Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Not Sure I Want to Read (Will You Help Me Decide?)

Most of the times I’m pretty sure if I want to read a book or not. Bad/good reviews, the story sounds amazing or I’m quite sure it would be nothing for me, the cover is gorgeous or not my style (I’m vain and I don’t care)… But, sometimes there are books that make me doubt my decisions for ever and ever.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week is a freeby and I have been waiting for this for a long time. Why? Because I have a list with books that I’m not sure of if I should read them, or not. So please, help me decide this week, should I read the book or not?



1. The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood #1)

I’m really struggling in my decision if I want to read this or not…. People are saying that this story is mesmerizing, creepy and creative. I have to admit, those three things are EXACTLY what I look for in a book. To be honest, this book sounds like the perfect read! But, in the mean time I have read many mixed reviews. A lot of people seem to really don’t like this book, and it kind of breaks my heart.

Is it really as boring as many people claimed? Is it true that there is almost no magic in it?

2. Circe – Madeline Miller

This book has a whooping 4.42 rating on Goodreads. Normally, this would be an automatic reason for me to read this book. I just have a strange feeling with this book. Don’t kill me for saying this, but it does all sound just a bit too boring for me. I had the same feeling with Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman and I was right about that one. It really wasn’t my kind of book and I skipped quite a few pages in that one. Has anyone  by coincidence already read both of those books? Because, if they are similar in a way, I won’t be reading Circe.

Is it written in an old fashioned way? Does it compare to Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman? Are the stories original, or is it mainly a pretty exact retelling of the old tales?

3. Batman: Nigthwalker (DC Icons #3) – Marie Lu

I’m not sure if I want to read this book because of the author, Marie Lu. I read Warcross a couple of months ago and I really really really didn’t like that book. I hated the abomination that she made of the technology (I’m an computer engineering student and I really can’t deal with technology and science explained wrong). I also had big issues with the unhealthy relationship in that book and the characters were overall not that great. I don’t know how many science is involved in this book and I don’t know how unhealthy the relationships will be in this book. I know Batman’s history isn’t the most normal, so I’m a bit scared to be honest.

Is there any romance in this book? How crazy is Batman? And most important of all, does she try to explain technologies in this one?

4. Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) – Neal Shusterman

I’m actually pretty exited for this one. But, there is one really important issue that needs to be resolved before I can start reading this book. I have to admit that I have never ever ever read a good Young Adult sci-fi novel (apart from books like the hunger games, but they don’t have much science in them). The problem that I have with all those books is that they really just ruin science and just take random cool looking gadgets that don’t make any sense if you understand how they normally work (I can rant about this for hours on end if you would be interested, contact me ?). I still have my hopes up that this could still be a book for me because I don’t think that it will actually use a lot of science.

Is this book “sci-fi” like the hunger games is called sci-fi? Or does it use a lot of technologies? 

5. Furyborn (Empirium #1) – Claire Legrand

What holds me back with this one is that it looks quite similar to millions of other YA fantasy novels. It just doesn’t seem like it’s something new and I fear that I will be dissapointed because I will have read already a hundred other books exactly like this one. I don’t mind it if it’s a bit similar to other books in the genre (that would be normal) I just don’t want to read a bland story about a normal girl that suddenly is someone important and looses her head over some kind of prince (You know what I mean). Earlier this year, I was really disappointed by Everless by Sara Holland  for exactly this reason.

Is this book something new? Or did you feel like you have read 50 books like this before?

6. Reign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen #1) – Sarah Glenn Marsh

I probably mostly want to read this book because the cover is absolutely gorgeous. What is a bit strange about this book is that the book reviewers I follow all seem to like it (and normally they have a lower rating that average). But, by some sorcery the Goodreads rating for this book is only 3.49! I’m a bit confused to be honest.

Do you think I should read this book? Or just leave it be?

7. Renegades – Marissa Meyer

Another book I’m not sure I want to read because of the many mixed reviews. It seems to me like this is going to be a pretty awesome book, but I can’t seem to forget all the bad reviews I also read about it. I read a few times that it was really cliché.

Was it a cliché story? Was it difficult to love? Or was it the complete opposite and did you love it?

8. Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1) – Renee Ahdieh

I read the Wrath and the Dawn series around a year ago. I really liked the first book in the series. It was amazing and such a great story. But, the second story was such a miss for me. Now, I’m a bit scared to read this book, because of The Rose and the Dagger. I do really want to give her another chance, but I just don’t want to be disappointed.

Should I give Renee Ahdieh another chance? Or, do you think I should leave this book if I didn’t like the second book of The Wrath and the Dawn?

9. Shadowsong (Wintersong #2) – S. Jae-Jones

I had very mixed feelings about Wintersong, the first book in this series. I liked the musical aspect of it a lot and I also like the Goblin King. But, now I read that the goblin king is hardly in Shadowsong. I can’t find a reason for the author to have made that decision. Now, I’m quite wary of this book, and I’m not sure if I should even bother reading this book.

Is the Goblin King really missing from this story? Is there still a lot of music present in this book?

