Top Ten Tuesday: Books On Our TBR We’re Avoiding Reading and Why

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This week’s list was a collaborative effort between two of the Long and Short Review reviewers, Poinsettia and Astilbe.

1.  The Cassandra Palmer series by Karen Chance.

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This one boils down to time for me.  I loved the first four books in the series, but fell behind.  The rest of the series is on my tbr, but since it has been so long since I read the first four books, I’m going to have to re-read them before continuing with the series. – Poinsettia
2. Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
I haven’t read this because I’m not entirely sure how I’ll feel about it.  I picked it up at a used bookstore because I was intrigued by the title and the concept.  I think I just need to be in the right mood for it.- Poinsettia
3. Coleridge: Selected Poems (The Folio Poets)
This is a beautiful, hard cover Folio Society book I really need to read.  I’ve read some of the poems in the book and really liked them, but I haven’t picked it up in a very long time.  I enjoy poetry, but I need to be in the right mood for it or it doesn’t sink in like it should. – Poinsettia
4. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
I love dragons and fantasy, but the 848 page count intimidates me. In the past, I’ve had some issues staying interested in such long books. – Astilbe
5. Circe by Madeleine Miller
Greek mythology is something I’ve read a lot about over the years. Normally, I’d be pretty excited to read another retelling, but lately I haven’t been in the mood for such dark, serious plots. This is something I want to read eventually, but I don’t think I’m in the right frame of mind for it at the moment. – Astilbe
6. Internment by Samira Ahmed
This is actually something I started reading earlier this year before I added it to my DNF pile. One of my relatives is Muslim and lives in the United States. The thought of him being sent to an internment camp was so frightening that I needed to take a break from reading about people in the same situation. Someday I do hope to go back and finish this book, though. – Astilbe
7. Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller
The reason why this is still sitting on my TBR is because I’m so incredibly excited to read it. I tend to get sad and restless by the end of winter, so I’m purposefully setting aside some books, films, and other things I really love to give me something to look forward to in February and March – Astilbe
8. House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
The reason why I added this to my TBR in the first place was due to how many Top Ten Tuesday bloggers have been saying wonderful things about it. There are so many other titles closer to the top of that list that I haven’t had a chance to get to this one yet. It will happen one of these days. – Astilbe


  1. I’m also intimidated by Priory’s page count. I picked it up and wasn’t clicking with it, so I put it down. Same with Circe. I want to get back to those books but there’s others I want to read first.

    • Big page counts can be very intimidating! I hope you enjoy it if/when you pick it up again.

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  2. Great post!

  3. I am definitely put off a bit by the size of Priory, but I have heard amazing things about it. Warrior of the Wild was a fun and fast read though. I hope you enjoy it when you get around to it!

    • Yes, big page counts can be intimidating, but hopefully the book will be worth it!

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  4. Totally get how you feel about heavy content with Circe etc. I have Circe because I studied her at university but I haven’t read it yet-need to be in better mindset.

    • There is a lot to be said about being mentally prepared to read certain books!

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  5. I got at least… Partway through Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter several years ago. It was much more interesting than I though it would be! But not nearly as interesting enough to hold me all the way through lol. Everyone is talking about Circe and I need to add it to my TBR though! I’m also excited about House Of Salt And Sorrows because I’ve been hearing such good things.

    • I’m glad you had a “mostly” positive experience with Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. 🙂 Like I said, I just happened upon it in a used bookstore and thought it sounded different.

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  6. Priory definitely scares me! And I understand why you don’t want to read Internment tbh. It’s a very good book though 🙂

  7. I’m seeing Circe in a lot of people’s lists this week! Have yet to read it myself as well lol. Interesting list!

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  8. Great list! I really want to read The Priory of the Orange Tree, too, but it’s such a huge book. I think I might read it over Christmas when I have more time to sit with it.

    • Yes, reading long books requires a bit of planning time wise.

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  9. I keep hearing so many good things about The House of Salt and Sorrows. It took me a while to read The Priory of the Orange Tree… the good thing about being a book blogger is that I get a lot of free books… the bad thing about being a book blogger is that I couldn’t finish Priory before I had to make time to read another book that I had a review scheduled for.

    • I know what you mean about needing to keep up on books for review. So many books, and not enough time!

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  10. Great post!
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  11. I actually loved Abraham Lincoln Vampire hunter. From what I remember it was pretty funny, too. The movie though? Blech.

