Books I want to read but don’t want to read

A while ago I was tagged by Bookish Rita in this fun tag about books you’re conflicted about reading. All of the below books are on my TBR but they’re ones I’ve been hesitant to pick up…

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

I really don’t like sci-fi as a genre, it’s never something I’ve been into, from TV & film to books as well so I’ve never really wanted to pick-up Ready Player One despite the overwhelming positive reviews and the fact that I actually already own the book. It will get pulled out of my TBR jar one day and then I’ll have to read it.

A book that’s really long

I was going to go for the classic long intimidating books The Stand or It but I thought I’d mix things up a little with this true crime novel, The Executioner’s Song, which is 1,056 pages long. It’s been on my TBR for AGES but I haven’t purchased it yet. I’m terrible at reading long books, the longest book I read last year was only 400 pages. I’m worried my attention span is to low for a book over 1k pages.

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

If I had done this tag slightly earlier, I could have put The Long Hard Road Out of Hell because I’d had that on my shelves since 2015, now I’d have to say A Brief History of Seven Killings which is the second book on my Goodreads TBR (added in 2015) and has also been sitting on my shelves since about then too.

A book that is ‘required’ reading


This was a tricky one for me because ‘required’ reading books aren’t usually the types of books I want to read, so I’ve gone with two that would actually be rereads from school. Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Lolita. Even though I have read these both, it was a long time ago and I think I’d enjoy them again is I revisited them, however, I find rereading a pointless endeavour (just a personal opinion!!!) so who knows if I’ll ever get around to them again.

A book that intimidates you

I’m going to have to go with 1984. It’s only a small book but I’m mainly worried that I won’t get it. Especially as everyone keeps comparing the current day political climate to the book, I’ll feel even dumber if I don’t get it while I’m practically living through it.

A book you think might be slow

A Little Life. This book is on a lot of people’s ‘favourite’ lists, but I’m honestly a bit nervous that I won’t enjoy it despite the incredible reviews. I find contemporary/literary fiction quite slow most of the time, so I think this is fair nomination.

A book you need to be in the right mood for

The Luminaries is definitely a book I want to read (or finish reading, considering I actually started this one once upon a time) but it’s a thicc boy and I’m not always in the mood for a historical fiction, especially not 800 pages of it.

A book you’re unsure you’ll like

The main reason I’ve put off reading A Clockwork Orange is because I don’t want to not like it, especially considering it’s one of my dad’s favourites.

That’s all for today friends! I’m not going to tag anyone to do this, but feel free to give it a go. It was a fun tag to complete, it’s quite difficult picking books that you both do and don’t want to read!

16 Replies to “Books I want to read but don’t want to read”

  1. Oh man, I don’t blame you on any of these. I’ve read some of them, including The Clockwork Orange, and I completely understand your worry. I am glad I read that book, but I didn’t like it – so I’m glad I didn’t go into it with any desire to like it. On the other hand, your book preferences are usually different than mine, so you might enjoy it even though I didn’t!

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