Intimidating TBR Book Tag

I’ve seen HEAPS of BookTube versions of this tag, so I thought I’d give it a go, too! There are nine questions and I really tried to keep the list of books to nine as well… I may have a couple of extras because my TBR is HUGE!

What book have you been unable to finish?

I seriously cannot finish Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I started it in 2012 and I kept picking it up and putting it down and picking it up and putting it down for month, for years! In 2014 I still hadn’t finished and then I had to read Wide Sargasso Sea for a university class and that was the end of Jane Eyre. I’m just incredibly bored and distracted every time I try to read it. I also can see how one-sided and prejudice even when people say that it innovative and diverse (but this is probably because of Wide Sargasso Sea). Also, Jane is so whiny and is always trying without trying to evoke sympathy: “look at all these terrible things that have happened to me, don’t you feel sorry for me? But I don’t care if you do. Actually I find it so patronising. I am my own woman”. Ugh! I think I’m going to leave it for a few years an attempt it again from the beginning.

What book have you yet to read because…

…you just haven’t had the time?

Umm, can I just say all the books on my TBR (which is 200+)? If I had to pick just one, I’d day These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly. It definitely sounds like my kind of book but it is quite a chunker and I want to be able to take my time and enjoy it rather than being stressed and putting pressure on myself to hurry up and finish it.

…it’s a sequel?

There aren’t many sequels that I haven’t read because I usually like to have my series completed but I have yet to read Shadow Study and Night Study by Maria V. Snyder. This is because I love her books so much that the wait between releases, slowly but surely, kills me. So when I heard that she was extending the Chronicles of Ixia books, I decided to wait until all the books are released before rereading books 1-6 and then going onto books 7-9. This is going to be one massive marathon that I’m planning to do in the first months of 2017.

…it’s brand new?

A pretty obvious one, here: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. I know some people got their copies early but I ordered mine from The Book Depository—which is usually the cheapest book buying option for me—so that means that I have to wait around two weeks between when my book is shipped and when it arrives on my doorstep.

 …you read a book by the same author and didn’t enjoy it?

For this I’m going with The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead. I haven’t read Vampire Academy nor do I plan to and I didn’t enjoy Soundless, but I love courtly intrigue and romance so even though I’ve heard lots of bad reviews I’m still holding out hope that I’m going to like this.

…you’re just not in the mood for it?

It’s very rare that I’m in the mood for adult fiction so I have yet to read a few of the Jodi Picoult books I own. I really like her writing style and the themes of her books but I’m not often in the mood for them, especially during the semester. The books that I own but haven’t read are: Keeping Faith, Lone Wolf, Salem Falls, Changing Heart, Mercy, and Leaving Time.

…it’s humongous?

The biggest book I own that I haven’t read is definitely War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy but I also really want to read Anna Karenina which is also quite long although not quite as intimidating.

…because it was a cover buy that turned out to have poor reviews?

I don’t usually do cover buys unless I’m positive that I’ll like the book because I don’t want to waste my time reading something I won’t enjoy. The only book that kind of fits this question is State of Grace by Hilary Badger. It’s so bright and colourful and sounded interesting and the main reason I got it is because it was less than $5 but it has a Goodreads rating of 3.30. I’ll probably still read it at some point; it’s just not high up on my TBR.

What is the most intimidating book in your TBR pile?

Illuminae by Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff because I’ve never read a book that hasn’t been mostly narration before so I don’t know how engaged I’ll be with the story and the characters since the book is told through so many different forms. Also, it’s really big!


One thought on “Intimidating TBR Book Tag

  1. I had the same reservations about Illuminae. I thought the narrative style had the potential to be gimmicky and annoying, but it’s actually really well-executed and suits the story. It was my favourite YA read last year! It’s also not as long as it first appears because a lot of the pages don’t contain much text. I read it in three sittings, and I’m not a fast reader. I also quite enjoyed These Shallow Graves. I found it a little predictable, but it’s a really fun thriller. I’ve read Jane Eyre a couple of times (and taught it too). It’s a tricky one, especially if you’ve already read Wide Sargasso Sea. Rochester is a total asshat. Romance aside, I really enjoyed Jane’s journey and all the gothic gloominess. Have you read Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca? It was largely inspired by Jane Eyre but du Maurier uses the two Mrs de Winters to ask questions about women’s feminity and sexuality and plays out this great conflict between ‘the woman in the attic’ and ‘the angel in the house’ archetypes and the wild vs. the domestic.


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