I’m going to really call myself out here and say that there are a lot of really popular books that I honestly have no intention of reading. Whether it’s from bad reviews or a lack of motivation, here are some books that I don’t intend to read.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Starting off with a controversial one. I’m not a huge fan of high fantasy and honestly, I don’t have the space in my brain to commit to the seven-book series. I’ve also heard that the main character is kind of an enigma in that she’s a talented warrior but also like dressing up just for the sake of being different? Seems like this book isn’t my cup of tea.
A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
I don’t know if this one’s controversial or not. I have fond memories of reading The Hunger Games in middle school, but feel like this book would really complicate those memories. Also, I’ve heard really mixed reviews about this book and don’t want to read a book if I know I’m not going to like it.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Okay, I guess I could expand this to pretty much anything Sarah J. Maas. I have nothing against her writing except it just isn’t my taste. I’m not a fan of books about fae, which is strange because I enjoy a good paranormal romance every now and again. Nonetheless, I have no desire to pick up this book because I’m pretty sure it would get on my nerves.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Another fae book that I know wouldn’t appeal to me. I also get the vibe that this book has a weird power imbalance between the main love interests and that doesn’t sit well with me.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
Even before J.K. Rowling made some comments in poor taste on Twitter, I had no intention of reading this book. I love how the series wrapped up and don’t want to mess with that, you know?
The rest of the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard
I finished Glass Sword and honestly was fed up with Mare. The plot was pretty unbelievable and I didn’t want to read another book about an “average” girl who discovers she has powers and then overthrows an oppressive regime. It felt very 2014 to me and I was over it.
The rest of the Shatter Me books by Taherah Mafi
This feels kind of gross to talk about because I know these books are so well-loved, but I couldn’t stand Juliet as a narrator. She was really immature in a way that didn’t suit the story, so I DNFed Shatter Me and have no plan to continue the series.
The Shadowhunters Series by Cassandra Clare
Another one that feels like pure sacrilege. I read through City of Lost Souls because I wanted to see what all the hype was about, but I can confidently say that, after four books, I don’t want to spend any more time with this series. Major props to those of y’all who’ve followed the whole series.
Have you been avoiding any of these books? Which popular books do you have no desire to read?
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