You guys know the drill. T5W was created by Booktuber gingerreadslainey, and you can join the Goodreads group here. This week’s topic? Books You Won’t Read. Ever. Before I share my picks, I’d like to say that this is, of course, all my opinion, and it’s cool if you love any of the books I name off! I’m not judging you or trying to insult your reading taste – everyone likes different books. These just don’t interest me for various reasons that I’ll explain. Another note: These are in no particular order. Now, onward!
1. Anything by Cassandra Clare.
I thought I might as well get this out of the way first. I know this is an author rather than a single book, but I saw others doing the same thing and got inspired. What can I say? Long before the popularity, several of my family members tried to read City of Bones and couldn’t finish, so I wrote them off early. When the hype picked up, everyone wanted me to read them, and I was almost tempted despite what my family told me. I felt the pressure! So I tried to read Clockwork Angel because I was told the Infernal Devices trilogy was better, but I didn’t make it 100 pages before quitting. Something about Cassandra Clare’s writing style just didn’t pull me in, and I felt detached from the story. There is a zero percent chance I will ever read these novels or any future ones by her. *Shrugs*
2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Yep, another popular one. I once tried to watch the television show and turned it off after 20 minutes because I was already so bored, and that’s saying something since I usually give a show at least a couple episodes before I decide to stop watching. I know the book and show are probably different, but the general premise is the same. All I know about this book is that it involves time travel, but it’s a time period that I have little interest in. And fine, the hype has turned me off a bit from this one too. I’m just sick of hearing about this book, okay? Don’t shoot me!
3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Or just Lunar Chronicles Series in general)
I know, I know, I know. Everyone who reads this series seems to love it, but I have never been a fan of fairy tale re-tellings. And the biggest problem I have is that this book also falls into my category of “YA Book With Writing That Sounds Like The Same Writing in 100 Other YA Books.” Like, I don’t know what it is with YA lately, but every author’s voice sounds THE SAME (generalizing, but still). This is a topic for a different post entirely, but it’s become rather annoying and, from the sample of the first book that I read, this series seems to fall into that “trend.” Pass.
4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
*Ducks out of the way of flying bullets* Yeah. Um. Sorry? Somehow I managed to avoid reading this in school. However, I did not avoid reading Jane Austen altogether. I had to read Sense and Sensibility in my British Literature class, and I flat out hated it. Too many characters, boring plot, uninteresting time period…A book about marriage and money and family drama is just not my cup of tea. This era is my least favorite in literature, and I’d like to read as little as possible of it.
5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
This book was literally released this month, but it’s already sitting comfortably on my list of books I’ll never read. I read Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass last year, and I thought it was okay. Definitely not as good as everyone made it out to be, but alright enough for me to pick up the sequel (still haven’t gotten around to that). What really turns me off is once again the hype. For the last few months in anticipation of the release, this book has been EVERYWHERE. And if there’s one thing that makes me less inclined to read something, it’s hype. I’m pretty sure it also has some fairy tale re-telling vibes in it too, so that’s just an extra strike against it. Sorry, folks – won’t be reviewing this!
This was a surprisingly difficult T5W because I had so many books to choose from! Runner ups include: The Death Cure by James Dashner, Never Fade and In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, and anything by Lauren Oliver (I’ve read Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy and am done giving her chances).
What are books that you’ll never read? Let me know below! Also let me know what you’d like to see next from me – I would be happy to do reviews for The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, The Storied Life of AJ Fikry, or all 3. I can do a post talking more extensively about what I meant when I said YA authors are all starting to sound the same. Or I can do a post about over-hyped books. Please leave me a comment so I know what you’d like to see most!
Until then, keep on reading and writing! – Veronica