Top 10 Tuesday : Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

September 10: Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why (maybe you’re scared of it, worried it won’t live up to the hype, etc.) (submitted by Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea)

This is a neat topic! I’m going to mainly use books I really want to read, they’re high on my TBR, but there is just something- some reason why I’m putting it off. Most of these are LONG books, giant time investments, energy investments, etc. I’m numbering these but they’re not really in any particular order. Also, a very random selection of titles in terms of genre.

1.) The Harry Potter Series – Goblet Of Fire and onward. by J.K. Rowling

The only reason I’m putting this one off really is that I want to experience the illustrated versions that have been released in recent years. Goblet of Fire in particular is coming out very soon, in October. It probably seems silly to wait specifically for the illustrated ones but the art style employed is so BEAUTIFUL and I noticed while reading the first three books that I wasn’t really envisioning the setting as creatively as I could be. Basically, wasn’t affording the color and whimsy that the setting really embodies. Maybe I’m getting old and uncreative. ;-; But nonetheless, I’m looking forward to continuing this one!

2.) A Clash Of Kings by George R.R. Martin

This one also has an illustrated version (just 20 pictures strewn about, beautiful art style though) coming out in November, though that’s not the reason I’m putting it off. To my understanding, we may be waiting years and years for a full conclusion to this series? So spreading out my experience seems ideal instead of glomming it and going into a reading depression slump at having no more, lol. I could totally marathon this series, after A Game Of Thrones I wanted to immediately just read this next one. So good!

3.) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Super curious about this series, have been for years. Wish to have read it much, much earlier. Once I do finally jump in and if becoming enamored with it, this will be quite the time and energy investment. This series (and the fandom, and the TV series..) seems like a rabbit hole that could take over someone’s life if they love it.

4.) Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Keeping this book for a critical moment when it is most needed in my life. This is the book that saved my dad’s life, so I figure someday it will be of great value. Kind of scared of that, but glad to have it and figuring the first read-through will be precious.

5.) Verity by Colleen Hoover

Waiting to buddy read this one with an IRL friend when she’s less busy and has some time for it. From what I’ve heard this is a sensational buddy read!

6.) Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Planning on getting the annotated version. Probably will stalk eBay for a version that is in as good condition as possible since the annotated version is a bit older.

7.) The Books Of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin

This is a whopping 1008 pages (all of the books, combined in one volume) this definitive version looks so gorgeous so I’ll probably aim to get it, but when it comes to fantasy series that are well known for their quality, I tend to want to wait until a special time. Such as, when eagerly yearning to read one after time away.

8.) Into The Wilderness by Sara Donati

At 898 pages this is another imposing saga of a book! Really hoping to get into the writing style, have been curious about this title for years.

9.) The Annotated Alice by Lewis Carroll

I keep checking this beautiful book out from the library and something happens that prevents me from reading it in time. Will probably buy it at this point and commit to reading. Alice In Wonderland has been a massive influence on so much that I’ve enjoyed over the years in terms of story and even just aesthetic.

10.) I Am A Cat by Soseki Natsume

I read the first 50 or so pages and love the concept, but the writing is.. exhausting? If that makes any sense. Not overly complicated but literary and makes you think in ways that I wasn’t up for at the time. I do read literary fiction, but rarely older works (this is from 1904) and rarely quite long ones that approach 500 pages as this does. Still determined to get to it someday though!


As always, thank you for checking out this week’s Tuesday Top 10 post and I’d like to ask-

  • Do any of you have any of these titles on your TBR?
  • Have any of you read any of these books? Curious to hear your thoughts.
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20 comments

  1. Currently reading Outlander and love it! There are trigger warnings to look up though. I’ve been simply skipping those parts or just skimming over them to make sure I don’t miss anything important 😊 but yes it’s a very long series and I’m prepared body and soul haha

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  2. Ahaha, I think I’ve had the first two Outlander books sitting on my shelves for an age! 😂 I was so excited when I bought Outlander and decided to buy the second book just in case I loved it so much I wouldn’t be able to wait to continue the series. They’re hefty books though! Lol this is a great list!

    My TTT post

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  3. I also have that Earthsea book in my TBR. I really liked Outlander although the first one has a lot of romance tropes if that’s not your thing, the second book was all politics almost. I loved both for different reasons and still have to read the rest! 🙂

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