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[personal profile] renay did The Intimidating TBR Tag a few weeks ago, and tagged me to respond!

... Here is a slightly out of date photo of my TBR pile, guys. This entire bookcase. Narrowing this down was NOT EASY.

A bookcase with books double and triple stacked on it.

1. What book have you been unable to finish?

Books On Fire

I've never been able to finish Books On Fire: The Destruction of Libraries Throughout History by Lucien X. Polastron, because I keep picking it up, reading a chapter or two, and then getting too overwhelmed by emotions and knowledge and having to put it down again to rebuild my emotional fortitude. It's all about the destruction of beautiful libraries, and the emotional whiplash from "here is an amazing library" to "and here is how someone ruined everything that you love" kills me.

... I am having a similar problem with Inseparable by Emma Donoghue, it is too much for me and my feelings. ;__;

2. Which book haven't you read yet because you haven't had the time?

Cover of Hawkeye Volume Two

WEIRDLY, Hawkeye Volume 2. Do you ever had a task that you know will take you no time at all, but you keep putting it off because it will take you no time? That is me and this book. It'll take me less than an hour to read, so I keep going "Oh I'll squeeze it in later," and then I am too busy and don't.

The upside of this is that I can lend it to my spousal unit, I guess? And it means that I'm not getting muddled with future events when I write my review of the first volume? But I am still boggled that I can't make the time to finish a TPB. O_o

3. Which book haven't you read yet because it's a sequel?

Cover of Ancillary Sword

Oh god, so many, but probably the main one is Ancillary Sword and Ancilary Mercy by Ann Leckie! I loved Ancillary Justice, but I thought it was a stand-alone novel and have been very confused every time there's been a sequel (It's the same problem I had with Ninefox Gambit!). I'm... Not sure I dare to read Sword and Mercy? I really loved Ancillary Justice, so what if I've overhyped the sequels and they can't live up to it? What if I've set myself up for disappointment?

I'm currently listening to the audiobook of Ancillary Justice, which is amazing, so I'm hoping that it's going to give me the momentum I need to get into the rest of the sequel. Wish me luck?

4. Which book haven't you read because it's brand new?

Cover of A Closed and Common Orbit

A Close and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers. Jodie sent this one to me because she's a STAR and I am still at the "pet the pretty shiny new thing" rather than the read the pretty shiny new thing stage. >_>


5. Which book haven't you read because you read a book by the same author and didn't enjoy it?

Cover of Ceremony in Death

Ceremony In Death by J. D. Robb. I keep going "I do like this series, I do! I do!" because heeeeey, scifi detective series with female friendships and a police/criminal romance! What's not to love? And then I read them and go "ACTUALLY I only like the love interest for the scenes where he's utterly flustered and the degree of sexual violence and victim blaming going on here is not cool!" so we're kinda... On a break right now. The villain of the last one was frankly cartoonish, and while they always are, the last two have been a bit too much, so I just can't be arsed right now. :\

6. Which book haven't you read yet because you're just not in the mood for it?

Cover of Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. I find that I'm really hit and miss with Maggie Stiefvater's books, especially for The Raven Cycle -- I was mostly ambivalent about The Raven Boys, but really emotionally invested in Ronan Lynch in The Dream Thieves, so I need to be in the mood to either have a book punch me in the feelings really hard, or ready for it to disappoint me because it hasn't punched me in the feelings really hard. That is not a mood I'm often in!

7. Which book haven't you read yet because it's humongous?

Cover of Black Wolves by Kate Elliott

In a move shocking to everyone: Black Wolves by Kate Elliott. Epic fantasy was where I lived for like a decade, but then I fell out of the habit of it? And now I'm looking at Black Wolves and honestly feeling a little intimidated by how huge it is. ._. Even the paperback is huge! All the better to admire the cover art, I admit, but still. But there's a voice that sounds like [personal profile] renay chanting "Read it! Read it! Read it!" whenever I look at it, so, next time I have a few days where I can devote all of my attention to ploughing through it I might have to to just go for it.

