So I’ve steadily been writing a few book tags lately and I’m actually finding them to be kind of fun. I was kindly tagged by Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads, she has a wonderful blog so definitely check her out!
1. A really hyped book that you’re not interested in reading
YA twitter please don’t hate me, but I have no interest in reading this extremely hyped new release book and for a lot of reasons. The first, obviously, is because the synopsis just doesn’t appeal to me at all. I love that there is LGBT representation but there is nothing else about the plot that particularly draws me in.
Which, speaking of representation, I’ve heard good and bad things about it. I’ve seen grumblings that the racial representation in this book is quite bad, specifically that the main characters are part of an invading colonial force fighting with indigenous species with a peppering of white guilt.
…Which is ironic considering this author very visibly rallies against books on Twitter deemed to be problematic for poor racial representation and white savior plot lines, so it seems a bit odd. There have also been rumors that she has attacked readers who leave negative reviews of her book (here and here), and whether or not this is true it just feels like too much drama that I don’t even want to touch. I wish I could be as excited as others for this title but it’s a solid pass for me.
2. A series you won’t start/won’t be finishing
I’ve seen this book series mentioned a lot on blogs and the first book actually still holds over a 4.0 rating on Goodreads with almost 300,000 ratings which is pretty impressive. It’s definitely a well loved book series but I just find myself kind of meh about it?
I’ve read the synopsis and some of the reviews and I just sort of shrug. I’ve found that I don’t usually enjoy YA dystopia all that much being a huge fan of classical dystopia such as The Handmaid’s Tale and 1984. Much of YA dystopia feels watered down to me, full of “special girls” falling in love and bringing down empires… Which just sounds like every other fantasy novel out there in every genre, and it’s just not my thing.
I will say though that I love all of the covers for this book series and find them to be really eye catching. Even though I have no interest in this series I do still admire them from afar.
3. A classic you’re just not interested in
I’m sure a lot of people would probably choose really old classics with archaic language, but I thought I would talk about a well loved modern classic that I have zero interest in reading, and that is On the Road by Jack Kerouac. This book is considered to be one of the best English-language novels of the 20th century and commonly comes up on favorite book lists.
This book is considered to be a defining work of the Beat and Counterculture era of the 1950s. Beat culture is defined by a rejection of conformity and materialism and known as an age of experimentation with psychedelic drugs and sexual liberation. Cool I guess, but not my scene.
Two guys go on a road trip across America… And I just don’t care? Maybe I should care to understand more about each major movement in the United States being a historian, but it just doesn’t sound like one that I’d be all that interested in. I’m probably missing out, actually I very likely am, but with so many other books out there I want to read in my lifetime I just don’t feel the urge to take some of that precious time to read a book that doesn’t appeal to me.
4. A genre you never read
While I’m a pretty eclectic reader there are actually several genres that I actively avoid, such as urban fantasy and western, but probably the one that will make me hit the skip button the fastest are New Adult books. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the occasional romance being a big fan of Historical Romance and the occasional sweet Contemporary, both sometimes delve into sex and I have no problem with erotic scenes in books. However New Adult books, especially ones with muscled naked men splattered all over the cover, just feel a little too vulgar for me. Not to be offensive for those that are fans of NA books, big bulging muscles are just not my thing and are kind of an instant turn off for me, it makes me uncomfortable.
The biggest trope in the NA category that I absolutely refuse to read is the Billionaire Bad Boy. It is so far from what is possible to me and having lived in the lower middle class for most of my life, I don’t like the extravagance of this character archetype. Also since these billionaires are supposed to be “bad boys” they also tend to be assholes and push the boundaries of what is acceptable or even healthy in a relationship. Historical romance has an equivalent as well with the reformed rake trope that is hideously overdone.
5. A book on your shelves you’ll probably never read
Well this is a difficult question not just because I have an absurd number of kindle books that I will likely never get to in my lifetime, but there are several that I physically own that I have no interest in. Trust me, it takes a lot for me to say “I will never read this” because I’ve read entire textbooks, and quite happily too, as part of my studies.
Among some of the books that I have no interest in are several required texts from classes and even a trio of cheesy marriage self help books given to my husband and I from the Navy. Even those I would read over this one book, which was required for one of the most boring classes I ever had to take for my history degree, and that is The Great Devonian Controversy: The Shaping of Scientific Knowledge among Gentlemanly Specialists by Martin J.S. Rudwick. I honestly barely even know what this book is about and was required to have it for a History of Geology class. I’ve flipped through it and the writing seems extremely dry, and there’s just nothing about it that is appealing, from the title to the cover.
Maybe this makes me a bad scholar and the subject matter is actually really great, but I’ll be honest with myself that I honestly regret needing to buy this for a class and have no idea what to do with it. It just sits at the bottom of my shelves collecting dust and I’ll probably never pick it up.
Wrap Up & Tags
For this I will be tagging the following blogs:
…And of course any of you that is reading this and you would like to do this tag for yourself then consider yourself tagged! Thank you all for reading!