Books I want to read…but don’t want to read (yes, I’m confused)

Confidence time: it takes me about a gazillion years to decide whether or not I want to read a book.

There are some exceptions, obviously. Like, some favorite authors, some tropes I adore, some key words that make me jump high and scream and want to buy a book right this very second. Or add it to my TBR, because I never instant buy, either (and I can’t).

Like, if you tell me friends to lovers contemporary in a library, I’m going to

Yet, there are some books that I kind of want to read…and kind of sit on my TBR for so many years, without me picking them up. Is this because I’m a very uncertain person, because I’m just slow at deciding I need these books in my life, or because of something else? I’m not sure.

Today, I have the absolutely perfect tag to talk about some of these books. A million thanks to Caro for thinking of me for the I Want To Read, but Don’t Want To Read book tag. Caro is certainly one of my favorite bloggers and one of the sweetest person I’ve ever met and you should read her blog, just saying.

The Rules:

  • Link back to the original tag (this post, and Jami!)
  • Complete the questions with books you want to have read but don’t want to read
  • Tag some people at the end to do the tag next

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

I think I want to talk about The Wicker King for this question. It’s a popular book among the bloggers I know and whose taste in books I trust a whole damn lot. Therefore, it made its way on my TBR in… 2018, according to Goodreads and I still haven’t read this. Yet, I’ve heard incredible things ALL Around about this book all the time and I need to get to it, someday.

A book that’s really long

I didn’t realize until checking this out that The Book of Dust : The Secret Commonwealth has over 700 PAGES. Wow. Damn, well now I’m intimidated.

I also still really want to read this book, because I adore His Dark Materials SO much.

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

I think The Weight of Feathers has been on my TBR since, like, 2016 and I still haven’t gotten a copy of it. I really hope I can give it a try soon, though. I’ve heard incredible things about McLemore’s writing and stories and this book, still years and years later, appeals to me SO much.

A book that is ‘required’ reading (eg, school text, really popular classic – something you feel obligated to read!)

Okay so it’s funny: there is this ONE book that’s constantly talked about and shown in american movies: The Scarlet Letter. Being French and having done all of my studies in France, I’ve never ever had to read this book, but thanks to movies I know every single thing about it somehow, so now… I feel like I’m supposed to have read this, in some sort of confusing way.

A book that intimidates you

I’m not going to lie: Ninth House is still on my TBR, but it intimidates me A LOT and, to this day, I’m still not sure whether or not I’ll actually read it. From what I’ve heard, it’s a very, very dark book and.. well I’m a marshmallow, but also one part of me is so curious about this whole university and secret society setting.

Guess time will tell whether or not I feel like I can handle it.

A book that you think might be slow

Okay, so I’m not entirely certain why I have this impression, but I feel like The Light Between Worlds might be a slow kind of story.

I also feel like this is the kind of book that’s really beautifully written and therefore, you don’t mind the slowness of it too much. I hope I’m right, someone tell me if I’m right??

A book you need to be in the right mood for

This book is on my physical TBR and I really want to read it, but… I know it’s the kind of book that will hit me really hard and will probably make me cry, so I need to be in the right headspace to give it a try. The Places I’ve Cried in Public deals with emotional abuse and toxic, abusive romantic relationships and it sounds tough, but I trust Holly Bourne to make this really, really… hard hitting and necessary.

A book you’re unsure if you will like

Okay so…. I like reading fantasy, even if I’m still a contemporary lover at heart. Still, I’m a little scared that We Hunt The Flame wouldn’t be for me, that I would get lost in the apparently really beautiful prose and wouldn’t enjoy the world and I’ve heard some people feeling a little mixed about this book overall, so… I’m wary okay. But I’m still very curious about it, too?? Someone help, I’m confused.

I’m tagging….

  1. Laurie @ A Court of Books
  2. Crystal @ Lost in Storyland
  3. Sophie @ Sophie Li
  4. Margaret @ Weird Zeal
  5. Sophie @ Me and Ink

Are there any books on your TBR you want to read…but you’re unsure of?

Did you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Let me know in comments!





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83 thoughts on “Books I want to read…but don’t want to read (yes, I’m confused)

  1. The Light Between Worlds actually tended to read quickly for me. There were a handful of short parts that might be a little slow for some readers, but for the most part there’s enough going on to move the story along.

