I don’t know about you guys but sometimes I have books that I have on my TBR, bought and all but it still takes me forever to pick them up. Even when I only hear great things. Sometimes it is all these great things that stops me. What if I am the odd one out that doesn’t like the book?
Some times it is the thickness of a book. Sometimes just staring at a thick book can give you reader anxiety. It is quite the commitment to read a 1000 pages fantasy book apart of a series.
The Broke and the Bookish asked us for books you struggled to get into that you ended up loving but I have changed that to books I struggled to motivate myself to pick up as that situation happens to me much more often. I barely register having trouble getting into a book afterwards if I ended up loving it.
The Farseers Trilogy by Robin Hobb / Review
This trilogy and this author are so well loved that it took me ages to pick these books up even though I could easily start it as I had the books for a while. I read them a few months ago and binged the series in a week.
Gentleman Bastard by Scott Lynch / Review book 1
An unfinished fantasy series with thick books. I was afraid that I would not be able to get into this but I fell in love with the characters and their interactions quite quickly. I can’t wait for the fourth book now.
Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton / Review
I had bought this book years ago, cheap, at the Boekenfestijn here in the Netherlands. Yet it took me until this year to pick it up. In the end it turned out to be quite an endearing middle grade read. Very different from what I was expecting, but still a nice read nontheless.
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
Let’s be real here, who has not read these books because they are so chunky even though they watch the tv show? They are big and intimidating reads. I’m glad I did read them though as the tv show is diverging from the books so much these days. And I like some of the things that happened in the books over the tv show.
Indigo Springs by A.M. Dellamonica
Another cheap buy that took me a while to pick up. When it comes down to it, the cover isn’t exactly that exciting and since nobody I knew had read it I had no idea about this book. But I am glad I read it because I loved it and it has certainly put this author on my radar.
Written in Red by Anne Bishop / Review
The first The Others book was big and urban fantasy, and I had it in Dutch. It took me a while to pick it up. So many people seemed to love it and I didn’t quite understand why. Well now I do. One of my favorite series.
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
In this case, it being a classic and big played a bit part in why it took me a year and a half to pick this book up and then took me forever to finish it. I enjoyed it though and I was glad to read the original source material for Sherlock Holmes
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
For years I loved watching the BBC adaption of this book. But I never even thought about picking it up to read. It was a classic. Jane Austen. That did not seem appealing to me at all. But I ended up challenging myself and was glad I read it. I enjoyed the writing a lot more than I thought I would and are interested in reading a bit more Jane Austen at some point in my life.
Naked in Death by J.D. Robb / Review
I kept being told by two people that I needed to read these, and that they were good. And while my interest was piqued, they were still detective books and I never have a good track record with those. Still this book ended up convincing me to start collecting all the books out in Dutch
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Did you know it took me ages to continue on with Percy Jackson? I mean I read the first book around the movie came out and then promptly forgot about it. It took me ages to pick up the rest. I didn’t seem to care, but people kept telling me how great the series was and how great the series after it was. The Heroes of Olympus sounded great, but to get to that I needed to finish Percy Jackson. And I did and I am very glad I did because I did like the books a whole lot more than I thought I would.