Top Ten Tuesday: Books I own and have thus far ignored.

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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 of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic: Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why, comes to us from Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea and I think it’s a great topic because I have SO MANY OF THEM.

The Name of the Wind Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles #1) by Patrick Rothfuss – Full disclosure: I’ve started the audiobook of this at least two times that I remember.  I think I need to eye read it, but honestly I made it halfway the second time and I still wasn’t seeing the appeal.  I think it’s incredibly slow paced and it didn’t feel like there was a lot of plot.  Also – someone tell me again why this trilogy isn’t finished yet?  What is Rothfuss waiting for?

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch 1

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentlemen Bastards #1) by Scott Lynch – I’m avoiding this for two reasons. 1) I have the paperback, and it’s 700 pages long with tiny text and it’s going to hurt my hands to keep holding this open for extended periods of time. 2) I’m terrified I won’t love it, because everything I know about it says it should be a home run.

The Wish Granter Ravenspire 2 by CJ Redwine

The Wish Granter (Ravenspire #2) by C.J. Redwine – I bought this without ever reading the first book because it’s a Rumpelstiltsken retelling- and it’s one of my favorite (grim) fairy tales. Then the first one came available through my library, and I decided maybe I should just begin at the beginning.  The Shadow Queen turned out to be full of tropes I hate and flat characters with corny dialogue that made my skin crawl (I’m sorry).  Anyway, I still want to read it, because I own it, but it might take me a year… or 10.

The Once and Future King by T.H. White

The Once and Future King by T.H. White – I really, really, want to read, what is not the original King Arthur, but certainly a King Arthur classic.  But it was written in the 50s and I’m really nervous the pacing will be slow, or the language dense… ugh.  I need to get over it.

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

Half A King (Shattered Sea #1) by Joe Abercrombie – I bought this before I really knew who Joe Abercrombie was (I was just starting to get into SFF and learning about GoodReads okay?!).  By the time I realized Abercrombie was really well known for his First Law series… I was a little nervous about why I never saw anyone mentioning Shattered Sea…

Wonder Woman Warbringer DC Icons 1 by Leigh Bardugo

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bardugo – I love Six of Crows as much as any regular devourer of YA.  However, when I later tracked back to read the Grisha trilogy, I was sort of baffled it was written by the same author.  It’s not that they are bad books, they just feel so… generic.  And it’s made me drag my feet on reading this.

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson – Have you seen it?!  It’s like 900 pages long!  Also – I’ve come to the conclusion that Stephenson is a lot smarter than I am.. and that makes me nervous.

The Drawing of Three by Stephen King

The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King – I love King.. so I feel qualified to say… The Gunslinger was kind of boring.  I’ve heard these books get better with time, and I already own this one… but I haven’t been in any rush to get to it.

A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) by George R.R. Martin – I read A Game of Thrones about 1.5 years ago.  And I actually did enjoy it, but I’m nervous that with the time that’s passed and the complexity of these books and this world.. that I won’t remember enough to enjoy it…

Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erickson 1

Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen #1) by Steven Erikson – Another read that’s been classified as “difficult.”  But I want to love it so bad!  But what if I can’t figure it out?!

I have probably a hundred others I could add to this list, but that’s ten!  What about you?  What books have you been avoiding?

 

 

 

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54 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I own and have thus far ignored.

    • And the best reason ever for wanting to read a book: “the author has a magnificent beard”. Lol! Thanks for sharing!

      And I can kinda see the women thing. I got the sense in the little id read that Rothfuss doesn’t know a lot about how women think. (No judgement- that was just the way it seemed to me.)

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  1. I read The Name of the Wind way before I started blogging and I remember loving it. Back then, before I actually wrote book reviews, I didn’t even know the terms “pacing” or “character development” so who knows, it probably was slow paced but I wasn’t on a schedule or anything like I am now! And I’ve actually heard really good things about Seveneves, although I’m intimidated by it too.😁

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    • Oh good I’m not alone! I just think Stephenson IRL is much smarter (Or at least more scientific) than I am, which makes me feel like I’m going to have to work to understand it. Not necessarily what I want when it’s 900 pages long.

      And you aren’t alone in your thoughts about The Name of the Wind! Most people love it. And I didn’t think on the two occasions I tried it it was particularly bad or even slow, I just wasn’t sure what the plot was? Retired assassin gives interview in tavern? Lol

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  2. I ended up DNF’ing The Name of the Wind, so I can’t tell you what everyone else sees in it. The only plot that I got to was everyone dying. Yeah… done.