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  2. I FEEL THIS POST SO MUCH!!! I am definitely going to read the Book of Dust series … But I also am like … 700 pages?!?!? Blarg

    So … I tried Ninth House … And it didn’t take. I hope you end up enjoying it though! I wanted to love it but I could NOT get into it at all … Sigh

    Awesome post!!

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    1. RIGHT? I mean, I love books, but 700 pages is just SO MANY PAGES such a long commitment 😂😂 WE should take a vow to read this together sometime ahah maybe it would motivate us 😂
      Oh no! I’m so sorry you didn’t love Ninth House! I’m still unsure about reading it… Time will tell, I guess, ahha 🙂
      thank you so much! ❤

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      1. OH MY GOSH!! CAN WE?! I’m emailing you so we can actually do this ha-ha! Did you read book one already? Because I’ll have to do that first ha-ha

        I hope you love it! I think overall people seem to be enjoying it … and maybe it just wasn’t my cup of tea at the time … I might try again one day ha-ha!

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  3. I love this idea for a post – there are so many books that we have sitting around on TBRs yet never seem to have the inclination to pick up! I haven’t read many classics since finishing university because even though they interest me and I do plan on reading them, I never quite feel in the mood to give one a go

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    1. Ahh, I hope you’ll give this tag a try if you like it, feel free to! 🙂
      I get that. I’m not much of a classics fan, but maybe I haven’t found the right ones yet! I hope you’ll manage to read some of them soonish 🙂

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  4. I am SO with you about the second book in the Book of Dust trilogy. I saw someone post a photo of it and I went WOW that is a big book… I’m not ready for that commitment just yet. Like, woof 700 pages is a lot to deal with. I need to go on vacation to read it haha! 😂
    Great post! As always, I enjoyed reading it! 💞

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    1. RIGHT? So many pages, I’m not used to reading such big books 😂 (and I can myself a bookworm, aerm 😂😂😂). It’s a commitment for sure, but I’ll read it. when I’m ready ahah.
      Thank you so, so much!! ❤ ❤

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      1. oh no it’s not just you at all! I feel more and more intimidated by big books, I guess maybe because when life gets in the way more, when you’re adulting and everything… well you feel like big books are bigger commitments than they used to be for some reason? 😅

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  5. OOOO I really really like this tag, and I loved seeing your answers for it! I feel the same way about We Hunt the Flame. It’s such a popular book, but I’ve heard mixed things about it. I also feel like for me personally…The Fever King falls into this list because ITS SO HYPED!! I also understand sooo many of your thoughts for Ninth House. I’m still trying to figure out how to write my review, but I had similar thought before reading since I liked the magic and university elements…but would definitely still agree that it’s very dark 👀

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    1. ahhh thank you so much tiffany, so happy you enjoyed it! ❤ ❤
      AH READ THE FEVER KING! I really hope you'll read it soon, it's such a fantastic read, I love it so much ❤
      I'm so curious to read your review, whenever you're ready to write and share it, I feel like it'll help me decide, since we have such similar bookish tastes! ❤

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  6. I LOVE this tag because this is my relationship with roughly 99.8% of all books 😂 So. The Light Between Worlds… I hated it a bit. BUT. I also know that a lot of people have liked it and said what you did, about the writing being lovely (which it IS- the only thing that saved it from being utterly loathed hah). SO I am useless, is what I am saying. Moving on to your other books.. yeah they’re all on my mental list that matches this post 😂 I DO want to read quite a few of these, especially Ninth House, Weight of Feathers, and Wicker King. Oh, I also read The Scarlet Letter but legit like 23 years ago so I think that is fairly useless too. (Also, kind of shocking that a Catholic school was down with it, especially back then hah.)

