Books I want to read but don’t want to read

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel a little conflicted about picking up books… which is why this tag is perfect! Thank you so much to the lovely, creative and entertaining Sophie @Sophie’s Corner ( for tagging me to do this one!

The Rules:

  • Link back to the original tag (this post, and Jami!)
  • Complete the questions with books you want to have read but don’t want to read
  • Tag some people at the end to do the tag next

A book that you feel you need to read because everyone talks about it

Weirdly it’s the rest of the Wheel of Time series- but I didn’t like Eye of the World, mostly cos of the writing style, so I’m resisting the second one even if I keep hearing it’s worth it in the end!

A book that’s really long

Don Quixote– really intimidates me cos of that!

A book you’ve owned / had on your TBR for too long

Gardens of the Moon is one of the first books I bought on my kindle… and I still haven’t read it! I guess I’m just really nervous about whether I’m going to like it!

A book that intimidates you

Ulysses– I’ve had vague intentions to read it forever, but it scares the hell out of me!

A book that you think might be slow

Silas Marner probably- because I’ve read a couple of George Eliot books and, while I enjoyed them, I found them pretty slow paced. It’s why I need to be in the right mood for them.

A book you need to be in the right mood for

Well, I’m a massive mood reader, so *EVERYTHING*! I’m going with Gideon the Ninth, because I keep hearing amazing things from people I trust, but can’t bring myself to pick it up.

A book you’re unsure if you will like

The Poppy War may prove to be a little graphic for me (especially since I know it draws inspiration from the Rape of Nanking). It’s just going to be a tough one to read. I keep seeing so much buzz for it and downloaded a copy to my kindle, so I’m going to have to bite the bullet at some point.

That was fun- I tag: No Reads Too Great, Journey into Books, Weird Zeal, Celinegg, Whimsically Meghan, Read Between the Skylines and anyone else that wants to do it!

And that’s all for now! What books do you feel conflicted about reading? And do you recommend any of the books I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments!

58 thoughts on “Books I want to read but don’t want to read

  1. I get what you mean by having books you want to read but you don’t want to read. I have a whole list of them myself. I haven’t even heard of any of the ones you listed here though so sorry I can’t be much help with them

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  2. Don Quixote was on my monster books I want to read some day and I swear people where encouraging of every book except that one. Apart from the length its apparently rather confusing which only put me off more. Good luck if you ever do read it!

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  3. I love this tag, I feel like there are so many books I want to read but don’t want to read at the same time! I’m gonna do it on my page now, it can be fun!
    I’ve read bits of Don Quixote – I never really got into it. It’s a massive classic, but I think you can do well by reading only passages and you’ll get more or less the whole story 😉 Ulysses is also one of the books that intimidates me a lot. I’ve just heard a lot of opinions about this saying it’s particularly difficult.


  4. Great post, this looks like such a great tag thank you so much for tagging me. I also really want to pick up Gideon and the Ninth but feel I really need to be in the right mood for it as I hear it can be quite confusing and you need to pay a lot of attention to it. I also loved The Poppy War but it is definitely graphic so make sure you are in the right space of mind for it 💜

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  5. Lol I think if you didn’t like the writing in Eye of the World you’ll most likely have a hard time with the other books too, except maybe the ones written by Brandon Sanderson. I haven’t gotten to them yet to see how different the style is there.

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  6. If you didn’t care for Eye of the World, do yourself a favor and avoid the rest of the series. You might like certain parts or aspects, but you’ll hate the series as a whole.

    Don Quixote is awesome! I did a chapter by chapter series of posts on it a couple of years ago and it was fantastic. Do yourself a favor and get this under your belt.

    Gardens of the Moon. My favorite of the Malazan Book of the Fallen books. Probably the only one I’ll ever re-re-re-X-read again.

    Silas Marner might have been slow, but it wasn’t a big fat slog. Probably the one book by her that I actually enjoyed.

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      1. Read it, read it, read it.

        Just be prepared for extremely long winded narrations and side stories and characters that exist to simply make the book longer. I’m a big fan of Dickens, so those aspects don’t bother me 🙂

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    1. Yeah I keep changing my mind about that- I just think that since my problem is the writing style, it’s not going to get better for me, no matter how interested I am in how Jordan explored fantasy in a different way.

      Oh yes I remember! Ok that’s very encouraging- thank you!!

      haha ok that’s great as well! Makes me very excited! 😀

      Oh that’s good!! 😀

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  7. Haha, yep, I have THOSE kinds of books on my list too. Probably no surprise that a lot of them are huge fantasy tomes…like you, I really should continue with both Jordan’s and Erikson’s series, but I look at how many books ther are and the length of each of them and it’s just so intimidating!

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  8. I have the same thoughts about The Poppy War too. I’m intrigued by it but I’m not sure if its graphic nature will be a little too much for me and I’m a little intimidated to pick it up and see.

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  9. Gideon the Ninth! I picked up a copy over a year ago, and I really do want to read it, but haven’t quite been in the mood yet. I’ve been reading Don Quixote with my book group since early in 2020, and we’ll finally be done in May. There’s no way I would have stuck with it without the group!

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  10. Don Quixote, the book I cannot remember anything about, 😂.

    I didn’t get along with Gardens of the Moon, too many characters that all read exactly the same so I never noticed when the POV changed mid-chapter without any indication as to who was speaking.

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  11. I’m feeling the same way about Harrow the Ninth as you are about Gideon the Ninth—I really liked the first book but I just haven’t been in the mood to pick up the second yet. And I think I’ll probably enjoy The Poppy War when I get to it…but I am worried about how graphic it’ll be. Hope you end up enjoying any of these that you pick up, and thanks so much for tagging me!!

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