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.
A book that you feel you need to read because everyone talks about it
This 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
I 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
OMG 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!)
Falling 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
I 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
I 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
I 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
I 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!
And anyone else who wants to do this tag!