I Should Have Read That Book Tag

Welcome back to Tag Thursday, and the start of a new month! I found this week’s tag on One Book More, and I followed the list of tags all the way back to the Cath Jane Blog, but not a single one of these people tagged the original creator, so if you know who it is, please let me know so I can tag them!

This week’s tag is the “I Should Have Read That” tag, and I feel like I’m running out of tags to try!

A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read

My husband is always telling me that I need to read Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. I know I do, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. I keep finding reasons to put it off, like reading the other books that have been sitting on my shelves for literally years.

He also tells me that I need to finish Wheel of Time (I’m stuck on Book 7), and that’s going to be even more of a struggle. Maybe once I finish the backlog I’ve got? Although honestly, I just need to sit down and plow through them. I’m not getting any younger, and the books aren’t getting any shorter. (They’re like a thousand pages apiece! I’ve got seven left to go!)

A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t read it

Sycamore by Bryn Chancellor. She was my creative writing teacher for a few years in my undergraduate degree, and I absolutely adored her classes. I pre-ordered her book as soon as it was available, read the first chapter, and put it down, never to pick it up again. It’s literally been sitting on my shelf and mocking me for years. Maybe this is the year I finally get around to reading it.

A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten around to finishing

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. It’s the first book in the Remnant Chronicles, and I bought all three books at Barnes & Noble back in…2019? I read nearly all of the first book in the very first day, and then for some reason I put it down and never picked it back up. I don’t know why I bought all three books at once (well, I do know – they were on a steep sale), and they’re way more romance-y than I want them to be, but now they’re just sitting on my shelf and judging me.

A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but have never actually read

I think, at this point in my life, I have read every interesting-sounding (and non-interesting-sounding!) classic that there is. I literally scrolled through a list of classics and all of the ones that sound interesting are ones that I have already read. (Thank you, advanced English classes and two English literature degrees.) I guess if I had to pick, maybe I Capture the Castle? I’ve never managed to read that one, but I’ve only started hearing about it in the past few years.

A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read

Up until February, I would have put Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom on here (I’m writing this post on February 10, and scheduling it out), but I just finished those on February 9! I guess it would have to be the Illuminae books? I read the first one, hated it, and vowed to never read anything by those authors again. So I guess anything written by Jay Kristoff, too.

A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but just haven’t picked up yet

Do the Sherlock Holmes stories count? I absolutely adore BBC’s Sherlock series, but every time I try to read one of the Sherlock Holmes collections, I get bored and have to put it down. Maybe it’s the language used, but I’ve read older books and books contemporary to Conan Doyle and have had no problems reading them!

A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab. I’m on the waiting list for it at my local library, but I’m also #240 on that waiting list (yikes). It’s going to be a long time before I’m able to look at this one. Why am I waiting on a library wait list that’s hundreds of people long, you ask? Because I am desperately trying to get my spending under control (we’re trying to save for a house!) and books are my number one money sink. Well, that and I have my single bookshelf double-stacked and we have no space for another bookshelf in the house. (He’s got two, I’ve got one – is this fair?)

What a list! I guess I’ll never get over the shame of admitting I’ve had my favorite teacher’s book on my shelf for years at this point and still haven’t read it, but now you know about it and can pick it up, too!

And as always, keep reading.

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