Hyped Books I Won’t Be Reading

We all know those books. The ones EVERYONE seems to get the second they come out. The books that fill up your Instagram/Twitter/Favebook feeds and incite squeals in bookstores and crazy preorders.

Believe me, I have been the overexcited girl snatching up copies of the newest installment in my favorite series. I’ve been to release-day book signings and midnight release parties (for Harry Potter, duh) (side note: why don’t we do those anymore?). I have participated in THE HYPE.

But there are a few books I just don’t want to read. At all. And, finally, at the age of twenty six (almost twenty-seven, ugh), peer pressure is not getting to me! To be fair, I have read other books in these series/by these authors. So I’m not dismissing them blindly. I’m just not a fan. And I won’t read them. I won’t! Don’t hate me.(I realize this is a pretty controversial post, since most of these books are very recent releases, and have been getting rave reviews.)

Okay, here are the books:

  1. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I lost interest about twenty pages into the fifth book of The Mortal Instruments. I’ve tried to read it twice, and I just can’t. I’m with all those people who think it should have ended after three books (see what happens when you get greedy?). Also, I really (really) don’t like Cassandra Clare. I don’t think she’s a very nice person, and if I’m being honest, her writing is not the best. So I have absolutely no desire to read Lady Midnight or any of her other books. #sorrynotsorry
  2. Soundless and/or The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead. I have read the entire Vampire Academy series. And I liked it. But not in a “these are amazing books” kind of way. I liked them in a “ooh, I want to see what happens”/guilty-pleasure romance kind of way. I didn’t hate Mead’s writing, but I also didn’t think it was anything special (probably because grad school has ruined me and my ability to read without being ridiculously critical), and I’ve heard mixed reviews about her two newest releases. So I think I’m just going to stick with Vampire Academy (for now).
  3. The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh. I wanted to love The Wrath & The Dawn so badly! But I almost DNF’d it. It was so disappointing, especially after having heard everyone else rave about it. I ended up skimming the ending (because I am a compulsive book finisher, no matter how long it takes me). And it just didn’t wow me. So I really don’t feel like reading The Rose & The Dagger.
  4. The Young Elites by Marie Lu. In case you don’t already know, I am not a fan of Marie Lu’s Legend series. I read the entire thing. All three books. And I did not enjoy them. (I just had to know how it ended, because I was convinced it would get better.) I didn’t like the characters or any of the relationships. So, as much as I want to like Marie Lu’s writing, I just can’t.
  5. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (and the rest of the series). I was not very impressed by Throne of Glass. I didn’t hate it, but I don’t have a great desire to continue on. So, I’ve decided to just pass on this series. Though I am considering reading A Court of Thorns and Roses. That one is a maybe.

What super-hyped book do you not want to read?

12 thoughts on “Hyped Books I Won’t Be Reading

  1. Interesting list, I am not a huge fan of Cassandra Clare either.
    I didn’t enjoy Anna and the French Kiss, which seems to be an unpopular opinion.

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  2. I feel the same way about The Mortal Instruments. I think it should’ve ended after book 3. I read the first 4 though, but won’t be continuing. I may continue The Infernal Devices, because I did like the first book in that trilogy. I have no interest in the other series though…

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    1. I completely understand haha. Basically, there’s a lot of evidence of her participating (and getting others to participate) in online bullying back when she was just a fan fiction writer online. I did a lot of research about this when I first found out, and it seems to be, for the most part, pretty accurate. It’s hard to find now, because Clare’s lawyers have gotten most of it removed, but if you search, you can find the stories.

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  3. Why is Cassandra Clare not a good person? I don’t really care about any of these books but that fact interests me. Did she do something wrong?

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    1. Whenever I say anything about Clare, I get this question haha. Basically, before she was a big-shot writer, she was a fan fiction writer. And, according to a lot of stories I’ve read (most written before Clare got famous) she was a terrible bully, and basically had a cyber-gang of fellow bullies. There’s a lot of evidence (despite Clare’s lawyers trying to delete it), and it really just rubbed me the wrong way. She may have changed – I just checked her twitter and she comes off as very nice – but I can’t get past the idea of a writer bullying their fans online for disagreeing with them.

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  4. I’ve never had any of these on my list to read, except the Throne of Glass series. I totally get what you mean by the Throne of Glass, but I pushed through and remember enjoying the second a little better, but that’s as far as I got so far.

    I’ve only read the first two (I think) of the Legend series and never got around to finishing it and I’m guessing I probably won’t haha

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    1. Hahaha. I actually didn’t hate most of these books, but I’ve realized I don’t want to spend time reading books that are just “meh” when there are so many books out there.

      I know everyone says the Throne of Glass series gets better, so I might revisit Maas’s books in a year or two. I’m just not really interested right now.

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  5. I have zero interest in Rainbow Rowell’s books after reading and hating Eleanor and Park with every fiber of my being. I don’t want to read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and The Raven Boys series.

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