My Maybe TBR Pile #7

by - 10:41 PM

Êl síla erin lû e-govaned vîn! 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 so often is my "maybe" TBR, even though it's almost as long as my actual TBR. So here is a small snapshot of some books on my "maybe" pile and why I'm not sure I want to read them.

A Study in Brimstone by G.S. Denning - I LOVE this concept. Sherlock Holmes is actually an incompetent warlock, and Watson is the real mastermind? THIS is the retelling we DESERVE. But a lot of the reviews I've been reading are pretty negative, saying this book ended up being too juvenile and poorly written. So I'm not sure??

Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton - Nerdy history comics? Sounds awesome! Except I don't like comics. So that is, uh, a small problem.

The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen - The writing here looks beautiful! (And I'm a fan of the opera Turandot, which is retold in part in this story.) But I'm not sure about the rest of the concept? *lowers voice* I am just tired of most YA. There. I have said it! It has been said. I am tired of typical YA. And this seems like such a typical YA.

Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George - UM?? Shakespeare's greatest comedy retold in the 1920s?? I WAS BORN FOR THIS BOOK. Except . . . the writing looks pretty rough + unrefined; this definitely gives me "shaky debut" vibes. 

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan - I actually started reading this a few months ago, but I only got a few chapters in. The writing is good, but the plot + genre don't really interest me. I could possibly see myself picking this up again in the future, though.

At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson - I love Shaun David Hutchinson's writing style, and I'm always on the lookout for more LGBT+ reads. But I don't like sci-fi all that much, and that's a big element of this story.

Morgoth's Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien - Morgoth's Ring is part of a series called The History of Middle-earth, which contains the earliest drafts of Tolkien's writings and traces them up to their final forms. As the series goes on, the work featured gets closer and closer to the finish version, so it becomes less interesting to read. Morgoth's Ring is one of the last books, so I think it could be like this. But!! It also apparently has a lot of content on the languages and philosophy of Middle-earth, which would be fascinating to read.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster - This is a classic I feel like I should love! And I would, I just . . . can't summon up any liking for Milo, the main character, at all. I know he'll probably change as the book goes on, I just don't know if I can drag myself through the book until he does.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen - I know I harp on and on about middle-grade being my favorite genre, but I think that's . . . changing?? WHICH IS SO SAD I DON'T WANT IT TO. There are still some MG books I love (like Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi, which I just finished), but overall, it's getting harder and harder for me to like them. The False Prince is a book I would have adored in middle school, enjoyed in early high school, and now . . . I don't know. I just don't know. It may have come into my life too late.

WELL, I THINK THAT ABOUT COVERS IT. Talk to me, peasants: Have you read any of these books? What are some books you're not sure about reading? What genres or styles have you grown out of? Comment below, and have a fabulous day.


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  1. Ooh, Warlock Holmes does sound like a super interesting concept. With all the Sherlock Holmes retellings out there, this is one take on it I haven't seen before. But bad/juvenile writing can really ruin a book!

    I ADORED The False Prince when I was about twelve or thirteen, but I don't remember much about it. I do know that it has an excellent rating on Goodreads and many older teens and adults in their twenties have been raving about it in this book group I'm in on Facebook, so age may not matter as much with this one! You won't know unless you try, I guess.

    1. I'm just . . . the actual Worst Human at responding to comments I guess. Oops.

      I stg if I see ONE (1) more Sherlock retelling where its only selling point is that it's genderbent, I'm going to throw this perfectly good mug of coffee at the wall. I have been working on one of my own where the twist is that John and Locke (Sherlock) are kids, but that won't be done for a long while. And maybe I'll try The False Prince, then! I definitely still like some MG, and I'm always looking for more I can enjoy.

  2. I remember when I was little I really enjoyed The False Prince, but I haven't looked back at it in a while for quite some time now. I guess I should look back at it, I remember really enjoying it, and at one point in my reading life I considered it my favorite book of all time. :)

  3. ooh the False Prince is FUNNY. Which is why I liked it (but I felt too old to *love* it, you know?! I hate growing up *cries*) And I read The Edge of The Universe and I liked it but the protagonist is a bit of an ass. It's mostly contemporary with a bit of a sci-fi thrown it, but mostly contemporary *feels* if that makes sense.😂And omg THROW BACK TO THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH. I loved that as a kid! NO clue if I'd still like it lmao.

    1. I know what you mean! I hate growing up as well, at least, in this respect. Why does age have to ruin perfectly good books.

  4. I have been so lazy with Speak Easy Speak Love. It's been sitting by my bed for months and I still haven't read it. Hope you enjoy!

  5. I love this type of TBR post!

    THE FALSE PRINCE IS AMAZING AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I know what you mean about feeling like you're growing out of Middle Grade, though. I don't read nearly as much Middle Grade anymore, but I'm trying to change that because MG is such a lovely genre... <3 And yet I just don't feel called to it like I used to, which makes me sad. :(

    So yeah, it's a weird internal conflict. WANTING to and yet not FEELING LIKE IT.

    Great post!

    Lila @ The Red-Hooded Writer

    1. Thanks!! Me too :)

      I'm in the exact same boat. I'm trying to find MG I can still enjoy, and it's getting harder and harder. I did just finish On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness and enjoy it, though, so not all hope is yet lost.

  6. This sounds like such an interesting mix of books. Speak Easy, Speak Love sounds intriguing!

  7. The Bird and the Blade is phenomenal. I highly recommend, one of my favorites! I am right there with you in regards to Speak Easy, Speak Love and At the Edge of the Universe. It's funny because my reason for the latter is because there maybe isn't enough sci-fi hahah. Hope that if you do read these, you enjoy them!

    1. That's great to hear! Maybe I'll give it a shot, then. :) Different books appeal to different people for different reason! You too.


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