Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m on the Fence About Picking Up

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Upcoming Releases I’m On the Fence About.Instead of looking at upcoming releases, I’m going to look back at past releases for this topic. These are books on my TBR that for one reason or another I have hesitated to picked up. Feel free to try to convince me to do so or not in the comments. Covers are linked to Goodreads.


1. Written in Red by Anne Bishop – I’ve been recommended this book and series so many times. I confess I haven’t started because it’s such a long series and apparently I have commitment issues when it comes to longer series.

2. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia – Don’t judge me, but I’ve had an ARC of this one for years and still haven’t read it. In my defense, I won the ARC and didn’t feel as strong an obligation to get to it because it was after the book had been published. 

3. Daughters Unto Devil by Amy Lukavics – I’ve only read one book by this author, but as one of the few horror authors in YA, I feel like I need to read more. I haven’t seen the best reviews for this one though, 

4. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir – I know a lot of bloggers love this series and I really wanted to as well, but I wasn’t really that big a fan of the first novel, so I never continued the series. This second book remains on my TBR and the first novel on my shelf. I feel like I might have better luck with this one if I were to reread the first. But how to find the motivation…

5. Vassa of the Night by Sarah Porter – I really wanted to read this one back in the day, but not many people seemed to like it. Every once in a while I add it to my Book Outlet cart, but haven’t bought it yet.

6. The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid – This is one of those books on my TBR that if you asked me to give you a synopsis, I’d be completely lost. I might have to delete it because I have no reason to keep it, but people say it’s good?

7. An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard – I heard a lot of good things about this one and I want to read more adult fantasies, but I haven’t quite been convinced to pick this one up. I am very much in love with the cover however.

8. Invictus by Ryan Graudin – I feel slightly guilty about this one because I loved her previous work so much, but every review I’ve come across has convinced me I’d just feel meh about it.

9. Furyborn by Claire LeGrand – I remember all the hype for this one and ended up adding it to my TBR, but I feel like I’ve come across as many negative reviews as positive. I might ultimately skip this one as her other YA novel Sawkill Girls sounds more up my alley.

10. My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton – I was really excited for this second novel, but I hear it’s not as good as the first novel (which I adored). I’ve put it off as a result.

Which one of these do I need to stop avoiding? Any of these I should just delete from my TBR? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.


74 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m on the Fence About Picking Up

  1. Someday I need to read both of the ‘Lady Janies’ books, and I did look at Invictus back when it was a much hyped new release. I haven’t read any of Ryan’s previous books though; basically the cover drew me in for this one. 🙂

    Fun topic spin, Alicia!!

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  2. Written in Red is one of my favorite series, so I hope you’ll like it! It’s actually split in two, I think. The first 5 novels follow the same characters, and then the next ones focus on a different group. I wasn’t a big fan of An Ember in the Ashes either, and I honestly don’t think I’ll ever continue… There’s just so much else I’d rather be reading.

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  3. Written in Red is my FAVORITE SERIES EVER. I will ALWAYS recommend forever ❤

    I wasn't a big fan of Ember either, though I did read it years ago, so I'm thinking of giving it another chance and An Unkindness of Magicians was good, if not really dark and confusing with the 50 POV's XD

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  4. I keep meaning to pick up Written in Red, too – it’s one of those urban fantasy series (I think it’s urban fantasy?) that has crazy good reviews on Goodreads. An Unkindness of Magicians is on my TBR as well, it sounds so good. 😀

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  5. I won’t lie, Vassa is weird, but I think that’s Porter’s thing – dark and weird. Though, as dark as it was, the ending was sort of heartwarming in a way. I bought Made You Up ages ago. I have only heard good things, and hope to get to it one of these days.

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  6. there’s a few on your list that i haven’t had the chance to read yet, but i really loved made you up. i really loved an ember in the ashes, but i ended up DNF the sequel. it was just not good and i was so bored. i got through half of it before deciding i couldn’t finish it. invictus didn’t blow me away either. it took me forever to finally finish it.

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  7. Ooooo, I like this twist on the topic! I have only read Made You Up on this list, and I LOVED IT!!!!! I really enjoyed Zappia’s other book too (Eliza and Her Monsters)!
    My Lady Jane has been on my TBR for a loooooong while. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, but I haven’t picked it up yet? I will have to fix this!! I hope you enjoy the sequel if you get round to it though!
    Happy Reading!! ❤

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  8. I’ve read a few of these, most of them I liked but didn’t love, the exception is Invictus which I really enjoyed. It’s quite fast paced and full of action, with a great ensemble cast of characters. It made me wish it wasn’t a stand-alone. But then again, I am a sucker for found family crews getting into trouble.

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  9. The cover of Made You Up looks amazing. As for the ones in the series, I’d let them go. Once you’re in a series, there’s a lot of work to be done that displaces other books. Are you going to remove any of these books from your TBR shelf since you created this post?

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  10. Oh, great twist. I also have a lot that I’m on the fence about on my TBR. I did really love Sabaa Tahir’s books! Furyborn is definitely on my maybe list… I’ve heard so many mixed reviews.

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  11. Invictus was pretty meh for me. Furyborn and My Plain Jane are books I’m unsure of too. I got them in an Owlcrate I think? At least My Plain Jane was – I’m not sure I would have bought it otherwise. Hope you give Torch Against the Night another chance though! I’m stuck halfway through Reaper at the Gate but I really enjoy the books!

    My TTT Here!

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  12. I’m in a similar boat about A Torch Against the Night… the first book went fine for me, but I wasn’t enamoured enough for the sequel to wind up on top of my priority list, I guess? I have borrowed it from the library several times and just haven’t actually read it, any of those times.

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  13. the diabolic is one of my all time favorite books. I think it is worth the read. I also loved written in read. Its a tiny bit slow in the beginning but it gets so good and all the characters are so freaking amazing.

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  14. I feel like a little bit of a Black Sheep here, but the only title on your list that I’ve read is Written in Red, and I didn’t love it. A lot of the books on your list have been sitting on my TBR for a _while_ now. Maybe I should clean up, too.

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  15. I remember liking Made You Up when I first read it. I’m not sure about now though. Same thing for An Unkindness of Magicians, I’ve heard good things about it but I’m not really the biggest fantasy reader, so it’s not at the top of my to-read.

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  16. I DNF’d The Diabolic. Some of the worst character development and plotting I remember. I’ve persevered through worse by saying, “At least X part of the book is OK” but there wasn’t anything that kept me interested in the book. But A Torch Against the Night is really good! I haven’t read A Reaper at the Gate and at this point I’ll need to read Torch again, but it had a great plot that wasn’t too plausible.

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