Happy Tuesday Everyone!
It’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday. Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at the Bionic Book Worm and is now hosted by Meeghan at the Meeghan Reads. And this week’s topic is: Top 5 Hyped Books I’m Not Interested In Reading.
I had a bit of a challenge coming up with my titles for this list generally because when I hear about books that don’t sound particularly interesting to me I tend to not think about them much, even if they are everywhere. Now I have been proven wrong before and books that I didn’t think would be right for me have actually been books I ended up enjoying quite a bit once I picked them up, my recent slew of romance books is a good example. But there are still plenty of book topics that just don’t appeal to me at all or that I will actively avoid. So, in this list I have tried to pick out some books that are representative of the type of books that I don’t care to read or that I steer clear of.
1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This book has probably made it to so many top YA books lists but I just have no desire to pick it up, even though I have heard so many people rave about it. I have issues with books about war in general, unless it is some fantasy war for some reason that feels completely different, and WWI and WWII in particular there are so many books out there I know set in WWII especially and I don’t think I have picked up a single one voluntarily. Part of that I think is from school, we read so much on WWII that are unquestionably important books to read but they are just so hard (I am thinking of Night by Elie Wiesel and Number the Stars by Lois Lowry that I think I read in back to back years), that I have never wanted to pick up another book set during the war. I would also put Code Name Verity in this category, even though it sounds like a book that I might really enjoy I have been hesitant to pick it up for years now because of my issues with WWII lit.
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Honestly, this book could probably have been any John Green book, I have never been that big a fan of the realistic YA fiction. But I chose this book in particular because it is probably the most well know of his books and I have actually seen the movie which is how I really know it is not for me. In particular I just have no desire to read about sick kids, so this book any it’s many friends, I saw one on the shelves at work the other day that was titled Sick Kids in Love to which my response was wow that is way too on the nose even for YA, yeah these books can just exit stage left and never darken my TBR again.
3. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
I struggled with this book so much, I think I first heard about it on WSIRN and the person who was talking about how much they enjoyed it was describing it is such a way that sounded a lot like how I talk about the books that I love so I had pretty high hopes for it. I did check it out and started it, this is the only book on this list that I have actually checked out/read some of, but I only got a chapter or so in and really wasn’t that into it. Then I actually got the first three books from the library book sale thinking I would give it a second shot. But I also heard some more reviews from some people who didn’t like it specifically for how it treated the female characters which I really didn’t like the sound of. And I just recently decided to get rid of my books after reading the synopsis which confirmed my sense that it was not the right book for me.
4. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
I picked this book for a few reasons, when I heard about it on WSIRN it sounded so compelling and at the same time absolutely not the right book for me. I still have yet to read any Kristin Hannah even though I know she is a pretty popular writer and she has made it to Netflix now too, and I have actually been thinking of reading Firefly Lane. But this book I don’t think I could handle it. First cause I really have a tough time with abusive relationships and I steer clear of books that have one they are something that can ruin a book for me even if I liked it otherwise. I really am not a fan of the tension. I also am not a fan of the wilderness adventure genre, I considered picking The River by Peter Heller for this category too, they tend to be on the tense side and I find them particularly tense. I especially have a problem with cold/Arctic wilderness, I don’t know exactly what it is about that but it just creeps me out (maybe I should blame Game of Thrones for that).
5. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
I had to include something Dystopian on this list, well beyond Red Rising which has it’s own long back story. And given how huge this book has been the past few years it seemed like the right book to pick. You know the first few books in this genre that I read I enjoyed a fair amount, I still like Divergent even though I have some serious issues with the sequels that I am still fuming about years later. But then things just went way over the top, there are so many now and I never really liked the classic dystopian books to begin with so I am just not going there anymore.
Happy Reading Everyone!