TTT: Books I’m Avoiding

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September 10: Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why (maybe you’re scared of it, worried it won’t live up to the hype, etc.) (submitted by Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea)


The Priory of the Orange TreeIt’s a brick!

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.



The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)

What if the series never wraps up?

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss


I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. 

You may have heard of me. 

So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature–the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man’s search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.



The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2)What if I don’t love it as much as I expect? 

The Wicked King by Holly Black

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

21 thoughts on “TTT: Books I’m Avoiding”

  1. Man I’m totally putting off The Name of the Wind series as well because of that. It’s already been a while since I read The Name of the Wind so I figured I’d wait to see if the third book does get published before I read and then forget The Wise Man’s Fear. Would be such a big reread!

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  2. Great list! I still haven’t got to The Priory of the Orange Tree either because it’s such a beast, and I’ve been meaning to check out The Name of the Wind for so long but recently saw a blog post lamenting the lack of women with agency (or even names) in it which makes me not to want to pick it up. I was pleasantly surprised by The Cruel Prince, and even more pleasantly surprised when I enjoyed The Wicked King even more! 🙂

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  3. I bought The Priory of the Orange Tree in ebook for that reason. I don’t have to stare at this huge book. LOL Also, I’ve been struggling through The Name of the Wind – not because it’s bad, it’s been really good actually, but because I keep getting sidetracked.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

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  4. Series are indeed a tricky thing and there are lots of readers who don’t want to touch it before they’re sure that the author has finished them or they feel confident enough that the author will do so into the foreseeable future while maintaining or even improving the set quality standards.

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