TTT #2 – Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

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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 2018.

Today we’re going to talk about the unfortunate books I keep forgetting to read… 

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First of all, let’s take a look at what kind of TBR we’re talking about :

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Okaaaaaay so as you can see, I’m not very skilled in removing books from my TBR. I swear that I do sort them sometimes, but it’s obviously not remotely enough : there’s no way I’ll read all these books. No. Way.

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Let’s see if you can help me make a choice : should they stay? Should they go? Let’s find out! 

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Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2) by Laini Taylor :  Look, I know that I’m in the minority on this, but I really didn’t enjoy Daughter of Smoke and Bone that much. In all honesty, I find the relationship a bit… creepy, and I was bored. Not enough to make me forget this series entirely, but I’ve yet to read the rest… maybe.

  • On my TBR since : July 28, 2014
  • Stay or go? 

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson : This one is a case of I’m lost in the middle of contradictory reviews and I don’t know what to do! I’ve read and enjoyed her first novel at the time, but I read the translated version and I’ve come to realize that some kind of writing… flowery, let’s say… didn’t sit well with me in English. Is that weird? Have you read it and can help me on this?

  • On my TBR since : August 18, 2014
  • Stay or go? 

Jackaby by William Ritter : This novel is a bit particular because I did start it… forever ago… and I have literally no memory of the 17% my kindle says I’ve read. I’m not sure it’s a good sign, lol. Anyway, I’m a sucker for clever and sarcastic main characters and that’s why I couldn’t remove it from my TBR once and for all. What do you think?

  • On my TBR since : September 6, 2014
  • Stay or go? 

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge : I know I know I know, this one is an absolute favorite for many of my friends, and I do like me some Beauty & the Beast retelling, but I’ve read Crimson Bound and… well, I was not keen on her casual use of many French folklore because the way she did it… didn’t… make… any sense. As far as I’m concerned there’s a difference between using old folklore to create a new story and stealing words that have a specific meaning in said-folklore and destroying any expectations we could have when we get across these references. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining because Rosamund Hodge didn’t follow the original stories : this is Fantasy, she can do what she wants and I’m really okay with that. However, to me it was a chore to read because I constantly needed to readjust my knowledge and it got really confusing. I’m not complaining about historical inaccuracies, because that would be ridiculous, given the genre. But in my eyes all these misused references seemed lazy, messy and I can’t help how I feel. Moreover, she *forgot* to quote all her sources in her acknowledgments and I do have a problem with that (but I’m giving her the benefit of the doubt, perhaps her sources talked about the legends I’m referencing here). Oops, I went on a rant. Anyway, should I read Cruel Beauty? Help me please.

  • On my TBR since : October 1, 2014
  • Stay or go? 

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey : Again, a wildly-loved series that didn’t really impress me back when I read the first book. I didn’t find it bad, per se, but rather predictable and boring? Also, that Evan dude was such a creep? Moreover, I’ve heard that Cassie slut-shamed a lot in this second novel and I… cannot… stand this. Am I too harsh with it? Should I reevaluate?

  • On my TBR since : July 29, 2014
  • Stay or go?

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness : A few years ago, I discovered his Chaos Walking trilogy and since then I’ve been meaning to read more from him but I just… didn’t. This one looks very interesting, though, especially for a reader like me who isn’t the biggest fan of superheroes. Have you read it?

  • On my TBR since : September 19, 2014
  • Stay or go? 

Pantomime by Laura Lam : Okay, truth : I absolutely ADORED False Heart by Laura Lam and I can’t believe I haven’t started this series yet??? What is wrong with me?

  • On my TBR since : December 5, 2014
  • STAY 

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder : This series is one of the favorite of many of my friends, but I have to admit that I postponed reading it when I heard that 1) the romance was a bit creepy and 2) the other novels in the series were disappointing. I still kept it on my TBR… Was it a mistake?

  • On my TBR since : July 30, 2014
  • Stay or go? 

