My "Maybe" TBR - And Why I'm Hesitant About Reading These Books


Hey, young bloods! If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you'll know that I frequently share the books on my (ridiculously ginormous) TBR pile. However, what you don't see is my "maybe" TBR - a list of the books I think I may want to read but am totally not sure about - even though it's almost as long as my actual TBR. So here is a small snapshot of my "maybe" pile - and why I'm not sure I want to read them.

Typical Contemporaries?


I'm not that interested in contemporaries; I'm much more of a fantasy girl. These are some contemporaries I'm afraid will end up being typical modern stories without anything to give them that extra "zing" I always need in contemporary books.

Bad Writing?


These are books where the concepts interest me, but I've read samples and they don't seem very well-written. (Or I haven't been able to find any samples online at all.)

Misc. Reasons


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - It seems like most everyone who's read this book was underwhelmed, and I feel that all the hype (coupled with the fact that, despite being fantasy/horror-esque, it still takes place in a contemporary world) makes it very likely I'd be disappointed.

Rebel of the Sands - I know everyone's been talking about how woman-positive this book is, but, unless I'm missing something, I'm not sure where that's coming from. This book seems to be about a classic firebrand heroine who's trapped in her town and can't get out until she's rescued by a man she then falls in love with. Like if Katniss always talked about doing revolutionary things but couldn't accomplish a thing until Peeta came onto the scene, rescued her from 12, and swept her off her feet. I don't want to support a book that would perpetrate a theme with such undertones, and I certainly don't want to spend time reading it.

Illuminae - This one is mainly a genre thing. Although I absolutely love the format, I pretty much never read science fiction, especially where space comes in to play. Those kinds of books always bore me, so I'm unsure of whether or not to try this one.

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Let's chat! Have you read any of these books? What did you think, and should I give them a try? Are you hesitant about any of these books as well? Comment below, and have an awesome day.

Namarië,
Ellie

18 comments:

  1. I love the rebel cover but like you I'm hesitant!

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  2. I myself do prefer the fantasy genre - I just find it a lot more interesting than contemporaries or otherwise, you know? But still, I must admit, I did like We Were Liars. The only fault in the book is that some pages I was like HURRY UP UGH.

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    1. I agree! That's the main complaint I've heard.

      - Ellie

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  3. I personally really loved Illuminae, Sci-Fi is not something I normally read but this book is so fast paced and interesting you just need to keep turning pages. Also The Hate List is so so sad it made me cry a million billion tears.

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    1. Maybe I'll have to try them!

      - Ellie

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  4. I actually haven't read any of those books. I've watched the movie for Peculiar Children though. I tried reading any series a few days ago, and I loved the idea of the book, but it was just not written well! :( The series was called Teardrop.
    ~Katie@ cheeseandsparkles.blogspot.com

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    1. I know exactly what you mean. It's such a letdown when that happens, isn't it?

      - Ellie

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  5. i absolutely loved illuminae. the format made me nervous, as did the genre, but it's totally worth it, i swear. it's not intensely heavy on the sci-fi aspect in my opinion? like it's set in space and there's some nods to different technology, etc., but it doesn't read like a super in-depth sci-fi book, at least to me. and it's certainly got tons of action/intriguing things. i almost cried??? which sounds ridiculous but it's fantastic, truly.
    i definitely get you on the contemporaries thing. i'm so picky about them, and i find it really hard to read ones that i genuinely like, or relate to. ((and the great american whatever was just the great american NO for me))
    i love this post idea, ellie! ^-^
    xx a || not gary cooper

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    1. I'll have to give it some more consideration, then! Oh no, it doesn't sound ridiculous at all - I cry all the time at books. XD
      Same?!

      - Ellie

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  6. Okay, I can promise you, Perks is not badly written. It's one of my favourite books of all time, and I loved it so much that it made me cry so hard! You should totally give it a shot, it's really short too. I haven't read Three Dark Crowns either (I get sent it from the publisher), and I'm a little worried about the writing too. I've heard a few negative reviews, but I've also heard some really positive ones too!

    Denise | The Bibliolater

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    1. I'll give it some more consideration! I'll be interested in hearing your thoughts.

      - Ellie

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  7. 1984 badly written? Eh, no! I'm swooning at the mere suggestion ;)

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      - Ellie

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  8. I love this post idea! Can I "steal" it? And give you credit of course. :D Anyway, let me tell you: We Were Liars is LIT *inserts fire emoji* It's so good .. no joke. E. Lockhart's writing will want you wanting more. (that last sentence doesn't sense sorry) Illuminae is also LIT *inserts fire emoji again* because SPACE, ACTION, LIFE THREATENING DISEASES, ROMANCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MORE ACTION!! I loved it if you couldn't tell.

    anna | annaish

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    1. Of course! No problem.
      I might have to try those two, then!

      - Ellie

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  9. Oh I loved Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children. Almost everyone I've talked too loved it, so yeah. It was amazing <3
    Also 1984 is amazing. Disturbing, but amazing.

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  10. I read Miss Peregrines Home and Rebel of the Sands, and I liked them! While I didn't think that they were absolutely amazing or the best books I'd ever read, I still enjoyed them ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

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