I have seen this tag around a lot in the past few days, and it just looked really interesting. It’s kind of the opposite of a lot of the tags we usually see in the book blogging community. Personally, I have been thinking a lot about what I do and don’t like to read, and what I might be ale to purge from my shelves. So it seemed like the perfect time to do a tag like this.

I wasn’t tagged, but I saw it over on Kristin Kraves Books – so go check out her post! This tag was originally created by Nicole (@nicoleandherbooks).

I have a feeling I’m probably going to have multiple answers for a lot of these, so let’s just get right into the tag!

a popular book everyone loves but you have no interest in reading

It’s very rare for me to say I’ll never read something, because you never really know. But I can just about guarantee I’ll never be reading Midnight Sun. And yes, I did read all the Twilight books (and go to a midnight showing of the first movie). But I was nineteen and dumb and now I know those books are not good. They’re not even nostalgic for me, because they’re just cringe-y. So I’ll absolutely not be reading any more from that series.

Even if I’m a teensy bit tempted to read it just so I can make fun of it.

a classic book/author you don’t have an interest in reading

This is a hard one! I have such a love of classic literature that I don’t want to rule anything out. I have a master’s degree in English, can you blame me for wanting to read everything. Even after my bad experiences with Dickens, I honestly want to try and read him again soon, because I think I might see it differently now that I’m older. I also have a problem with wanting to read classics so that I can say I’ve read them. Like War and Peace. Though, to be fair, I ended up really liking Moby Dick, even though I basically read it for the street cred.

I guess if I had to come up with an answer, it would be In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust. It’s just… four-thousand pages. And I don’t know that it’s about. It’s supposed to be amazing, but I seriously doubt any book, regardless of what it’s about, can keep my attention for four-thousand pages. But who knows? One day, I might just be that bored.

an author whose books you have no interest in reading

Like Kristin, I also have to go with Colleen Hoover. I like romance, but I’ve just heard enough not great things about her books that I just don’t really have any interest in them. I’ve found great romance novels elsewhere, so I don’t really feel like I’m missing out. I also kind of have no interest in Marissa Meyer. I think I might have liked her books had I read them as a teenager, but now they just don’t seem like something I’d enjoy.

a problematic author whose books you have no interest in reading

I’m trying to be better about not supporting problematic authors, so there are a lot of these. Unfortunately, a lot of these are authors I’ve already read from and supported in the past, before I knew about the harmful things they’ve said and done (like J. K. Rowling). There are quite a few problematic authors I have no interest in reading. So, instead of picking just one, I’m going to split it into two short lists.

First, the authors that I have read and won’t be reading again: J. K. Rowling, Orson Scott Card, Jay Kristoff, Rainbow Rowell, Veronica Roth, Cassandra Clare, Sarah J. Maas, James Dashner, Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket). And ones I haven’t read, and will never read: Sherman Alexie, Scott Lynch, Jay Asher, Tamora Pierce.

There are probably a lot I left off this list, but you get the idea. I also didn’t include classic authors, because that’s a whole other can of worms.

an author you have read a couple books from and decided their books are not for you

The one author who comes to mind that I’ve read and have no interest in continuing, but not because they’re problematic, is John Green. I read The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns and I think I’m good. They were good, but just not the kind of books I’m interested in reading in my thirties. My reading tastes have changed.

a genre you have no interest in OR genre you tried and couldn’t get into

I genuinely have no answer to this because I will read literally anything. Maybe sports books? I’m not that into them, but I have read a few and I might read them again if it’s the right book. I don’t like limiting my reading options (though sometimes I wish I would, because I wouldn’t feel like I couldn’t get to everything I want to read all the time).

a book you bought but will never read OR a library book you borrowed but returned unread

There are a few books I bought when I was starting out that I plan on getting rid of without every having read. One I can definitely think of that will be going with my purge is Thirteen Reasons Why. I picked this up at a discount bookstore without realizing it was signed. And then I found out more about it (and its author) and just don’t have any interest in reading it.

a series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started but have dnf’d

I have no intention on finishing the Throne of Glass series. The first book was just formulaic YA fantasy and I hated the main character. I’m also probably not going to read the third book in The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden. I wanted to love these books, but I just couldn’t connect to them, so I gave up. I also have no plans on continuing the Outlander series. I liked the first one, but I thought it was fine on it’s own and don’t really have much interest in continuing.

a new release you have no interest in reading

Basically anything by any of the authors I’ve mentioned so far. I guess one new release that you might not expect me to have no interest in is ‘Zikora’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche. This is a short story, but it was published as a standalone. And, while I really enjoyed Dear Ijeawele and We Should All be Feminists, I didn’t love Americanah. I wanted to, but I don’t think Adiche’s fiction writing style is my cup of tea. Also, she just defended Rowling’s anti-trans essay, so she might just end up on the problematic authors I won’t read again list.

Okay, that’s it for this tag! If you want to do this tag, then consider yourself tagged.

Also, I know there are some pretty controversial opinions in this post, and you are allowed to disagree with me. Just don’t be an asshole in the comments. Either way, I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Are there any other book tags you’d like to see me do?

6 thoughts

  1. Great answers. Yes, reading tastes change with age. I’m 58 and can enjoy John Green [again–had he been around when I was young]. Now I am curious to read ‘Zikora’ (which I did download) since I haven’t read her yet. Good, thoughtful post! I’m off to create my responses to this!

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  2. I was surprised to find that I liked War and Peace in a similar way to how I liked Pride and Prejudice. Both include really funny social commentary! So, I’d recommend giving that one a chance 🙂

    Oh no! I can google about Tamora Pierce, but if you can briefly fill me in about why she made your list, I’d appreciate it. I’ve loved her books since high school and saw her give a fantastic, feminist talk at a book festival, so I thought she was one of the good ones.

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    1. I really liked War & Peace, too! Less than Anna Karenina, but still surprisingly good.

      Tamora Pierce isn’t quite as bad as the others from what I’ve read. I haven’t read any of her books, but I’ve seen a lot of info online that she tends to appropriate POC characters and have kind of racist/sexist storylines, especially in her early books. She’s also defended white authors with problematic portrayals of POC characters. She’s definitely not the worst, but at best, I’d say she’s iffy. Since I haven’t read her, I just personally have no interest in starting. But I don’t think it’s bad if you choose to keep reading her. She seems to be trying to improve, which I’m all for.


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