Top Ten Books That Give Me Bookish-Indecisive Syndrome
It happens to the best of us. You spot a book on offer for a great price, or you read a blurb and think a book sounds right up your street, you may even hanker after it for a while – so sure that you definitely need that book in your life. You get excited about it, you might pick it up once or twice before realising you’re just not in the mood for it at that moment in time, and then suddenly 12 months have gone by and you still haven’t read the bloody thing… Welcome to the world of Bookish-Indecisive Syndrome.
I’m including a poll at the end of this post so you can vote for your favourites – a heavily recommended read might just be able to break through my TBR!
1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett: Everyone seems to go a little crazy over this book. I bought it based on hype and I’ve never picked it up, with absolutely no logical explanation why. I’ve also heard great things about the movie, and in general I prefer reading the book first, so no movie-times for me.
2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: There is absolutely no logical explanation for why I haven’t read this yet – from what I’ve heard and know of it, surely I’m going to love it?? And again, I want to see the movie! It’s not a very long read, maybe I just need to suck it up.
3. Life of Pi by Yann Martel: I know the movie had rave reviews, and I’m wondering if this is one of those books where you can actually get away with just enjoying the movie version for what it is? Not a lot about this book makes me want to pick it up, I was very fickle and became interested purely because of the hype that surrounded the movie release. So, what do you think? Skip the text and watch the film? Or is the book worth reading?
4. The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes: All of Jojo Moyes’ books seem to be getting a lot of attention lately, but none more so than The One Plus One. I have an eBook of it but regularly paw over a hardcopy version whenever I see one. I never buy it and I’m wondering if I’m missing out on a cracking read/author or if it’s over-hyped and I’ll hate it. Opinions, please!
5. The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan: I wanted to try and ease myself into the Fantasy genre, and I’ve been recommended the Percy Jackson and The Olympians series, as apparently it is good for fans of Harry Potter too? I know a lot of people who’ve read and loved this series, but for some reason I can’t bring myself to pick it up. Maybe it’s a commitment issue as it’s a longer series…
6. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness: I’ve been recommended this series (and Patrick Ness) so many times, and I can get my hands on this entire trilogy for just £6.99 through The Book People, so it’s not a massive financial commitment, but I’m still not sure if the genre/story-line will work for me, but I’m permanently tempted by it.
7. S. by Doug Dorst and J J Abrams: I’ve owned this book for almost 6 months – I’ve leafed through it, I’ve swooned and fawned over the fabulous inserts, but I’ve yet to pick it up with the idea of actually reading it. In fact, I’m beginning to wonder if I ever will. For a such a fantastic concept, I’m still amazed there isn’t more talk about this in the book community. I know this would be a struggle to read, but I’m just happy that I own a copy, because to me it’s practically a piece of art.
8. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey: Another series?!? Really, people?? I thought this was a standalone, and when I thought that it was higher on my TBR. Everything seems to be a series these days, and to be honest I’m getting a little tired of it, especially when it’s something that really, really, doesn’t need to be a series at all. Yo, publishers! Stop ripping us off! That, and I hate the wait between releases, so where possible, I try to wait until all of the books are released so I can binge them. So you’ll see a review for this series in 2024 or so.
9. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt: Yes, I actually own this. I don’t know why. I’ve never read anything by Donna Tartt and I’m not usually one for Literary Fiction. But I saw it on offer, I purchased and now I own the beast and it looks at me accusingly from my TBR pile. Apparently, this book is fantastic, and I think it took ten years to be released. It involves commitment. And, it’s Literary Fiction. What was I thinking?
10. The Bourne Series by Robert Ludlum: I LOVE the Bourne movies. I discovered that they were based on books, I found out that there are ten books in the series, I did some quick math (only four movies made to-date that follow the book titles – can we expect six more movies??) and then I spotted all 10 books brand new for £10. Done deal. Only thing is I’ve never read them. I tried to once, but I couldn’t get in past the first few pages and I’m not sure if I’ll ever make it.
Have Your Say:
Has your favourite book made my list of indecisive reads? Do you think I’ll really enjoy one of the books mentioned and should pick it up sooner rather than later?
Let me know by voting in the poll below! You can pick your top 3 from my list, and voting is open for one week. I’ll read and review the book that comes out on-top in the month of August – so get voting!