It’s been a while since I’ve did an unpopular opinions-esque book tag. I recently watched Jess of Peace Love Books on BookTube complete the Anti-TBR Tag, which made me think of some books that I had no interest in reading (although I do admit it’s a little difficult to remember said books when actually responding to the tag!). Of course, I want to include a disclaimer by saying that just because I have no interest in reading the following books doesn’t mean that you may not enjoy them or be interested, nor should my disinterest influence your opinions of the books below. This Anti-TBR Tag was created by Nicole of Nicole & Her Books.
A popular book EVERYONE loves that you have no interest in reading?
I really wish I loved or had as much interest in this companion series as everyone else does, but I don’t see myself reading Talia Hibbert’s Take a Hint, Dani Brown anytime soon. Like nearly all of the series below, I wanted to LOVE The Brown Sisters series but struggled to connect with the writing style of book #1, Get a Life, Chloe Brown.
A classic book (or author) you don’t have an interest in reading?
I feel like this is shameful to admit as an English teacher – although I’m a big advocate of reading more modern classic or current books in English class – but I tend to not be the biggest fan of the classics. I will admit that some YA retellings of classics does have me interested in reading the classic inspiration – for example, I may actually pick up Anna Karenina one day thanks to Tash Hearts Tolstoy and Anna K. Never say never, but I’ve never been too interested in picking up Moby-Dick or A Tale of Two Cities.
An author whose books you have no interest in reading?
Everyone knows that while I do enjoy a good fantasy or two, I’m not the biggest fantasy fan out there, so it may likely not be a surprise that I don’t have too much interest in reading Brandon Sanderson’s books. I sometimes felt like I HAD to read his Mistborn series back when I was really into BookTube a few years ago, and I’ve seen so many people pick up The Stormlight Archives and Skyward series, but I’m overall just not interested in their synopses.
An author you have read a couple of books from & have decided their books are not for you?
I don’t think I have a definitive author for this one, but I have a love-hate relationship with Colleen Hoover’s books, especially her latest releases. I LOVED Verity, but I have mixed feelings about and have little interest in her books since Verity’s release.
A genre you have no interest in OR a genre you tried to get into & couldn’t?
Over the past few years, I found that I really don’t have much love for sci-fi unless something about the premise or writing style absolutely grabs me.
A book you have bought but will never read? (this can be a book you have unhauled/returned to the library unread)
Never say never, but I’ve had a paperback copy of Ryan Graudin’s The Walled City for at least 4 years but have yet to read it. I think I bought it on sale soon after enjoying her Wolf by Wolf duology.
A series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started & have dnf’d?
I feel slightly guilty admitting this especially with the Netflix inspired series coming out soon, but I’ve never had much interest in reading the Shadow and Bone series by Leigh Bardugo. I love the Six of Crows duology, but I’ve never felt obligated to go back to the original Grisha series.
A series that I started and dnf’d during book #2 in 2020 was Tessa Bailey’s Fix Her Up series just because I was not a fan of the male love interests or the word choice used in the romance scenes.
A new release you have no interest in reading?
I feel like Cassandra Clare’s Chain of Iron has been all over my bookish feeds since mid February. I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve talked about my attempt to get into the Shadowhunter series – I tried reading City of Bones way back in 2015 and I just couldn’t get past the first 100 pages, even though I know everyone says to push through the first few books. I would genuinely love to read this new series, as well as The Infernal Devices and The Dark Artifices series, but I’m just not into the series’ premises and writing.
What are some books that you aren’t too interested in reading? Any books here that you think I should consider reading again? Share in the comments!