September 10, 2019

Books I'm Avoiding

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is Books on My TBR I'm Avoiding Reading and Why. So away we go!


The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt - This is the first thing that came to mind. It's huge. Normally that wouldn't be a deterrent, but my time is at a premium these days. I feel like I should get all the shorter books out of the way first. Also, I'm skeered. What if it sucks? I mean, obviously I'll stop reading it if that's the case, but I don't want it to be the case.

All the Light

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - I know everyone and their dog who read this loved it. I just don't love WWII books. Really war books in general. I think I have several war books on my TBR that I'm just not in a huge hurry to read.

Raven King

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater - I have this problem. I hate finishing a lovely series. This is the last book in the Raven Boys series, and I don't want it to end. So, I've been putting it off. It's been so long now that I'll probably have to start the series over again.


Arcadia by Iain Pears - I've had this on my shelf for years. Goodreads says it's been since 2016, but I'm almost positive it's been longer than that. I loved The Instance of the Fingerpost and the Jonathan Argyll mysteries by Pears, but this is nothing like those. Those were historical. This is a portal fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian. I have doubts.


The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson - This is also a giant. I'm excited about the part about Ada Lovelace, but the man parts are less thrilling. I've heard Isaacson can make paint drying interesting, so we'll see. Eventually.

Reader on Reading

A Reader on Reading by Alberto Manguel - This guy writes way over my head. Like, I guess it's better since I got a Masters degree. But still. This is not the kind of book you will fly through and feel good about at the end. I read Packing My Library which was literally just about packing his ginormous library to move it to NYC and I barely held on. He is an intimidating guy.

See What I Have Done

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt - This is a novel about Lizzy Borden. I was originally like, "Oh cool! That's a funky story. I'll read this!" But now that it sits on my shelf and looks at me (beautiful cover, btw) I am scared of it. I feel like non-fiction would be less personal. Less scary. I may be completely wrong. Maybe when I read it, I'll be pleasantly surprised. But right now, that's why I haven't read it.

maximum security book club

The Maximum Security Book Club: Reading Literature in a Men's Prison by Mikita Brottman - I'm putting this one off because I'm not ready for the yearnings I will have. I have often considered being a prison librarian. I've worked with similar populations and I feel strongly about making sure people in prison have access to information. I just don't want to move to a small town, which is where most prisons are located. Nor do I want a 2 hour commute, one way, to get to work.


The Beastie Boys Book by a whole bunch of people - I'm putting this one off because I'm not sure I'm strong enough to hold it up. The Beastie Boys are a group of guys from Brooklyn who made it big rapping back in the 80's. Over the years, their sound changed a little bit to add some techno music to the mix. I really like it. This book has some contributions by some big name writers like Colson Whitehead. One of the Beastie Boys died of cancer in 2012, but the other two guys wrote this book.


Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount - Is it weird to put off a book because you just know in your heart that it's going to be perfect? I don't know if I'm waiting for the right time, or for a time when I need a bookish hug, but that's what's up with this one. My hubby gave me this for Christmas last year and I just stare at it.

So what are some books you're avoiding. I'd love to know. Spill the tea!