Tuesday, August 19, 2014

To Read or Not to Read.

Last week's topic on The Broke and the Bookish's Top Ten Tuesday that I'm posting a week late was Top Ten Books I'm Not Sure I Want To Read.  I deal with this issue all the time-- I have a ton of books on my list that I can't decide if I want to read or not!  These are just a few...

1. The Innocent Man-- Donny and my mom have both told me I should read this book.  And I've wanted to read it for a while.  But Grisham's The Confession made me so angry when I read it even though it was just fiction.  I can't imagine the emotional toll this one will take since it's a true story.  I've been putting it off because I don't want to deal with the trauma.  But I just need to bite the bullet and read it.
2. Bossypants-- I've really enjoyed some of the celebrity memoirs I've read recently, and everyone who has read this book seems to have loved it.  But I don't really care much for Tina Fey, so I've been hesitant to pick it up.
3. The Man From Primrose Lane-- This one has been on my to-read list FOREVER.  But from several reviews I've read, it gets kind of weird around the middle (from a crime novel to sci-fi with time travel).  It'll probably end up on my list indefinitely.
4. Orange is the New Black-- I like memoirs from people who have unique stories.  And working in criminal law, I was particularly drawn to this one so I can read about life in prison.  However, I HATED the show, so this book got taken off my to-read list.  But I picked it up from the library on a whim last week, and I think I might actually read it this time. 
5. Sweet Jiminy-- I have read and loved the other two books by Kristin Gore-- Sammy's Hill and Sammy's House.  I bought this one immediately when it came out a few years ago hoping it would be the same.  But after reading the synopsis, it's very different.  So it's been on the back burner for a while, and I may or may not get around to it.
6. Mr. Mercedes-- If you've been reading for a while, you know that I loooooove Stephen King's 11/22/63.  But none of his other books are even remotely like that one.  This book though is a crime novel, which is my favorite genre.  I'm both excited and apprehensive to read this one.  I'm nervous that it will be very creepy like his other stories.
7. The Goldfinch-- This book has gotten so many great reviews, and I've even gotten it from the library once before.  But there's just something about it that doesn't seem enticing.
8. Other John Green books-- I don't LOVE the young adult genre.  And while I did really enjoy The Fault in Our Stars, I don't feel particularly like I need to read any more. 
9. Anything by Jodi Picoult--  I've never read any Jodi Picoult books despite them being raved about by so many, including my own mom.  I'm sure she's a wonderful author, but my gosh her books are so sad and heavy.  And I don't particularly want to spend my relaxation time being sad.  
10. Where She Went-- I really loved the first of these books, If I Stay.  But I also really liked how it ended.  I'm not very anxious to ruin the ending of that story by continuing on with Mia.

Have any of you read any of these books?  Any that I absolutely must read?


  1. I read Bossypants and found myself chuckling out loud while reading it. It's light and easy to read.
    I highly recommend The Storyteller by Jody piccoult. Heavy? Yes. But it's such a gripping story....it was one of the best books my book club picked I think

  2. Oh yes. Okay. The epic struggle. Here are my thoughts: Bossypants wasn't worth it (to me). I found myself skimming and it just wasn't well done (in my opinion). I expected something from her to have my dying of laughter. I hardly laughed at all and found myself bored out of my skull. OITNB was awful. AWFUL. It really pissed me off too because she HAD a story--she just didn't execute it well. Another one that I was bored to tears in. John Green Books: Papertowns and Looking for Alaska are WELL worth a read. I enjoyed both thoroughly and are structured much differently than TFIOS. Truly wonderful books. I haven't read a ton of JP, but one that I did read and would consider reading again would be Nineteen Minutes.

  3. I have been on the fence about Bossypants too. Other John Green books really haven't intrigued me enough to actually read. I actually just put If I Stay on my to-read list.

  4. It took me forever to read Where She Went, but I'm glad I did. It's definitely not as good as the first one, but I felt like I got to know Adam's character a lot more.

  5. I really liked Where She Went. Where She Went is more of a companion novel than a sequel because it's not in Mia's point of view. I really enjoyed it. If you have time give it a go!

  6. Bossypants is brilliant, a really fun read.
    I think Jodi Picoult's books are that weird kind of happy-sad. They are quite uplifting despite the difficult subject matters. I really love her.

  7. I loved listening to Bossypants. I've picked up another John Green book. I'm sure it won't be as good as "The Fault In Our Stars," but I'm giving him a chance.