I cannot believe that it is Top Ten Tuesday’s ten year anniversary! It is incredibly just how many blogger participate each week, and I cannot tell you how many blogs I have found through the meme over the years. For this week’s prompt, I am going to redo one of the TTT topics that I wrote about in early 2018, and that is books I am no longer interested in reading. I was looking back at the books I talked about in that first post, and I have indeed removed them all from my TBR and still have no interest in reading them. I remove books from my TBR quite regularly, but I never talk about them here- this has given me the perfect opportunity to do so!
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
I have had Alex, Approximately sitting on my shelves for three years now, and I have had no inclination to pick it up. To me, that is a sign that I never will. I have attempted to read one other book by Jenn Bennett, and I could not get through it. I just don’t think that her books are for me. I know that so many people adore her novels, and I have a teenage neighbour who I just discovered loves to read, so I will happily pass it along to her! It seems like a perfect book for her to read this summer.
Artemis by Andy Weir
I knew that there was no way that Artemis could live up to The Martian, but it has received so many mixed reviews that I am no longer interested in reading it. I normally try not to be swayed by negative reviews, but many reviewers I trust have pointed out things that I don’t think would sit right with me, and I also have so much SciFi on my TBR that I would rather prioritize those books. I know that Rosario Dawson narrates the audiobook, so that could change my mind, but for now I am removing it from list.
Until it Fades by K.A. Tucker
I really want to love K.A. Tucker’s books, because they get a lot of love in the bookish community, but after two attempts I have realized that I just don’t get along with her writing style or her characters. There was a lot that did not work for me in The Simple Wild, and that is her most popular book, so I think it is best to just remove Until It Fades from my TBR.
Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
I read the first book in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, went it first came out and I really did enjoy it. However, since then I have never been tempted to continue on with the series. I have seen a lot of mixed reviews for the rest of the books in this series, and I am not a huge series reader to begin with! If I am going to invest my time in a series, I want to make sure that it is one I am going to love.
Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
I love the idea behind this series, and I thought that the first book did some interesting things, but I have simply lost interest in them at this point. I love Marie Lu’s writing and I need to read more from her, but that is not enough to make me want to continue on with this series.
The Power by Naomi Alderman
The premise of The Power is very intriguing, but I have been told that the execution is not great. I have heard that it is difficult to become invested in the characters, and that is a must for me, especially in a book like this one.
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
I purchased Leah on the Offbeat the day that it released, and then the reviews started coming in. So many people disliked Leah and pointed out that there was little to no character development. One thing that struck me as overdone in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was the amount of Harry Potter references, and I have heard that there is even more of that in here- there is something about that that makes me cringe if it is too much.
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
The mistake I made here is that I watched the movie first! It is not often that I watch the movie and then read the book. The whole thing has already been spoiled for me! I know that the sequel comes out in July, and I am definitely intrigued by that one. I am curious to see what the author does with the story, as it has been six years since Bird Box was first published.
One Day in December by Josie Silver
I attempted to read One Day in December when it first came out and everyone was talking about it, but something about the plot made me uncomfortable. I sometime enjoy the love-at-first-sight trope, but I just didn’t buy it in this one!
My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton
This may come as a surprise considering how much I loved the first book in the series, My Lady Jane. I have noticed that many readers have been disappointed by the rest of the books in the series, and I do not want them to affect my feelings about the first book. It is in no way surprising to me that the other books cannot live up to the first one- this is a kind of satire that is very difficult to pull off!
I would love to know your thoughts on any of these books! I could definitely be swayed into leaving a couple of them on my TBR.