Books I Want to Read but Don’t Want to Read Tag (+General Blog Update)

Hey everyone! So, uh…my computer’s not working?? And neither is my phone?? Or, well, ok, my computer is basically completely broken, because it’s old af. My phone, on the other hand, still works fine, except it won’t let me access any blog pages?? I think it’s the wifi, but I’m not sure. Because I tried using different wifi servers all throughout my house and in different coffee shops/restaurants, and I tried just using 4G, but it still didn’t work.

(Ignore the fact that these screenshots were taken at 2:30 am, we’ve established multiple times on this blog that I’m practically nocturnal lmao)

This keeps happening and I don’t know what to do. I’ve tried accessing mine and other people’s blogs through WordPress, Safari, Chrome, etc and my phone keeps saying that they don’t exist. I nearly had a heart attack the first time this happened, because I thought my blog had been deleted completely??? But some wonderful people on goodreads helped me out by checking for themselves and they all said that they had full access to my blog. So I don’t know what’s happening. I can still access blog posts through WordPress reader, and I can still post things on my blog (I hope, this is the first time I’m attempting it since this started happening), but it’s difficult because I can only do so on my phone, as my laptop doesn’t work at all.

My point in saying all this is that I might not be as active on here as I’d like to be, because I genuinely just don’t know how to fix this. I love interacting with you all, and I’m going to try my best to continue to do so consistently, but if you do leave a comment on my blog and I don’t like/ reply to it, or if you post something and I don’t like/comment on it, I swear I’m not trying to ignore you guys, I’m just trying to work out how to use the WordPress app, and am having a ton of trouble with accessing blog posts. Like, blog hopping is basically impossible for me at the moment, which is breaking my heart. But trying to fix this ASAP. I’m going to try to keep to my posting schedule (Top Ten Tuesday, Tags on Friday, and usually one or two other posts per week), but I hate writing posts on my phone, it takes me a lot longer to do so, and it’s difficult because I don’t know how to work the app very well yet. I know I’m already behind, because this tag was supposed to come out on Friday and I was supposed to post a review over the weekend, but with all of this suddenly happening, I’ve just been too busy trying to figure out what the hell is going on. This week my whole schedule will be completely off (not that I’ve ever really done all that well at sticking to it, whoops), but from next week, I’ll hopefully be back to posting normally, even if it does take me a little longer to write a post, or if there’s no pictures or links or any of that fun stuff. And my Muse of Nightmares review is still coming! I’m hoping to post it on Thursday or Friday, and then everything should be back on schedule 😁

If any of you are technology experts, or just know anything about what the bloody hell is going on, I would forever be in your debt if you could help me out. Even if you have any random/stupid ideas that I could try that might fix this. I’ll take anything at this point. But yeah, sorry to start this tag off on such a negative note, I just wanted to make sure you guys knew what was going on, because I didn’t want any of you to feel bad if I’m not interacting with you as much.

On a far happier note, I’ve been tagged in a tag!! Like, actually tagged. I’m honestly so excited and honored, so massive thank you to Helina!! Her blog is amazing and in two languages (Spanish and English), which takes the kind of talent and commitment I aspire to have, so you should all check it out 😊 Also, this tag was originally created by Jamieson @Jamishelves, so you should check out her post as well! And now onto the questions:

1. A book that you feel you need to read because everyone talks about it:

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Don’t get me wrong, I’d want to read this book either way, because you all know I’m utter garbage for gorgeous writing and intense, gay romance. However, it feels like this is on every single one of my friends’ favourites lists, and no one seems to shut up about it. It’s so incredibly beloved that I low key feel like a fake fantasy fan for not having picked it up yet? But I am super hyped to get to it (hopefully this year), so, ummmm, please let it live up to the hype and completely blow me away?

2. A book that’s really long:

The Diviners by Libba Bray is nearly 600 pages, and it’s just the first in this series. I’ve heard so many amazing things about this story, but the size of it is just so intimidating that I keep putting off reading it.

