Books I’ll (probably) Never Read Tag

*Warning: this post is a complete mess. Proceed with caution.*

I’m sorry I haven’t posted all week, my mum’s on vacation so I’ve had to look after my little brother and haven’t had any time to write or post or anything. I’m still super busy because life (seriously, it never stops. Like, umm, time, can you maybe stop for a sec?? I’d appreciate a break, thanks), but I did say tags every Friday (/very early Saturday morning lmao), and if there’s one thing I can do, it’s pressure myself into keeping a promise I made to 20 or so people on the internet 😛

Ok, but seriously, if there’s one thing you’ll all learn about me, it’s that I can be very salty and very snarky towards books I don’t like. And ever since I started reading critically (like a year ago lol (I’m only 17, cut me some slack)), I’ve actually started rating books lower than 4 stars. So we will definitely get to a point where I’m posting a negative review, or talking about my unpopular opinions, or just in general being a negative twat, and I feel like y’all aren’t prepared for that side of me yet. So I figured I’d ease you into it with this tag; I haven’t actually read any of these books yet, so I won’t be straight-up trashing them, but this won’t be a sweet and positive post about all my favourite books. (And also, there’s only five questions and omg I have so much shit to do right now because apparently time doesn’t just stop for people when they ask it to??) So let’s get into the questions:

1. A really hyped book you’re not interested in reading.

Oh wow, there’s so many. To name a few:
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton: I was intrigued by this book when I first heard of it, especially because the world seemed to be inspired by New Orleans, and I’ve always loved the culture of New Orleans. However, as time goes on, the less interested I am in the actual plot of this story, and, from the blurb alone, I kind of feel like the MC is just going to be this selfish, ignorant snob, and I’m not really here for that. Not to mention the whole bury your gays scene within this, which in itself should be buried. I know that that’ll properly piss me off, so I’m just not going to put myself through that.
My Lady Jane by a bunch of authors: I wish I had more to say about this one, but I’ve literally just never been interested in it. Historical fiction is not really my genre in the first place, and this isn’t even one of those historical fiction books that low-key intrigues me. It sounds like the kind of thing that’ll either put me to sleep or piss me off, so no thanks
November 9 by Colleen Hoover: Not even joking, the first 4 reviews of this by my goodreads friends are 1-star, and the next 7 are 2-stars. If that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about why I have zero interest in picking this book up, then I don’t know what will. But honestly, I’m not really interested in ever reading any of Colleen Hoover’s books, and if I do ever decide to pick one up, it will most likely be because I feel like torturing myself.
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken: From what I’ve gathered from the synopsis, this book is just two people, probably falling in love, on a boat for 500 pages? Um, snooze. Plus, I think this is set in the 18th century, and, as I’ve already mentioned, I don’t like historical fiction. On top of all that, literally everyone I know who’s read this book, including people who loved it, said that the ending was massively disappointing, and I really don’t see the point in starting a series knowing that I’ll likely be disappointed by the ending.
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer: Look, ok, I missed the whole Twilight craze. It’s over now, and I’m content without Edward and Bella in my life, so I’ve decided I’m not going to bother with this series. I get that everyone loved this when it came out, but y’all know that if you read it now you’d probably hate it anyway, so why should I put myself through that to satisfy everyone else’s nostalgia? I just don’t care about this series, and I doubt that’ll change if I read it, so I’m not gonna bother.

A series you won’t start/won’t be finishing?

I’m not really into quitting series halfway through. Like, if I start a series, I’ll typically see it through to the end, even if I’m not that into it. I don’t know, maybe I’m just a masochist who loves to torture herself. But, I can think of one series that I started last year that I really don’t think I’ll be finishing, and that’s the Last Reality series by Jason Segal and Kirsten Miller. I listened to Otherworld (the first book) in January last year because I wanted to try out audiobooks for the first time with a book that I probably wasn’t going to care to much about. The logic was that I didn’t want to listen to a book I thought I was going to love because I didn’t know if audiobooks were for me and I didn’t want to ruin a possible 5-star read. And I still stand by that, even though I have realised that I do love audiobooks. But yeah, Otherworld was fine, but it’s not something that I really care about, and it’s certainly not a series that I’m planning on finishing.

