Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why

Dear Rebellious Readers,
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog post hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl and this week’s topic is Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why

1 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – I read War and Peace two years ago and loved it. I read it with my Classics Ladies aka my Classics Book Club Stephanie and Lindsey and we had a ton of fun. But the size of this book still intimidates me and the Russian names(it took forever for me to get the hang of them in War and Peace) and the cast of characters which I know is going to be big.

2. My Lord John by Georgette Heyer – I love Georgette Heyer. She is one of my favorite authors and I love rereading her books and get so much joy from them. This is her last unfinished book. This was her passion project and she wanted to write a three-book series on it but died before she could. Heyer wrote romances(regency mostly), mysteries, and historical fiction. Historical Fiction was her passion but they didn’t sell as well as her romances and mysteries so she only wrote 5 of them only other than My Lord John.

3. Middlemarch by Geroge Eliot aka Mary Ann Evans- This is the one I dread. I started it once and felt overwhelmed by it. I am hoping to read it with my classics club. Classics that intimate me are always less daunting with Stephanie and Lindsey.

4. Lord of the Rings by J.RR. Tolkien- I read and loved the Hobbit when I was younger but then I saw the size of Lord of the Rings and shelved it. It is time for me to sit down and finally read it already.

5. Paradise Lost by John Milton- I have never read a book written in verse before. It is 40 times longer than the longest poem I have read. But I will concur it. Someday.

6. The Illiad by Homer- See Paradise Lost.

7. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas- I could use this book as a doorstop. Does more even need to be said about why it intimates me.

8. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon- 8 books so far all 800 plus pages. Plus the crazy hype and graphic rape scene that I have heard about in the first book. I want to read this so bad but I keep going back to how big the books are and how many and the rape scene which will be hard if not impossible for me to read.

9. Song of Ice and Fire series by G.R.R Martin- Huge books, tons of characters, no idea when the next book comes out, and all the character deaths I will be reliving(I watched and loved the tv show).

10.  Book by Stephen King- I have wanted to read one of his books for a while now but don’t know where to start. I am not a big horror fan. But I am drawn to IT but then think maybe he book On Writing. Uggg if anyone knows where you think I should start please tell me.

What books have you been putting off reading? Tell me in the comments.

Yours in Rebellion




16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why

  1. I would really not suggest starting with It if you want to read King. I’d go classic like Salem’s Lot, Carrie or Pet Sematary but It is a so freaking long. The story has flashbacks within the flashbacks – I wish I was kidding lol

  2. I want to read a book by Stephen King, I tried a couple of times, I couldn’t reach far in it them, his writing is good and I’m into, but for some reason I haven’t been able to finish one of his books.

    1. That is what keeps happening to with Charles Dickens books only read 2 of his short novellas and loved them but every time I try the others I get a few pages in and just don’t finish.

    1. It takes a while. I did call few of them for a while that solider, the guy who got the money with the name that starts with P, ect… for like 1/4 of the book. Thankfully my classics club understood what I meant. lol

  3. Great list! I’m not Stephen King’s biggest fan so I might not the best person to take a recommendation from, but I believe Carrie was his first novel so that could be a good place to start. I quite liked that one, and it’s fairly short. I really liked Misery and that’s not a huge book either, so I think that one’s another good starting point – I think King excels when he writes horror that isn’t supernatural.

  4. I avoid any and all classics! I love them as BBC adaptations, but when it comes to reading them, I run the other way. 😉 I almost picked up Les Mis a while back (maybe when the musical came out), but saw the page count and quickly dismissed THAT idea. Hope if you do read these, you enjoy them all! 🙂

  5. Anna Karenina is good but there is a huge cast of characters which can be confusing! I can definitely relate to being intimidated by how many Song of Fire and Ice books there are to get through! Great list 😊

  6. I love Paradise Lost and I’ve read it too many times to count but when I first read it, I found that splitting it up into it’s ‘books’ really helped. It meant that I wasn’t totally overwhelmed by the length of the poem because I was focusing on each individual section. I did the same for LotR too 🙂

  7. Anna Karenina is really good! I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Pssst, I only read LotR after I watched the movies. I would watch movie number 1, read book number 1, etc. It just makes it a lot easier to connect everything, keep characters straight etc. There’s a lot of tangents the movies cut though.

    A Song of Ice & Fire is so good, but I’m scared it’ll never finish and I’ll just be left with the TV ending.

  8. I honestly feel like you should just avoid Outlander. I say that as a massive fan of the books and show. Because *that* scene is super graphic and all that jazz. ALSO, oh gosh, I adored A Song of Ice & Fire/Game of Thrones SO much and it’s totally worth the time commitment and all that jazz. Plus, there’s some serious differences in the books vs. the show that make it an all the more intriguing and different experience. If you ever get to them, and if GRRM ever releases the last two books, I think you’ll enjoy them! Especially since you liked the show.

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