I originally was just going to talk about books and/or authors that I didn’t want or won’t be reading more from in the future and then I discovered a tag. The Anti TBR and I knew it was meant to be. This tag was created by Nicole at @nicoleandherbooks,
Never say never however, I’m 1000% positive I will not be picking these up & reading them in this lifetime.
Disclaimer: If you or someone you know loves these books, Good! I’d hate for them to never find their home. This is a non-bashing zone. I will have reasons for why I won’t be picking these books up but no harm will come to the book, the author, or the readers who love them. 🙂
Heavily unpopular opinions incoming…
A popular book everyone loves but you have no interest in reading
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
The cover had me intrigued & the hype that came along further enticing me until it didn’t.
My interest died the minute someone compared it to Sarah J. Maas (yes, this is a spoiler of what’s to come) and then read me portions of the book.
If it was 2013 I would have been in the front row screaming about this book but now, nope. I’ve out grown these kinds of books.
A classic book/author you don’t have an interest in reading
Moby Dick. Who reads this outside of class for fun??
Even if I had read this for school I would have most definitely used Spark Notes. This sounds tedious and boring as hell. If ever I need to fall asleep I’ll be sure to have someone hit me upside the head with this book.
Nothing and I mean nothing about this story makes me want to wade through the wreckage to maybe find something interesting about this book to make it seem worth my time.
An author whose books you have no interest in reading
Adam Silvera, His first two books never appealed to me because they’re the sad contemporary and I avoid those as much as possible. His fantasy series did peak my interest but as time has gone on I just never feel compelled to pick it up. I’ve heard nothing good or bad which is weird since his other books are always talked about and favored.
A problematic author whose books you have no interest in reading
Wow, this list could go on for days. I’ve lost respect for a few authors while others I never had any respect for to begin with. J.K Rowling looking at you. Jay Asher, Lauren Myracle,Jaime Mcguire. There are more but these are the few that pop up immediately. If you don’t know why these people are on this list Google is your best bet to find out.
An author you have read a couple of books from and decided their books are not for you
I hate discovering that certain authors writing is just not for you. I really love the concepts of the worlds she builds but I can never get engrossed with the characters or story.
A genre you have no interest in OR genre you tried and couldn’t get into
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston.
Romance is one I just can’t get into. I do try and pick up one or two a year. It is usually due to the high volume with which I’m loving yelled at to read. The problem being I’m gray ace so finding romance books that center someone like me is like hunting for the Loch Ness monster*, Nessie is out there but not readily available.
It would be nice to see more range in the romance side since a lot of sexual identities are already so underrepresented and people who identify with them are more than likely experiencing rapid doubt that they’ll find someone for themselves.
*I actually don’t believe Nessie is real, sorry to disappoint
A book you bought but will never read OR a library book you borrowed but returned unread
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
This is another example of everybody gave me #fomo. I picked this up from the library with the intentions of reading it and finding out exactly why everyone was obsessed. I read the first two chapters and put it down because it was reminiscent to everything else I had already read and was getting tired of.
Sometimes this happens and it’s not the book or the readers fault.
A series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started but have dnf’d
Wildcard by Marie Lu
I was really excited when the first book came out even though I’m not much of a gamer or coder I still thought it sounded cool. And it was for about the first third and then it became predictable. Being predictable isn’t the problem until nothing new is presented. Some things are to be expected but if every move is guessed well in advance where’s the fun in that? I expect some surprises along the way. Idk what else to say except it was a disappointment and I don’t care to finish this duology.
A new release you have no interest in reading
Sarah J. Maas, Crescent City or whatever it’s called. Sorry it has a weird/ bad marketing of the name. In any case I could have put her in authors whose books are not for you. I also could put Throne of Glass and ACTOR in the previous question.
I don’t know how to articulate why I don’t or can’t read her books. They’re quick to read but are also quick to fade away. I know a lot of my sourness comes from the misrepresentation of the first couple of books in TOG. Those were all that was out & everyone kept talking about how badass the female assassin MC was. None of that was shown in the first book or even the second book. The overwhelming disappointment coupled with the fatigue of struggling to remember what was happening every time I stepped away from the book did not win me over.