My "Maybe" TBR #3

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.

Plot


Aspects of these books - such as worldbuilding, characters, or writing style - look interesting, but the plots strike me as being too stereotypical and trope-filled (Princess of Thorns, Long May She Reign, A Court of Thorns and Roses), confusing (Nothing Tastes as Good), or plain uninteresting (Carve the Mark, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown).

Writing Style


The concepts of these books really interest me, but I'm afraid the writing will be bland, boring, or lacking in beauty. 

Misc.


Tiny Pretty Things - This may sound like a stupid reason, but here it is: this book is about a highly competitive ballet school, and I had lots of bad experiences with ballet when I was young. I'm afraid reading this would bring those memories back up, and I wouldn't be able to enjoy the story.

The Dark Days Club - I absolutely love the idea of regency demon hunters, but I'm unsure as to whether the book focuses more on demon hunting or romance. If it's more of a romance novel than an action novel, I'm out.

The Lies of Locke Lamora - This, also, may seem like a very stupid reason. I love the plot, and I like the writing style. But I've read a few chapters, and those two things don't seem to mesh very well. It's a very modern writing style in a somewhat traditional fantasy world, and reading those two things together was extremely jarring. I couldn't focus on the plot or the characters at all.

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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? What books are you hesitant about? Comment below, and have an awesome day.

Namariรซ,
Ellie

10 comments:

  1. For some reason, even though I love ballet, I steer away from ballet-competition-type books. So much drama! XD And apparently Carve the Mark has some racist aspects, so I'm not sure if I'll read it or not. And I've heard that Holly Black is a great writer, but Coldest Girl in Coldtown seems really weird to me... XD

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    1. Yes! I found her writing to be absolutely gorgeous in the sample I read, but the plot seems very - well, weird - to say the least. XD

      - Ellie

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  2. Preach about bad ballet experiences: I actually went to only ONE practice, and that was enough. The instructor basically told me I was the worst child she'd ever tutored because when we were supposed to be doing this weird run-flap (?) thing, I was attempting to jump in the air like I'd seen in a Barbie movie previously.

    I've read Coldest Girl in Coldtown, and it's....good. I mean, I wouldn't re-read it, but it's good enough for a quick read. I didn't really connect to some of the characters though, which is a problem for me because I like caring about the charcaters I read about.

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    1. Omg, the fuck? You poor thing! I took two years of ballet, and all the other kids made fun of me because I couldn't skip. The instructor took me aside for private instruction so we wouldn't "get in the way of girls who can actually dance".

      - Ellie

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  3. I relate to a lot of your thoughts here! I'm definitely a maybe for Carve the Mark (because it's SO controversial) and The Dark Days Club (because it sounds boring). I, personally, enjoyed A Study of Charlotte but I did find the author's writing to be uh, clumpy. Lots of info dumps .. *sad face*. Also, I don't recommend A Court of Thorns and Roses. Just, no thanks. :,)

    anna | annaish

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    1. I actually find the controversy aspect pretty interesting - it makes me more likely to read it, in fact, so I can do a bit of a study on what aspects of the language used have given it that bad rep and how I can refrain from replicating that in my own writing. I also tend to like to read something before I start condemning it for an issue. However, the plot does sound very....sci-fi, which is not something I'm interested in.

      Ah, yes, I remember reading your feelings on ACOMAF. XD I take it ACOWAR isn't in your near future?

      - Ellie

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  4. I would definitely recommend giving The Dark Days Club a shot. It's not very romantical at all; the main character is badass, and I'm reading book two, and there's a gay character. Of course no one suspected this, even though it should have been plain from the start, but it's handled in a really good way(so far. I haven't finished yet)and I'm very interested to see where it goes.

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  5. Omg I love so many of these books. You'll have to excuse me if I gush.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I LOVE Lies of Locke Lamora, like it's legit one of my top 3 favourite books in the world...and I thought the style/setting was perfect. But like that's a personal thing, so maybe if you don't like it then skip? I think the Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue actually has a similar tone (FJAKDSLFD MY OTHER MOST FAVOURITE BOOK AHHHH!!!) so you probably will either like both or neither.๐Ÿ˜‚ I was REALLY impressed with Princess of Thorns!! It's not like a whole pile of cliches! I mean it HAS cliches and tropes in it, but they were just done really well IMO. And the princess likes to punch people and eat potatoes so...like what is not to love.๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. I WAS HONESTLY 89% CERTAIN THAT MENTIONING LOCKE WOULD SUMMON THE CAIT CREATURE, TBH. Hmmm......I may have to try Princess of Thorns. I do love potatoes XD

      - Ellie

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