I’ve been wanting to do the Intimidating TBR for a long time, probably almost two months, but because I also wanted it to double as a kind of Summer TBR I wanted to wait until my summer had started to finally post it! I do not expect to read all these books this summer, but I am motivated to crack down on these books that I’ve owned for a while now so as to assuage my buyer’s remorse.
Q1. What book have you been unable to finish?
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I first started this book about 3 years ago now and I’ve just never felt compelled to finish reading it. I think it might be partially due to the fact that I’m not exactly the target demographic. But this is still one I hope to read.
Q 2–8. What book have you yet to read because…
…you just haven’t had the time?
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. This book came out in February and I’ve just not been able to prioritize it because I’ve gotten busy or I felt more pressure to read other books first. I’ve also debated rereading the first book A Darker Shade of Magic but decided it might just slow me down either further, so I’m probably going to pick this one up soon and just go.
…it’s a sequel?
Eldest & Brisingr by Christopher Paolini. I read Eragon for the first time when it just came out and the reason I haven’t finished this series is because so much time passed between sequels for me at that age and I just didn’t keep up with it. I reread Eragon last summer in preparation for finally finishing the series, but it still just didn’t happened! Hoping to accomplish that goal this summer though.
…it’s brand new?
How to Do Media and Cultural Studies by Jane Stokes. This book was on my required reading list for my EMAC 6300 class last fall and I never bought it. It just came in the mail last week along with A Court of Mist and Fury, and I’m really hoping to read it early this summer so I can try and start my research soon.
…you read a book by the same author and didn’t enjoy it?
Somnambulist by Essie Fox. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy Elijah’s Mermaid…Well, I didn’t because it was more than a little traumatizing. But it’s really that I hated what happened to all the main characters. I felt like everything horrible that happened to them was out of their control and I feel like I did not get enough satisfaction by the end. I did love The Goddess and the Thief, though…
…you’re just not in the mood for it?
Slasher Girls and Monster Boys. I bought this book last fall in preparation for some spooky Halloween reading, but I’ve just not gotten around to finally reading it. I’m worried I won’t like it.
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. This book is tall and thick. It’s probably my heaviest non-hardback book. I also don’t entirely know what to expect from it so I’ve no thoughts good or bad about it.
…because it was a cover buy that turned out to have poor reviews?
The Miniaturists by Jessie Burton. I think I first saw this book in a booksandquills video and was enchanted by the cover. I’ve since become more aware of what it is like. I’m not sure I believe the bad reviews I’ve read, rather they’ve just made me hesitant to pick this book up. I feel like this is one that will need to be picked up at the right time to be enjoyed.
Q9. What is the most intimidating book in your TBR pile?
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. Of the books I’ve listed here, The Luminaries‘ sheer size is what most intimidates me! I worry it will be slow and drag on and on and I’ll fall into a reading slump.