Tag Tuesday: Books I WANT to read, but don’t want to READ

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Today is another Tag Tuesday and instead of doing one of the 35 tags I’ve been tagged in, I thought I’d do a tag I wasn’t tagged in! Today I’m doing the Books I WANT to read, but don’t want to READ tag, which is such a fun topic. There are so many books that I want to read but don’t want to go through the process of actually reading, you know? This tag was created by Jamieson @ Jamishelves, so you should definitely go check out her blog!

Doing this tag, I learned that most of the books on my TBR, I really want to read, I just don’t have the time to. Which I feel like is just the struggle for most readers. But it’s also good to know that I want to read most of the books on my TBR!


  • Link back to the original tag
  • 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

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

Probably Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I’ve read one of Rowell’s other books and wasn’t a fan, so I don’t have much of a desire to pick this one up too. But everyone talks about it, so I feel like I should. And I feel like I could enjoy it? idk we’ll see

A book thats really long

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. It’s over 1,400 pages long!!!! How am I supposed to find the time to read it!!!!! My friend Madison got me a copy for Christmas, though, and it’s gorgeous.

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

Columbine by Dave Cullen. It’s been on my TBR literally since the day I got Goodreads. I just need to suck it up and read it at this point.

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

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’ve already watched the movie, but I feel like I need to read it. So many people love it and it’s such a classic.

A book that intimidates you

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. I feel like I could either love or hate this book, but overall it just intimidates me. It’s so long? And so heavy and dense? But I want to know what all the fuss is about, so some day I will read it.

A book you need to be in the right mood for

Any classic really but I’ll go with East of Eden by John Steinbeck since that’s the longest classic on my TBR. I just feel like classics are always written like that, you know? And you really need to be in the right mood to read them.

A book that you think might be slow

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. Everything I’ve read by Murakami so far has been two things: incredibly well-written but also completely devoid of plot. Which I honestly don’t mind. I just feel like any book by him will be slow.

(I would also probably put 1Q84 by him on here but I’ve read the first part of the book and it’s significantly faster than his other books but still incredibly slow)

A book you’re unsure if you will like

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I tried reading Shiver by Stiefvater AGES ago and couldn’t get through the first chapter. But I’ve heard so many amazing things about the Raven Boys and I do want to give the series a shot. I’m just hesitant because her writing really didn’t work for me. BUT my best friend just read it on audiobook and loved it, so maybe I’ll give that a go?

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I’m being lazy today (i.e. I need to go study for a final) so I’m not tagging anyone, but if you want to do this, please consider yourself tagged! And thank you to Jamieson for creating the tag. It was a lot of fun to go through and reassess my TBR.

Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? Are there any books you want to read but don’t want to read? Let me know! (and do the tag and tag me!!!!)

Thanks for reading! xx

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32 thoughts on “Tag Tuesday: Books I WANT to read, but don’t want to READ

  1. I might consider doing this tag! I feel like I’m like this with most books if I’m honest, just want to absorb the contents without having to read it 😂 There’s just so many books I want to read and there’s not enough time for all of them!

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  2. Oh this is a fun tag, I’ll probably do this. You really do need to read Les Miserables because it is THE BEST. Also, A Little Life is many things, but I would not describe it as dense at all! I read it in a weekend. And ugh, 1Q84 has been on my shelf ever since it came out and it haunts me.

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    1. You definitely should, it was a lot of fun!!

      I know, I know. I think I’ll try to read 10 pages every day or something until I finish Les Mis. That’s good to know about A Little Life!

      And SAME I got it for Christmas in 2017 and have read the first third, but I haven’t picked it up in almost a year.

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  3. Great post, Ally! Goodness, Les Miserables is such a hefty book, but I have a strange desire to read it this year. I tried once before, but never made it further than 100 pages. Haha! I’ve been considering reading Fangirl as well for some time now, since I’ve heard such great things about it. I’ve never a Rainbow Rowell book before, but who knows, perhaps this will be the year that I will! 🙂

    I also would definitely recommend you check out the Raven Boys! I love Maggie Stiefvater, and though I haven’t read Shiver yet, I’ve heard that her writing greatly improved by the time she wrote the Raven Boys. ❤

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    1. Thank you, Kelly! Good luck with Les Mis! Hopefully you enjoy Fangirl if/when you get to it!

      And good to know!! I’ve heard really good things about the Raven Boys, so I’m definitely going to try the first one at least

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    1. SAME!!! Eleanor and Park was just,,, fine? But I don’t really have any desire to read anything else by Rowell.

      And that’s good to know! I’ve heard better things about the Raven Boys than Shiver, but it’s good to know you’ve read both and agree!

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  4. I feel this tag will all my soul. I’ll definitely do this tag. Because I feel the need to call myself out on not certain books.

    I’m the same with Fangirl but the thing is I really didn’t like Eleanor & Park but I’ve heard people say Fangirl is much better.

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  5. I tried Raven Boys but gave up around chapter 5 … the writing style just wasn’t clicking for me either. Though, many friends say that they enjoyed it.

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