The Anti-TBR Tag

Hey guys! I know I say this every time I do a tag, but it really has been a while since I last did one and I have seen this one making the rounds on blogs and booktube. It’s a fairly new tag so for once I’m not super late to it! It looked really fun and it was originally created by Nicole & Her Books. So let’s get into it!

A popular book EVERYONE loves that you have no interest in reading?

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black. I have been seeing this book everywhere and I think quite a few YA book boxes did special editions. I tried to read this series but I only managed to read the first book and I sold my copy of The Wicked King because I had no interest in continuing with this series. I couldn’t understand what was so interesting about Cardan because his character was so dull! I think this is told from Cardan’s perspective so even if I decided to finish the trilogy, I already know I won’t enjoy this book.

A classic book (or author) you don’t have an interest in reading?

I picked Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen for this one because I’ve seen the film adaptations popping up on Twitter the last couple weeks and I cannot stand this book or anything about it. It was on my required reading twice when I was in school and both times I couldn’t finish it. This is probably a super unpopular opinion but I found it so boring and the writing just wasn’t for me. Sense and Sensibility was also on my required reading and I didn’t get very far in at all – maybe a few pages? Jane Austen’s writing just isn’t for me, it seems.

An author whose books you have no interest in reading?

Rainbow Rowell, definitely. She’s a popular author and writes contemporary/romance books – two genres that I have no interest in. I’ve read some reviews and her books are described as ‘cute’ and having a ‘swoony romance’. That’s not what I look for in a book. I gravitate towards fantasy and crime, with fast-paced plots and lots of twists. Also, I have seen a lot of criticism surrounding this author lately, so this is another reason for me not to read her books.

A problematic author whose books you have no interest in reading?

Last year I found out that Mackenzi Lee, a white author, was autographing a POC author’s book and then using it as promotion. Then I found out she’d done it with multiple books and she went as far writing criticism in some of the books she signed. I found that really disrespectful and if I was an author I would never dream of signing another author’s book. To make matters worse, she never apologised and simply deleted her Twitter. I was actually interested in reading her book about Loki but I can’t support her now, especially since she never took responsibility for her actions and she couldn’t understand what she did wrong, or she just didn’t care.

An author you have read a couple of books from & have decided their books are not for you?

I have read exactly two books from Debra Jo Immergut and that’s enough for me. Both times I found Debra’s writing really disjointed and disorientating because she alternates between past and present chapters, however, she gives you no warning when she does this and I’d start reading a chapter without even realising it had switched to the past. Her books have really interesting plots, which is why I read her latest book but I really struggle with her writing.

A genre you have no interest in OR a genre you tried to get into & couldn’t?

Romance. The only romance book I actually like is Me Before You, but everything else I have no interest in. I have tried, but it doesn’t interest me. I don’t mind romance as a subplot – but as the main plot? It would bore me.

A book you have bought but will never read?

Probably Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell. It sound really interesting as it’s about two twelve year olds who are abducted and the story is set twenty years later. I checked Goodreads though and it has horrible reviews so I’m kicking myself now. I should check reviews first! I’m going to hold onto it for a little longer but I’ll probably end up unhauling it.

A series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started & have dnf’d?

After having Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series sitting on my shelf for a really long time, I finally read the first book and that was enough for me. I have no interest in finishing this series. I probably would have enjoyed it when I was a teenager but adult me had a lot of issues with it. The main thing that bothered me was all the girl-on-girl hate. It baffles me that authors feel the need to include scenes like this in their books. Why can’t we have girls supporting one another? It didn’t even feel like a blood or power thing the more dragged out it became. Anyway, I’m glad I tried it and maybe I’ll pick up the next book Victoria writes.

A new release you have no interest in reading?

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. Why was this needed? Who asked for this? Honestly, I didn’t particularly like this series when I read it and I don’t even own copies of it anymore. But if I was interested in reading another book set in this world, I would literally want it to be about any other character. It doesn’t have great reviews on Goodreads and a lot of people were left feeling disappointed by it so I’m definitely not going to read it.

I hope you enjoyed this tag! Please check out the original video and feel free to leave a comment below with some of the books that you’re not interested in reading. Thank you so much for reading and have a lovely day/night!

2 thoughts on “The Anti-TBR Tag

  1. Sofii @ A Book. A Thought. says:

    Maybe this is an unpopular opinion, but I gave Rainbow Rowell’s two most popular books a chance and I didn’t like them, I don’t know what it is, but their stories don’t resonate with me, so I don’t think you’re missing much 😅

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