Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Books On My TBR List I am Avoiding Reading and Why

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today I am sharing Ten Books On My TBR List I am Avoiding Reading and Why.
In no particular order here are my books…

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

If these books were not so long I probably would have given them a go by now.

Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman

This book sounds really good, but young adult/dystopia is not a genre I usually enjoy.

Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys

This book is on my bookshelf and I want to love it and the author, but I did not love A Dangerous Crossing as much as I had hoped so I am afraid to try it.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

I have seen wonderful reviews for this trilogy and it has tempted me for quite some time, but the fantasy genre and I don’t always see eye to eye, so I have been dragging my feet.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

I would have loved to read this book before the movie was released, but I let the length of it scare me off.

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

I loved Kristin Hannah’s two most recent books! Some of her older titles are tempting me, but I am afraid I won’t like them as much.

The Rumour by Lesley Kara

This is another book that has been on my shelf for some time now. I planned on reading it months ago because I was really excited about it, but then I saw some not so flattering reviews and my excitement wavered.

Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger

This series caught my attention a couple of years ago and because I despise reading a series out of order I would have to start at book one. Unfortunately the series stands at seventeen right now. I should probably get going on it sooner than later!

When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton 

I really enjoyed Next Year in Havana, but was unsure if this one would be as good so I shied away from it.

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

I would love to read my first Ruth Ware book, they all look so good! On the other hand, I often see very mixed reviews so it leaves me confused and I have no idea where to start. I could really use your help on this one!!

What are your thoughts on these books? Are there any I should not delay reading any longer?

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32 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Books On My TBR List I am Avoiding Reading and Why

  1. Let me assure you…you will LOVE Winter Garden, no question.

    I also loved Outlander and only started the book because my friends kept nudging so much. Now, I’m rabid about the TV series.

    Krueger’s Cork O’Connor series is in my top ten list of favorites. Now, this is one I’d listen to if you like audiobooks. David Chandler’s narration adds to the experience.

    Just my humble opinion💜

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    1. It sounds like I am going to have to bump up Winter Garden! I had no idea.

      This is perfect! I am so glad to hear the Cork O’Connor series makes a great audiobook because I have been thinking I would like to get invested into another series now that I am done with Karin Slaughter.

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  2. Winter Garden is amazing! Jonetta is right. I enjoyed it almost more than The Nightingale.

    I love the Outlander series. I read the 1st one when it was published and have been reading them since…waiting impatiently for the next one. Their long but the story is wonderful.

    I enjoyed The Goldfinch tremendously but it’s very dense and melancholy. I read it over a weekend (Fri to Sun), but I didn’t do anything else. It’s very literary and you really have to be in the mood for it.

    Fatal Inheritance is better than her 1st book, in my opinion, although I enjoyed both. The setting in the Riviera really helps to make the story.

    Hope that helps!

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      1. Night Road is so good! It was a favorite last year. I bawled my eyes out. I’ve also read and loved Firefly Lane. The Things We Do For Love was good too but not as good as the others I’ve read. I planned on reading her backlist titles I own this year and just didn’t…


  3. I have all the Diana Gabaldon books and have read so many rave reviews in them but have been watching the tv series which I love. I will at some stage get round to reading them. I also have had The Goldfinch on my bookshelf and would prefer to read it before seeing a film, just not sure why I haven’t read it again it has lots of positive reviews,I think I also have it as an audible maybe I should listen to it instead.

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  4. I love this post, Tina.

    I am in agreement on Outlander and The Goldfinch. I even tried to do the audiobook of The Goldfinch once but gave up after about 2 chapters as I just didn’t love the narrator’s voice.

    It’s interesting that you haven’t given Fatal Inheritance a shot. I really enjoyed it and thus bought A Dangerous Crossing which I still have yet to read and am now thinking hmmm!

    Have a lovely week of reading. xx

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  5. I DNF Outlander (condoned violence toward women) or Bear & Nightingale (magical realism not my fav genre) …… there are a couple more on your list that I’ve removed from my TBR over time because of so many mixed reviews. If books stay on my TBR too long they end up languishing there! In my mind I have 2 TBRs …one for listing possibilities I might want to read some day and one for books that I’m serious about reading! My teacher version of a “must do” and “may do” list!

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    1. I have a spreadsheet organized by year of publication, but there really doesn’t seem to be a huge benefit to that. So I am thinking an overhaul may be in order by year 2020. I do like how I track my reading challenges, so no changes there.
      In all honesty I will probably never read Outlander, they are just too long!


      1. I did read The Winter Garden on your list…’s ok! You might like that one 👍
        That’s a good idea to arrange tbr by Pub date! I have no system whatsoever for my general tbr….just listed on Goodreads…..I wish I had it organized on a spreadsheet with notes about who recommended it and/or what motivated me to place it on my TBR.

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  6. There are a few on your list that I have not tackled for the same reasons you share. Length is a big one for me as well. I have In a Dark, Dark Wood and keep saying I am going to read it, but it has not moved up the TBR.

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  7. I still haven’t read her actual first book, but my first Ruth Ware book was The Woman in Cabin 10 and I loved it — and I say that as someone who was really unsure about the cruise ship setting going in. It was recommended to me by someone who felt the same way, and it was her first R.W. book as well, so that one might be a good starting point.

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  8. Great list! I felt exactly the same about Outlander, although I did read it in the end… I loved it, although now I’m in the same boat about the sequel as a lot of people keep saying it’s overlong. xD I did read The Goldfinch and In A Dark, Dark Wood, though they weren’t my favorites… A lot of the other titles are still on my TBR for similar reasons. Especially The Bear And The Nightingale I’ve been hesitant to pick up because I’m afraid that I’ve set my expectations too high.


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