10. Red Queen ( Red Queen #1) – Victoria Aveyard

The summary of this book sounds really interesting and the cover is also really gorgeous. This book is also one with many mixed reviews. But, because it’s a series, it just keeps appearing everywhere I go. I really want to read it, but I’m just not sure I would be a fan. Maybe the first book is less good than the rest of the series? I just want to join the hype and know what everyone is talking about, but I don’t know it’s worth the trouble.

Is this series a must read? Or, can I just ignore all the talk about it?


Thank you for reading my entire post, it would mean so much to me if you guys could take the time to answer some of my questions. ??


  • Scythe is definitely like the Hunger Games with how little science there actually is. Also, I think it would be worth the read just to get to read the second book, which is incredible. Personally I didn’t enjoy Furyborn, but I know lots of other people whose opinions I generally respect and take into consideration who love it.

    • ThePrintedGirl

      I’m definitely going to read scythe! I’m really excited now! You made it harder for me to decide about Furyborn now! ?

  • abceptionreads

    Oh you definitely want to read Circe!

  • I just finished Circe and loved it! So my votes for that one 🙂

  • I loved Renegades! There’s a lot to remember but I thought it was a really good story.

  • Circe was one that I thought I wouldn’t get? But then o hopped on the hype train and requested an ARC. of recommend it, though it is a bit slow since she’s on an island for almost the whole book, but I enjoyed it ❤

  • Scythe for me is either a dystopian or a utopian book. I haven’t finished reading it but it’s definitely interesting. ?

  • I can’t speak for the others (some of them are on my TBR though), but The Hazel Wood really is an excellent read!! It’s one of my select few 5 star reads from this year so far. Even though I already had an egalley, I went out and bought a hard copy when it was released so I could share it with a couple close friends and family members (I almost never do that!). I highly recommend it. 🙂

  • I can’t speak for the others but I loved Renegades, the thing is it’s a prose book about Superheroes (which generally translates better to graphic novel) and cliche or mildly corny superhero dialogue/themes you would accept in a comic book are harder to miss/accept in prose but are as much part of the genre as dragons are fantasy but if you go into the book accepting all that, you’ll love it. I also loved Flame in the Mist because of the Mulan-ish idea (my favourite Disney movie). What I will say about Marie Lu is I haven’t read Warcross but adored the Legend Trilogy back in my Dystopian Fiction phase, I can’t remember that it had a lot of tech but then I’m less likely to notice that than you I think. Hope this all helps with your decisions!

  • Honestly Flame in the Mist and Red Queen were big misses for me. Red Queen is just so standard. Nothing stands out. And I had some problems with Flame in the Mist.
    You should totally give Reign of the Fallen a chance though. And I liked Furyborn well enough. 🙂

  • Batman and Scythe are so amazing. The Hazel Wood I found problematic. I was disappointed by Everless too + I have an ARC of Furyborn so I’m starting that soon.

  • fictionologyst

    It’s a no for RQ, actually I was in love with it but then I read GS and it was a big MEH so I don’t recommend you to start this series. Renegade is an okay read for me, nothing fascinating about that book. I’m gonna try Circe tho, I’m a sucker for Greek myth, I’d tell you if it worth the hype or not. And I’d definitely read Scythe because all of my friends recommend it to me!

  • I read Red Queen and didn’t get past the first book. I didn’t really care for it. I thought that one was a bit over-hyped. I know that Scythe is on my TBR short list because everyone has been recommending that one. I passed on The Hazel Wood because I’ve read so many mixed reviews.

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  • Furborn is good for a YA fantasy and I make that distinction because if you’re a fan or read a lot of adult fantasy you will be disappointed. I found it to have an interesting premise, but it’s executed like most YA fantasy. You’ll either love it or hate it.

  • I haven’t read any of those books so I can’t be of much help. I just bought Hazel Wood and am going to read it next. I was on the fence about reading it and I was leaning toward not reading it until my non-blogger friend read it and begged me to read it too so he had someone to talk about it haha.

  • There are so many newer books on this list but I just have to recommend Scythe. It’s truly a stunning and absolutely original story and the second book is crazy good, like the best sequel ever (even the GR rating is incredibly high). Not enough people appreciate this series tbh. You should give it a chance!

  • I can only recommend Red Queen, as it’s one of my fave Series ? I think you’ll definitely like it if you enjoy the following things – a complicated, unlikable heroine, a dystopian/fantasy world with powerful abilities and a lot of flawed, yet lovable characters!

  • I have similar thoughts on Hazel Wood….As for Scythe I really enjoyed it. There wasn’t much talk of science, so in that aspect it is similar to Hunger Games. They only tell us that mankind has progressed so much that we can “cheat death” basically no one dies naturally anymore. I would recommend it

  • Shadowsong is mostly set in the ‘real’ world and is very focused on magic and feelings – we do see what has happened to the Goblin king, and Liesl is making music with her brother at last! – but I think you might find it has less of what you’re looking for overall.

  • You should definitely read The Flame in the Mist and Red Queen. I personally loved both of them. The others I have yet to read but most of them are on my tbr. Good luck deciding!

  • Colleen's Conclusions

    1, 7, and 8 are also ones I am unsure of too. I was going to say something else but I forgot…I will remember it later.

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