8. Which book haven't you read yet because it was a cover buy that turned out to have poor reviews?
I have a confession to make: I don't tend to read reviews unless it's for a book I've already read, or it's a book I'm in the middle of and I want to sanity check whatever is making me side-eye it. The only real exceptions are for books that I'm not likely to ever get hold of, and by definition I don't have any of those in my TBR pile.

Q: ... Oh my god Susan, aren't you a book blogger?
A: I never said I was a GOOD book blogger.

9. What is the most intimidating book on your TBR pile?

Cover of The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

Real talk, it is The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin because the pressure. Literally everyone I know loves this book! Literally everyone. And what I know of the world building sounds really well thought out and amazing and N. K. Jemisin is really smart and second person is one of my favourite storytelling voices if it's done well and I enjoyed Stone Hunger ¡ª

And basically I am intimidated by how good this story is probably going to be, because what if I don't love it?! Like, I almost certainly will! But the idea of not doing has stopped me in my tracks.

10. Who do you tag?
Ooh, this is always the hardest part of these posts. Anyone who wants to do this meme, consider this a formal invitation! But specifically, I would love to see this to-read piles of [twitter.com profile] ladylegger, [twitter.com profile] kaytaylorrea, [personal profile] bookgazing and [personal profile] scarimonious. I'd tag [twitter.com profile] captainraz for this as well, but considering her TBR pile is currently about twenty queer comics and novels I threw at her, I think I know the answer to that one, although she is more than welcome to confirm!

Date: 2016-11-19 01:09 am (UTC)
stardreamer: Meez headshot (Default)
From: [personal profile] stardreamer
Psst... there's an unclosed Bold tag at #6 which has all the rest of the text displaying in boldface.

Seriously, don't worry about the 2nd and 3rd Ancillary books not living up to the first one. They totally do.

Only ONE bookcase of TBR? Piker. :-)

Date: 2016-11-19 06:44 am (UTC)
ceitfianna: (Dean time rambles on)
From: [personal profile] ceitfianna
This is a great way to look at a TBR pile. *eyes mine* If I add in ARCs from ALA its frightening but I like this. Thanks for another way to approach the stacks.

Date: 2016-11-20 06:24 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] owlmoose
I do the exact same thing with comics in trade format. "Oh, it'll only take me an hour or so to read it, I'll just wait and pick it up when I know I have an hour or so to kill" and then it takes me weeks/months/years to actually get around to doing it.

I am also dragging my feet on finishing the Raven Cycle, and I'm stuck in the exact place you are. Also at this point I think I'd need to re-read to be certain of what's going on, and who has time for that? Then again I really want to know what happens. And there I get stuck. Maybe we should pick a month next year and read it together.

Date: 2016-11-20 10:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thebaconfat
Oh no, Books on Fire looks really interesting but I don't know if I could handle it.

I totally know what you mean about Ancillary Sword! The first book was such a perfect standalone novel, and even though everyone else I've spoken to has loved the sequels, I was a little let down by them. They didn't betray me or anything? I just wanted more. I was really happy to get to spend more time with the characters I loved and see them get some more development though.

I was really hit and miss on the Raven Cycle too! I ended up really loving the last book, though, and while I can't remember a whole lot about BLLB, I can say this: Ronaaaaaaaan. If you are in it for him, there's a lot to be invested in here. But yes it will punch you in the feelings.

Thank you for tagging me, I'm excited about it!

Date: 2016-11-22 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingtheend.com
Well, fwiw, BLLB is not my favorite in the series, so if you tend to be ambivalent, I can easily imagine a world where BLLB didn't do it for you. *I* liked it because I liked seeing Adam sort some of his shit out, as some of his shit is the same as mine and it is interesting to see how another person like me in personality but with totally different life experiences would sort out similar problems. But I mean, if you do not care for Adam AS MOST OF THE PEOPLE IN MY LIFE SEEM NOT TO, that's not going to be a huge draw for you.


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