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

Sometimes, even when you think you’re excited to read a book, something holds you back. That’s certainly the case with us for the following books.

Thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl for the interesting prompt!


Pete’s Five

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr. 

This classic sci-fi has been sitting on my TBR through two moves and several years. I’ve heard great things, but it sounds a bit dry. 

Dictionary of the Khaarz by Milorad Pavic

I found this one while working at the Strand Bookstore and was extremely intrigued by it—especially because it comes in two versions. It’s one that Indi and I have been meaning to read together for ages, but we haven’t been in the mood for a dense, cryptic text like this one. 

Stormfront by Jim Butcher

Though I have several friends who swear by the Dresden Files books, I can’t get myself in the mood to read an urban fantasy. It’s a genre I struggle with for some reason. 

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

This is on my shame list or this month, so I should be reading it soon, but after reading a Twitter thread talking about the problematic protagonist and the author’s treatment of his female characters, I’ve been wary of this one. 

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

Why haven’t I read this book? Just look at it—it’s massive, and it has “Crypto-” in the title. I’ll get to it someday. 


Indiana’s Five

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman 

I’ve been waiting for a long time to read this one and my excuse is always that I want to read it during the winter (because of the setting). Hopefully, this winter I’ll actually do that. 

Dictionary of the Khazars by Milorad Pavic 

Pete found this one years ago and we finally got both versions (the male and female versions). However, we’ve both put off reading it because we just haven’t been ready to invest the time/brain power. 

A Clash of Kings by George R. Martin 

Pete and I finished the first in the A Song of Ice and Fire series earlier this year and I’ve been hesitant to dive into the second one because I know just how much time it will take to read. Hopefully this fall I’ll buck up and read it this fall! 

Middlemarch by George Eliot 

I’ve been saving this classic for months but I want to read it on its own, however, I’ve gotten into the habit of reading several at the same time. 

The Overstory by Richard Powers

This one is intimidating in size (mostly because I have the hardcover edition) so I’ve been waiting for my library’s audiobook copy to become available so I can listen to it while I’m driving or working around the house.

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