Books I WANT To Read, But Don’t Want To READ

This tag was created by Jamieson @jamishelves. I was tagged by Ngọc @readwithngọc (thank you!)

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


The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin.
I want to read this book. I want to read what’s probably the most loved and critically acclaimed SFF series that was published in these last five years.
But. When I tried it, I had to stop, because… I don’t like to hurt myself on purpose and that’s what reading this was like. I plan to try it again but I’m not sure it will work the next time either.

A really long book


The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon.
Can Samantha Shannon write something that isn’t either 7+ books or 700+ pages? Probably not. I want to read this because gay and dragons but I don’t want to spend weeks on a book, so I don’t know if this will ever happen.

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


The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May.
This is going to happen. Eventually. I own it! But I’d need to reread the second book and will I ever get to that if I almost never get to physical books?

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

I’m in university and I’m not studying anything lit-related so I hope I never have to think about required fiction reading ever again. There isn’t anything I feel obligated to read either, not really.

A book that intimidates you


The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson. Will this:

  • be too sad for me
  • make me angry
  • be something awesome and hard-hitting I will love with all my heart?

I won’t know until I read it, I guess.

A book that you think might be slow

Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer. It has a beautiful cover, it sounds like a beautiful fantasy story, but… everyone says it’s slow and will I ever pick a slow adult book up when I don’t have much time to read? I don’t know, but I want to – I own it.

Also Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke – I want to read it because it’s a thriller set in Antarctica featuring lesbians, but what I’ve heard about the pacing makes me hesitant.

A book you need to be in the right mood for


I’m sure I’m going to love A Thousand Beginnings and Endings when I get to it, since it has stories by Alyssa Wong (one of the best short fiction authors ever), Aliette de Bodard (everything she writes is great), Roshani Chokshi (her writing!!! gorgeous), Cindy Pon (she’s the author of Want and I know she writes great short fiction too), Lori M. Lee (her short story in Color Outside the Lines almost made me cry), and so many other authors I love. However, I need to be in a really specific mood to enjoy anthologies, so I’m not sure when this is going to happen.

A book you’re unsure if you will like


An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green. I have one rule: if it’s queer, it’s not Call Me By Your Name, and gets translated in my country, I’m going to buy and read it – and that’s exactly what I did for this one. However, I don’t think it’s my kind of book at all, so I’m not sure how this will end.

Have you read any of these?

21 thoughts on “Books I WANT To Read, But Don’t Want To READ

  1. I do want to read the Thousand Beginnings and Endings anthology as well! I don’t read them often, so I think it’s super easy for me to forget about them. But I did read roshani chokshi’s story in there and loved it. I can’t wait to see your thoughts on that book 🙂

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    1. I don’t read them often either, it’s been almost a year since I read an anthology I didn’t get as an ARC. However, this sounds amazing and I love so many of these authors, so I want to get to it. And I’m glad to hear you liked the Roshani Chokshi story! It’s probably the one I look forward to the most.

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  2. Everytime I see the title of this tag I feel so called out. I want to read The Traitor Baru Cormorant, Last Song Before Night and The Priory of the Orange Tree too, but I feel like they’re all going to be really slow reads for me. I think they’ll be worth it though, I’ve heard so many wonderful things!
    I’d love to hear your thoughts on A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, the concept is so good, but my track records with anthologies is so bad.

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    1. I think what’s holding me back in all of these cases is that I think they’re going to be slow, too, but same – I’ve heard almost only good things about all of them, I need to try.
      And I almost never read anthologies either (unless I get an ARC), but I’m hopeful because of the authors in this one.

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  3. Oh, do I RELATE about The Priory… I’m super intrigued about the book but also the tome-length intimidates me so much! It took me over a month to read a book that was about 500 pages so I can only imagine how long it might take me. Although, having said that, I’ve also read a book around 500 pages that I breezed through in just over a week so I think it could really depend on how we feel about it.

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    1. Same, I have no idea how long it’s going to take me – it could take me a week just like it could take me a month and I don’t want to get that behind on everything else? But it does have a very interesting premise, so I think I’m going to try eventually.


  4. I recently read The Fifth Season, after many many years of putting it off, and really enjoyed it. I really hope you do as well. I also recently got a copy of The Priory of the Orange Tree and it is HUGE! I’m honestly scared to even start reading it. I totally get what you mean about it, It feels like such a long term commitment and I’m not sure I’m ready for it

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    1. I saw some pictures of the hardcover copy of Priory and wow, that didn’t even look like a book, it looks like a brick.
      And I’m glad to hear you liked The Fifth Season! I’m not sure it’s going to work for me, but to see that it work for almost everyone is encouraging.

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  5. The priory of the orange tree s such a beast! I’m planning on reading it next, but I will probably need to take breaks haha!


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  6. A Thousand Beginnings and Endings sounds really great, I’d love to read it sometime but it’s been so long since I last read anthologies so idk if I’ll like it.

    also “if it’s queer, it’s not Call Me By Your Name, and gets translated in my country, I’m going to buy and read it” …what a mood

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    1. Yeah. I wish my country’s major publishers would take a chance on queer books written by people who live here too, but seeing how politics are going, it’s not going to happen for a very long time

      And I hope you like A Thousand Beginnings and Endings if you end up reading it!

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  7. “if it’s queer, it’s not Call Me By Your Name” I LAUGHED. And I’ve heard nothing but praises for that book, but a story about internet fame isn’t really something I reach for, either. I’m also not a huge fan of the cover.

    And you should definitely give Last Song a try!! I’ve never found it very slow, though I’m not sure if your definition of slow paced books matches mine. 😛 It *does* have a lot of introspective character moments and less of magic and adventure.

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    1. I don’t like that cover either, it doesn’t tell me anything about the story and the color scheme is ugly.
      And that’s good to know! Last Song was a cover buy for me, so I haven’t heard much about it, but I’m glad to hear you like it.

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  8. Oh I love this Tag, as it’s such a relatable situation for me! 😄 I really want to read The Fifth Season as well, but I first have to read it and it kind of does intimidate me, because it is a bit out of my comfort zone. But then again so many people love it!

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    1. I tried it a few months ago and I could already tell that writing and worldbuilding were amazing, if a bit heavy, and I believe it’s going to be a very good book. However, finding the motivation to read something so emotionally draining isn’t going to be easy. I hope you like it if you try it!

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  9. I read The Fifth Season because I saw it mentioned in your blog. My first SFF read in several years, I loved it.
    I recommend you go ahead and read it. It’s not a sad story, it is realistic. People get hurt, people lose family. But people experience happiness and love, too.
    If you insist on a happy ending, that’s a problem. The opening sentence tells you the book is about the end of the world. (I don’t entirely believe that’s what will happen.)
    Despite all that, here’s why you’ll like it: Jemisin gives us multiple main characters we can get to know and care about. The end of the first book has a satisfying combination of twists and foreshadowing. The book has the sorts of details you write about with approval.
    My spoiler-free review is at https://wordpress.com/post/alainrichard64.wordpress.com/124


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