You all know by now that I love being salty, so when I came across this tag, originally created by Nicole & Her Books, I knew I had to give it a go!
A popular book EVERYONE loves that you have no interest in reading?
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. So many people love this book and this series, or they say it’s worth getting through the first book to get to the better second book, and I just don’t care at all.
A classic book (or author) you don’t have any interest in reading?
I honestly could not care less about Great Expectations. I’ve read extracts from it at school and uni and been very bored. In fact, other than A Christmas Carol, I’m not a Dickens fan; I think his character names are brilliant and I usually enjoy adaptations of his books, but the books themselves send me to sleep and Pip is so annoying.
An author whose books you have no interest in reading?
Cassandra Clare. Again, I just don’t care. Part of that is simply that her books don’t appeal to me, but I have to admit that her fandom puts me off, too. If anyone dares suggest Clare’s books aren’t very good (in their opinion) an entire horde of fans will appear to tell them why they’re wrong and I don’t have the energy for that.
A problematic author whose books you have no interest in reading?
Orson Scott Card. Fuck that guy.
An author you have read a couple of books from and have decided their books are not for you?
Sadly, Nnedi Okorafor! For whatever reason her writing doesn’t click with me, which is a real shame.
A genre you have no interest in OR a genre you tried to get into and couldn’t?
To be honest I’m not entirely sure if it counts as a genre, but literary fiction. Specifically the kind of literary fiction that makes you want to pour bleach in your eyes rather than read another page of aging men pursuing affairs with their students or child abuse or sexual assault. These are all important things to discuss, but it never feels like there’s any hope in literary fiction and, if you’re going to go to those dark places, I think a little hope is needed.
A book you have bought but will never read? (this can be a book you have unhauled/returned to the library unread)
I unhauled this one years ago now, but Past Perfect by Leila Sales, which I found second-hand. It’s a YA romance set at a Historical Colonial Village, which sounds so cute, but YA contemporary simply isn’t a genre I reach for often enough for it to take up space on my bookshelf.
A series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started and have dnf’d?
A new release you have no interest in reading?
I’m sure I will get around to this book eventually, but I’m not all that bothered about How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories. I really like Cardan as a character, but I’d much rather follow some different characters in Holly Black’s fae world than return to the ones we already know.