Book Tags

Books I Will Probably Never Read Tag

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:

Dora @ Berries and Books
Evelina @ Avalinah’s Books
Karina @ Afire Pages
Zoe @ Zoe Michelle Reads

…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!

8 Comments

  1. Wow, I didn’t know that about the author of 27 hours. Sad to hear that! Read both of those reviews… Don’t know if that sounds good indeed.

    I don’t enjoy YA dystopia much either 🙂

    I actually tried reading On The Road! It totally didn’t work for me. But I think one day I’ll try reading it again, because it’s just a shame that it’s lying around unread in the house, in print form as well 🙂

    Is New Adult solely about romance though? I do dislike those kinds of covers though xD just… nope.

    Oh dang! You tagged me in this, and I found out only accidentally! I didn’t get the pingback. Thank you for tagging me! 🙂

    1. Ah yeah there was no pingback because I linked to front pages for each blog. I always tag folks on twitter, I just hadn’t done it yet since I just woke up.

      I feel the same way about books I physically own, I feel like I should read them since I have them even if it’s something I’m not that interested in anymore. XD

      New Adult I don’t think is strictly romance but it’s kind of gained a reputation for it. Tbh I wish it wasn’t the case since YA is becoming flooded with stories about 20+ characters. To me, the experiences of characters 14-17 tend to be drastically different from 18-21, so I would like better categorization that way.

      As for 27 Hours yeah, I love the cover and I wanted to read it initially just because it was so hyped and I liked the idea of YA Queer Sci Fi. When I actually read the synopsis though I was kinda “meh” about the plot, and then seeing some reviewers complaining I decided to just skip it.

  2. Very odd news about the author of 27 Hours. I hate when things like that happen and when rumors start flying and you never really know who to believe without involving yourself in the drama.

    1. My thoughts exactly! Even some diverse teen bloggers that I highly respect that were thrilled for this title have started bringing up the colonial narrative issues, so it’s made me hesitate. I want more queer rep in books but not at the cost of racial rep. 🙁

      With all the rumors I just prefer not to get involved and skip a book that was already “meh” to me. I like classical science fiction once in a while but I can be really picky about the genre, and I’m undecided on how I feel about YA sci fi.

  3. Oh wow, I had no idea that the author of 27 Hours was being accused of attacking reviewers giving negative opinions! That’s so messed up. I actually am going to be a part of the blog tour for the book, so hopefully, I end up liking it. I’m definitely going in wary of the racial representation since I read Aimal’s review.

    1. Good luck on the blog tour, and I hope that you enjoy it! I was surprised when I read Aimal’s review, and it’s only one opinion sure but that’s what book blogging is for, sharing ideas and how each person interprets a book. 🙂

      I don’t know how true the rumors are about the negative reviews and don’t want people to think that I’m stating the rumors as fact, but they were at least a concerning yellow flag to me.

  4. I have to agree the cover for Red Queen is awesome. And I love that Jane Russel gif XD I loved that movie.

    Romance novels are weird. I don’t read them.. personally but I’ve read a few short stories/articles here and there. But Jezabel did a great history review on romance novels.
    Hopefully this is the article: http://pictorial.jezebel.com/how-harlequin-became-the-most-famous-name-in-romance-1692048963
    Anyways, the conclusion was interesting. The author admitted she loves novels that are less than “feminist” and about how we can like a romance when it isn’t the romance for you. If that makes sense? I probably would rather read a historical romance over a modern day one. Maybe it is the concept of bucking strict codes of the olden days? Dunno.

    Beatnik culture. Ugh and yey! XD I like reading challenging books, but I like them to be short. My husband and I watched Naked Lunch by David Lynch and thought he would be nice to buy me the original book. Oh man…. oh man…. first I tried reading it on a plane and it is quite erotic (and nasty) so I felt so exposed on the plane. Then it is just hard to follow since the author (I can’t be bothered to look it up right now XD) wrote text, cut it into pieces, mixed it up, and rearranged it to make a coherent story, or somewhat coherent. I guess I am still challenging myself to read it, but I think it has totally put me off from reading other beatnik classics.

    1. I can kind of agree with the idea about less than feminist romance novels, there are some that are fun fluffy reads to me even if they weren’t romances I’d ever want for myself. As long as the characters are convincing and the romance is sweet I don’t mind. I think that I just don’t enjoy romance books that are overtly sexual, and so I tend to stray away from NA for that reason. I definitely agree with the idea of bucking strict codes in historical romance though, they’re just plain fun to read and I like the setting. It’s just so far from the present day that it’s fun.

      I’m the same way about challenging books too, I do still like some long books too but I have to feel that it’s worth the time investment for me. Challenging books can be fun too but again the same, just… I don’t want to be reading something I have to struggle with for too long, I already don’t enjoy reading overlong books that don’t challenge me. When I go out in public I am definitely conscious about which book I bring with me like say at work or when I go out somewhere I know I’ll be waiting. I always read a couple of books at a time so I have a choice. XD I usually default to my ereader though since its not so showy and very compact.

      As for Beatnik culture, yeaaaah it’s cool and I’m fine hearing about it or seeing it in movies. But the idea of experimental or books inspired by that era are just unappealing to me. XD I don’t even really like poetry, and poetry was huge in that era.

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