Saturday, February 24, 2018

Books I Don't Plan on Reading

Hi, friends! So I watched a booktube video the other day called Books I Will Not Read. (Here's the video if you want to see it.) And it got me thinking about the books that I've decided I'm just...not planning on reading. So I figured I'd make a post about some of them!

Before I get into this, a quick note: the bottom line of all this is that my personal preference steers me away from these books. I'm not choosing them because I HATE them or think badly of anyone who enjoys the books. I, personally, just don't plan on reading them.

Okay? Okay. So here goes!

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places

This book is actually why I'm making this post. It's the first book that comes to mind whenever the topic of 'popular books I don't want to read/haven't read' comes up. I know a lot of people loved this book. It resonated with them, gave them feelings, etc. However, the subject matter alone makes me hesitate with this one. I'm *very* picky about which books tackling this topic I actually read. But then, I've also read a spoiler about what happens in the book and....well. Yeah. All the Bright Places is Not For Me. 

The Lightning Thief (& the entire Percy Jackson series) by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

I'm really bummed about this one because I've heard glowing things, but I think I just missed the boat on it. If I'd picked it up when I was younger, and I SO SURE I would have been super into this book and series. Now, though, I think my reading tastes are a little older. Therefore, I have no current plans to read this series. That said, if at some point in the future I get the urge to pick these up, I totally will!

The Becoming of Noah Shaw (& the entire Shaw Confessions trilogy) by Michelle Hodkin

The Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions, #1)

I *really enjoyed* The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. And I still need to read/plan to read the last two books in that trilogy. But based on things I've seen about this book, Noah Shaw's continuation is very much not up my alley. So I plan to sit this trilogy out. *shrugs*

The Continent by Keira Drake

The Continent (The Continent, #1)

There is such a mess surrounding this book. It has a racist premise, the author has been accused of sexual harassment... and, honestly, The Continent doesn't sound amazing anyway. I'd rather spend my time reading other things. 

This is War (& the Checkmate duet/...series?) by Kennedy Fox

This is War (The Checkmate Duet #1)

So I'm actually kind of mad about this one. Because everyone--and I mean EVERYONE--on Instagram went wild for this series. "Such great romance!" they said. "The couple is perfect for each other!" they said. "So many swoons!" they said. Well. HA. HAHA. HAHAHAHA. Because no. I knew this was a hate to love romance, but how far that hate goes...nope. Not for me. I'm being vague in case any of y'all haven't read it and want to so I don't spoil it. But based on many reviews all saying the same certain thing(s) happen in this book/duet, I am so not interested. I'm not sure about the rest of the Checkmate series. I know it's a set of three duets with three different couples, but if the first duet contains things that I hate, I'm wary of the other two duets, you know?

(Sorry, kind of, for that little rant. Heh.)

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

The subject matter of this novel makes me cautious in and of itself. But based on what I've heard, this book is just Not For Me. At all. Like, not even a little bit. Partly because of how it ends but also because it's so sad. I don't plan to read this book, and I don't plan to watch the movie...regardless of the fact that so many people are like IT'S GREAT. Maybe it is, but I don't think I'm going to enjoy it. *shrugs*

Okay, so that's a few books I don't plan on reading. Sorry (kind of) if any of your favorites made this list. I'm glad *you* loved them even if I don't think I will! Now tell me: 

What books do you not plan on reading??


  1. Some of my favorites are on your list, just shows that we all have such different tastes. It's great that we have many choices, right?
    I'm not a fan of fantasy, so I tend to avoid those books I see all over the blogs like Court of Thorns and Roses.

  2. I rarely say I won't ever read a book because there is a chance that I might eventually read it, just never know. =) There are a lot of books that probably won't make my tbr but because my tbr is so overwhelming, I usually forget about the ones I don't care to read. And as I learn more about some books and how they deal or don't deal with issues, I'm sure there will be some that I will just avoid.
    That said, I do agree with you about The Continent and Me Before You (that one is just not a type of book I'd normally read anyway)
    I used to avoid romance and a lot of the NA books but now that I've read a few and actually liked them, I will read more of them!
    I like hearing why someone might not read a book. So often you always hear why they will but because we are all so different, sometimes hearing a why not is more helpful. (hope that makes sense!)

  3. Thanks for sharing this list. I have a couple of the same books on my list such as the Becoming of Noah Shaw.

  4. Well at least you can honestly say it's not for you, of course not every person can like every book. And this is a lot better than those who completely bash an author because of a book. I cannot stand someone like that.

  5. I actually enjoyed All the Bright Places and Me Before You, but I wouldn't read those books just any time (I have to be in good place to read books like those). I so want to read Percy Jackson but it just seems like such a big undertaking and also a bit confusing to me. I'm not very knowledgeable about mythology.
    I don't necessarily have specific books that I already know I don't plan to read but, given my experience with what I've read of Sarah J. Maas (ACOTAR and ACOMAF) and Victoria Aveyard (the first two Red Queen books), I probably wouldn't read any more of their books. I found Maas' books to be way too long and mind-numbingly boring. Red Queen was okay, but I felt like I'd read several of the books that it was drawn from. It just wasn't altogether original.
    Mainly, I stay away from really erotic stuff and/or bdsm-themed books though. So I guess I won't be reading the final Christian Grey POV book. Just not my thing!