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    1. RIGHT? ME TOO 😂 there are so many books I want to read but…. well, I’m not quite there yet either 😂
      Oh damn! Well that’s really good to know, I feel like The Light Between Worlds has such mixed reviews, I’m curious to see if I enjoy it.
      Ohhh so you studied The Scarlet Letter? I feel like I should have read it, I heard so much about it 😂
      Thank you so much, Shannon! ❤


  7. Hello Marie!
    This sounds like such a fun tag. I have some answers swimming in my head already haha, so I am so glad that you tagged me. Thank you!!
    I definitely know what you mean when it comes to long books. When a book gets to about 500 pages or longer…. there’s just a mental barrier for me to pick it up lol XD
    I feel similarly about Ninth House. It sounds like a heavier book than Leigh Bardugo’s other books that I’ve read, and I don’t think I am in the mood for it right now. But maybe one day 🙂

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    1. Ahh you’re so welcome, I’m happy this tag inspires you! ❤
      RIGHT? I'm just too nervous to pick up these very long books, they're quite a commitment ahha 😂
      I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on Ninth House if you ever decide to read it 🙂
      Thank you, Sophie! ❤

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  8. I totally agree with you about Ninth House. I really want to read it but I’m also worried about it being too dark and possibly upsetting. Plus it’s a series and the next book doesn’t come out until 2021, and series automatically intimidate me because of my terrible series amnesia.

    Hopefully we’ll both pick it up someday and be pleasantly surprised, though!

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  9. There are tons of books out there that I’m curious about but I’m just not sure I’ll like it – this is true when a book is really popular, because it tends to be fantasy titles and I don’t read much fantasy. The only book I’ve read here is The Wicker King, and it’s one that I loved, so I would recommend it!! It’s a weird one in a way – but so so good.


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    1. Right?? I feel like the most hyped books are, more often than not, fantasy. I do read fantasy a little bit, but contemporary remains my favorite and I feel like some contemporaries deserve just as much hype! 🙂
      I’m so happy you’d recommend The Wicker King, it sounds so intriguing! 🙂
      Thank you, Lauren! 🙂


  10. Friends to Lovers YA Contemporaries are, simply put, THE BEST THINGS. EVER. *heart eyes*
    I’ve never read any of these books, but also “want to but not really” read Ninth House and We Hunt the Flame for the same reasons as you! This was such a great post ❤

    (Oh, and I tagged you for the Share the Love tag over on my blog! xx)

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  11. Ohh this is a fun tag!! The Wicker King is one on my TBR as well after reading so many good things about this book so I’m definitely curious but I just haven’t read it yet. Hopefully we will both love it when we get to read it though.
    Ninth House definitely has dark themes but if you are unsure you can always wait for the trailer for the TV show when that happens and see if it takes your fancy!! 😂
    I have heard mixed things about We Hunt the Flame too, I personally really enjoyed it but I can see where the people who don’t like it are coming from. It is a standard fantasy with a lot of common tropes but I probably enjoyed it for that reason like the lush prose, the banter, the lone hunter against the world, the hate to love, the brooding character. It felt like coming home to the old fantasies I used to read so I feel like it is judgement call in what you want from this book. I hope that helps or if I’ve just rambled 😂
    Thank you so much for tagging me!! ❤ It definitely has some fun questions I can't wait to answer!! 🙂

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    1. Okay but there is a Ninth House TV SHOW? Did I miss that news??? I had no idea 😂
      I’m happy you liked We Hunt The Flame and this helps me A WHOLE LOT, actually. I’m not too much of a fantasy reader, I tend to read more contemporaries but I think, from everything you said, I might really like We Hunt The Flame, I’m excited to read it now! 😀
      Thank you so, so much Sophie! ❤

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  12. Thanks for tagging me, Marie! ❤ Haha I can think of WAY too many answers to these questions…why is choosing books from your TBR so hard??

    I was definitely intimidated by Ninth House going in, but I ended up really enjoying it! It is very dark, though, so be aware. And I definitely want to pick up more of Anna Marie McLemore's writing, since I really enjoyed Wild Beauty 😀

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    1. RIGHT? There are just way too many books haha.
      I’m so so glad you liked Ninth House and Wild Beauty ahh, that book looks stunning. I really want to read McLemore’s work, hopefully this year 🙂
      thank you so much for your sweet comment Margaret ❤


  13. The Scarlet Letter was one fo the few required reading books I actually liked, and I also own The Weight of Feathers, and I have no idea why I still haven’t read it, because I have read and enjoyed other books by the author

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  14. Oh I love this tag! It’s so relatable 😂my TBR is stuffed with books I really really want to read but…I haven’t?! For no good reason ahh. But I LOVE The Wicker King with my whole soul, so I hope you try it someday. I also need to read We Hunt the Flame, but so many mixed reviews has left me procrastinating it too. Aaaand I’m procrastinating finishing the Nevernight series. OH and I’m so behind on so many Riordan books now!

