Top Five Tuesday: Popular Books I Haven’t Read Yet

This week in Top Five Tuesday, Bionic Book Worm wants to know about our secret shames – what popular books have we not read yet?  Like all good bookworms, my list of unread books is endless.  And what’s worse, I know I’ve made a good half dozen of these lists before.  It might actually be worthwhile to check in on those lists now that I have all this time…but in the meanwhile, completely at random here at five popular books I haven’t read (yet)!

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Almost Any Robin Hobb Books
I feel like I’m committing a great SFF sin by admitting this, but I’ve read exactly one Robin Hobb book, ASSASSIN’S APPRENTICE, and it was…okay?  I know a lot of people who DIE for her books, who love them with their whole heart, and I really, really want to get into them, I just haven’t been able to motivate myself to go back.  I’d like to make it a goal soon for my Great Series Read Project (which will likely involve rereading ASSASSIN’S APPRENTICE) but for now, most of her extensive lexicon goes unread by me.

I admit, I’ve been on the fence about this because I’ve heard a lot of mixed things about the main relationship in this story.  At the same time, some of my die hard romance fans in my twitter feed love to flail about this one, so I feel like I should give it a shot at some point.  I had it all marked out as an audiobook read, and then my commute got shortened to practically nothing (great for me, terrible for audiobook time) and that plan was dashed.  I need to just take the plunge and give it a try at some point!

MALICE by John Gwynne
This book (and the rest of John Gwynne’s books) fall into the category of “might not actually be popular, but man does my particular corner of Twitter go into a frenzy any time his books are mentioned!”  MALICE is the first in a fantasy quartet.  War is breaking out in the Banished Lands, and there’s a chance that this is the Last War.  Which means that two champions must rise for the light and the dark, and they better be found soon.

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CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
I’ve heard good things about Garber’s dreamy writing, and I’ve had CARAVAL on my list for a while, but almost as an afterthought.  I think at some point I got the impression that it was about a circus, which didn’t hugely appeal to me, but upon rereading the book jacket I think I’m probably off-base about that.  Either way, I know this trilogy is loved by a lot of people, but I haven’t cracked it open yet!

KINGS OF THE WYLD by Nicholas Eames
This book has been on SO MANY of my lists over the last year, always with the claim of “I will read this very soon!”  Well with Wyrd and Wonder happening in May, I have made it my solemn vow to ACTUALLY FOLLOW THROUGH and read the damn book. It’s about a band of warriors getting together for one last mission to rescue the daughter of one of their compatriots, and it’s supposed to be bloody fantastic (as is the sequel, BLOODY ROSE).  

And that’s a glimpse at my pile of shame!  What popular books do YOU still need to read?




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  1. I read Assassin’s Apprentice recently and thought it was just fine too, so you’re not alone! I do want to continue with her series because I imagine all of the books together make such an interesting world, but I think it’s no wonder that so many people give up after the first book. I really enjoyed The Cruel Prince! The relationship isn’t healthy, but the joy of this series is that all of the relationships are messy – the fae are mean, so reading these books is like eating popcorn.


  2. I read Assassin’s apprentice two years ago, and couldn’t really understand the hype..For some reason I decided to reread it last month and absolutely loved it haha! I’m happy I gave that one a second try, since now I’m very excited to continue with the series!
    I also really need to pick up Kings of the wyld!


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  3. I read “The Cruel Prince” and it’s brilliant! I’m halfway through “The Assassin’s Apprentice,” and it’s a great beginning to the series that Robin Hobb created during her career. I own the other books, but I haven’t read them yet. However, I’ll be reading “A Time for Dread” by John Gwynne before reading “Malice.” I have the former series in my possession, but not the later, I only have the first book.

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  4. I’m reading ASSASSIN’S APPRENTICE on audiobook and I can see why people love the series, but I’m worried it’s not for me. But Robin Hobb has so many books and they’re so easy to read that perhaps I’ll find one that /is/ for me.


  5. I have yet to read Caraval, too, but I don’t know if I am interested in it anymore… And at the top of my list, there is Foundryside and I am dying to read that book! But I am waiting for Wyrd and Wonder to start it, too!

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  6. Kings of the Wyld was a fun read. I think you’ll probably speed through it.
    And YES!! Read some more Hobb!! Lol! Totally biased here because I love her books. I think that love develops as you continue with the story though. Many people don’t care much for the first one. Her stories are a slow burn that become more engrossing the further you go as the world expands more.

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  7. *chants softly in the background*

    Kings of the Wyld. Kinds of the Wyld.

    ❤ ❤

    But seriously, I get you. I also haven't read John Gwynne yet, even though I know I am going to LOVE his books. And while I actually rather enjoyed Assassin's Apprentice, it does have an older feel to it, so I hope you like it better on your second attempt! I don't want to even think about my own pile of shame. It's…very large. 😛

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