. It just doesn't sound like the type of story I'd enjoy, unfortunately.   
The Registry (The Registry, #1) by Shannon Stoker I know that basically everyone seems to have disliked this book. But I found it free on Kindle and it does sound like something I could like. The issue here is going to be starting it with the knowledge so many people haven't enjoyed it.
Finally, a few audio books:
Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon, #1) by Anna Banks
The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1) by Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Raven Boys (The Raven Boys, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater These basically all have the same rationale. I'm not opposed to reading them (in fact, I really, really want to read the latter two), but I have no real way to listen to audiobooks at this time, so the amount of effort I'll have to put in to listen to them makes me disinclined to read them.
So, am I crazy? Should I reconsider any of these books?
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Amanda loves few things better than sitting down with a cup of tea and a book. She frequently stays up far too late, telling herself she just needs to finish one more page. When she's not wrapped up in the stories of others, Amanda works as a children's librarian in a public library.


  1. The Raven Boys is definitely worth reading. It wasn't amazing, but I still really enjoyed it. Though I'm not sure how the reading experience would differ for you in listening to the audiobook. I don't think I'll read any of these others, but I hope you want to read them sometime! haha

  2. I really enjoyed Plus One and The Raven Boys is fantastic. I think you can skip The False Prince since, IMO, it's a fantasy-lite edition of The Queen's Thief books. Stray is a series I'm contemplating reading myself though. I'll be curious to see if you pick it up, Amanda. Great list!

  3. I really enjoyed Plus One! It moved fast and had great, interesting characters. But I pretty much agree with the rest of your list!

    Jen @ Fefferbooks

  4. I don't have a real way to listen to audiobooks either. I'd have to use my laptop and either listen to the things on full blast or plug in some headphones. I actually tried listening to Cruel Beauty last night. It would've been my first audiobook, but I was so distracted; I couldn't focus on the narrator. So, I'm not sure if I need another device to listen to audiobooks successfully or if maybe they just aren't for me? I'm thinking it's probably the first one. I'll try again when I have a better way of doing this thing. It seems we're both on the same boat on that one! :)

    As far as your selections for this topic go, I'd reconsider Plus One! Okay, so I haven't read it yet, but I'm itching to do so. I hear it's pretty great! :)

    Marlene @ The Flyleaf Review

  5. I would say that if you're going to reconsider any of these, you should reconsider The Raven Boys audiobook. The narrator is Will Patton and he is INCREDIBLE. In fact, I have chosen to read a book before that I wouldn't have picked up otherwise because he was reading it. Plus this one was actually really excellent. I was surprised at how much I loved it.

  6. I liked Plus One a lot, and I hope you give it a chance. The Raven Boys is amazing of course! The False Prince was also fun, but similar-ish to some themes in another popular book that does it better, I think. But audio would be fun! I liked Of Poseidon, but that's also mostly a fun book. Many of the others aren't on my radar. I hope your' able to love the ones of these that you pick.


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