Books That Have Been On My TBR The Longest

Hey guys! Today I thought I’d shame myself by highlighting some of the books that have been on my TBR the longest (we are talking a good few years here) and hopefully it will motivate me to pick them up! If you’ve read any of them, I’d love to know what you thought of them and if they’re worth reading. So without further ado, let’s get into it:

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey: I think I bought this when dystopian books were still a thing and everyone was devouring them up. I liked how refreshing it sounded because it’s about an alien invasion, but I have heard very mixed reviews about this series. Apparently the different perspectives are confusing, the plot is hard to follow, the second book isn’t as good, etc. So naturally I felt less inclined to read the first book and it’s just been gathering dust ever since. If you enjoyed this series, please do let me know!

The Valiant by Lesley Livingston: I discovered this through BookTube and I was super intrigued because it’s about female gladiators and I haven’t read anything like that. Also it’s a mix of Young Adult, Fantasy and Historical Fiction so I’m interested to see how that’s turned out. I just hope there’s lots of fighting! I honestly have no idea why I haven’t picked this one up yet.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: If there’s massive hype around a book then obviously I’m going to buy it and that is how Red Queen came to be on my bookshelf. Of course if you’ve read or heard about this series then you will know that it’s a mash up of other popular Young Adult books like Divergent or The Hunger Games. Now I was one of the few people that didn’t enjoy The Hunger Games and that similarity ended up massively putting me off Red Queen. Also my friend read it and we have similar tastes in books and she didn’t enjoy it so then I felt like I wouldn’t enjoy it. I probably should have unhauled it by now but I want to hang onto it for a bit longer and hopefully one day at least give it a try.

Replica by Lauren Oliver: I bought this one just because it’s told from the points of view of Gemma and Lyra. You can start with either story and once you’ve finished, say, Lyra’s story, you then flip the book over and read Gemma’s point of view. It sounds really cool and it’s also giving me The Island vibes which is a film about clones living in an isolated facility and they’re only used for organ harvesting as well as surrogates for wealthy people. Personally I really liked that film and while I suspect Replica won’t be as dark as that, I’m hoping it will have a similar concept.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: I got this in a FairyLoot box and honestly I wasn’t that interested in reading it and just hung onto it because I like the cover. I’ve since heard that Laini Taylor’s writing is very whimsical and poetic and I’m very intrigued by that. I’ve heard you’re either going to love her writing or hate it; there’s no in between. I hope I’ll be on the latter side obviously. I’d like to give this ago before I decide whether to sell it because this book is crazy expensive now and I don’t want to end up regretting selling it!

Conjuror by John Barrowman, Carole E. Barrowman: I was lucky enough to meet John Barrowman at a book signing which is how I ended up with this. It sounds like an incredibly unique story – there’s characters who can travel through paintings, characters who can change reality with music. It sounds fascinating and I’m also curious to see what his writing is like. I honestly don’t know why I haven’t read it yet and I feel so bad because I met him and his sister and got the book signed! Shame on me.

The Fireman by Joe Hill: I bought this when it first came out in 2016 because it’s like an end of the world type book. Basically it’s about an incurable spore that kills its host through spontaneous combustion which sounds incredibly gruesome and terrifying. It’s about 800 pages though so it’s absolutely massive and I feel like I don’t have any time to tackle such a heavy book. I do still want to read this though!

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch: I bought Dark Matter a little over two years ago now and I actually did start it but I DNF’ed it before I was even 100 pages in because I was super bored and nothing interesting was happening. However, everyone has raved about this and said it’s a mind-bending thriller which sounds awesome so I do want to give it another go. I’m just a bit hesitant after the first try and so I keep putting it off.

So these are books that have literally been on my TBR three – going on four – years now. I am deeply ashamed and at this point I probably should unhaul them because I’ve had them for so long and not even touched them?! At the same time though I do want to read them – the struggle is real. If you’ve read them I’d love to hear your thoughts! What books have you had on your TBR the longest? I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading!

8 thoughts on “Books That Have Been On My TBR The Longest

  1. deborahkehoe says:

    I actually really liked the 5th Wave. I read the second book also but not the third. I ran out of steam because too much time passed between releases. I read and liked Red Queen but the series went downhill from there for me. I didn’t read the last book and probably won’t. Strange the Dreamer was beautifully written, just as you said, very lyrical. I think I was in the minority on this one but I thought the story was just ok. Weird when the writing is beautiful but the story meh. I have the second one on my TBR but it will probably sit there. Laini Taylor is so hard to read!

    • Beth says:

      Oh really? I’ll bump it up my list for sure then! I own the first two but not the third so I’ll see how I get on with them. Luckily the series is finished now otherwise I’d be in the same boat. I lose interest if I have to wait so long for the next book. 😆
      I’ve seen a few people DNF the Red Queen series, it’s very hit and miss! I’ll try it for the nostalgia and if I don’t like it then at least I can say I tried!
      Oh no that’s a shame you didn’t enjoy Strange the Dreamer. I’m worried I’ll find Laini’s writing too distracting and not end up paying attention to the story 😆

  2. Sofii @ A Book. A Thought. says:

    I have to read Dark Matter this year, I’ve had it for a while now and it sounds so good. 😊
    I just read Red Queen a few weeks ago and I loved the first book, is super solid and gave me all the nostalgia of the old YA dystopia ❤️✨

    • Beth says:

      If you get to it before me, I hope you enjoy it and I’d love to know your thoughts 😁
      Ooh I haven’t really thought about Red Queen that way! I will definitely give it a try for the nostalgia! I miss dystopian books, I really liked that genre

  3. M.T.Wilson says:

    The 5th Wave and Red Queen have been on my TBR for ages too. I have quite a few dystopia books I bought when they were all the rage, and I think I just read too many of them, so haven’t been into dystopia as much for a while. I’ve read Replica and the sequel, Ringer. Replica was great, I loved seeing the story told from the two perspectives, it was really interesting, and it explores the idea of what it means to be human, while also being an exciting read. But I didn’t enjoy the sequel Ringer as much. I’ve not read Strange the Dreamer but I have read Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor which I absolutely loved, I gave it 5 stars which I don’t do often because I was just so blown away by how stunning it was, I can’t think of enough adjectives to describe how much I loved it, so I really want to read more of her books.

    • Beth says:

      I don’t even know why I still own Red Queen, I can’t see myself reading it anytime soon! I think I’m just curious to see what all the hype was about. I definitely want to read The 5th Wave just for the aliens 😂 Ooh Replica sounds good. Which POV would you recommend reading first? It’s a shame you didn’t find the sequel as good but at least you’ve finished the series now and don’t have to read a third book ☺️ I’ve never read any of Laini’s books so I’m really excited now to see what her writing is like! I’ve seen many people rave about Daughter of Smoke and Bone so hopefully if I like Strange the Dreamer I’ll pick that series up at some point ☺️ I hope you enjoy Strange the Dreamer!

      • M.T.Wilson says:

        I have Red Queen on my kindle so it will sit there until I eventually read it probably 😂 When I read Replica I read Lyra’s half first, when I read Replica I read Gemma’s half first. I found that okay for Replica, but for Ringer I found Gemma’s story quite boring and if I could read it again would have done it in alternating chapters. That’s the third option, read one chapter of one side, then the other and so on, the only problem then is you have to keep flipping the book over. It’s interesting. Because whichever way you choose of those three options, you’ll have a different reading experience.

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