These Broken Stars by Amy Kaufman and Megan Spooner : The thing is… I’m not… really…. (don’t hate me)…. into…. space stories. Sorry??? This said, I haven’t removed this book from my TBR because I own the hardback (it was a gift), and I keep meaning to read it, I really do, but every time I try there’s this shiny new release that draws me back. Should I give up?

  • On my TBR since : August 14, 2014
  • Stay or go? 

El Defao by Cece Bell : Wow wow wow, I don’t even know why the fuck I haven’t read this graphic novel yet. I will. Soon. I PROMISE.

  • On my TBR since : December 11, 2014
  • STAY

If you’ve read any of these books, what did you think? What are the books that you keep meaning to read… and haven’t yet? Tell me in the comments!

49 responses to “TTT #2 – Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

  1. I personally enjoyed the daughter of smoke and bone series, I loved the world and the characters (Zu is seriously my fav) but the first book I read and the others I listened to…some books I find are harder to enjoy when reading but love listening too. I also need to finish the 5th wave series myself. My Top Ten

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  2. I really enjoyed I’ll Give You the Sun and Days of Blood and Starlight, but I’ve found I have a rather high tolerance for flowery language, so that might not mean that those books are right up your alley. In terms of The Rest of Us Just Live Here, I found the concept super, super intriguing, but the book itself to be dull. It was very true-to-life in terms of what teenagers’ lives are actually like, but the truth is that most of those lives are pretty boring. I just kept waiting for a plot to show up and it never really did.

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    • Thank you!!! I’ve realized that I had a high tolerance for flowery language in French but for some reason couldn’t stand it in English??? That’s so weird lmao.

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  3. I’ve heard great things about Jackaby and the entire series. I hope to pick the first one up eventually and see what the hype is all about. I didn’t like The 5th Wave so I’ve had no issues with continuing the series. Hope you love the ones you decide to read.

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  4. I’m not really into space stories either or just sci-fi in general, but I enjoyed These Broken Stars. I really did not like The Infinite Sea and I’m not sure I blame the characters for the interactions between two important female characters. I blame the guy writing the stereotypical girl-on-girl hate more. I never ended up picking up the final book.

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  5. Poison Study is on my TBR, as is Cruel Beauty. I’m not sure I’ll ever read Cruel Beauty though because it seems like it could be either cheesy and poorly written, or actually good.

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  6. I recommend going through and cutting books from your tbr you don’t think you will ever read. It’s such a freeing feeling, especially because I added a lot of them purely for the hype. I loved Poison Study, but I did read it quite a while ago so take that with a grain of salt. I still think it’s worth the read though, it’s a staple of the fantasy genre in my mind. I would also advocate to keep These Broken Stars because it’s more of a survival story than a space story, and the dynamic between the characters is so good.

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  7. El Deafo is one of the best explanations of hearing for those of us who never think about it. Also a MG graphic novel so it will probably take you the same amount of time to obtain it as it will to read it. If you already own it… go read it now!

    P.S. In my opinion, if you didn’t like the first book, or felt indifferent about it, then don’t bother with the rest of the series. I can only think of two series that got substantially better with book two out of all I’ve read in my lifetime. Better to spend time on a new author or different series that is more of an unknown quantity.

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  8. Round 1: Go: Days of Blood & Starlight and The Infinite Sea / Keep: Jackaby

    I am with you on not liking Daughter of Smoke and Bone and I didn’t pick up the next one. I don’t feel like I’ve missed out on anything at all. If you didn’t like The 5th Wave you aren’t going to like The Infinite Sea. I’ve heard great things about Jackaby though.

    I have nothing to offer on round 2 haha.

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  9. I’m with you on Daughter of Smoke and Bone, somehow I didn’t fall in love with it, unlike so many other people. I like the world-building, but sometimes it left me confused and I don’t know, it felt good but not as ground-breaking as I thought it would be? I don’t know if I’ll read the next book, if I do it’s probably because I am curious, that’s all, ahah 🙂
    READ I’ll Give You The Sun! Wel… if you want to, obviously, ahah. I loved this book so much, the characters were really amazing. I hope you’ll want to give it a try someday 🙂

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