Books I Won’t Be Reading

Today I wanted to do something outside of my usual Monday post which is typically a tag. What I’m doing instead is a collection/list of books that I won’t be reading. Sound a little odd? I know. But these are books in my preferred genres that have had a lot of attention by other readers and media that I just won’t be reading.



Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I have spent nearly two decades in love with the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (or Philosopher’s Stone) was first published back in 1998 and it didn’t take me long, even at a young age, to fall in love with it. The original series transported me away to a land of magic and wonder. Those books made my childhood heart sing. Despite that, I won’t be touching The Cursed Child. I don’t want those first memories of enjoying reading for myself to be tainted by this new story Rowling has put together. I’m sure the play is wonderful but those memories are too sweet to risk messing with and the reviews for the book version of the play aren’t positive enough to jump down that hole.



Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I feel like this one shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. I just can’t get on board with the sparkly vampires and weak women. Nope! If I want vampires I’ll read some old Anne Rice because you can never go wrong with Lestat.



Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. From every description and review of this book, I get the impression that it contains all of the things that I hate most. 1) A poorly executed love triangle. 2) A painfully slow beginning. 3) A plot that relies on the romantic aspect to move the story instead of action. Even the quotes on Goodreads sound annoyingly dull. They are short and generic with no substance- “Words can lie. See beyond them.” I just won’t be getting on board with this one.



Divergent by Veronica Roth. This one has left me waffling in the past but at this point I’m firmly in the “not reading that” column. There are a lot of dystopian novels that I like, The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon being a prime example, so what is my problem with this one? It’s sequels. I’ve read the reviews, I know how the story turns out, and lets just say that I’m not happy about it. Once I start on a series it takes an act of god to make me stop reading them so I don’t want to start on this and enjoy the first book just to be utterly disappointed in the end.



The Selection by Kiera Cass. Where do I even begin? This book currently has a rating of 4.15 on Goodreads and the positive reviews I’ve read of it are absolutely glowing. To say the least this series obviously has a strong following. However, for the life of me I can’t figure out why. A bunch of girls fighting for the love of a single rich man. While the rest of the world burns, they put on frilly dresses and think about love and money. This feels like Mean Girls in a poverty stricken world meets The Bachelor. That sounds like a great big pile of NOPE! What really drives me nuts is that the author apparently went to one of the local universities that is just down the road from me so everywhere I go I have to see this book. People seem very proud of her. I love my local library but every branch has her books on display in the front. It irks me.


What do you think? Are there any books you feel like you should love but just don’t have an interest in? 

19 thoughts on “Books I Won’t Be Reading

  1. The Selection & Twilight are on my Won’t Be Reading pile too! There is nothing about either of those books that makes me even slightly think ‘I might like that book’.
    I read the Divergent series a couple years ago and I actually didn’t hate the ending, until joining the blogging community I didn’t even know there was any really issues with it. I enjoyed the first and second book, the third was okay but not as good as the first two.
    I wish I hadn’t read Cursed Child, I pre-ordered it and then read it as soon as I got it and I hadn’t seen any reviews for it before reading it, so I thought it was going to be amazing, but I was extremely disappointed. (As writing this saw and ad on tv saying that Divergent will be on TV tonight 😂)
    I have Red Queen on my TBR pile, but didn’t know what it was actually about as I like going into book knowing nothing and if two of the points you made (love triangle & Romantic part) are true then I’m taking this straight off TBR as they are my two biggest pet hate of books! Thanks for that otherwise I would have wasted my time read it!

    Awesome post!

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    1. Thanks! I waffled a lot about Divergent because I heard about it when I was very interested in The Hunger Games. They seemed like two peas in a pod, you know? I admit, I am still tempted to read them but I know better than to set myself up for disappointment.
      Red Queen was in my TBR, too, until I looked a little more into it. Poorly executed love triangle with hints of insta love? I don’t think so, scooter!
      Thanks for reading!

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      1. I read THG and Divergent around the same time and I can say I enjoyed THG a bit more than Divergent.

        And that sounds like everything I hate in a book.

        You’re welcome.


  2. I debated a lot about whether or not I should read Cursed Child and I ultimately decided to read it and form my own opinion of it. I ended up really disliking it, but it didn’t ruin my connection with the actual series. I’m glad I read it so I know what everyone is talking about and I can have an educated opinion on it, but it’s definitely not something I would ever read again.

    Great post!

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  3. Good call on Cursed Child – it’s abysmal, keep your memories pure lol. I liked the first Divergent book, but as you said, the ending is terrible. I’m glad I read it for the parts I did like, but very disappointing conclusion. I also have very little interest in the Selection series and probably won’t ever read them. Great post – love this idea!

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    1. Thanks, Emily! Everything I’ve heard about the first Divergent book sounds great and I’m sure I’d love it. My problem is that once I start a trilogy/series I don’t let it go. I have to finish them (with the exclusion of Cinder). I’m not going to jump down that well of impending disappointment.

      I think if The Selection wasn’t thrown in my face every time I went to the library (which is at least twice a week) I wouldn’t be so aggravated by them. But I walked into the library just today and was slapped in the face with Keira Cass display. To say the least, it grinds my gears. Haha.

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    1. Red Queen definitely sounds like it has some good points. The real turn off for me is the love triangle. I just don’t have the patience for it. Maybe some day. It’s great that your daughter reads, though! My girl is 3 and I’m trying to encourage a love of reading in her. Fingers crossed.


  4. I so agree about HP and the cursed child… funnily enough as a book blogger who has almost never read the hyped book I’ve read all your other no read books. iPad Twilight for a series I wrote about popular media. Couldn’t get half way through book 2. The Selection was boring. Divergent was all about shock value and there are some serious logic disconnects. I HATED Red Queen with a passion and only finished so I could write a review. 😂😂😂😭 so yeah good choice not to read these, they were such a waste of my time and needless to say I never got to book 2 on the others… Such a great idea for a post! It was fun 🌟❤️🌈


  5. I agree with the Cursed Child and Divergent, they have never sounded interesting to me. Also watching the Divergent movie is enough, and reading a play isn’t very fun! Great list! I am kind of intrigued by The Selection, but probably won’t read it.

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  6. I’m totally on board with “Cursed Child” and “The Selection.” I absolutely hate the bachelor shows on TV and thinking a novel version of that with whiny brats would make me lose brains cells. No thanks! Great list

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