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    1. RIGHT? I found it way too relatable too 😂 I’m SO happy you love the Wicker King, you are one of the reasons this book is on my TBR and I’m excited to get to it ! 😀


    1. Oh I SO get that, it took me AGES to get to Six of Crows because of all the hype. I found it really good though! I hope you’ll give it a try someday, I’d love to know your thoughts on it 🙂

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  15. I’m so happy that you decided to do the Tag! And thank you so much for your kind words! 😭💗 I definitely agree on The Places I’ve Cried in Public, it sounds like such a tough, devastating book and I always need to prepare myself for these kinds of reads, as they never fail to make me cry 😱 Same with Ninth House, it sounds so intense!

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    1. Of course, I LOVE you and your blog so much Caro ❤ ❤
      I feel like we should maybe buddy read The Places I've Cried someday…. you know, to be ready together for the emotions hahaha.

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  16. I completely understand what you mean by these books!! For example, I had been anticipating We Hunt The Flame for so long, and I’m finally reading it. I’m not sure if it’s me, the book or the timing (I’ve been so busy that I barely have time to sit down and read) but I can’t be /that/ into the plot, unfortunately. And I’m really sad about it!

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    1. Oh no! I’m so sorry you haven’t been too into the story. It’s even more frustrating when it’s a book you’ve been anticipating for so long. I hope it will get better ❤ ❤

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  17. I’m so like that too XD Emergency Contact took me atleast a YEAR for me to buy, as the book sounded so good- but yet omg it had negatives reviews and arhh I wasn’t so sure.. but all the positive ones looked right my alley… and FINALLY I caved x)

    The places i’ve cried in public looks really good actually, i’m gonna add it to my tbr. one of thoses books who reminds me a bit of my last relationship where you only clues in later that well- it might not has been in your best interest in the end..

    I actually never read the scarlet letter either, even in Canada.. idk if I was just with teachers who didn’t gave it to us (though I don’t recall seeing anyone else reading it, so xd)

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    1. Well I’m SO happy you caved, I adore Emergency Contact SO much it’s such a great book ❤
      I hope you'll end up loving the places i've cried! I've heard amazing things about it and can't wait to read it, even if I need to be ready for the emotions ahah 🙂
      thank you so, so much for your sweet comment Kristina ❤

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  18. it makes me so excited to see the wicker king and the weight of feathers on this list!!! i feel like you might really enjoy k ancrum’s books, thinking about how much you love contemporaries similar to them <33 and ninth house is also intimidating to me as well! i think i'm more scared that i'll hate it more than that the content will be too much for me, also the size and the fact that the cover just Looks scary intimidates me lmao! loved this post 💓

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  19. Honestly, most books I hear about fall into the “I want to read, but I don’t want to read” category. For one thing I’m a mood reader, so if I hear about a book when I’m not in the mood for it I may not think about it ever again, even if it’s something I could enjoy at a later time.

    And even the books that make their way onto my TBR shelf, either mentally or on Goodreads, they go through a grueling process where I look over reviews, and do a thorough check to see if I’m really interested in the books after all, or if I should spare the effort of reading them. If at any point a book no longer interests me, away it goes! The only time I’m actually excited to read a book from the get-go is when the synopsis sounds fantastic and filled with tropes I love, and I’ve already seen good reviews or have read from that author before. Otherwise, I want to read them, but also, I may never read them.

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    1. Ahhh yes that’s such an interesting point! There are so many books I don’t feel like reading at the moment and therefore won’t add to my TBR, but weeks later, they might seem awesome ahah 🙂

      I think that’s amazing that you have such a thought process, I bet it really helps you in picking up books you love, too! I try and do the very same, the only books I instantly want to read are from favorite authors or yes, books with tropes I really love or where I’m just having a… sort of instant-love moment with the synopsis 🙂

      thank you so much for your comment!! 🙂

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