3. A book you’ve owned/had on your tbr for too long:

I added The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken to my tbr on the day I joined goodreads (February 19, 2016). It’s been over three years, and I still haven’t read it, despite having owned it all that time. In fact, I actually have two copies of this book (my dad bought me it not realizing I already owned it), and yet, here I am, still not having read this. The bloody movie adaptation for this book came out, and it’s still collecting dust on my shelf. It’s not that I don’t want to read this, because I do. I just haven’t found myself in the mood for dystopian? And other books keep distracting me? And I’m a terrible reader?

4. A book that is required reading:

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is one of those classics that pretty much everyone has read, or at least heard of. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” might possibly be the most famous opening line of all time. But I don’t consider it required reading because of that. I consider this required reading because my soul is powered by The Infernal Devices and everything Will Herondale, and this book was such a massive part of Will and Tessa’s love story, and yet I haven’t read it?? I have literally memorized the entire note Will wrote to Tessa in her copy of this book, that’s how obsessed I am with them. The fact that I haven’t read this yet is, frankly, disappointing at best. In saying that, I very rarely read classics, so I doubt I’ll be adding this to my read shelf anytime soon.

5. A book that intimidates you:

Literally anything and everything by Brandon Sanderson intimidates the fuck out of me. All of his books seem to be massive adult high fantasies, or something similar, and as good as they all sound, and as much as I’m sure I would love them and want to read them, my lazy arse avoids them at all costs.

6. A book that you think might be slow:

I have been excited to read The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan since it came out. I got it last year, and the cover is so beautiful that I frequently take it off my shelf just to admire it. But it’s a contemporary/magical realism that’s 450+ pages, and I just don’t tend to feel like books of this genre need to be that long? So my gut instinct is that this book will probably be fairly slow (but hopefully still enjoyable!)

7. A book you need to be in the right mood for:

I’m genuinely excited to get to Dry, especially because it’s by Neal Shusterman, who wrote my all-time favourite contemporary novel (Challenger Deep). But I don’t read dystopian books very often, and have to be in the right mood for them, otherwise I don’t tend to enjoy them as much as I’d like. So whilst I feel like I’ll definitely love this book, I probably won’t be reading it for a little while, cuz I want to wait until I really feel like reading dystopia.

8. A book you’re unsure if you’ll like:

Solitaire by Alice Oseman sounds like something I’d love, being about a protagonist who suffers from depression, and this author also wrote Heartstopper, which is a graphic novel love with every single piece of my soul. However, I’ve read SO MANY mixed reviews, and so many people who’s opinions I trust don’t like this, so I really just don’t know if I actually will end up enjoying this or not.

(Also, I’m sorry I’m posting this so late, I was originally gonna put this up yesterday, but I got distracted with the tv show I just started watching and a bunch of fan fiction cuz, whoops, I’m trash.)

But yeah, tagging people. Thanks to Xandra’s amazing post I actually know how to tag people so that they’ll get a pingback notification, which is super helpful, because lord knows I wasn’t about to work that out by myself, being the technology dumbarse I am 😆 But yeah, I can’t access anyone’s blogs at the moment, so I can’t check to see if people have done this tag already. So if I tag you and you’ve already done this, feel free to either do it again, or ignore this lmao. But I tag: Lais @TheBookishSkies || Caitlin Althea || Umairah @Sereadipity || BloggerBooks || The Sassy Library Fox || Xandra @Starry Sky Books

Feel free to still do this tag if you want to, though, even if I didn’t tag you! And let me know in the comments a book that’s on your tbr that intimidates you 🙂 That’s all for now, and sorry again about my messed up schedule for this week. Byeee 🙂

-Laura Herondale

37 thoughts on “Books I Want to Read but Don’t Want to Read Tag (+General Blog Update)

