Books I Want To Read But Don’t Want to Read Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Michaela @ Journey Into Books to do the ‘Books I Want To Read’ tag and look at me–doing a tag within a month of being tagged! 🤣 Thanks for the tag, lovely! Check out her blog for great reviews and other fun bookish content ❤️

The basic idea of this tag (from the original creator) is: basically all those books where you really like the idea of reading the book / you do WANT to read the book, but the actual process of reading it seems daunting or unappealing! Why do I feel like I’m gonna struggle with this even though this sounds like a fun and interesting tag?! LOL 😂

The Rules:

  • Link back to the original tag (this post, and Jami!)
  • 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

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

Layla by Colleen Hoover. I’ve heard some wildly mixed reviews for this book but I’ve also seen it EVERYWHERE. That said, I think I can apply a lot of Hoover’s books for this prompt–not that I don’t want to read them but there are so many and honestly, I don’t really want to either? 🤣


2: A book thats really long

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Not only is this one chonkster of a book, I also have very negative associations with this book because I picked it up during The Worst Slump Ever™️. I got really close to finishing it but then I stopped reading for 3 months (see: worst slump ever) and now I get weird iffy vibes when I think about picking it up again. I want to finish it cos I’m so close to the end but also… It’s so chonky? And I don’t remember what’s happened last and… Hmm. 🤔


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

There are… Quite a number of books that I’ve been contemplating removing off the shelf lately but for this I’m going with Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. This was gifted to me by a family friend and I mean, it’s one of those “classics” that I do want to read because it’s a “classic” but at the same time I don’t think I actually have any interest in it anymore?


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

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’ve actually attempted to read this one or two times (albeit without much enthusiasm) but I was never really able to get into it? I want to read it because it’s such a classic but also… I don’t know when (if ever) I’ll pick it up!


5: A book that intimidates you

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. Confession time: I’ve never watched any of the adaptations because I’m convinced I want to read the book first but every time I look at this chonky beast of a book I wilt a little bit inside at the thought of making my way through it. I feel like it’s a book that’ll take not only my full concentration but also a good long while to read. I have a feeling it’ll be worth it(?) but it’s also very scary 😂 I guess time will tell if I’ll ever pick it up!


6: A book that you think might be slow

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke. This was honestly purely a cover buy but then I Goodreads’d it and it sounded really interesting. I don’t know why (maybe it’s the epic size of the thing but) I have a feeling that this might be on the slower side of reads. I do want to read it but also, I don’t know when that day might ever come! 😅


7: A book you need to be in the right mood for

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. I do have an interest in reading this book especially because everyone and their mum seems to have read it. I tend to struggle a lot with staying focused on non-fiction though so I definitely have to be in the perfect mood to read this!


8: A book you’re unsure if you will like

Um… Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I really don’t know why I feel this way but I just have a feeling that I might not like it and that’s why I keep putting off the many opportunities I’ve had to read it. I know it’s an incredibly well loved story so I’m not sure what about it makes me feel this way but I’m leaning towards maybe not reading it? (pls don’t hate me) 😂

And that’s a wrap, friends! That was fun (and I did have a time making up my mind lol)! I won’t be tagging anyone specifically but everyone is welcome to do the tag if you want! If you decide to do the tag don’t forget to link back so I can check out your post! 😃

26 thoughts on “Books I Want To Read But Don’t Want to Read Tag

  1. Fun post! I was never a huge fan of The Great Gatsby, though I had to teach it at least a dozen times. lol Les Mis is super intimidating, for sure! But if you ever have the chance to see/watch the musical, it’s so worth it! Definitely a moving experience!!

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    1. Yeah, I don’t know why I just don’t feel pulled to read Gatsby and I think I watched the movie in the cinema but wasn’t really super wowed by it? Donno. Just not my jam 🤷🏻‍♀️ Haha. I think I’m gonna cave and watch Les Mis cos at this rate, if I wanted to read the book first, I might never watch it! I have a feeling I’m gonna love it!

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  2. I love your picks! Les Mis is a fairly in-depth book compared to the musical or movies. For me, the book was ok as I am more of a fan of the musical version. I also have to confess that I was not a fan of Little Women (I know I’m in the extreme minority), but just in case you read it and don’t like it, you can know that you’re not the only one out there haha 😛

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    1. I was trying to do the thing where I read the book before watching the musical/movie but at this point I think I’m just gonna cave and watch it first cos otherwise I might never get around to it!? 🤣 Also, glad to know I’m not the only one who has those vibes about Little Women. I just don’t think it’ll be my jam! Lol

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  3. Les Mis is SO intimidating. I read it several years ago and to be honest….I totally skipped parts. XD. I think it’s the only way to read that book and survive.

    I TOTALLY feel the same way about Little Women. I’ve never read it, and all the hype around it makes me lean away from it (also can’t stand any of the film adaptions I’ve seen, so there’s that too *shrugs*)

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    1. Haha I don’t blame you for skipping parts because I could definitely (probably) see myself doing that if ever I picked it up. I mean, it’s SO big, would it really matter if a *smol* part is skipped here and there? (Haha, I hope nobody comes at me for saying that! 🤣). Glad to know I’m not the only one who feels that way about Little Women even though I don’t know why I feel that way. Maybe one day I’ll get around to at least watching one of the adaptations!

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  4. Les Mis is TOTALLY intimidating–I feel you there lol. I don’t think I’ll ever get around to it but I love the *idea* of having read it haha. I really enjoyed Little Women. Although if you’ve seen the movie (maybe not the new one–I’m not sure how accurate that one is because I haven’t seen it but the 90’s version is good) then it’s almost like you’ve already read the book. 😉

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    1. Haha I do like the idea of reading Les Mis too but wow, the thought of picking up that absolute chonkster of a book is…. a lot 😂 I think I’d probably keep thinking about how much more I’d have to read, although I admit that even just imaging being able to track the progress I make would be *very* satisfying! I haven’t seen any of the Little Women movies but it’s good to know the older adaptation is almost like reading the book–will keep that in mind 🤣

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  5. I loved Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. I rated it 4 stars because it was too long and very slow paced imo. But I still think about it and it’s been years since I read it, the characters stayed with me. It’s not for everyone though. I enjoyed Little Women. I also really liked Les Misérables but I agree it’s super intimidating. 🙂

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