T10T: Books I’m Intimidated By

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why.

The Priory of the Orange Tree


  • I’ve liked only one book longer than 600 pages since 2016 – at the time, I had far more patience and time to waste, so I didn’t hate long books as much as I do now. Said long book I liked is also the last book I read, so this isn’t happening anytime soon
  • This is… longer than 800 pages. Why should I do this to myself
  • Because gays and dragons, that’s the real answer
  • And because everyone loves it

The Traitor Baru Cormorant


  • I’m 90% sure I’m going to hate this, but in a moment of really bad decision-making, Acqua requested an ARC of the sequel last year. And they approved her. Why.
  • Why should I read a fantasy story involving homophobia and the tragedy of being gay when I could, you know, not do that
  • (because you own the book and the sequel, you disaster)
  • (why do I do these things to myself?)

Girl Made of Stars


  • I did really like some aspects of Ashley Herring Blake’s How to Make a Wish, but unlike many of my goodreads friends, I didn’t love it
  • this should be hard-hitting contemporary about a heavy topic. In theory, that sounds great, but I… usually end up not liking this kind of book (see what happened with The Nowhere Girls and Sadie)
  • but I’m still interested in it, because queer representation and because I do think it’s going to handle this topic well.
  • also I’m shallow and I love the cover

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings


  • When I was still writing on my old Italian blog, this was on my list of “most anticipated books for 2018”
  • Two years later: still haven’t read it, because I’m bad at anthologies, the only ones I read are the ones I get as ARCs
  • There are so many authors in here I loved books from: Aliette de Bodard (one of my favorite authors), Alyssa Wong (favorite short fiction author), Sona Charaipotra, Lori M. Lee, Roshani Chokshi, Cindy Pon…
  • I always want to read it and then never actually read it because I think I’m going to love it and what if I buy it and then I don’t! This makes no sense. I know.

Red, White, and Royal Blue


  • Romance is a very hit-or-miss genre for me
  • when it comes to popular queer books, I hate when I’m one of the few who don’t like them. It happened with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, probably the most hyped f/f book, and it was all but a good experience
  • I’m not sure real-world royalty anything is a topic that has ever interested me
  • but nearly everyone loves it and it still sounds fun?

The Kingdom of Copper


  • I have a paperback of this one, and… there’s no way this is a book. This is a brick or a close combat weapon. Not a book.
  • I’d need to reread The City of Brass, which is also all but short
  • Will this ever happen? Who knows. Not me.
  • I want it to happen because I want to know what happens, but I’m just as bad at sequels as I am at long books, so.

A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe


  • Despite adult sci-fi technically being my favorite genre, I am really good at never reaching for it!
  • Why haven’t I read this f/f book set in space yet? Because it’s… long, I guess?
  • I have no other reason and it doesn’t make sense even to me

Range of Ghosts


  • backlist [/ˈbæk.lɪst/]: the thing that, on this blog, never gets read
  • also the reviews are all but promising and this sounds kind of boring even to me
  • the same was also true for the author’s most recent book, Ancestral Night, which was amazing, actually
  • also the first chapter was nice and the cover is beautiful

War Girls


  • Today in Acqua always requests the wrong ARCs: this is about climate change
  • I don’t want to read more about climate change for fun
  • the ecology course was more than enough
  • a normal person’s brain, while requesting an ARC: I liked the author’s previous book and this synopsis appeals to me at this moment, I had this on my TBR already, can’t wait to read it
  • Acqua’s thought process: cover! pretty!!
  • I’m trying my best to not be like that anymore, yes

If We Were Villains


  • I have absolutely zero experience with this genre, so there is a good chance that I will end up hating this
  • I also don’t care about Shakespeare or any English classic, really
  • but I’m also intrigued and most of my friends love it
  • let’s see how much I regret this in the end?

Have you read any of these?

