The Intimidating TBR Book Tag


This tag is shockingly old and mainly from *The Youtube, I know this. I also know that the photo I have used only showcases one of the books I mention, sue me, I chose it because I like the yellowness. (Plus it's totally not that I really can't be bothered to take a new shot. Nope. Or because I don't officially own some of the books I mention due to my dependant on the library. As if.) Before we get started let me just make one final thing clear.. I tag you! You reading this, yup, you. I'd really love to hear some of your answers. Plus I'm always too afraid of officiall tagging people incase it annoys them. I have issues.

What book have you been unable to finish?
As much as it breaks my heart to say it, Shadow of Night (All Souls Book 2) by Deborah Harkness. The first book, A Discovery Of Witches, is one of my favourites, but despite my multiple attempts, I just can't get through the sequel. It's so slow and I've been at the midway point for well over a year now. I've heard great things about the third and final book, The Book Of Life, in the series so I will force myself to eventually finish, but blegh.

What's a book on your TBR that you haven't got to as you haven't had the time?
Though I am blessed with quite a lot of free time to read due to health and whatnot, there are undoubtedly books on my TBR that I haven't picked up due to the mental block of "It'll just take so long.". I'm going to somewhat cheat by naming a series, and this will very likely be controversial, but yeah, I'm just gonna say it.. The Harry Potter series. Before you send a hitman my way, I have read the first one and ended with the intention of picking up the others. But alas, there are just so many and I feel like to fully appreciate the series I ought to marathon the lot. I just haven't had, ya know, the time.

What's a book sequel on your TBR that you haven't got to yet?
I'd love to say that I'm good at flowing through a series and not abandoning them when a new shiny book comes along, buuuutttt, I'm only human. There are many, yet the one that I most want to get to is the second instalment of the Outlander series, Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. But boy, that is one hefty book. In fact, all of the books in that series are. It's daunting, hella daunting. I had mixed thoughts on Outlander, especially in regards to the never ending non-consensual sex scenes. It irked me especially when Claire's whole shtick is "I'm a strong ass female." But then was so accepting of Jamie's vile behaviour to her because "oh, it's the time.". It left a bitter taste in my mouth, alas, I'm hoping it was just a case of getting to know the characters and the entire thing being a semi lead up to Jamie's growth (I say extra vaguely to prevent spoilers).

What book on your TBR have you not yet read because it's brand new to your list?
Bossypants by Tina Fey. I've been on the lookout for this book for a while at the library sales that me and my partner (the wonderful podcaster @BilliamSWN, just FYI) go to. I finally found it for a whopping 50¢. I'm really looking forward to delving into this one. I have a huge soft spot for female comedic biographies, my current favourites being a tie between Lauren Graham's Talking as Fast as I Can and Anna Kenrick's Scrappy Little Nobody.

What's a book you've been putting off reading because you haven't liked the authors previous work?
Easy Peasy, Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. I, like half of the population, read The Girl On The Train last year and absolutely loathed it. I could see the appeal with the story, but the characters themselves were such drags that it kept making me want to put the book down. It even put me off the movie which starred the absolutely perfect Emily Blunt, who usually can't do any wrong in my eyes. Yet I have heard some great things about Into The Water, so I'm torn as to whether I want to pick it up of not. Have you read it? Be sure to let me know your thoughts.

What's a book on your TBR pile that you're just not in the mood to read?
Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space by Margot Lee Shetterly. I was so excited when I finally found this one as I've been wanting to pick it up for ages, but.. I'm just not in the mood. I don't know whether it's because it's non-fiction or whether I'm just going through a less heavy faze with my reading. This is an incredibly important story that needs to be read, and one I can easily vouch for without ever having opened the pages, so I know it ought to be on the top of my TBR. Why brain, why? Fool.

What book on your TBR list have you not yet read because it's humongous?
Though it may not officially be classed as humongous, All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I don't know why this particular novel seems huge to me as it really isn't larger than most books I've read over the past few years. But the font is small and the pages seem to never end, so my brain has decided that it is far too big to just randomly pick up. I've heard great things about it, so I will eventually get to it. I promise.

What's a book on your TBR that you bought because of the cover, but then found out that it had bad reviews?
This question is hands-down the toughest for me, as to be entirely honest, I rarely take the Goodreads reviews into account when deciding whether I'm going to read something or not. It's usually a "Oh, I'm going to read this book. What are the reviews like? .... Oh, 2.5/5. Huh. Let's hope I like it." and dive in anyway. So to semi cheat, I'm going to go with The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I will eventually get around to this, but due to the diverse reviews I've read, I am now more reluctant to pick it up. That counts, right?

What is the most intimidating book on your TBR?
I'm going to go with A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. Not only is this book overly large with a whopping 834 pages but I'm still not 100% sure that I'm going to love it. I first heard about it from EssieButton, I mean, Estée Lalonde (does anyone else still find it extremely difficult to get used to Youtubers changing their channel names?) on THIS video. And after looking it up, I do think I'll like it given the difficult topics that it covers and my morbid fascination with reading truly depressing books that end on a semi positive note. But will I like it enough to justify how long it'll take to read? Blegh. Reading issues.

Now it's your turn! Be sure to let me know either on here, Twitter, or Instagram if you do this tag as I'd absolutely love to read your answers.

* I don't actually say THE Youtube, but after having recently read Simon vs. The Homosapian Agenda I have unintentionally started calling every social media platform THE *insert platform name here* as in the book they always refer to Tumblr as The Tumblr, which I found amusing and now can't stop doing. Damn books!

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