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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m no longer interested in

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m no longer interested in

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl

Well, some of these choices are vastly different to the ones I’d drafted up months ago. That’s because in the last couple of weeks I’ve been thinking hard about whether to judge a book by its author, and I’ve decided that it’s just not worth the time or the effort to read books by people who I don’t respect.

Not all of these books appear for that reason – some of them are just not to my taste anymore, and I can’t imagine myself picking them up – but some of them are books that I really do want to read… I’m just not going to be able to bring myself to, because their authors are dreadful people.

Let’s dive into it!

10) The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Honestly? I would love to read The Maze Runner. I’ve had it on my TBR for so long, and I even own two complete sets with different covers. But the recent allegations against James Dashner have made it impossible for me to justify reading his books, and although I haven’t had the strength to unhaul them just yet, I’m not going to read them. It’s a shame, because I’d heard great things about them… But I just can’t condone that kind of behaviour.

9) A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

This book is just too long. I’ve been putting it off and putting it off, and I think it’s about time for me to admit that I don’t even feel the need to read it anymore! I feel as though I should, because it’s a popular series, but I don’t feel as though I want to.

8) The Crooked House by Christobel Kent

The Crooked House by Christobel Kent

The Crooked House sounded like it was going to be one of the most exciting debut novels ever. However, I read Kent’s second novel, The Loving Husband, and I absolutely hated it. I should have read The Crooked House first, because now I don’t want to read it in case it’s as bad as her second book!

7) City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

I need to reread the first five books in The Mortal Instruments series to move onto the sixth and final installment. However, they’re all rather large, and I struggled to get through some of them the first time around… So I think it might be time to call it quits and abandon these books.

6) Dark Heart Surrender by Lee Monroe

Dark Heart Surrender by Lee Monroe

I read the first two books in the Dark Heart series before I was even using Goodreads, but I never got around to finishing the final one. When I read them originally I borrowed them from the library, but after finding them cheap in a charity shop I bought my own copies. I think it’s time to unhaul those, though, because I didn’t really enjoy the first two books in the trilogy anyway!

5) Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

When I first read Uglies, I hardly read anything at all. I forced my way through it after a friend recommended it, then didn’t have enough energy to continue on with the series. Since then, I’ve purchased the set of four books, but I haven’t felt inclined to reread Uglies or continue on with Pretties. I know a lot of people love this series, but I don’t think it’s for me.

4) Like Other Girls by Claire Hennessy

Like Other Girls by Claire Hennessy

I loved Nothing Tastes as Good, but with Hennessy appearing to target diverse novels with unjustified one star reviews I’m no longer interested in reading any more of her novels. I’d heard terrible things about Like Other Girls anyway, which is why I’d been putting it off – at least I no longer feel guilty for procrastinating it.

3) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

For the same reasons as James Dashner. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian pops up on ALL the must-read YA lists, so I had it on my TBR despite not knowing anything about it. I’m no longer interested in it at all, though, and a glad I never bothered purchasing a copy.

2) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

I’ve been putting off Thirteen Reasons Why for a long time, because I was told that its representation of suicide was extremely insensitive. This was further exacerbated by the Netflix show, especially when it was linked to a string of suicides. Combine that with Jay Asher’s ridiculous response to being called out as an abuser… Yeah, my interest in this book is nonexistent now.

1) We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

Joking about suicide is not cool. I already knew I wasn’t interested in Thanks For The Trouble, because it has a manic pixie dream girl and is just generally problematic, but until Wallach acted like a wally I was still planning on giving his debut novel a chance.


If you’re interested in purchasing any of these books, please consider using my Amazon Affiliate link (found in the book’s title). If you’d like to read more about each book, please click their cover: you’ll be redirected to their Goodreads page. Or, alternatively, avoid these books like the plague!


I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday. Have you read any of these books, and if you have would you suggest that I give them a second chance?



