Hi! Long time, no see. This better not become a habit…
I love books, I do! (well, duh) I don’t have a desire to read every single book on Earth, though. There are quite a few books out there I haven’t picked up, because they don’t seem up my alley at all, some of them incredibly popular, so I thought I’d share these with you today. Let’s start with… *drum roll*…
Yup… I have not read and don’t intend on ever reading The Hunger Games. The book has a 4.33 star rating on Goodreads with nearly 6 MILLION RATINGS! (that’s insane), so it’s obviously good, yet there is absolutely nothing about it that makes me even slightly interested in the story or the characters or anything about it, to be honest. It’s not even that I know what happens in it because I’ve seen the movie – I haven’t (how, you ask me? I dunno… *shrug*) My reason for not reading it previously was that dystopians are not my thing, but that turned out to be a big fat lie (shout out to Scythe and This Savage Song), so I genuinely do not have a reason other than I’m just not interested. Suzanne Collins is bringing another book out next year set in the Hunger Games world, and I won’t be reading it.
Seeing the previous book on the list, this should not come as a surprise. Another wildly popular YA dystopian (this one with “only” 2 million ratings at 4.21 stars for those curious) I have absolutely no interest in. I know very little about this book – I think I let all the knowledge I had about it evaporate from my brain to make space for something more useful. I haven’t seen the movie. I don’t see myself ever reading it or watching it, or talking about it after this post, and I’m quite happy with that reality.
I should want to read this book. It’s a book about books (and other things, obviously, but it even has “book” in the title, so, yeah… that was a very eloquent sentence). As we established already – I love books (do you wonder yet how many times one can say the word book in one paragraph?). So why don’t I want to read it? Well, I don’t like historical fiction. World War II books seem like the biggest bore and snooze fest ever. I respect if that’s your favourite genre and all, but… I’d rather read something else. Anything else, to be honest.
This one is a bit different. I have attempted reading the first book, A Game of Thrones, in the past and made it nearly halfway through before I abandoned it. I thought of reading it on other occasions. By now I’ve decided I don’t want anything to do with these books (I know, harsh). I love fantasy, and the more complex ones, the better, except when it is so complex it becomes too dense to bear. This is how I feel about the first book – it is so horribly dense, there is no way I will struggle through it willingly and read the other 6 (is it 6?) books, no matter how many people will tell me it gets better in the later books. No, thank you. (since I’ve mentioned the movies in the past, I’ll also mention I have not made it past the first 4 episodes of season 1 of the TV show and never will)
Now, for something more recent. I have read only 1 Holly Black book before (The Darkest Part of the Forest) and given it 2 stars. I would be inclined to give her another chance, since I’ve met her and she’s a lovely lady, but she writes about fairies and I just can’t stand fairy books. Fairies are fine if they’re not the main focus, but once they take centre stage – I’m out. But if fairies weren’t enough to put me off the book… it’s heavy in romance, which I also don’t like reading. And all I can think of whenever I see this book or the second one in the series is the dumb, cringy quote I’ve seen
I’ll leave it at that.
Last, but not least (if not a bit cheated) – Throne of Glass! I read this book in 2015, hence why I am cheating slightly, and I hated it. You couldn’t pay me to finish the series. I don’t think I’ve ever rolled my eyes more than while reading this book (and I’m a master or eyerolls…) I don’t think there was anything I liked about the book (apart from Chaol apparently, according to my review on Goodreads, though by now I can’t even remember him), and after attempting The Court of Thorns and Roses series I have decided that Sarah J. Maas books are not for me. I’m sorry, I just can’t stand her writing.
I’m sure there are many more books I could include on this list, those are just the ones that come to mind at the moment. Thanks for reading!
Until next time.