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  1. Omg thanks for tagging me, I’ll definitely get to it this weekend 😍😍😍 and I love your answers! I know exactly how you feel with Charles Dickens, I’m always under pressure to read classics even tho I’m not a huge fan! And you just made me want to reread The Infernal Devices, it seems like forever ago when I read that series! And I absolutely LOVE how Cassie Clare always uses poetry and literature in her books, that makes it sooo special and personal 😍😍 and I also know what you mean with A Song of Archilles, I just bought Madeline Miller’s other book Circe because everyone has been hyping it and I feel like it’s my duty to read it as well now and so I’m pressured haha! Anyways, thanks sooo much for tagging me, I’ll definitely get to it 🥰🥰

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    1. Ahhh I can’t wait to see your answers! And yes, omg. Like, I’m sure that there’s some classics that I would like, but every time I try to pick up a classic, it just feels like work, and reading for me is supposed to be fun?? And ahhh honestly just writing this made me want to reread them 😍 It’s been forever since I’ve done so. But you totally should reread them if you get the chance omg. And yesss, like all of the poems at the beginnings of her books, or the literary quotes at the start of different chapters, along with all the different references throughout the books. It honestly just makes me want to read all the classics ever 😆 And same, I own both ASOA and Circe because everyone is constantly talking about them and I feel like I’m bound to love them. And aww no problem, I’m excited to see your answers 💕

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  2. There are times I’m kind of nocturnal too. *lol* So I totally get it, sorry to hear that technology is giving you a tough time though. 😦 And thank you so much for the tag! ❤ I'll do it as soon as I have a little more time. XD As for the book that intimidates me, I recently spoke about it with a friend. "War and Peace" is definitely intimidating. *lol*

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    1. Ahaha yesss we can hiss at the sunlight together 😆 And ughh yeah, it’s annoying, but it honestly doesn’t surprise me. I’m so terrible with technology 😅 Aww no problem, I’m super excited to see your answers 💕 And ahhh yes, I totally agree. It’s super long AND a classic, which completely terrifies me 🙃

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    1. Same! I don’t think I know of anyone who gave it less than five stars. I just got it a few months back, and I’ve been excited to read it, but I’ve been in a kind of reading slump for basically this entire year (ughhhh), and I feel like TSOA wouldn’t help.


  3. Thank you so much for your kind words!! ❤ I'm sorry you're having so much trouble with technologies, I hope it all gets fixed soon, but don't worry if you're not able to post as much, it's fine! I was intimidated by The Final Empire too at first, but I ended up enjoying it a lot, so I hope you do too. I also want to read The Song of Achilles because everyone raves about it and I'm so curious, plus it sounds really good.

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    1. ❤ Yeah, it’s frustrating, but I think I’ve figured out how the WordPress app works now, so at least I can still be active, even if writing posts and blog hopping are still more difficult. But I’m hoping to get everything fixed soon anyway 🙂 Ahhh I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it! I’m hoping it lives up to the hype for me as well, especially because it sounds like something I’d really enjoy 😊 And yes, I feel like no one ever shuts up about Madeline Miller 😂 I hope we both end up enjoying TSOA when we get to it 😊

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  4. Thanks for tagging meeee!! I actually already got tagged for this by someone else so I think this is the universe giving me a sign that I must do this tag. And omg, I relate so much to the phone thing. I’m currently in China with zero access to a computer & I can’t draft blog posts as easily on just my phone! I hope you fix your technical difficulties soon 😦

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    1. Ahaha yesss the universe clearly wants you to do this tag 😆 I can’t wait to see your answers! And ughhh right? The way the app is set out makes it more complicated for me, plus I suck at typing on my phone, and autocorrect!! Aghhh I have so many typos in the review I’m trying to write right now just because of autocorrect 😬 But omg you’re in China? How fun! I hope you’re having a good time. And yeah, ugh, I’m working on fixing everything, so hopefully it’s all good soon 😊

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    1. I haven’t really read any Greek retellings, which I think is part of the reason why I’m a little hesitant to pick The Song of Achilles up. I never know how I’m gonna feel about new genres and whatnot, so I end up just avoiding them. Probably not the best habit 🙃 But hopefully you love it when you do finally pick it up! 😊

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      1. I think I will, it’s always just been something I’ve enjoyed learning about. I think I’ll try Achilles and the Circe book soon- 😊 Also I’m the same way, I avoid some new genres like no tomorrow!

