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?