My "Maybe" TBR #4

by - 6:30 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.

Typical Contemporary?

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.

Writing Quality?

I love the concepts of these books, but (either because I've not been able to get my hands on a suitably-sized sample or because I have and haven't been impressed) I'm afraid the writing will be bland, boring, or lacking in beauty.


Because You'll Never Meet Me - The characters sound too precious in this! But I'm afraid the plot requires too much suspension of disbelief for a contemporary. I'm all for suspension of disbelief, but I like mine solely in fantasy books.

The Morning Star - See, I adore the plot of this story. I'm a sucker for high-action spy novels like these, and the writing style looks a lot like that of Nora Sakavic's All for the Game Trilogy (which I love). But the part I read seemed so unbearably sexist I couldn't even finish a free sample. Women were constantly degraded and made fun of by the male cast of main characters, and the one female MC clung to a man and was completely passive. I definitely couldn't stand reading an entire book of that.

Suicide Notes - This book strikes me as eerily similar to It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini, and let's just say.....I'm definitely not a fan of that book. (In fact, out of the 73 I read last year, it's probably my least favorite.)


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. Ooh-- good maybe TBR! I haven't read any of these, but I heard mosquitoland was good. Neat post!

    p.s have you read red queen? I'm reading the third right now and was wondering if you'd heard of it

    1. Thanks! Haha, that's actually another maybe read! What do you think of it? I'm unsure about if it's too tropey and special snowflake-ish, but the writing itself looks very compelling.

      - Ellie

  2. Question: have you read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda? If you haven't, I suggest reading SIMON first before you dive into The Upside of Unrequited. Becky's books are very cute, funny and fluffy. I love them! :,)
    Anyway, I'm pprrretttyyyy sure you'll enjoy History Is All You Left Me. It's about broken boyfriends and death. Super sad but moving.
    But, to be honest, I don't think This Adventure Ends is up in your alley. I read her first contemporary and it was pretty predictable (but I liked it!).
    Dude, I think you should just dive into The Hate U Give. I haven't read THUG (yet) but, I mean, 8 starred reviews and there's a movie in the works?! I was sold. XD

    anna | annaish

    1. UM OF COURSE I HAVE. It's such a lovely book <3
      How's the writing? Adam Silvera's writing has always seemed to drag to me :/
      Haha, yeah. The cover is gorgeous, and I'm so hoping it would end up pleasantly surprising me, but idk.
      Already a movie? Wow. :)

      - Ellie

  3. I read an arc of the upside of unrequited (there'll be a review up Saturday actually :3) and LOVED it. Like Anna said, you should totally try Simon Vs first though, to see if you like her writing style. Her books are seriously hilarious, and I'm so not a big contemporary fan, but I've adored all that she's written. ^-^
    The writing style wasn't my favorite in the hate u give, but honestly, it's such an important and poignant read that it doesn't even really NEED a superb writing style. It's such an important story and Starr's journey toward justice is just phenomenal. <3
    Another lovely post Ellie!! I love seeing the things you're thinking of reading.
    xx a || not gary cooper

    1. AHHH YAYY. Ahhhh I loved Simon vs :) I actually think I read it per your recommendation.
      Thank you!

      - Ellie

  4. And once again....I haven't read any of these either o_o. But I really want to! I'm in the same boat as you with the whole preferring sci fi/fantasy books over contemporaries any day, but I've been seeing so much about The Hate U Give lately that I really want to check it out! And Suicide Notes has always been on my radar, but I have yet to pick it up. Awesome post, Ellie!

    1. Haha, same! I just feel like I'd feel like such a horrible person if I ended up not liking it, though. If you do, I'll be interested to hear your thoughts! Thank you, dear :)

      - Ellie


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