That doesn’t feel like enough of an unpopular opinion, though, and this whole tag is supposed to be preparing you for when I inevitably start trashing all of your favs (I’m kidding, I doubt I’ll trash all of them..just most (no seriously, I’m making myself out to be someone who just hates all the popular books, when, really, I’m trash for most of them. I just have a few v unpopular opinions that I’m not sure y’all are ready for (lmao I’m getting so off topic I’m sorry (Also, I bet I’m the literal only person on the planet who uses so many parenthesis within parenthesis that they have to go back and count how many open parenthesis they have, like, 50 times to make sure they close them all (Ok, I’m stopping now :3))))), so I’m going to give you all a slightly more controversial answer. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Look, maybe one day I’ll reread the original trilogy and decide that I want to continue on with Restore Me, but I doubt it. I’m content with the first three, I don’t need more. I don’t even remember the first three well enough to continue on with a fourth, and I’m pretty sure I’ll low-key hate the first three books if I reread them, so I’m just gonna leave the series as it is.

A classic that you’re just not interested in?

Can I say all of them? Lmao, nah, I actually am interested in a lot of classics, I just tend to pick up every other book before even considering maybe reading one. I don’t know, I guess I’m just an uncultured, stupid pile of garbage? But one classic that I wouldn’t touch with a ten-metre (yes, metre, because the imperial system is hot garbage, sorry America) poll is Moby Dick by Herman Melville. I don’t care about some guy trying to kill a whale for 700+ pages. Like, I get it, it’s a literary masterpiece or whatever, but no thank you. It sounds boring.

Any genres you never read?

I think I may have mentioned this already, once or twice or 57 times, but I don’t like historical fiction. I just find it boring. Like, yeah cool mate, your family’s dying in a war, whatever, snooze. I’m kidding, I’m not completely heartless, I swear. But something about the way that historical fiction is written always bores me to tears. And the actual plots of the stories are never quite as interesting as the blurbs make them sound. And because I couldn’t really care less about history, the genre doesn’t hook me in with it’s setting and atmosphere. So historical fiction just doesn’t really have anything going for it in terms of my reading tastes, so I tend to stay away from it. (And if anyone’s proper into historical fiction, don’t blame me for not liking it, blame my mum. She doesn’t like it, and passed that onto me through, like, genetics or whatever (because that is definitely how reading tastes work).)

A book on your shelves you’ll probably never actually read?

Again, there’s a lot. This entire post is already a mess, so I may as well interrupt your regularly scheduled tag with a fun story about how I have zero self control: so for those of you who don’t know, I live in Ho Chi Minh. I moved here from Singapore a little over 2 years ago now (just to clear up any confusion, I’m originally from Australia), and it was a very big change. One of the biggest changes was the lack of bookstores in Ho Chi Minh. I’m not saying there’s no bookstores, but a lot of them only sell books in Vietnamese, a language I don’t speak, and the bookstores that do sell books in English mostly sell popular backlist titles that I already have or random books I’ve literally never heard of. So it was very rare that I would find books that I wanted or even knew of. Coming from Singapore, where there were bookstores galore, this was a very big change, and I found myself having no idea what to do with myself now that I couldn’t really go bookshopping. So I did what any sane person would do: refuse to accept this and go bookshopping anyway, just instead of buying books that I actually wanted and was excited for, bought all the books in the store that I’d actually heard of because who needs money? Yeah, suffice it to say, I regret stupid younger me’s decisions, and now have a bunch of books in my closet that will probably be donated when we move (am I teasing a future unhaul? Possibly 😉). But three books on my shelf that I probably won’t ever read are:
And I Darken by Kiersten White: Look, as much as I would love to read a book about a morally grey heroine, this is historical fiction, and I don’t know if you guys know this, but I’m not too into that genre? Ok, but seriously, a friend of mine and I were planning on buddy reading this, she started it before me, and literally DNF’d it before I even got the chance to pick it up because it was boring and slow…which is kind of the entire reason I hate most historical fiction books. So I highly doubt that this is the story for me.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: I was going to read this. I was fully intending on it. But then it was just negative review after negative review and now I’m just over it.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Hmmm, Laura doesn’t think she’ll ever get to reading The Book Thief, AKA what is probably the most popular historical fiction book, like, ever? Are. We. Surprised? Seriously, though, I got this because the idea of death narrating a book was just so intriguing that I couldn’t NOT buy this. But, like, historical fiction, you know?

But yeah, those are all the questions. I should probably just change the title of this post to “Trashing historical fiction for 2000 words”, because that’s basically what this is. And you know what the best part about this entire post is? My all time favourite series is set in 1878. Yes, that is right. My FAVOURITE series is historical fiction. You know, that genre I’ve just said I hate 92 times. I give up on myself.

