Hi all ! I decided to do a ~controversial post~ today and talk about some popular books I won’t be reading (probably). Some of these are out and some aren’t, but all of them are books I’ve seen a lot of people hyping up and I just – have no interest in reading! There’s so many of these for me, especially given how much I’m not into YA lately, but I decided to pick out ten books I think super popular right now that I have no interest in reading.
➤ Twilight / Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer
Better get the big one out the way first. With Midnight Sun coming out, it feels like Twilight is back on and I’ll just… never read this. Allll the problematic elements aside, this still interests me absolutely zero percent. I don’t really get into vampire novels, and even reading this for ~content~ which a lot of people seem to do honestly doesn’t appeal to me, just seems annoying. I’m so content skipping the Twilight phase
➤ Throne of Glass of Sarah J. Maas
This series cops so much flack and yet it still has a lot of die-hard fans and gets recommended to me ALL THE TIME. I’ve read the first book but I know I’ll never ever continue. First of all, it’s so long to dedicate my time to. Second, I really didn’t like book one and third, I’ve heard so many bad things about the later books from actual fans of this series who liked the earlier books. So there’s no way I’d spend my time on this when I could read other things.
➤ A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
For similar reasons as above, I really don’t have any interest in reading Sarah J. Maas. I did hear the second book of this series is good, but they’re really long and I really don’t think I’d ever pick this up over the hundreds of other books on my TBR.
➤ Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
This one might be ~controversial~. I love The Raven Boys and still reread and enjoy it. But I don’t think I’ll be continuing with the series when this new book comes out. I’m torn because Adam Parrish is my fave boy, but ultimately I don’t think this series needed more. But the major reason is that I don’t want to support Maggie Stiefvater anymore (for a multitude of reasons). Also, the cover is literally hideous, which I’ve interpreted as a sign from the universe to not buy this. I’ll probably just read a spoiler review of this so I know what happens to Adam and leave it at that.
➤ A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
This is a more recent book but a lot of people seem to be reading and loving it lately. It’s been recommended to me a few times, but I’ve come to a realisation recently – I really don’t like retellings. There are a few exceptions but generally, they aren’t my thing. I also am just not interested in this, so as much as it keeps coming across my Goodreads and Twitter I don’t think I’ll be reading it.
➤ Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Every one is reading this lately, mostly for it’s enemies to lovers content. I’ve seen it described as Nina/Matthias fanfiction which.. I kinda hate Nina and Matthias as a couple. This is one of those hit or miss books and I just feel like I’ll land in the HATE IT camp. So even though a lot of people keep telling me to read it, I don’t think I will be.
➤ My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
A lot of people are talking about this one right now, but it’s subject matter just does not interest me at all. I can see why a lot of people are into this book and are interested in how it deals with it’s topic, plus explores its themes, but the things it explores are just not ones I care about reading myself, even though I think this book is doing something important.
➤ Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
People endlessly recommend this to me and I just….. don’t care. First, I don’t care for the author and find the way he tweets and some things he has said to be extremely off-putting and problematic. But mostly, the entire concept of this book just doesn’t appeal to me. I hate books with footnotes and told about one person from the POV of another. Also, the tropes/archetypes of the main character are ones that just don’t really appeal to me, I just don’t ever find ‘one girl has to be super badass/hard’ to be a compelling character arc. Finally, I watched the series starring Piera Forde on YouTube and although it was cool, it didn’t interest me enough to pick the book up.
➤ My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Otessa Moshfegh
Another adult literary book I’ve heard people rave about endlessly but the premise just…. does not interest me at all. I actually originally thought this was non-fiction and was more interested in reading it then than I am now finding out it’s a novel. I have heard so many people describe this book and talk about it and it never, ever makes me want to actually read this.
➤ Educated by Tara Westover
This book originally interested me for it’s premise. I thought a memoir about growing up in a cult would definitely be interesting. But ultimately hearing more and more people talk about this, I’m less inclined to pick it up. I kinda feel like its been talked to death and know every thing that happens in it. There was also some problematic elements that were called out which kinda put me off picking it up.
Are there any popular books you have no interest in reading, have you read any of these, or think you won’t ever read them like me? I would love to hear in the comments.
until next time!