Book Tag: Books I Want to Read But Don’t Want to Read

Hi all!

It’s been a minute since I’ve done a book tag, so thank you very much to both Jami @ Jami’s Shelves and Sakhile @ Sakhile Whispers for tagging me! This tag is also an original book tag by Jami and it’s so freaking cool! Everyone please go check out Sakhile and Jami’s amazing blogs!

I totally feel this whole tag! There are so many books I want to read but at the same time can’t be bothered reading? Is there a way I can just know everything about a book without having read it, because that would be great.

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

25489134This prompt was a hard one to choose a book for, because I recently went through my Goodreads TBR and got rid of over 100 books I knew I wouldn’t read — books that I had only put on my TBR because I “felt” like I had to, if that makes sense.

But in the end, I chose The Bear and the Nightingale. This probably wouldn’t have been a book I would have picked up on my own, but I’ve seen so many friends on Goodreads and Twitter gush over this book, and I added it to my TBR. I have plans to read it soon, because some people claim its one of the best book series they’ve read, and I’m interested to see if I feel the same! Although … three-book fantasy series … kinda CBF.


A book that’s really long

25334922I really want to read A Little Life, but recently I’ve heard some pretty sketchy stuff about the book that kinda doesn’t want make me want to read it anymore … but at the same time, I feel like I need to?

It kinda gives me The Secret History feels, but more focused on relationships. I think the book is about trauma and has a queer character or couple? I’m not 100% sure, but I do want to read this but its also like 800 pages long and I don’t have time for that.


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

112077OMG The Game of Kings! This book has been on my TBR for actual years, and I want to read it so bad but I keep putting it off! This is the first book in The Lymond Chronicles, a six-book historical series about a young man named Francis Crawford, who is falsely accused of treason and exiled. Now he returns to his beloved Scotland, leading a band of outlaws, in a bid to restore his reputation and save his country, which is on the brink of war with England.

I do desperately want to read this book but I’m currently in the middle of reading the Nightrunner series by Lynn Flewelling, and that’s a seven-book fantasy series. So I don’t have time for another big, dense series at the moment!


A book that is ‘required’ reading
(eg, school text, really popular classic – something you feel obligated to read!)

12954620Falling Kingdoms is one of those fantasy YA series that a lot of people consider ‘required’ reading. I see a lot of people talking about this series and I want to know all about it, without having read all six books. There is also heaps and heaps of characters and I don’t have the time to become obsessed with a couple of new favourite characters.

But also I’ve heard that the last couple of books weren’t that great? Especially the final book in the series. And to be honest, I don’t want to read such a big series and then be disappointed in the last book. I’ll be too upset.


A book that intimidates you

17333223I really, really want to read The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, but I’m also super intimidated by it. It’s almost 800 pages long and literary fiction on top of that? Fam.

Apparently its about a boy who is orphaned, and then taken in by a wealthy family. Tormented by his loss, the boy clings to the one thing he has left of his mother: a small painting that draws him into the underworld of art.

I’ve heard that the book is gay, but I think it queer baits too? At least that’s what a friend said, but I’m not sure. Anyway, it’s definitely a book I want to read but can’t be bothered actually reading.


A book that you think might be slow

8667848I got A Discovery of Witches as a Christmas present a few years back, and I very much want to read it — especially now that there’s a TV show adaptation. However, as is predictable of this genre, many witch and vampire books have a tendency to be very … slow.

And I’ve got a feeling this book is going to be very slow, as it will take time to develop the world-building and establish characters. Plus you just know the vampire, who is the love interest, will be brooding and have some reason why he can’t get together with the MC. I sound so bitter, but I already know how this book will turn out.


A book you need to be in the right mood for

42268614I do really want to read The Ruin of Kings but I definitely need to be in the mood for it. Its like an almost 800-page fantasy book, and I’ve heard that the book can be a bit difficult to follow because it jumps from past to present to future a lot.

However, I heard it has a disaster bi MC, who is the illegitimate son of a dead and immoral prince … and he’s at the middle of an ancient prophecy. So it’s all the things I love, but in a very big book. Definitely need to be in the mood for this one.


A book you’re unsure if you will like

18709559I want to read The Luminaries so bad but I’m not 100% sure if I’ll like it? Its set in New Zealand in the late 1800s, during their gold-rush and is about a man called Moody. Once there, he comes across a group of men having a secret meeting to explain a series of events: a wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute tried to commit suicide, and an enormous fortune was discovered.

I think its a ghost story? But historical too. It sounds interesting but I’m not sure about the historical setting of New Zealand. Kinda reminds me of Australia and I don’t usually like reading books set in Australia. Sorry fellow Aussies!


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I tag:

Charlotte | Mandy | Julianna | Ashley | Sophie | Azia | Emma

And anyone else who wants to do this tag!

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23 thoughts on “Book Tag: Books I Want to Read But Don’t Want to Read

  1. littlebookynook says:

    The Bear and the Nightingale is one that I want to read because people have hyped it up. I honestly wouldn’t have even known about it if I hadn’t seen it talked about. Omg I feel you with A Discovery of Witches! I have the book as well, but I just…can’t bring myself to read it because of that very reason. I have heard mixed reviews on it as well, which doesn’t help. Great answers lovely xx

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    • thebookcorps says:

      Yes, same! I don’t think I would have come across the bear and the nightingale if not for people talking about it! I might watch the show for a discovery of witches and if I like it, will give the book a chance
      thank you lovely 😘💕

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  2. Emma's Library says:

    You’ve probably seen how much I absolutely love A Discovery of Witches (I do go on about it a lot) but it is one of those books and trilogies that can be slow because it does encompass quite a lot of historical, scientific and supernatural details. Some people don’t like that, especially in regards to the second book, Shadow of Night, but I personally do as it makes the setting feel more alive to me. Thank you for tagging me as well. I feel that this tag sings to my soul!

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  3. Azia says:

    Yay! A tag! It’s been a while since I’ve been tagged LOL (*stares accusingly at my near-nonexistent presence on the blogosphere). I can’t wait to do this one; it seems like fun! I haven’t heard of many of the books you mentioned but I agree that I feel very compelled to read The Bear and the Nightingale, too, because of all the talk! I don’t know when I’ll ever be able to get around to it, but one can hope to try haha. And yes! I have the first book in the Fallen Kingdom series but have yet to read it. I’ve also heard that it’s really amazing, up until the last book or so. But I’m willing to try! Maybe it’ll be just as good as everyone says 😀

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  4. Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews says:

    Oooh, Laura, your answers were so much fun to read. I agree about Falling Kingdoms. I had heard that it was required reading a bit for fantasy lovers, and I decided to give the first (and I think the second but now I’m totally blanking if I actually got that far), and tbh, it didn’t fall in the hype for me. And I did hear that it does get a bit messier as it goes on. And I agree as well about The Bear and the Nightingale! I definitely wouldn’t have picked that book up if it wasn’t for the blogging community’s constant love. Wonderful post, Laura, and thank you so much for the tag!! ❤

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