Exceptionally this week I’ve decided to focus on Young Adult books, mostly because they are the most abundant in my TBR. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never considered that my TBR on Goodreads was written in stone : indeed I often add books that I end deleting without reading, either because reviewers I trust pointed to things I know I won’t like, or because the author is incredibly problematic.
Yeah, I’m one of those.
a) I wholeheartedly believe that we can’t separate authors from their art (you can agree to disagree – but I’ll warn you : you won’t change my mind). Given the numbers of books released every year, I’d rather not give my money to awful people, if that’s okay with you. I make – rare – exceptions for some classics, though.
b) I have a limited time allocated to books, therefore, yes, absolutely, I will use the reviews I find to help me make an informed choice. Isn’t it their very purpose?
Finally, when it comes to series, sometimes I just didn’t like the first book enough to go through the hassle of reading the sequel. Because I don’t hate myself, so.
So, yeah. My lost-interest shelf in Goodreads keeps growing along my TBR (IT’S SO MUCH FASTER THAN DELETING, HONESTLY), and here are 10 books from it :
➊ Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas : First the number of ships in this series kinda give me a headache (HONESTLY!!!) ; secondly after reading two books from Sarah J. Maas, I can safely say that she’s not an author I’ll ever love : her writing is overdramatic and at times ridiculous, her love-interests far too often on the abusive side, and I really, really, really don’t want to read about this perfect girl who is so fucking spechul that people cannot help but fall in love with her (what is IT with that shit???).
➋ Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson : The thing is, before I even learned how homoantagonist Brandon Sanderson is (and that’s enough for me to NOT want to read his books, honestly), I had already decided that I would never give one of his books the time of a day again : yep, I’m part of those readers who think that his novels are overwinded, too wordy, and did I say boring as hell? See, I love fantasy and I’ve read my fair share of 1K fantasy novels, but never before did the boredom hit me so hard. So, yeah. Not a loss as far as I’m concerned.
➌ The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson : Look, I’ve managed to finish the first book and I’m still unsure how. I won’t do this too myself again, c’est au-dessus de mes forces.
➍ Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima : Oh, sorry. For one second here I forgot that this book didn’t exist (source : my heart who’d like to stay in one piece, thank you very much).
➎ Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater : Reviews saved me on this one, and as I have no wish whatsoever to read about a creepy love-interest and a bland slut-shamer, I’ll give it a hard pass. I did read Twilight once. I don’t need a Jacob Edition, to steal my friend Nenia’s words.
➏ The Winner’s Curse by Mary Rutkoski : I just don’t have it in me to read yet another novel in which the main character slowly comes to the realization that slavery is, you know, bad, because she falls in love with a slave. I’m sorry, but I won’t be stuck in the head of a self-centered asshole who needs to form a special bond with someone to discover human decency and that people of color are people too. Just nope.
➐ Amy & Roger’s epic detour by Morgan Matson : I actually read 10% of this book… in the span of 3 years, so I’ll take this as a sign that no, really, I’m not interested in these one-dimentional characters and merely thinking about going on a road-trip with them reminds me I’m claustrophobic.
➑ All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven : I’ve read enough reviews that pointed how suicide was romanticized, I tend to find these books – like the The Fault in Our Stars -extremely manipulative and fake, and I’m tired of romance novels using illnesses – mental or otherwise – as props in such a disrespectful way, so, no. I will not do this to myself.
➒ What We Left Behind by Robin Talley : Many reviews pointed how problematic the representation was (trans MC), not to mention extremely biantagonist & homoantagonist. I think that’s the kind of books that reaffirm why reading #ownvoices novels is so important, and I’ll do that instead.
➓ The Maze Runner by James Dashner : Two birds with one stone with this one : first many reviews from trusted friends confirmed that I wouldn’t be the good audience for this book ; secondly the sexual harassment accusations against James Dashner … don’t make me want to give him money. Ever. Ugh.
What are the books on your TBR that you’re no longer interested in reading? Tell me in the comments!