Top Five Reasons I Haven’t Read TMI

**Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish that I like to participate in each week**

Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

At least… that’s what the theme is supposed to be this week, but I had a really hard time coming up with hyped books that I haven’t read yet that either a) not answers that a lot of people will probably have or b) I don’t have plans to read in the very near future.  However, there was one series that I haven’t read that stuck out from the list that I had attempted to make that seemed so ridiculous that I just decided to turn this entire post into…

Top Five (because I’m too lazy and uncreative to come up with ten) Reasons Why I Have Yet to Read The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

Wait!  Don’t go.  Please don’t leave just because I haven’t read TMI… or TID… or any book by Cassandra Clare by that matter.  I know it might seem ridiculous to some of you that I haven’t read these uber-hyped books and yet I have the audacity to call myself a book blogger, but that’s what happens when you live on the edge.  Look, it’s not like I planned on not reading them.  I have so many regrets about not starting the series years ago when I first discovered them: I could’ve fangirled at each book release, cried with my friends as they read the books, called dibs on all the dreamy guys that seem to be in these books before they’re all taken… but some things just don’t work out as planned.  And I do have plans to read them sometime in the future… eventually.  To be fair, the Infernal Devices trilogy is on my TBR for this month, so I’m making some progress, right?  And of course, I have an excuse perfectly reasonable explanation for why I haven’t read these books yet.  Five, in fact!

#1: The Cover

I am a strong believer in not judging books by their cover… really, I am.  I do cover reviews in all of my book reviews but that’s just for fun.  A good story is key, a nice cover is a bonus.  I might hardcore judge books for having ugly covers, but I’ll never refuse to read them.  Keeping this in mind, when I first started to attempt to read City of Bones I was still in middle school.  As I’m sure all of you are aware, kids in middle school are so wonderfully mature, aren’t they?  So picture this scene, keeping the beauty that is the City of Bones cover in mind.

Boy sitting next to me in English class: (spies shirtless Jace) Uh… is that one of those old-lady romance novels?

Me: No.

Boy: Do you think he’s hot?

Me: Uh…

Boy: Well, have fun with that.

Me:

embarrassment

I usually try not to care what people think but it sure is hard to enjoy a book when I’m now suddenly convinced that everywhere I read it people are going to be questioning what the heck I’m reading about.  It’s City of Bones people.

you uncultured swine

#2: Spoilers

Honestly, I don’t blame anyone but myself for this one.  While I haven’t gone out of my way to go spoiler-hunting, I definitely haven’t gone out of my way to avoid spoilers, either.  I used to follow pretty much any book accounts I could find on Instagram because I loved hearing about different books and seeing the art and edits people make for them, but those types of accounts are also the #1 cause of death by spoiler about a death (did that make sense?  I don’t think it did).  My friend – who’s a big fan of the series – was trying to remember how the first book ended.  Needless to say, I was able to tell her, no problem.  I’m hoping that by the time I get around to reading the books again I will have forgotten everything I heard.  (Commenting spoilers at this point would not be appreciated, thank you for your cooperation).

#3: Commitment

I mean, it is a pretty long series.  About the same length as Harry Potter if I’m remembering correctly?  I want to make sure that I start reading this series at the right time, because I don’t want to dive in, read a few books, and then by the time I’m in the mood to finish them I’ve forgotten everything from the previous books.  You could definitely say I have commitment issues.

i'm going to die alone new girl

#4: Book Hipsters

Me: (excitedly posts review after reading City of Bones for the first time)

Hipster Girl: You’re just reading City of Bones?  I read that book waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa (goes on tumblr for a while) aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay before it was cool!

This isn’t something that I’ve actually experienced, but rather something I’m worried will happen.  I JUST WANT TO BE ABLE TO BE EXCITED ABOUT THIS BOOK AND BELONG.  

(Wow, a teenager trying to fit in?  What a creative idea!  I should write a book…)

#5: Seventh Time’s the Charm? 

This is my last – and probably most legitimate reason – for why I haven’t read these books yet.  I’ve tried, guys.  I’ve tried so many times to read these books.  Six times, in fact, and every time I’ve gotten through 100 to 200 pages of the first book before stopping.

