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