Since The Burning God threw me on the verge of a huge reading slump, I thought it’d be a great time to talk about books I am not gonna read. Like ever. This tag was originally created by a booktuber, Nicole and Her Books, and the tag has been sweeping the booktuber community I tend to watch so I’ve been having a lot of fun watching those, so I’d thought I’d do it too. Let’s chat.
1. A popular book EVERYONE loves that you have no interest in reading?
There are so many popular books that I will never read, it’s hard to choose just one? Like I don’t buy into hype a lot unless the book sounds like something I would enjoy anyways, so there are a ton of books that are just not for me. Night Circus is one (although I do have and want to read The Starless Sea). That book just sounds like something I would hate. I would also never read The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab, Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas (I would say any Maas but I do see myself picking up ACOTAR just to hate it) or any Ruta Sepetys (I don’t vibe with historical fiction that well).
2. A classic book (or author) you don’t have an interest in reading?
There are also a lot of classics I will never read, especially since I think there’s a lot of stuff that may have been interesting to discuss in school but I would never pick up on my own. But to name some, I don’t ever see myself picking up Dickens, or the Anne of Green Gables books, or Hemingway.
3. A problematic author whose books you have no interest in reading?
Recently, I was quite excited to read the Steel Crow Saga, but there has been a lot of stuff coming out about the author harassing women in different ways, so I just do not see myself ever picking up their books. Generally speaking, problematic is such a broad term and I think it tends to disguise how awful some people are. For example, I would not call Orson Scott Card a “problematic” author – he is a rampant homophobe, and should be labelled as such. So there are a lot of authors where I just cannot separate their work from them as people and so there are a lot of books I will never read because they were written by certain authors.
4. An author you have read a couple of books from & have decided their books are not for you?
I said this in a recent wrap-up but Christina Lauren’s books are just not for me. I find their characters flat and moreover, I find that they constantly write the same characters. I also never quite love the romance, I think they do not write tension well, and have pacing issues. So I do not think I will ever read a Christina Lauren book and I do not think I’ll miss out on anything because those will probably be the same.
5. A genre you have no interest in OR a genre you tried to get into & couldn’t?
Historical fiction! I just cannot deal with it. I find this genre focuses so much on creating an atmosphere, perhaps in order to evoke the time period it is supposed to, but that often results in descriptive writing that gets on my nerves. Like you try so hard to evoke the 1800s that you end up describing dresses or curtains or whatever for paragraphs, so I just don’t have the brain space for that. I also associate the genre with WWII narratives and I hate those, so this really is a genre that has never worked for me, and the few books I read and enjoyed were either back when I had no idea what my reading tastes were or they were books I just thought I liked more because everyone loved them. I have also tried really hard to get into Sci-fi but it’s not working. Although I am not giving up on that one yet.
6. A book you have bought but will never read? (this can be a book you have unhauled/returned to the library unread)
There are a lot of books I bought back when I was just getting into the blogging community and they were huge back then, and then I never got around to them and now I have no interest in reading them. One prominent one is How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran. I just do not think I will ever in my life pick this up.
7. A series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started & have dnf’d?
There are a couple of series I dnf-ed. To name some: Throne of Glass (hated the first book so much, hated that it was so hyped up even more), Dark Artifices (I just lost interest), Falling Kingdoms (one of the objectively worst written books I ever read and I cannot believe how popular it was), The Grisha Trilogy (ROUGH), Shatter Me (I hate the writing style and the fact that there’s no world-building at ALL with a passion), Daughter of Smoke and Bone (again, just lost interest) and probably many more.
8. A new release you have no interest in reading?
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes? I love The Hunger Games but I am never reading that.
I am too lazy to tag anyone, but I would love to see you be salty about books, so tag me in your Anti-TBRs!
In the meantime, happy reading
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