Ten Books I’ve Been Avoiding Reading and Why

Hello everybody! Today, I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday again, for which the theme this week is books on our TBRs we’ve been avoiding. Onto the post!

Leah on the Offbeat– I couldn’t have been more excited about this before it was released. Then people started reading it, and I learnt about a hugely problematic section, and ever since I’ve been absolutely dreading it.

Scavengers– I bought this a couple of months ago because I really liked the dedication and I’d heard such good things, but it was quite a silly decision given how rarely I read dystopian. I’m willing to give it a go now I have it but I’m definitely nervous.

Shadowsmith– I have no idea why I’m avoiding this, because I have LOVED both Ross Mackenzie books I’ve read to date. I think part of it is that this is the only one that won’t be from his Emporium duology, and so I’m nervous I won’t love this new world and magic system as much.

Parsnips, Buttered– Joe Lycett is one of my absolute favourite comedians, and I’m so intrigued yet also terrified to see how his humour differs in written format. I’d be shocked if I don’t love it but still scared to actually pick it up! Also scared that once I read it my emails will take on even more of a Joe Lycett style…

The Kat Stephenson trilogy– I’ve been swithering over making these my next read SO many times since I bought them, and they’ve just never made it. Mostly because I can never decide whether I want to binge them or read all three in separate months…

Solitaire– I’ve really loved both the Alice Oseman books I’ve read, but I’ve heard from quite a few people that her debut isn’t as good so I’ve been avoiding it for a really long time.

Catwoman: Soulstealer– this ties into last week’s Top Ten Tuesday, because I’m not sure I’ll like this when it’s about a superhero. I have heard brilliant things though, which is how it landed on my TBR in the first place

That’s Not What Happened– I very definitely want to read this, but it’s about a school shooting and so I want to make sure I’m in the right mood for it before I pick it up.

Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams– I fancy trying to get into Jenny Colgan, but I didn’t love Meet Me at the Cupcake Café as much as I’d hoped to, and have been putting off reading this (which I got out of the library) since.

The Way Past Winter– my reasons for avoiding this are pretty much identical to the last one! I’ve not enjoyed either Kiran Millwood Hargrave I’ve read so far, but I feel like I should love her books and I can’t quite stop trying them to see yet.

Which books on your TBR have you been avoiding? Do we have any in common? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x


Author: goldenbooksgirl

Disabled book blogger who also writes TV, film, music and other posts from time to time | UKYABA Champion Teen 2018 | Email: goldenbooksgirl@gmail.com | she/her

11 thoughts on “Ten Books I’ve Been Avoiding Reading and Why”

  1. Ok- Scavengers, I would suggest you reread my review or DM me.
    And the way past winter- if it helps it is inspired partially by similar myths – the lime tree and bear myths – as The Girl Who Speaks Bear. It’s very different to TGOIAS other than going on a quest/ bear hunt (lol). I really loved it for the myth immersion and the sisterhood in the book.

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  2. I’m definitely avoiding Leah On The Offbeat too. My friend read it and she didn’t like it at all so I don’t think I want to read it because I have such happy memories of Simon’s book :)))) Great TTT!!!

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  3. I think you’ll enjoy The Way Past Winter more than TGOIAS though I’m not convinced you’ll love it.
    I’m not sure Scavengers will be your thing either, but of course let me know if/when you try it!
    I hope you like some of them whichever you get to whenever!x

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    1. I shall let you know about both- Lily has told me some things about Scavengers that have made it sound much more appealing so it may happen sooner now and Way Past Winter feels like a real autumnal book to me so I want ti read it in the next few months! X

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      1. Oh that’s good. There’s certainly things you’ll like about it, but I’m not sure how you’ll feel overall. But I’m glad you feel more posituve and really hope you like it.
        TWPW is definitely one for a cold, cosy day!


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