    • I’m glad you liked it! I haven’t actually come across many people who’ve read it. I hope I like it when I finally get around to reading it.

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  12. I’ve seen so many great things about House of Salt and Sorrow too, I hope it lives up to all the hype!

  13. There’s been a few people on Booktube talking quite a bit about ” Circe,” and like you, I’ve seen ‘Salt and Sorrows’ EVERYWHERE! Or it seems like it. To be honest, I don’t know that I’ve ever read what it’s really about though…! Oh! And Tricia’s books do look fun, so someday I’d like to read one by her. Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

  14. Louise @ Foxes and Fairy Tales says

    Great list! House of Salt and Sorrows and Warrior of the Wild are both still on my TBR too.

  15. Christine @ LifeWithAllTheBooks says

    I hope you love Circe when you do decide to read it – it’s honestly so good and beautifully written! I’m really unsure about the Abraham Lincoln Vampire one too – seems odd but I’m intrigued! Great list ??

    • Thank you! Yes! Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter does sound strange. I’m pretty sure it will be out of my comfort zone, but sometimes it is good to try something a little different.

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  16. OOoh nice ones! I ADORED House of Salt and Sorrows! Never had I read a retelling of The Worn Out Dancing Shoes aka The Twelve Dancing Princesses! Warrior of the Wild was another good one! I’m really liking Tricia’s books! I have her next one in my review pile to read eventually! Hopefully before this year ends! Lol.

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    • You’re welcome!

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  17. Circe is one I want to get to at some point, and maybe Warrior of the Wild too. Priory has been putting me off mainly because it’s so huge. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter just has me curious!

    • Yes, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter just sounds so odd! I’m intrigued by the premise so I really should make time to read it just to satisfy my curiosity.

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  18. I see The Priory of the Orange Tree mentioned often… but I’m not sure I know anyone who has actually read it. LOL That’s one behemoth of a book!

    • Yes, it is! Hopefully it will be worth the effort of reading all those pages.

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  19. I loved the Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith and read it years before it was a movie. The Priory of the Orange Tree I have on my list and I agree it looks amazing but is a daunting book. Thanks for stopping by The Phantom Paragrapher

    • You’re welcome!

      I somehow missed Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter when it came out. You’d think I’d remember a title like that! Like I said, I just happened across it in a used bookstore and was intrigued. Did you enjoy reading it? Is the movie any good?

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  20. Oh I loved Warrior of the Wild – I pretty much love anything Tricia writes at this point. Hopefully you will have a chance to get to it soon. It’s a fun one!

  21. I love Coleridge’s poetry! I’ve never read his entire body of work though, just the poems that have interested me and some of his lecture transcripts. Circe by Madeline Miller is a fantastic book and I hope you enjoy it when you’re finally in the mood to read it.

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    • You’re welcome!

      I’ve really enjoyed Coleridge’s poetry as well. At least the ones I’ve read. I need to take time to read more.

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  22. Oh, 848 pages is crazy. That would definitely make it easier to let it fall further and further down my list. Time is a big factor too and YES to needing to be in the mood for reads. I”m a total mood reader in that respect.

    • Yes, big page counts and time are certainly factors in choosing what to read. I think we all need more time to read! Yep, I’m definitely a mood reader as well. There is just something wonderful about reading the right book at the right time vs trying to plow through a book I’m not really feeling at the moment.

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  23. Priory of the Orange Tree was really good. I sometimes have an issue with huge chunksters too but that one held my interest pretty well.

  24. Oh, gosh, I can definitely see why Internment was DNF for you. That would make my stomach turn as well. It’s… a lot. Even just picturing it. That being said, I hope you get to the rest of these and enjoy them as you do! House of Salt and Sorrows is on my TBR as well and I’m actually excited to get to it in the future.

  25. The Priory of the Orange Tree is also intimidating to me because I’ve never read anything by Shannon and I’ve heard mixed things so I have no idea which camp I’ll fall into, haha. And 848 pages is a lot to commit to! I’m dying to read House of Salt and Sorrows also, I’m just hoping my library will get a copy soon. 🙂

  26. I got House of Salt and Sorrows right after it was released yet until now I still haven’t read it yet. I’m not putting it off but rather, I’m trying to find the good time to pick it up since this book’s been something I’ve been excited to read. Need to be in a good mood to do that.

  27. Love your reasoning for number 7. Stockpiling things to look forward to on a seasonal basis — especially the end of winter — is a great idea.

  28. haha I am so scared of PRIORY it’s MASSIVE!

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