**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?
Boy: Do you think he’s hot?
Boy: Well, have fun with that.
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.
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).
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.
#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!