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Putting off books I want to read // Let’s Talk Bookish

Hi, hey, happy Friday!!

Today I’m going to be starting the Let’s Talk Bookish weekly meme. I’ve wanted to do this one for a while now but I wanted to start it at the beginning of the month and despite my attempts I kept forgetting. Oops. But finally, April is my month!!

This months discussion topic is: Putting off books you actually want to read! (suggested by Jillian @ The Bookish Butterfly)

Let’s Talk Bookish is a is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.


Do you ever put off the books you actually want to be reading?

All the goddamn time!! I’m actually doing it right now. All of last week I was on countdown for my exams to finish so I can finally pick up Chain of Iron and then my free week rolled around and I still haven’t picked it up. I swear it’s going to be the next book I read … maybe.  

I’m also currently doing this with These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong, and I’ve been putting off Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian for wayyyy too long now, despite the fact that I’m dying to read it.


What do you end up reading instead? 

I normally end up reading something I’m nowhere near as hyped for which, now that I’m thinking about it, is really weird.

Again, if we’re using my current case of procrastination as an example then I read the entire Off Campus series instead of reading even one chapter of Chain of Iron. I’d never even heard of the series until a couple hours before reading the first book, whereas I’ve been looking forward to this next instalment since last year. Make that make sense.


Why do you put off the books that you would rather read for other stories? 

I think sometimes I get too overwhelmed. Does that make sense? I think especially with books that are so hyped, I get scared that I’m not going to like it.

There’s also the thing of “saving it for the right moment”. I do this a lot too and it annoys me so much because there’s really no such thing. It get’s even more annoying when I end up loving the book I’ve put off for so much and end up wishing I’d read it sooner.

And finally, there’s the chance that the book in question can cause me some serious emotional pain and that’s why I find any and all reasons to not read it despite how much I want to.


 Do you treat reading books you’re excited for as a reward?

Yess!! It’s like a light at the end of a dark, dark tunnel. There’s nothing better then surviving a busy and stressful period but finally being able to settle down and start a book you’ve been waiting for!

So there we go. I had a lot of fun with this discussion and I’m looking forward to the rest of this months topics. I’d love to know if you put off books you’re looking forward to, and how all that works for you.

Thanks for reading :))

Elli xx

9 thoughts on “Putting off books I want to read // Let’s Talk Bookish”

  1. When I was in graduate school, I put off a lot of books I was excited for and picked up books I wasn’t so excited for because I was mentally drained from studying and/or I did not want to risk being distracted from my work. I finished back in May of 2020 and I was still putting off books I wanted. Mostly, because of my mental state. Though, thinking back to it now, they might have helped. As you said, there is never a “right moment” to read a book.

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  2. I’ve been putting off These Violent Delights for MONTHS. I’m also putting off Heartstopper V3 for not apparent reason. I also end up reading books I’m less hyped for as well, why do we do this to ourselves?

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  3. It’s actually amazing that you managed to put off Chain of Iron until after your exams because if it was me, I would have spent an entire day binge-reading it, and then suffer through stressing about the exams afterward. Lol, I’m just like that. I don’t think I’ve ever put off a book because I was scared I would be disappointed by it, but I can definitely see why many people do.

    Great post and I’m so glad you loved participating!

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