This post is a bit more ~spicy~ than usual.
I’m picky with the books I add to my TBR. This results in a lot of books that I’ll never read, no matter how hyped they are, because I just know I won’t like them. Today, I’ll be talking about said books by doing the Books I’ll Probably Never Read tag. Thank you so much to Emma @ A Few Chapters Til’ Love for tagging me in it! She tagged me back in July 2019, so this post is extremely late!
A really hyped book you’re not interested in reading
Can we get more hyped than the book that basically pioneered YA?
No, I don’t think we can.
I was so young when the Twilight craze started—too young to read it. Now that it’s been years since this book was at its peak, I think it’s safe to say that YA has changed a lot. I’m a hundred percent sure that I’ll hate the romance in this, and that I won’t have fun reading it.
A series you won’t start/won’t be finishing
A series I won’t start is the Divergent series. I know what happens in the final book, and I don’t think reading this series is worth its ending.
A series I won’t finish is the Throne of Glass series.
This series and I go way back. I read the first book when I was eleven. Tiny, immature me loved Throne of Glass to pieces. She thought that Celaena Sardothien was the most bad-ass main character alive, and she hardcore shipped Celaena with Dorian. Okay, I’m gonna stop referring to myself in third person now.
When I read Crown of Midnight, my Celorian-obsessed heart was not pleased, and it was even more unhappy when Heir of Fire came out.
I was only reading this series for my ship, so when it became more and more clear that it would never sail, I aborted ship (get it??). I’m glad I did (even if it was for a stupid reason), because I loved the premise and stakes of the first book, so as SJM made increasingly drastic changes to the plotline of this series, I probably would’ve hated it more and more.
A classic you’re not interested in
All of them except a select few. I do not like how classics are written. However, one popular classic that I have absolutely ZERO chances of reading is Moby Dick. Reading about a whale hunt sounds super boring to me. This book also has an average rating of 3.49 on Goodreads, which is even more incentive for me to stay away from it.
A genre you never read
I’ll go with erotica or smut. I will read the occasional romance, but I don’t think I’ll ever pick up a book that’s purely made up of sex and little to no plot, because I read romance for the relationships, not the smutty scenes. Plus, frequent *explicit* sex scenes will probably make me super uncomfortable and blush a lot, because I’m a baby.
A genre I have read, and will probably never read from again is self-help. I’ve read a few books in this category, and most of them are not that helpful. (I think the ONLY piece of advice from a self-help book that I’ve ever actually implemented in real life is the line from Notes on a Nervous Planet about work minimalism.) Let’s face it: The chances of someone actually following the advice they read in a book are pretty slim, especially if the advice is super abstract, like “be grateful” or “believe in yourself.”
For me, we learn life lessons by living it, not by reading a book. On top of that, some of the advice in self-help books are only applicable if you have a certain amount of privilege. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
A book on your shelves you’ll probably never actually read
Back when I first discovered the book community, I added EVERY book that I saw talked about to my TBR—and even bought some of them. Whenever I look back on those days, I feel so guilty for wasting my parents’ money on books that I wasn’t even gonna read.
Why did I buy these two books???? The Monstrumologist has a cool title, but it doesn’t sound appealing whatsoever. And The Burning Sky has absolutely nothing going for it—its cover is kind of hideous and its premise sounds like every fantasy novel’s ever.