    I have Lies of Locke Lamora on my physical TBR too, and have also been avoiding it because it’s so big! But I really do want to like that one… so I’ll try it someday.

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    • I have to say- this post is the first time I’ve really heard people being vocal about not really loving the name of the wind! Usually it’s all unicorns and rainbows with Rothfuss.

      I sort of get the appeal? But then I also don’t. Because honestly it’s a book about nothing. And I listened to at least half- so I know what I’m talking about. Beautiful writing does not automatically make good story telling.

      I am sort of dying to know what the name of the wind is.. exactly. Lol

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      • Well, it’s only recently that I’ve been giving my opinion of Name of the Wind. I tried reading it (and DNF’ed it) a couple of years ago, but everyone seems to love it so I left it on my TBR as a “get back to eventually”. And then I got a little more active in the book blogging world (I’ve been much more of a lurker for years) and what I saw of the Rothfuss fanbase at that time was… not very polite to people who didn’t like his books. So I was quiet about it. But you know what? I didn’t enjoy it. And I’ve stopped being afraid to say to.

        (I read about 15-20% of it, and didn’t find the writing to be all that. I certainly didn’t think it was pretty enough to make up for a seemingly nonexistent plot.)

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      • Oh good so I’m not alone I’m not seeing the plot! I’m glad none of his rabid fans saw this post. It makes a lot of sense though as to why I don’t see anything bad said about them. I’ll definitely keep that in mind for the future.

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  3. Locke Lamora is brilliant though I never felt the want to carry on with the series after it.

    I never read Abercrombie either, love his First Law work but the YA tag put me off Shattered Sea.

    Malazan is amazing, very complex and Gardens of the Moon is probably the worst book, it’s definitely the shortest by a long way in the series.

    Ah, Rothfuss, as I’m eloquent and so very respectful, f#ck knows!😂 I’ve been waiting years for the third book! It is a stunning read but damn, when you wait years and years and there’s still no third book in sight, sigh.

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    • LOL. What I don’t understand.. is what is Rothfuss actually doing?! Like Martin at least is still writing and publishing other stuff, even if it’s not what everyone wants.. but Rothfuss is just hanging on book news sites writing opinion pieces and blurbing books and stuff…

      Noted about Malazan, Lamora and Abercrombie! I didn’t realize Shattered Sea was YA. Now I’ll never read it 😂

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      • He has his world builders charity which I think takes up a lot of his time. As you say, he does spend a lot of time online and that doesn’t help him with people complaining about him not having finished the trilogy yet.😂

        I think, another thing is that the trilogy was supposed to be finished when he signed his publishing contract and when the first book was released and it just needed a bit of editing. Then, it’s never been published.

        I do remember reading that his Dad was ill, I’m not entirely sure if he is still alive or passed away and I think he had cancer, could be wrong and I’m thinking of someone else. But his Dad was definitely seriously ill and that put writing on a back-burner.

        Yeah, it is. It could be really good but me and YA don’t really mix and it’s best I stay away from it.😂

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      • See now I just feel like a big jerk. I’m going to promptly sit down and shut up. I don’t really know much about Rothfuss- it was just that I was always seeing him pop up in all these articles and such and I was like- didn’t your book sell like a million copies?!! Why aren’t you writing? Because to stay home and write stories all day is totally my dream job so it baffled me a bit. He sounds like a good guy.

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      • Nah, you’re definitely not a jerk.👍

        I’ve read the previous two books, years ago, been waiting for the third book and because of that I check out if there’s any news on the release, how it’s coming along, etc and that’s the only reason I knew about those things.

        He does seem like a good guy.

        I think he’s very much in the same boat as Martin in that he’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t over the book because it has been so long.

        Lynch is similar too, it has been a few years now since the last book in the Gentlemen Bastards was released but he has had issues with depression and other things too.

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  4. The last thing my TBR needed was another book added to it but when I read what you said about The Wish Granter I added it to my TBR. I don’t see many retellings of that variety. It makes me nervous with the less than stellar things about The Shadow Queen BUT I apparently lack self control so here we are!

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    • Haha- we never know, maybe it’s better than The Shadow Queen! I can’t remember if that was her debut or not. Sometimes second books are better because the author has had more practice.

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