Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.
This week’s topic is “top ten books I’m not sure I want to read.” Given that my to-read list is incredibly long, there are a lot of books on it that I’m hesitant about reading — some because of the hype surrounding them, others because of a lot of early negative reviews.
1. The One by Kiera Cass
This is a series that I feel rather impartial to. The first two books were nothing special, but made for quick (somewhat) entertaining reads. I really didn’t like The Elite though, with America’s waffling back and forth between Aspen and Maxon comprising the entire book, so I’m not sure if it’s worth reading The One just to see who she ends up with.
2. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
The first three books in this series were fairly enjoyable, but books four and five were such a chore to get through. I also don’t really remember much of what happened and have very little motivation to re-read the series, so I’m not sure if I’m going to get around to giving this one a try.
3. The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher
Given how much I loved Stolen: A Letter to My Captor, I was ridiculously excited that Lucy Christopher was finally releasing another book. Unfortunately, a lot of less-than-stellar reviews from trusted bloggers and friends have made me reconsider giving this one a read.
4. The Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupery
I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t actually read this one yet. Everyone seems to love it and all of my friends have given it 5 stars on Goodreads, so I’m somewhat worried that I’ll be the black sheep that doesn’t enjoy it quite as much.
5. On the Fence by Kasie West
I’ve seen a lot of lukewarm reviews for On the Fence, so I’m afraid that reading it will give me cause to remove Kasie West from my “auto-read” list… which would be quite a shame, since I loved all of her other books.
6. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
After learning that this is a packaged book by Full Fathom Five, I’m incredibly iffy about whether or not I want to read it. The plethora of mixed reviews that I’ve read probably don’t help too much, either.
7. The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupceo
I can handle horror movies fairly well, but this reminds me so much of The Ring that I feel I’ll be sleeping with the lights on for quite some time afterwards.
8. The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard
I attempted to read the Pretty Little Liars series and just couldn’t get into it, and I quit reading The Lying Game series pretty early on as well, so I’m not entirely certain that Sara Shepard’s writing is for me.
9. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith / J.K. Rowling
I haven’t read a proper mystery novel in quite some time, but I’m wary about picking this one up. I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Casual Vacancy so I’m afraid that reading this will lessen my love for her writing in some way.
10. Four by Veronica Roth
I haven’t had much success with novellas, aside from The Assassin’s Blade collection. They often don’t add much to the story or lessen my affection for certain characters (like The Bane Chronicles did), so I’m not too sure if I should give this one a read…