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!!
1. a popular book everyone loves that you have no interest in reading
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!
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!
3. an author whose books you have no interest in reading
I’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.)
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!
4. an author you have read a couple of books from & have decided their books are not for you
I’ve read two books by Julian Winters, Running 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!
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!
6. a book you have bought but will never read (this can be a book you have unhauled/returned to the library unread)
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!
7. a series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started & have dnf’d
I 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.
8. a new release you have no interest in reading
I 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?