My "Maybe" TBR Pile #2

by - 9:47 PM

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.


These are books I'm hesitant to read because of their genre - be they contemporary, historical fiction, or retelling, they're from a genre I rarely enjoy. For me to enjoy books from those genres, they have to have an extra-special "zing" I'm just not sure these ones have.

Writing Quality

These are books whose concepts interest me and genres are on point, but I've read samples and the quality of the writing appears to be very sub-par. I'm afraid I'll get bored while reading these stories or just won't feel a connection to any of the characters.


The Bully Pulpit - This one mainly scares me because of its size. I don't mind reading long books, but my TBR tends to build up to monstrous heights when I do.

Openly Straight - This is a book about a gay guy who's out and accepted in his hometown, but he moves to a new city and school because he's tired of being "the gay guy" - he wants to be a straight  guy for a while. Although I feel this is a very interesting take on LGBTQ+ fiction, it could very easily have homophobic undertones or make light of the situations of LGBTQ+ kids whose livelihoods would be threatened if they came out.

The Name of the Wind - This seems to be well-written, and I love me some traditional high fantasy. However, I'm a little worried that - since it's written in the traditional fantasy genre - the plot will be typical and predictable.


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


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  1. I really loved Eleanor & Park and I think it's a beautiful contemporary, I'd definitely recommend reading it. I am aware that it is now seen as problematic, and unfortunately I didn't pick up on that whilst reading it, which disappoints me. I do want to re-read it again though and see what I think of it with a different lens.

    I'd personally give Throne of Glass a miss - I read the first two books and go through about a quarter of third and I gave up. I was just bored.

    I'm on the fence about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as well...I want to read it because Harry Potter, but I'm really worried I won't enjoy it.

    1. I've not heard of these problems either - do you know what they entail?

      That's my fear - I've heard SJM's series tend to be bad at first and then get really good, but I'm not sure I want to sit through the first few books in order to get to the good stuff.


      - Ellie

  2. I agree with everything said in the comment above me haha ^^ Although I did enjoy Throne of Glass, overall it became a bit of a drag. But I'd give it a go-- some people love it. Also, same about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child... I just had such closure with the seven, don't know if I can handle opening the series back up. I've heard some not great things about it as well. Not sure.

    1. Do you think the series gets better as it goes along?

      I KNOW. It really feels like JKR is just pumping out more HP stuff to make money and stay in the news, not necessarily because the increased materials would improve the series.

      - Ellie

    2. OK I FEEL THAT SO MUCH YES AGREED ((did you see Fantastic Beasts? What did you think?)) I love JKR and totally respect her but like as for the eighth book I'm sort of just like um why I don't think we really needed that...

      And no haha, I think the series gets worse as it goes along to be honest. Or at least dips. It started rather strong with TOG, and then the second was pretty good, but then the third was just like why so boring and then by then yeah I was kind of just done. I read the fourth because I had it but it was still annoying at that point so I can't say I was very enthusiastic about it by then. Some themes got repetitive and characters just weren't dynamic enough to make that long of a series. And the fifth is out now but....I just can't seem to motivate myself to pick it up. Part of me wants to but part of me is just like nah there are so many other books you could read but then commitment...yeah haha my mind all the time. I was going to do a review of the series on my blog but I never got around to reading the prequel (again, motivation problems) so I didn't feel prepared. Plus I don't think I'm emotionally ready for the Samleana heartbreak that is sure to be in that book to be honest. There are already so many freaking ships in that series I can't deal with another just agh. So yeah haha I'm rambling but yes there's the answer to your question sorry it got so long haha XD

    3. I saw Fantastic Beats, and I thought it was really good! It's not that one that bothers me so much, it's Cursed Child. I definitely agree that it was pretty unneeded.

      THAT'S EXACTLY ME WITH WHEEL OF TIME AGH. I can't keep track of all the ships, and there are just!! So!! Many!! Books!! Also so many unnecessary supporting characters like what. I can't keep them straight anymore. Halp.

      - Ellie


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