Ok, so this post was a mess, but I started writing this at 12am, so what did you expect? I’m gonna try to post some things OTHER than tags in the next week, so look out for that (assuming I actually manage it). Also, I’m sorry that this post has no pictures or anything, I feel like I’m regressing, but I had no timeeeee. Seriously, you try taking care of a 7-year-old non-verbal autistic kid who is somehow simultaneously the cutest and brattiest kid you’ll ever meet for a week AND take pictures for your blog and write posts and read and be active on goodreads and just in general interact with the bookish community online. It’s not possible. I had to make sacrifices. But on the bright side, my brother is super adorable :))

Ok, well I need to go sleep before I collapse on my laptop (hah, no, I wish, it’s my mum’s old laptop that I share with my brothers), so bye, I guess?

-Laura Herondale

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  1. I. Love. this. post. Please trash my faves for me! Ok but same, I have read the and i darken and book thief, but pure historical fiction books with no fantastical elements or anything? That’s a no thanks from me. A historical fiction with no fantastical elements that come to mind that i read is salt to the sea and I gave it two stars. Thank u, next. Also you are so right in refusing to read my lady Jane. I read it and gave it three stars but that was primarily for its strong beginning and hilarity. Other than that, it’s wayyyy too long and there’s this one male character who is a cesspool of toxic masculinity and he is never challenged! And then the rest of the book just turns into pairing characters off into hetero ships that I didn’t care for. The belles contains the bury your gays trope? I was already not planning to read it because it sounded pretty generic, but now I’m not gonna touch it with a ten metre pole. Speaking of which, ahah I have trouble reading classics too. I do want to read some of them, but when I think about what I want to read next, classics never pop into my mind. And lastly because this comment is sooo long already, i have no interest in twilight too! I know that people are only rereading and liking it now due to nostalgia, and I have no nostalgia for the series, so I’m basically just gonna hate it? I can’t stress how much your posts clear my skin😍 ahah it’s ok if you don’t take pics, your opinions are so funny already ahahaha!!

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    1. Ahahah thank you :)) Lol, don’t worry, I’ll trash all your favs 😛 Ughhh ikr? Like, historical fiction is just so boring. I’d really rather not waste my time on that snoozefest, thanks. But how did you find And I Darken and The Book Thief? I tend to find historical fiction with fantastical elements better than plain ol’ historical fiction, but I still tend to prefer books set no earlier than the past couple of decades. Oh no, sucks that you weren’t that into My Lady Jane, though I am happy to hear that I won’t be missing out on much. I’ve heard a lot about how funny the book is, but I read some quotes in reviews that were supposed to be funny, and I’m not sure whether those quotes just weren’t the best examples of the book’s humour, or if my sense of humour is just different to the authors, but I didn’t find it funny enough to consider changing my mind. And from what you describe about that male character and the excessive length of the book, I reckon I was definitely right in my assessment that this book wouldn’t be for me. Ughhhhh yeah it does. It makes me mad just thinking about it. Can we PLEASE bury the bury your gays trope, like, yesterday?? Thanks. And yes, exactly! Like, it’s not that I’m not interested in some classics, they just never spring to mind when I’m planning on what to read next. I find that with a lot of old series, nostalgia tends to be a big reason why people still really love them. I mean, I’m sure there are actually really good YA series from, like, 10 years ago, or whatever, but most of the popular ones that I know of just have so many reviews by people who read them for the first time recently saying that they’re not up to par, and all the other recent reviews of them tend to be by people who reread them and are nostalgic, so I think that unless I’m REALLY interested in an old series, which is certainly NOT the case with Twilight, I’m just not going to bother. And lmao thank you ❤ It's nice to know that my weird sense of humour is appreciated by someone 🙂

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      1. You’re welcome! And I darken was fine, but I think you and many people would find it boring. It’s a slow build that focuses on developing the characters. And so a lot of people find the main characters, especially lada, annoying so yeah. Personally, I just read and I Darken because so many people said that the sequels were better, so I knew all those things going in and just avoided them.