25 thoughts on “T10T: Books I’m Intimidated By

  1. Great list! So many of these are on my TBR – The Priory of the Orange Tree; If We Were Villains; The Kingdom of Copper; Red, White & Royal Blue – so I feel your pain. I’ve owned a copy of TPotOT since its release and still haven’t read it because it’s SO BIG. I’m wondering if it’s the kind of book I should read over Christmas where I’ll have time off work to sit with it for an extended period of time. You’ve actually made me really interested in War Girl, so thanks for bringing it to my attention! 😀

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    1. Thank you! I want to read Priory when I have time to dedicate to it as well, but I’m not sure when that will be – finding the motivation isn’t easy to begin with, when the book is so long. I hope all these books end up being good!

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    1. I want to at least try it at some point but I’ll try to not go into it with high expectations!
      …Knowing that not everyone absolutely loved it actually makes me want to read it more for some reason. Less intimidating, maybe?


  2. I feel the same way about long books. Reading a long book means I’ll have to pass on something else I want to read because I don’t have time! And I was personally never interested in Priory of the Orange Tree 😁

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    1. I’m not sure how big of a part it is in the story but I know that it deals with homophobia and that there’s a quite relevant queer death on page.

      Many reviewers I trust like it, so I still want to try it at some point, but I’m wary of this kind of stories as well.

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  3. I want to read Priory as well, but I won’t lie- the length of it is putting me off a bit. Although I’m sure it’s great and I’ll be kicking myself when I finally read it for waiting so long haha! A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe- I definitely need to check that out.

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    1. What I didn’t say is that it comes highly recommended from people I trust, so I think that somehow it’s not terrible, but I’m still really hesitant when it comes to that kind of stories…
      and I hope you like The City of Brass!

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  4. I’m reading Priory right now! I totally get what you mean about being intimidated. I bought the book when it first came out in February and just got around to reading it this month because of the length. I will say, though, if you’re worried about it being too dense or too inaccessible or super slow as epic fantasy can sometimes be, don’t! In my opinion it’s a very smooth read, very quick to get through, and it doesn’t feel as long as it is.

    Re: Baru, I’ve been meaning to reread that so I can get to the sequel! Oddly enough, I…really enjoy reading books about homophobia? I think it’s because I’m a queer person and I come from a culture that is…really, really not friendly to queer people, so it’s cathartic to read about someone else going through the same experience. Baru was probably my favorite book of 2015. It’d be interesting to see if I still love it as much today.

    Girl Made of Stars is a punch in the gut tbh.

    I also avoided Red, White, and Royal Blue for a long time, both because of the intense hype and because romance is hit or miss for me. I ended up liking it well enough and I can understand the hype, but I definitely didn’t love it as much as most people seem to.

    Kingdom of Copper!!! I’ve had an arc for ages but I’ve forgotten like…85% of the events of City of Brass so I need to reread that but like…rereading is hard. At this point I figure I’ll just wait for Empire of Gold and read all three back to back so I can remember all the little details. I might do the same with Baru, actually, because I think the author said it’s going to be a quartet?

    If We Were Villains is so good and heartwrenching and beautifully written! I also was kind of hesitant about reading it because I’m very much completely neutral about Shakespeare, but even though that frames the story in a big way, I don’t think you have to be a Shakespeare fan to love it.

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    1. That’s good to know about If We Were Villains! That’s my main worry, because we don’t really learn about Shakespeare in school in Italy, and my feelings about him (and his works) have always been completely neutral, too.

      Re: Baru, what I think of homophobia in books is pretty much what I think of climate change or catholicism: an unfortunate something that exists and has affected/affects/will affect my life negatively, a something I don’t want to have anything to do with while reading speculative fiction. This doesn’t always apply to contemporaries.

      About Priory, that’s definitely encouraging – I’m realizing that I usually struggle with long books mostly because many of them don’t actually need to be as long as they are, but if this one goes smoothly, that’s probably not the case. About The Kingdom of Copper, I’m probably going to wait for when Empire of Gold is out as well.

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