  • Greg Hill

    I have The MAze Runner and thought about reading it, but I wasn’t aware of whatever’s going on with Dashner. Yikes I’ll have to google it and see. I did hear about the Tommy Wallach thing though, and having read one of his books prior to that I wasn’t really interested in reading any more anyway. It wasn’t horrible it just didn’t do anything for me.

    13 reasons Why is another one I considered at one time but I’m pretty much over now.

    • Shortly before it happened I tried to get into We All Looked Up, but something about the opening just didn’t grip me. I was planning on trying it again at some point, but it wasn’t a big loss to just dismiss it.

      • Greg Hill

        Yeah that’s the one I read. I thought it was pretty average, don’t think you missed much!

  • OMG allegations against James Dashner? Where have I been?!?!? (under a rock apparently haha) I agree with so many of these, too!

    • I know! I was shocked when I first found out, too.

  • Meet The Book World 🌍

    I completely agree with you – I just can’t separate a book from its author, because even though I might like the novel itself, I’d be actively supporting someone I don’t respect. Great post!

  • I’ve never got onto the Sarah J Maas bandwagon either. On the surface I should have liked them, but I just never have. I hear you about Asher and Dashner. It’s troubling how they’ve got away with this, but I’m glad the truth has come out.

    • I’m also glad. It’s upsetting that they’ve been getting away with it for so long, but I’m glad that they’re being forced to reconsider their actions now.

  • Great list, Alyce! I totally agree with what you have said about not wasting time reading books by people I no longer respect. I was due to be on a blog tour for a book with James Dashner this week and I was so pleased when the publisher cancelled, especially as I was about to email and withdraw anyway!
    I read the first book in the Maze Runner a few years ago but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would so the rest of that series is on my list today!

    Here’s my TTT.

    • I’m so glad to hear that the publisher cancelled the blog tour. Even though James Dashner is a HUGE name in YA, he needs to be held accountable for his actions and it’s brilliant to see that that is being done.

  • Bron

    I’m with you on the point about not reading books by authors I don’t respect! I also have a similar issue with being put off by needing to re-read a few books before I read the next one in a series!

    • I’m one of the only people who feels the need to reread series before the next book comes out – nearly everyone else I’ve spoken to can remember EXACTLY what happened, so they can just dive straight in without a care in the world. It makes me so jealous.

  • Barb(Boxermommyreads)

    I watched 13 Reasons Why and didn’t have much issue with it but I’m an adult and I don’t know that I would want my kids watching it (if they were human kids – the pups, I don’t so much mind 😉 However, I have no desire to read the book and really never did. I’ve seem some of the Asher stuff lately too and can see what that would add to putting it off. I read ACOTAR and didn’t love it but MAY continue one day. I picked up the sequel for $2.00 at a sale on day so if I want to, it’s there. I just don’t like Feyre much. Too many good books so I agree, don’t waste your time!

    • I didn’t have a problem with Feyre, even though she was quite forgettable… There was just something about the world building that seemed a little flat, and I was really pumped to read book two because I thought that would flesh it out a bit more, but now I’m thinking that probably should have been focused on in the first installment instead.

  • Wendy Falconer Gassaway

    Yeah, I was really disturbed to hear what some of these authors have been doing. I kind of hated 13 Reasons Why, which I read back when it was new(ish), and Maze Runner was boring, so it’s no sacrifice to say never again with those two. You’re not missing much with the Wallach either. But Alexie has long been a favorite, so it makes me very sad.

    As for the others–I’ve never been able to get into Maas. I read the Clockwork series by Clare and liked some of it pretty well, but not enough to go out and read her other works. I really enjoyed Uglies, but got progressively bored with the series. All in all, I think you are JUST FINE not reading any of these!

    • I’ve heard so many amazing things about Alexie Sherman’s writing, so it is extremely disappointing to then discover that he’d do something like that.

      Glad to hear that I’ve made good choices – I felt as though I was probably going to end up regretting some of these picks, but looks like I did a good job!

