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I’m known for being a bit of an avoider, actually. In many ways, I have the hardest time dealing with certain things. And so I put off doing so until I absolutely have to. This is part of the reason why I don’t always respond to comments because it takes so much out of me to work up the ability to do so. I feel overwhelmed and so I avoid. This doesn’t happen as often with books, of course, but there are a few that do manage to fit that bill, so here they are!

the gilded wolves10. The Gilded Wolves Roshani Chokshi

I keep meaning to read this book, but I also keep passing it up for others. I think this is partially because I got this book confused with another one when I first got it. And there’s always the fact that there are just an insane number of books on my TBR. I can’t really do a whole lot about that, unfortunately.

mother tongue9. Mother Tongue by Julie Mayhew

I picked this one up and put it back down largely because of boredom. And thus I’m avoiding picking it up again and I feel terrible. I’m sure I’ll pick this up and finish it later on, but for now I’ve just kind of pushed it off to the side and I don’t know when I will try to read it again.

the dragon warrior8. The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao

I should have read this a long time ago. And it’s less that I’m avoiding this now than it is that I just haven’t gotten around to it. But honestly? I was so certain I would love this book I have no idea why I haven’t gotten around to it. You’d think such thoughts would make me more inclined to pick it up, and yet it has sat around unread for an incredibly long time. Perhaps I just have too much to read.

two can keep a secret7. Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus

Thrillers aren’t really my thing. Mysteries aren’t really my thing. Sure, I picked this up because it was popular. But I haven’t felt any great motivation to actually read the book. I didn’t mean to avoid it, but here we are. I don’t know if I’ll be getting to it any time soon, if I’m being completely honest about it.

call it what you want6. Call it What you Want by Brigid Kemmerer

I…haven’t liked a single thing I read by Kemmerer yet. Which is unfortunate. Pair that with the fact that this is a contemporary novel and you have a pretty good recipe for me avoiding reading something. It’s pretty bad and I really need to get to it eventually since I got an arc and a signed copy from my book box a while back. I’ve been putting this one off for way too long.

how to talk to black people5. How to Talk to Black People by A. Anonymous

I’m honestly just scared that this book will be extremely problematic. And this comes partially from the fact that the author is anonymous. It’s supposed to be a commentary on racism, which I personally do believe is immensely important, but I have no idea how well the subject matter is going to be handled. And thus…I just haven’t gotten myself to keep reading yet.

shatter me4. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

This is meant to be a reread to deep dive into why it’s an abusive relationship supporting novel (which it 100% is). I just haven’t gotten around to it. Primarily, you see, because I absolutely hate what this novel supports. I washed my hands of this stupid series entirely because it romanticized abuse. And while I’m coming back to it in order to shed light on this extremely problematic fact, I’m really meh about reading it again.

the shade of the moon3. The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer

hated the other books in this series, but I’ve been trying to read through them because I got them as a gift and I don’t really like the idea of giving away unread books. But I’m not super eager to read the last book, either. Sure, the first ones were quick reads…but they were also massively boring. And I’ve heard some really awful things about this book in particular.

Archenemies2. Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

I should have read this book a long time ago. It’s been sitting on my shelf, very much staring me down in order to guilt me for not having read it when I first got it. The thing is, Marissa Meyer is my favorite author. But I didn’t really like Renegades. And I’m honestly terrified that I won’t like this sequel either, so I’m kind of anxious about getting around to this.

a court of mist and fury1. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

I am 99% positive that I will hate the second book in this series and as such I have been avoiding it ever since I finished the first. I knew before beginning this book that there were people who shipped the main character with Rhysand, though I didn’t quite understand what that meant. Ultimately, the second I saw the preparation for a love triangle as I read the first novel, I grew more and more frustrated. Needless to say, I want nothing to do with a book in which Rhysand becomes the main love interest after all the stuff in the first. And since I know that’s where it’s headed, I’m almost certain that this book is one I shouldn’t read.

Are any of these books on your avoid list? Let me know in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “Avoiding Is My Thing; Top Ten Tuesday

  1. I feel like it is 100% right for you to just skip out on any A Court of Thorns and Roses sequels! If you ever feel like reading them, though, I hope you enjoy them as much as you can! If not, onto bigger and better things, right?

  2. I have been avoiding Renegades and The Gilded Wolves. I bought Renegades in May 2018 and The Gilded Wolves in February this year I think. I also have been avoiding Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett and The Boy Next Story by Tiffany Schmidt even though I liked their other books.

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