The Anti-TBR Book Tag

Hello, friends! I've recently stumbled upon a new book tag circulating the interwebs. I found this particular tag via Regan at PeruseProject on YouTube. The tag originated from Nicole and her books. Essentially, this tag is all about discussing books you do NOT want to read for one reason or another. In other words, prepare to get some feelings hurt mwuhahaha...*cough*

1. A popular book EVERYONE loves that you have no interest in reading?

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I know, I'm a gamer, so I'd love this book. I know, it's just soooo unique. The second book, aptly named Ready Player Two, just came out, so the hype is going to start all over again. It's time I finally jump on the band-wagon, blah, blah, blah....

No. I just don't want to. I don't care to. I read Armada and it was... not great. Please don't come tell me this book is waayyy better than Armada or whataver. I've already heard that one, and it's not enough to make me interested. I guess I just prefer my video games to stay in video game form. End of discussion.

2. A classic book (or author) you don’t have an interest in reading?

I simply do not have a response for this one. I do enjoy reading classics, and will try any of them for the cultural currency they impart, even if the book has a premise I'm not particularly interested in.

3. An author whose books you have no interest in reading?

My reasoning is quite simple. I'm lazy. I don't feel like sifting through all of James Patterson's books to find what suits my tastes. I don't even know where to start, and quite honestly, finding a starting point feels like too much damn work in itself. I'm sure Patterson fans strongly disagree, and may even worship the ground he walks on. I, however, am content living in blissful ignorance.

4. An author you have read a couple of books from & have decided their books are not for you?

I've got two answers here, and they can be summed up in about the same way. Those two authors are John Green and Nicholas Sparks. Essentially, I enjoyed the first books I read from each author... and then disliked the rest for their grossly formulaic and repetitive nature. I'm done giving them chances, and have moved on entirely. No hyped new release is going to change that, sorry.

5. A genre you have no interest in OR a genre you tried to get into & couldn’t?

I'm pretty open to giving any genre a try. I firmly believe that one doesn't dislike a whole genre, they just may need to find books that fit a very narrow margin that the reader does enjoy within the genre. There are genres I don't reach for often *cough* romance *cough cough* but I cannot say I definitively dislike romance books.

6. A book you have bought but will never read? (this can be a book you have unhauled/returned to the library unread)

There are a lot of books that can fit this prompt, so I'll just talk about the most recent unhaul. That would be The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy.

I don't tend to reach for thrillers at the best of times. Within the genre, I'm not sure I've ever read a young adult thriller that I've really enjoyed. I gave The Creeping by the same author a try, which received a low rating. I lost all interest in this book, which ultimately led to its unhaul.

7. A series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started & have dnf’d?

I think I've started The Gunslinger by Stephen King a dozen times before I finally gave up on the series completely. Don't get me wrong, I quite love the poem that inspired this series. However, the two are just too different to predict enjoyment of one another. I can't tell you exactly what it is about this series that doesn't grab me, but I struggle to get invested in the story. I've even tried the audiobooks, but I always fall asleep within minutes...

Sorry, Dark Tower fans. No, I won't be watching the movie any time soon, either.

8. A new release you have no interest in reading?

Ahem... Yeah, no. I'll pass.