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September 10: Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why (maybe you’re scared of it, worried it won’t live up to the hype, etc.) (submitted by Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea)

Most books I haven’t read on my TBR is because I can’t stop adding new books to it, but there’s a few I’ve skipped over. Alphabetical as always.

1.The Black Jewels Trilogy; Anne Bishop. I picked this up used, started to read it, wasn’t feeling it, and haven’t started again.

2. World After; Susan Ee. The first book traumatized me, and I haven’t been brave enough for the second.

3. The Beautiful Ashes; Jeanine Frost. At first I was waiting for the next book to come out, so I didn’t have to worry about cliffhangers, then I just… haven’t picked it up.

4. The Wicked + The Divine; v. 1; Kieron Gillen. Another series I was waiting for a few to be out, and now it’s been years.

5. The Tribulations of Tompa Lee; Edward Hoornaert. I feel anxious about not liking an indie author’s work, because I have to be honest in my review, but I don’t want to tank someone’s ratings.

6. Shield of Kings; Christina Ochs. Purchased this from a blogger whose snippets I read, and haven’t even touched it, because if I don’t like it, I have no idea how to review it.

7. The Mime Order; Samantha Shannon. I loved the first book, but reviews warned this might not be as good. It needs to be good, though!

8. The Window and the Mirror; Henry Thomas. I picked this up at a book fair because I liked the author’s interview, but now I’m worrying I’ll feel bad if I don’t like the book.

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

7 responses »

  1. I guess technically I’ve been avoiding reading The Mime Order, too. I read The Bone Season when it came out and liked it, but there was such a break in between release times that I just couldn’t bring myself to read it.

  2. Sarah says:

    You could always skip the review and explain politely to the author why you aren’t reviewing it!

    I don’t really feel too bad about it, you have to have a thick skin to be an author, but I do try to at least be mindful and polite if it was an ARC. If I paid money for it… Eesh. I need to rein myself in sometimes.

    Great list and great pick for a topic Caitlin!

    • The author likely wouldn’t have any idea I’d read or reviewed their book, I’m just too nice for my own good sometimes.
      Thanks! 🙂

      • Sarah says:

        Hey- nothing wrong with that, I wish there were more people like you! And I totally get that feeling. I always feel bad when I write a negative review that’s more likely have some impact on the author. Whereas reviewing someone like Stephen King or Janet Evanovich negatively is not at all likely to impact their sales.

        On the flip side- you might love it and be able to help an author out!

  3. Emily @ The Little Book Affair says:

    I’ve had The Bone Season on my shelf for a while, but it looks like the series is going to be quite long and the pub dates are so far away from each other. It makes me a little uninterested in reading it.

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