I think we all have those books. The ones you’re kind of interested in, but aren’t sure if you actually want to read. Recently, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about these books – there are more than a few sitting on my shelves – and whether or not I should keep them on my someday TBR, or just accept that I’m not going to read them. Here are five books I’ve been thinking about a lot lately (maybe you can convince me to read them – or not):
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I read and generally enjoyed The Secret History by Donna Tartt last year. And I have been trying to read all of the (at least recent) Pulitzer Fiction winners. But I’m not convinced that I will enjoy this one. I’ll probably read it eventually, but it might be a few years.
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. I loved The Fault in Our Stars when I read it a few years ago, and did enjoy Paper Towns, too. (Enough to go out and buy the entire John Green library.) But I think I’ve kind of grown out of his books. I’m not really into these types of teenage characters, so I’m not sure I would enjoy this book. But I am intrigued. Mostly because I adore Yurtle the Turtle.
Under the Dome by Stephen King. I watched the first season of the TV adaptation a few years go, and immediately went out and bought this book. Since then, my interest has waned a little bit, and I’m not feeling very inclined to pick it up. The fact that it’s ginormous does not help.
Replica by Lauren Oliver. I was pretty excited about this, both because the story sounded interesting and because the format looks really fun and original. I even picked up a signed copy at Target a while back. Since then, my interest has definitely declined, and lately I’ve been hearing a lot about this book’s negative fat rep, which I’m really not into.
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. Don’t get me wrong, this book sounds really interesting and looks like it could be a fun read. But I did my undergraduate thesis on Jack the Ripper, and I’m kind of worried my inner history nerd will ruin this for me. I’ll probably end up giving it a shot anyway.
Have you read any of these books? Are there any I definitely need to read? Any you didn’t like? And, are there any books you’re on the fence about reading? Let me know in the comments!