*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?