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  5. I agree about Dry and Solitaire. I have Dry, and I’m excited to read it, but I’m just never in the mood for it! I’ve also heard a lot about Alice Oseman’s writing, and I really liked her book Radio Silence! I’m not sure if I’m ready to ready Solitaire, but I will eventually 🙂

    Thanks for tagging me! And don’t worry about being behind in the technology things – I still feel that way all the time, haha!

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    1. Exactly! Like, I feel like I’d really enjoy it, and I know I like Neal Shusterman’s writing, but I’m such a mood reader that I have to be in the right mood to pick up a book, and I just haven’t been feeling dystopians rn. And omg, I’ve heard so many amazing things about Radio Silence, it’s one that I’m actually totally sure I’ll love. But ik that Solitaire and Radio Silence are both set in the same school, so I feel like I have to pick up Solitaire first, and I’ve just heard so many mixed things that I’m not sure about it. But I’m glad you enjoyed Radio Silence, and hopefully you like Solitaire as well when you do eventually get to it!

      And no problem! I’m excited to hear your answers 💕

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  6. Ok, but I am lowkey so glad I’m not the only one who literally found out how to actually tag people THROUGH XANDRA’S POST, lol. WordPress keeps tricking me.
    I don’t know if you were able to figure out the glitch with blogs opening in your phone already, but I hope so, because it truly sucks. It can be a glitch due to your blog’s design, but if you’re not able to open any WordPress site, then it is very unlikely. You can try clearing cookies for your navigators; everytime I encounter issues with opening sites, it’s usually that!
    I am very thankful you tagged me on this one, because I loved & related to a lot of your answers! I acquired A Song of Achilles last year, around August, and I still haven’t read it! It’s quite a long book and the copy I owe has very tiny font, so I’m pretty intimidated already, even though I feel like I’ll love it when I give it a chance. The same goes for The Diviners series. It’s a pretty long series and all the books are massive. Plus, only the first one has been published in my native language (I don’t trust myself reading long fantasy books in English yet), and I’m afraid that they’re not really going to release the following ones, which is a shame.
    Once again, thank you so much for tagging me! I hope this WordPress issue is fixed soon and things work out!

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    1. Lmaoooo yes, thank god im not alone 😆 omg I genuinely have no idea what happened, but one day I was just all of a sudden able to open blogs again??? I’m so confused, but I’m trying not to dwell on it, cuz it’s over now. I think technology just hates me 😂 But thank you for the suggestions! If it happens again I’ll make sure to try that 😊 And aww thanks, I can’t wait to see what your answers are! Yep yep I got it a few months back and it’s just collecting dust on my shelf. I’m planning on reading it this year, but knowing me and how utterly terrible I am at actually reading books I plan on picking up, it’s likely that I’ll still be planning to read it 20 years from now 😆 And yeah, that totally makes sense with the Diviners. There are times when I’m reading long fantasy books in English and don’t understand what the hell is going on, and English is my native language! And yeah, that would suck if they don’t publish the rest of the series in your language :/ But yeah, no worries, I’m excited to see your answers 😊

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  7. girl same with The Diviners. I actually tried to pick it up last month but with exams going on, I was too busy to finish it. It’s good but deffo a heavy read to get through! I might try the audiobook instead haha. AND EEK THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER IS SLOW BUT AMAZING and please read it!!! i love it so so much


  8. Fingers crossed you get everything sorted out asap! nothing more terrifying than losing your access to your blog.

    I have to say I wasn’t a huge fan of The Song of Achilles or The Diviners, but I absolutely loved The Final Empire – great post! xo


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