First try: (See reason #1)

Second try: Ew, there’s such a long wait for the second book at the library and I don’t think I want to commit to buying and reading this whole series yet.  I’ll just pick it up some other time.

Third try: Wait, all the books aren’t out yet?  I don’t want to have to wait to hear the whole story!

Fourth try: Maybe I’ll wait and see if I like the movie.

Fifth try: I didn’t even watch the entire movie, how am I supposed to read the entire series?

Sixth try: Wait… haven’t I already read this like, five times?

Every time I tried to read the series, I had some lame excuse for why I didn’t continue, and I regret it so much.  I really was enjoying what I was reading so far, but now I’ve read that one part so many times that it’s really hard to get through.  I don’t remember enough of the story to just skip over that section, though.  The struggle is real, my friends.


So what are your thoughts?  Am I not alone in the fact that I haven’t read the books yet?  Have you read them?  Do you think they’re even worth reading?  I’d love to hear anything you have to say in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

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22 thoughts on “Top Five Reasons I Haven’t Read TMI

  1. I actually haven’t read these, either. I tried once and immediately hated it. Something about it just disinterested me to the point of annoyance. Recently, now that I’m older, I decided I should maybe try again, but then I saw the lengths of the book and the series and was like “awww… maybe later..”

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    • I definitely want to try again – just to get a better idea on what all the hype is about – but not anytime soon. They are definitely pretty intimidating and I don’t think I’ll be able to get through the first book yet. Maybe after I read TID I’ll see if I like her writing style enough to move from reading her trilogy to her larger series.

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  2. Oh man, that cover. I had to hide the cover from my family lest they think I was reading a pornographic novel or something. It was embarrassing.
    I’m not a huge fan of the series. It’s just too long and you literally can’t remember what happened in the previous book because so much stuff is happening. And I never felt like Valentine was the villain. And the whole misunderstanding between Clary and Jace in the second (or third…see what I mean?) was too convoluted and messed. All the family ties just got too much.

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    • Sorry you didn’t like it them very much. My mom questioned me about the cover, too. 😂 I’ve heard some pretty mixed reviews but I do think I’ll probably read them eventually (but most likely from the library as opposed to buying them). 🙂

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  3. Haha, ohh my gosh, YES. So much yes! These were all the reasons I had as well. It is a flippin’ LONG series and I thought with all the other books I want to read do I really want to deal with that? Also, totally with you on the covers, they make me cringe soooo much, I don’t generally like any people on my books whether it’s their face or torso. They are actually being given new covers now but I don’t think they’re any better!

    Anyway long story short, I finally took the plunge last month and read City of Bones and ended up really enjoying it. I mean, it didn’t set my world on fire and isn’t that original, but it was good fun with entertaining characters. 🙂

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  4. I actually have read them, but totally get why you haven’t yet. You definitely need to be able to either go one right after the other or not have a lot of time between readings of each book. I actually did a re-read because I spent so much time between book 4 and 5 I didn’t remember what happened (…actually, now that I think about it I had to do the same thing with TID when book 3 came out).
    I feel the same way though about other series too, which is probably why I haven’t gotten around to reading The Lunar Chronicles yet (that and my reading list is insanely long). lol. Great post!

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  5. I had a tough time getting myself motivated to read the book too. Half because I read TID before TMI and I liked it way than the latter. Another half because it seemed to me that TMI had LOADS in common with Harry Potter. But I tried anyway and it’s good haha. Hope you succeed in finishing it 🙂

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  6. Awwww! You shouldn’t feel pressured- I mean I didn’t like Harry Potter (Please Don’t Kill Me) ! They are changing the covers, which is good, because they kind of put me off but I read it anyway and I really enjoyed it!

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    • I definitely want to read them at some point. I’m sorry you didn’t like Harry Potter, but you’re entitled to your opinion. 🙂 I actually saw the new covers in a paperback box set for half off on the Barnes and Noble website and I’m super tempted to get it! I’m glad you enjoyed the books, hopefully I’ll get around to them soon.

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