T5W: Make Me Read It | Books You’re Intimidated By

Top 5 Wednesday is a goodreads group created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and now hosted by Sam (thoughtsontomes). This is T5W Rewind Month, which means I get to choose a topic between all the past ones.

I chose Books You’re Intimidated By, because my TBR scares me.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo


  • Adult realistic fiction: completely out of my comfort zone
  • I’ve been spoiled for… basically everything that happens and I’m still not sure I want to read this.
  • Queer realistic historical fiction = lots of homophobia. I’ve also heard it’s sad and I don’t like sad.
  • Everyone loves it. What if I don’t. I don’t want that to happen
  • Everyone loves it, so I should try it.

Children of Blood and Bone


  • Probably the most hyped debut of 2017, which can be both a good and a bad thing
  • Literally everyone loves it, which means I a) have to read it b) will be heartbroken if I don’t love it too
  • Do novels ever need more than 500 pages?
  • I haven’t read a good YA fantasy in a while and I really want this to be it
  • I love the cover and I know I’ll get to this eventually. I don’t know if I want to wait for the sequel or if it’s better to just read it now.

The Poppy War


  • Adult SFF with more than 500 pages = slow pacing, probably
  • Everyone keeps saying this is triggering and violent and my favorite book may be a trigger warning collection but unlike The Poppy War it’s in no way tied to a real-world event. I have no idea if this is going to affect me and I don’t want to get into a 500 page-book just to discover that I can’t read it anymore
  • On the other hand, it does sound awesome. So.

The Fifth Season


  • One of the most hyped adult fantasy series ever
  • I read three other books by NK Jemisin: a favorite, a mediocre one and one of the worst books I read in 2017. I don’t know what to expect.
  • It’s apocalyptic, or so I’ve heard. I’m shallow and only care about what happens if the word is cool enough; apocalyptic worlds are usually very bleak and not that interesting. I hope this is an exception.
  • The hype it’s the #1 reason I want to read this and the #1 reason I haven’t yet.

History Is All You Left Me


  • Heavy contemporary? Hit-or-miss, for me.
  • I loved They Both Die at the End, but I’ve heard mixed things about this one.
  • I love Adam Silvera’s writing but I usually read contemporary books to find something lighter between fantasy books, so…
  • There seems to be a plot twist that is really divisive, or so I’ve heard
  • I’ve also heard it’s sad, and as I said before, sad isn’t always for me

If you’ve read them, are they worth the read? If you haven’t, do you love to procrastinate on books you know you’ll probably end up loving too?

26 thoughts on “T5W: Make Me Read It | Books You’re Intimidated By

  1. Lovely post! I’m totally intimidated by The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo too! Everyone loves it so much, so I want to love it too, but I’m worried I won’t cause it’s really not my type of book. I loved Children of Blood and Bone! I just jumped right in and read it as soon as I could get a copy, before I could get too in my head about the hype. If I don’t read hyped books when they come out, they usually stay on my shelf for way too long.

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    1. Thanks! That’s what I do with hyped books too, especially if they’re adult or fantasy of any age range on the longer side. I need to get to CoBaB, I want to know what all the hype is about, but that’s what happened.

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  2. I’m a big fan of a lot of books on this post haha. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is adult fiction, but it’s super easy to read and a total page turner. I can understand if you don’t like sad books and yea, there’s a bit of homophobia from the society in the book so definitely have to look out for that. I’m working my way through The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin and definitely feel that The Fifth Season is the stronger book so far. Also, the hype gets to me, too! I haven’t picked up The Poppy War and Children of Blood and Bone because of it.

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    1. The Killing Moon is another series I really want to get to, but I want to read The Fifth Season first (and hope it doesn’t go downhill for me the way her Inheritance trilogy did).
      And it’s good to know that Evelyn Hugo is a page turner! Maybe I won’t struggle while reading it even if some parts are sad.

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  3. SAME! I want to read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo so badly, but I’ve been hyping it up for myself a little too much! 😂 Also I don’t read much Adult Realistic Fiction either, so we’re on the same boat for that part too!

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  4. There’s been so. much. hype around Children of Blood and Bone and I’m also worried that it’s going to fall flat. I’ve also read reviews that say the romance is super cliche, so I don’t know if I want to get into that. And with The Poppy War, the only super triggering part is chapter 21–the rest is relatively okay. So I highly encourage you to try it! Rin is just such a brilliant character.

    Also, because I’m super curious, which Jemisin book was the worst for you?

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    1. I’ve only read the Inheritance trilogy by Jemisin, and it went really downhill for me. Loved the first book, but the third should have been at least 200 pages shorter (I also hated the main character, so that wouldn’t have solved everything).

      I had only heard good things about the romance in CoBaB but I kind of expect it to be cliché in YA fantasy and I’m fine with it most of the time. And I’ll get to the Poppy War then!

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  5. I’m so intimidated by The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo for the exact same reasons as you, but hopefully I’ll get around to reading it soon, anyway. And I’ve been meaning to read an Adam Silvera book for soo long now, but other books seem to keep getting in the way.

    Great post! 🙂

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    1. Thanks! I want to get to Evelyn Hugo in the next month(s) as well. And I’ve only read They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera (which I really recommend even though sad books aren’t usually my thing), but I can already say that I love his writing style. I hope you like his books too!

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  6. I really want to read The Poppy War, but I’m pretty intimidated by the size of it too! + there’s been a lot of buzz around it, so I definitely do want to try & pick it up soon! & yes! I definitely find that I now procrastinate on reading books I know I’ll end up loving!! :’)

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    1. Same – I’ll try to get to The Poppy War next month, it sounds great and I should stop procrastinating. And I know I’m probably going to like all of these books, if not love, but I love procrastination even more (and my TBR hates me).

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  7. I really want to read The Poppy War and the Fifth Season! I’ve heard such great things about both of them! And I totally get what you mean about Children of Blood and Bone. I’m honestly kind of afraid that I won’t like it. I’ll try to read it in June or July and see how it goes. Great list!

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    1. I have heard nothing but great things about The Poppy War and the Fifth Season as well – everyone I know has rated them at least 4 stars. And yes, I’m afraid that CoBaB will disappoint me – I haven’t had the best experiences with YA fantasy lately, but I want to get to this one in the next months too.

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    1. So I’ve heard! I’m actually quite sure I’m going to really like it, but I love procrastinating on adult fantasy. I’ll try to finally start this in the next two months.


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