  • I’ve unhauled Dashner and Asher’s books as soon as I got home that particular day. I will not support authors like that in any way. However, I do have to say that the show topped the book for me. Personal opinion. For me the show is simply way more straightforward when it comes to the consequences of certain actions. Doesn’t really come across that clearly in the book. [Yes, I’m aware there are problematic things about both the show and the book, but still.]

    Too bad you’ve written off ACOMAF! It’s seriously my favorite book of the three so far and I flew through it. Maybe you’ll change your mind someday? [Me keeping my fingers crossed for that, haha.]

    • I’m also keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll change my mind on ACOMAF! It’s just difficult to find the time for it, but I gave ACOTAR five stars and was desperate to get my hands on the second book as soon as I finished it. Why did that have to change? D:

      I haven’t been able to unhaul them yet – because I’ve wanted to read them for so long, it feels difficult – but I KNOW I’m not going to read them so I just need to get a wiggle on and do it. It’s interesting that you enjoyed the show more than the book, though: my boyfriend hated both and only wants me to read/watch it so he can see if I agree that both are bad!

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian still remains on my TBR but it’s been on there for YEARS. Maybe someday? Maybe not.

    • Hopefully you’ll enjoy it if/when you read it!

  • I’m not that bothered by reading Sarah J Maas books now. I’ve been a bit bored with her books recently. They’ve become too long for my attention!

    • I was really interested in Throne of Glass, but then the fourth one came out and it was three times the size of the first book (and they just keep getting longer!). I find it hard to believe that all of the content is necessary – I’m sure they could have been chopped down more before publication.

  • Bree

    I’ve read the first 3 books in the Mortal Instruments series and although I own 5, I don’t own 4 so I’ve kind of just come to a halt with them and I’m not even sure if I’m going to continue. They’re okay but it feels like another series that just inserts twists to spin it out probably longer than it needed to be.

    • That’s EXACTLY what The Mortal Instruments does! Everything’s going smoothly and then OH WAIT YOU DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING, DIDYA?!? but then within a couple of chapters it’s all resolved – lots of unnecessary drama which could have been cut.

  • Can’t blame you for skipping Dashner and Asher. I won’t be picking up either of them. I heard about Wallach in passing, but was never interested in his book and after everything, it just solidified I’d never pick up anything by him.

    • I was vaguely interested in Wallach’s first book, but the second and third have both sounded dreadful so I’m glad I’d already dismissed him as an author!

  • Poinsettia

    I’ve seen Maze Runner on a lot of lists today. I’d like to read some Sarah J Maas, but haven’t found the time yet. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

    • I’m glad I’m not the only person who’s no longer interested in reading them. I thought it was going to be a very unpopular choice!

  • I haven’t read any of these. But yes, I wanted to read The Maze Runner and ACOTAR series at some point. I am not sure though when that time will come 😛 I even have the physical copy of ACOTAR series 😛
    I loved Thirteen Reasons Why and the show was even better. But I guess, many people don’t want to read it anymore because of what the author did.

    My TTT:

    • I have physical copies of the ACOTAR series too, but they take up so much room on my shelves that I am extremely tempted to unhaul them!

  • Destiny @ Howling Libraries

    I took The Maze Runner off of my TBR because of the abuse coming to light, too. 🙁 It’s so sad that nowhere in our world is safe from people like these abusive authors!

    • It’s awful – I always thought that children’s publishing would be a safe environment, and to know that there are people who have been abusing that assumption for years is terrifying. I just hope they get their reckoning.

  • Yeah, 13 Reasons Why does seem like an insensitive approach to suicide.
    The Maze Runner is another one that isn’t on my TBR list.

  • I saw ‘Maze Runner’ as a film adaptation, but didn’t like it well enough to prompt a reading of the novel. Because of this, I doubt I’ll read it. 😀 Despite its immense popularity, I don’t see myself ever reading “13 Reasons Why” either. It just seems too depressing of a story. Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland!