The Anti-TBR Tag: Books & Authors I Don’t Want to Read

Another day, another post where I’m uncreative and doing a tag!

Today I’ll be doing the Anti-TBR Tag, which I saw on other people’s blogs a while back and thought would be fun to do, since I’ll be talking about a few of the books and authors I have no interest in reading! This tag was created by Nicole & Her Books, and if you’d like to check out her original video, you can watch it here. Of course, if you’ve read and enjoyed any of these books, happy for you and no hate (…mostly)! I just personally don’t want to read them.

I was not tagged by anyone to do this, because I am simply cool and I will do whatever I want, so I won’t be tagging anyone either. If you’d like to answer the prompts and say that I tagged you, go ahead!!

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1. a popular book everyone loves that you have no interest in reading

A Little LifeWolfsong (Green Creek, #1)I don’t think there’s a single popular book that no one hates, so going to do with a popular book that people seem to be divided over, and a less popular but still kind of popular book most people love! First is A Little Life: I just am not interested in (gay) trauma porn, because why would I want to hurt myself like that and also why in general.

I also am really, really not interested in Wolfsong. I had it on my TBR and was excited to read it because of how many people I knew who’d read and loved it, until I learned that there’s a weird age gap (dating at 17 and 23). I hate age gaps with a burning passion, so that was enough for me to chuck it out!

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2. a classic book (or author) you don’t have an interest in reading

I’m not interested in most classics, to be honest, but one I know for sure that I would never read is Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. Not only is it extremely boring, apparently, but it is also extremely racist. So that’s a no from me!

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3. an author whose books you have no interest in reading

Mistborn 6 Books Collection Set by Brandon Sanderson (Final Empire, Well of  Ascension, Hero of Ages, Band of Mourning, Alloy of Law & Shadows of Self): Brandon  Sanderson, The Final Empire ByI’m not really interested in Brandon Sanderson. First of all, he’s been homophobic in the past and has apparently changed, which I think is something many people argue about. But! I really don’t care to get into it, because I simply do not care to read books written by a white cishet man! I am sure they are great. But they are not for me. God bless. (Also they are like a thousand pages long and I have neither the time nor patience for that.)

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3.2 a problematic author whose books you have no interest in reading

God… so many? Let’s just keep it at three and say Sarah J Maas, Rainbow Rowell, and Emily Duncan. They’ve done bad things but also, honestly, I’m just not interested in what their books are about, anyway!

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4. an author you have read a couple of books from & have decided their books are not for you

Running With LionsHow to Be Remy CameronI’ve read two books by Julian WintersRunning with Lions and How to Be Remy Cameron, and I unfortunately didn’t like any of them. I don’t think I mesh at all with Winters’ writing voice because I keep finding myself extremely straight-faced at all the attempts at humor he makes in his books, so I don’t think I’ll be reading any other books from him!

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5. a genre you have no interest in OR a genre you tried to get into & couldn’t

I feel like I’m pretty open to trying anything, but I don’t think I’ll ever be interested in erotica and self-help books! I would say I’m not interested in horror, but I feel like perhaps one day I could try one? I am a Coward so I hate horror movies, but I feel like I would be less scared by books, maybe. And I feel like horror explores some intriguing ideas!

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6. a book you have bought but will never read (this can be a book you have unhauled/returned to the library unread)

Carry On (Simon Snow, #1)I’ve already unhauled it, but for some ungodly reason unbeknownst to me, I asked for Carry On for my birthday one year. I have some friends who enjoyed it, which was why I thought I might have liked it, but I did not realize that they had read and loved it before they read some, you know, actual high-quality books. So yeah, I’m not interested in some Harry Potter fanfiction-turned-book (??) written by a racist author!

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7. a series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started & have dnf’d

Cassandra Clare Mortal Instruments & Infernal Devices Collection 9 Books  Set Pack: Cassandra Clare: 9783200330078: Amazon.com: BooksI have no interest in continuing to read any of the Shadowhunter books. I read City of Bones and hated it, read Clockwork Angel and enjoyed it, but there are just so many books that exist in the world and I’d rather spend my time on other, better ones. Especially because the list of books in this universe is becoming endless! I also still cannot get over the way Cassandra Clare wrote Jace and Clary to be together (even if it was “fake” incest) and would feel so uncomfortable reading anything else from her.

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8. a new release you have no interest in reading

LoreWhat's Not to LoveI don’t know if this is referring to a book that’s already come out, or one that’s still upcoming, so I’ll do both! Lore came out in January, and I feel like it was relatively hyped, especially coming from a pretty popular author, but nothing about it really convinced me to read it. I think Percy Jackson has genuinely ruined Greek mythology for me, as in, I don’t care about anything related to Greek mythology unless it is related to PJO anymore.

And an upcoming book (that releases in like 2 days…) I think a decent amount of people are excited for is What’s Not to Love, which I’m not really anticipating because I don’t think I vibe with the authors’ books! I read one of their books before and didn’t completely love it, but I think my disinterest in this book is part of a larger thing where I don’t really care for most cutesy romance YA contemporaries anymore.


what are some books you don’t plan on reading? any authors you’re avoiding? what genres are you not interested in?

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32 thoughts on “The Anti-TBR Tag: Books & Authors I Don’t Want to Read

  1. This is a super cool tag! I actually did a post like this a few months ago, just discussing books that I don’t want to read but it’s a super cool tag idea! (also, I’m about to post my second tag in two weeks, so don’t think that you’re uncreative for doing a tag haha)
    Ugh I didn’t know that Wolfsong has a weird age gap. I’ve read two of the author’s others books (Cerulean Sea and Extraordinaries). There actually was a little bit of an age gap in Cerulean Sea but the characters in question were 40 and 45 and that’s way less bad, in my opinion, than a teen and a twenty-something person being together.
    I read Skyward by Brandon Sanderson and it was okay, but yeah it was long and sci fi so I probably won’t continue. I didn’t know he was homophobic in the past but I’m not usually into reading white cishet men books either.
    I totally agree with you about Lore, I actually read it and rated it 2 stars. PJO has ruined everything but also it was just not the type of reading style I like. I didn’t enjoy The Darkest Minds by that author, either.
    Awesome post!

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    1. it was definitely a fun tag to fill out! and oh yeah, 40 and 45 is definitely not an issue imo. i’ve heard some really wonderful things about the house in the cerulean sea, so i think i might give that one a try, but it’s really a shame about wolfsong!

      i support the decision to not continue reading brandon sanderson’s books haha! i love that neither of us are interested in books by white cishet men, that’s exactly as it should be 😎

      ooh, i’m sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy lore! but it makes me more confident about not wanting to read it lmao. and honestly i was kind of interested in the darkest minds a few years ago, but not anymore!

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      1. Yeah, I hope that you read it soon and enjoy it! It’s a very nice easy book that’s just fun and cute.

        Yeah, I mean if there is rep in books that white cishet men write, okay that’s fine but Ownvoices is still better and just…there’s too many white cishet men in history writing literature (see: literally any book any school system makes someone read) and now there’s more books by other authors and clearly those are more interesting and just better because they’re Ownvoices (some of them, that is).

        Honestly, I kind of feel like the writing style of Lore was a bit more like the writing style of a book that would be called Adult, like I know there isn’t that much a difference but I do feel like books titled Adult are usually slower and the writing is different. There’s nothing wrong with that, I just enjoy YA much more.

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  2. I don’t plan on ever reading the Shadowhunters books either. There are just too many of them for me to keep up with and that’s too big of a commitment for me 😣 I would definitely recommend starting with horror books if the genre is a little too scary for you! I didn’t get into horror until I was 16 because I used to be easily scared and now it’s my favourite genre. I don’t get scared by books so they’re a great place to start :D

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    1. glad to see someone in the same position as me! i have neither the time nor motivation to commit to reading all the books in the shadowhunters series. and ooh, that’s so interesting to know! i’m not sure if/when i’ll read horror, but i love that it’s your favorite genre now!!

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  3. I agree with a lot of your answers! I don’t plan on reading any more Shadowhunters books – I read the Mortal Instruments books when I was a pre-teen / teen, and while I loved the first three, I hated the next three. I’m not sure if the books got worse as the series progressed or if I grew out of them, lol. After one of her newer books dropped, Lady Midnight I think it’s called, it received so much praise that I picked it up, and boy do I regret it. :/ I’m glad I’m not the only one who somehow has no interest in Lore – not sure what it is about this book, but I just don’t care, even though I enjoyed The Darkest Minds by the author. Great post, May! :)

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    1. i’ve heard that most people usually like the tmi books more as the series go on, so maybe it was a matter of growing out of them for you! but ooh, super interesting to hear that you didn’t like lady midnight. i used to want to read it because i’d seen that so many people loved it, i’m sorry to hear that you didn’t! and honestly i’m not quite sure what lore is about either, besides greek mythology 😭 thank you!!

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  4. I’ve tried Brandon Sanderson and honestly, I couldn’t get what is the fuss about. In my opinion, his books are overrated.
    After orgasmic shaking mountains in Maas’ books, I am done with her for good xD

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  5. I agree with all of your answers! (Except maybe Cassandra Clare’s books, which I plan on reading when I have some time to actually tackle a series of that size) I hated Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park and I don’t plan on reading any of her other books…and I’m not into adult fae stories with abusive relationships so…a big nope for any of Sarah j Maas’s books, Lol.

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    1. i hope you enjoy cassandra clare’s books! i admire anyone who has the time and ability to commit to a series of that size 😭 and LMAOO at what you said about sjm’s books!! there’s just so much i’ve heard about that series (bad things) that i truly have no plans to read it haha

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  6. I have no interest in Wolfsong, either! :/
    And I think you made a great choice unhauling Carry On. Just like your friends, when I read it I really enjoyed it, but that was before I read many amazing books, so I know that I would not feel the same had I read it now.
    I really liked reading your answers, I’ll for sure do this tag on my blog at some point :)

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    1. i feel like so many people have loved wolfsong and i truly just have zero interest in it haha. and yes! don’t know what baby me was thinking when i got carry on, but glad that past me unhauled it 😎 i hope you enjoy doing this tag whenever you get around to it!!

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  7. I am not interested in self-help books either. But I love a good horror, especially movies! The horror books I’ve read thus far aren’t very scary so I don’t know if I love the genre in books. I have no interest in reading the rest of TMI or TID but I do want to read the newer ones. There’s so many though lol

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    1. oh, very interesting that a lot of the horror books you’ve read haven’t been too scary! i feel like i have such a low tolerance for scary stuff that whatever you read probably would scare me haha. i’ve heard the newer stuff from cassandra clare is a lot better, but honestly i don’t have the commitment lol!

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  8. I have no interest in reading A Little Life either, it’s huge and apparently super sad, which is not something I like to read. I’m also unhauling all my RR and SJM books lol, I really fell for the hype with these authors and keep buying their books even though I didn’t like them that much 🤡

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  9. loved reading your responses to this tag, May!! i definitely agree with a lot of the books/authors you mentioned. i’m not interested in reading A Little Life either cuz uhh torture porn is def a huge no for me, i don’t wanna make myself suffer thru that. and ahh age gaps make me uncomfy too, so that’s a shame about Wolfsong :// i read T.J. Klune’s The House in the Cerulean Sea though and absolutely loved it!! it was super heartwarming and wholesome 💕 i also tried reading Running with Lions and DNFed it cuz i really didn’t click with the writing style & humor either! and i still can’t believe i ever wanted to read Carry On once upon a time slkdfjsdl :’) anyway, great post as always ☺️

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    1. definitely agree with what you said about a little life! i like sad, emotional books that make me cry, but never trauma porn. and i still want to read the house in the cerulean sea because i’ve heard it is just an extremely comforting, serotonin-providing books! but that’s probably the only thing i’m going to read from tj klune haha. and omg taste about running with lions… perhaps i would’ve loved it a few years ago but i definitely have developed more standards recently 😌

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