        I also found the book thief a bit boring because it’s told in an almost episodic format. I first rated in three stars , and then I looked back on the book and the writing was so beautiful that I upped by rating to a four. Basically, historical fiction books are slow, so I think you’re right in avoiding them? Haha

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  2. Okay, but this post has literally given me LIFE. First of all: wishing you luck to take care of your little brother! I do love kids, but I also know how much of a pain in the ass they can be sometimes, lol.
    I’m definitely looking forward to see more of your *salty* side. I am always here to be trashing some favorites, and I do consider myself unpopular opinion queen sometimes, but I won’t be mad to pass the crown, hahah. I think it’s so nice when people share some negative reviews and a less fluffy side of theirs, so I am excited for your upcoming posts.
    The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton is another book I have no intention in reading and for a while there, I almost felt bad to say that. This book got a ton of hype, much due to the black model in the cover, and though I appreciate the representation, I still felt like the cover was kinda cheesy? And the synopsis didn’t excite me in the slightest, so I don’t think I’ll be giving in to the hype for this one.
    I never finished the Shatter Me series either, and I think it’s for the best. I’m pretty sure I’d hate them too, even though I did like the writing style. This is a love triangle with a badboy involved and I am sort of allergic to those (especially badboys), so I’d only read it to be frustrated and I guess I’m not that much of a masochist just yet.
    And I know this is super stupid but I just appreciate a lot you calling out on the imperial system, lol. I have no idea what the hell inches, miles or ounces mean. And the fact that America is kinda like the only country who still uses this? (I’m sure they’re not the only one, but the American people I follow online are the only ones to talk like that lol). I’ll be staying ten-meters away from classics with you.

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    1. Ahaha thank you ❤ And yes, he's the cutest kid I've ever met in my entire life, but my god can he be a brat sometimes when he doesn't get what he wants 😂
      Lol, same. I always really enjoy salty reviews, especially of popular books. There's just something so fun about people trashing books that everyone else loves. And don't worry, I'm sure we can share the crown 🙂 I probably won't be posting that many negative reviews for a while since I'm barely reading anything at the moment 😛
      Omg yes, I completely agree! Like, the cover was nice enough, but it was kind of cliche and looked more like a cheesy romance book than a kickarse fantasy. Like, yeah, the black model was gorgeous, and it's always nice to have people of colour on the covers of books, but that doesn't change the fact that the cover was definitely not my favourite. The synopsis did intrigue me a little at first, but over time I just felt less and less interested, and I wasn't even all that intrigued to begin with. There's just so many other books out there that I'm so much more interested in.
      Bad boys tend to be hit or miss for me. Like, if they're written well and are complex enough, I'll probably love them, but otherwise they annoy the hell out of me. I read Shatter Me when I was far less of a critical reader, and rated the books 3-4 stars back then, so I really don't think I'd like them now that I rate books a lot more harshly, especially because I don't particularly remember liking any of the characters (except for maybe Kenji, but even then, he was just flat comic relief).
      Omg yes! It's honestly so stupid. Like, just switch to metric; it's easier, makes more sense, and literally the rest of the world uses it. I think Canada is the only other country to use the imperial system, but even then, only parts of the country, and official documents and whatnot are metric. The US is basically the only country still using the imperial system and I. Don't. Understand. Why.

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  3. First: I love this post. Second: please don’t read Twilight now, you’re totally right. I read it about four or five years ago and back then, I totally loved it but stopped when they got married because seriously, that was a step too far for me. I tried to read the third book which was my original favorite a couple of months ago and threw it away after one page. So. Third: I’m also not a fan of historical fiction, it also bores me, I can’t connect with the characters and I also don’t like the spoken language, but I can really seriously from the bottom of my heart (sorry I’m really dramatic haha) recommend My Lady Jane. It’s the most hilarious book I’ve ever read and it’s nothing like the rest of the genre! Last but not least, please also read Red Queen! The plot is incredible and the twists and turns are soooo unpredictable!

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    1. Awww thank you ❤ And yeah, I figured that that would be the case. I mean, I get why it was popular at the time it came out, but I’m definitely past all that at this point in my life, and I don’t see the point in reading something just because everyone used to love it.
      Ughhh yeah, people in historical fictions always speak so formally and I just don’t like reading that. I mean I get why, it’s historical fiction, and that how people spoke back that, but we’ve moved past that and I’m glad for it, so I’m not interested in taking myself back to that. As for My Lady Jane, I don’t know, I’m just not sure it’s for me? I’ve read a few excerpts of it and quotes and such in reviews, and I just don’t think I have the right sense of humor to enjoy it? I’m so glad that you loved it though 😄
      I’m not sure about Red Queen. I might read it, just because I own it already and I don’t want it to have been a waste of money, but there’s just so many other YA fantasy books that interest me a lot more, and I’ve heard such mixed things about Red Queen that I don’t think it’ll be worth giving it a try, sorry 😔 But again, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! And who knows, maybe I will end up giving it a shot at some point?

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      1. Yes to the historical fiction! And I get it with My Lady Jane and Red Queen, that type of humor isn’t for everyone and there are a lot of people who dislike Red Queen so that’s understandable!

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