Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and this weeks is focused on books that we have no interest in reading anymore. A little late, but I live in California so it’s still Tuesday for me! Ultimately, I imagine myself having a hard time with this one simply on account of the fact that I really don’t like to remove books from my TBR since I added it for a reason, however I do have a few I can add to this list. Let’s see if I can make it all the way to ten!
And the winners (or losers, I guess?) are:
10. Shadowsong by S. Jae Jones
I just don’t see where this book could possibly go. And ultimately I feel like continuing the series is just going to make my experience with the book worse. Wintersong wasn’t a great book in my opinion by any means. It was decent, I enjoyed the first half. But I just couldn’t stomach the second half. And I think, ultimately, it ended well enough that I never pictured there would be a sequel. And I think, simply on account of the fact that I hated the second half of the first book, I don’t really see much point in bothering to read the second one.
9. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
I haven’t read it by now and at this point I doubt I ever will. There was nothing wrong with the series and I fully support and understand why people like it, I just never actually got into the book for some reason. I can’t fully explain why. I never fell in love with the characters, in fact I barely remember them. And if I were to go and read this book, I’d have to reread the first one and that just doesn’t sound all that appealing to me.
8. Glass by Ellen Hopkins
I had this entire series on my TBR for a while and finally got around to reading the first one a few months ago. And I just didn’t like it. Since I’m fully aware of the fact that these books all follow a very similar pattern and theme, I don’t see myself bothering with them. Put simply, the books aren’t for me.
7. Withering Rose by Kaitlyn Davis
I was really disappointed by the first book in this series, Gathering Frost. I think the world building was brilliant, but something in the writing just let me down. And looking back on it, I was rather excited to read the second book because I really enjoy fairytale retellings, but the further I got into Gathering Frost, the less interested I became. And ultimately I just don’t think I care enough to bother.
6. The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One by Amanda Lovelace
Lovelace had a lot of problems in her first poetry book. The best thing about it was the title and maybe two or three poems. But ultimately it just didn’t live up to the hype that it got. And I dunno, maybe her poetry ability has improved…but part of me very much doubts it. I’m not particularly interested in reading her new book, though I suppose I might take a glance to see if her poetry is something more than just line breaking all over the place for no apparent reason.
5. Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Ugh, sometimes I feel like the only one who was greatly disappointed with Caraval. The plot was just ridiculous. None of it made sense, there was a disgusting insta-love to deal with, and to top it all off wtf was up with those deaths? I just…no. It was awful and I can’t understand the love this book has. Naturally, I have no interest whatsoever in reading the sequel.
4. Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
I recently DNFed this book due to poor writing, character butchering, and awful plot development. I spent far too much time on this book, a lot more than I ever should have. Nearly three years worth of occasional reading time wasted trying to complete such a terrible story.
3. Stain by A.G. Howard
I gave Howard so many chances to impress me with her books. Why? I loved the covers. It was so not worth it. After finishing Roseblood, I’ve sworn off Howard and her books because I just keep getting disgusted and disappointed no matter how many times I keep trying to give her another chance. I have a lot of issues with the way she portrays mental illness, the writing in general, and the terrible plot lines/awful characters. And I’m just done.
2. The Crown by Kiera Cass
Ah, this one just sucks because I really liked the idea for The Selection Series, but Cass went and ruined it all with a love triangle that never needed to be there. I suppose I should have known from the start that was the path she was going to take, but I just couldn’t deal with the absolute unrealistic fickleness of the main character. I hated that Cass completely destroyed my ability to like the main character by cheapening both the girl herself and the legitimacy of any love she could have for anyone. It was just dumb and I kept reading in hopes that Cass wouldn’t go with the ridiculous and stupid pairing, but she did. And then somehow everyone was totally okay with it? And it just got worse when she continued with their daughter, so yeah…giving this up.
1. Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
You’ve already written two books and two novellas too many for this series, why is there a fourth one? Here’s my problem. I loved the first book, Shatter Me, but I hated every other piece of writing in the series. The first book was brilliant (a little purple prose-y, but still great). And then books two and three happened, the novellas happened, and I just couldn’t stop cringing. Not only was there an annoying and unrealistic plot line with yet another stupid af love triangle (why do love triangles keep popping up? I’m SO sick of them), but the themes of abuse and the excuses for forgiving abusers killed me. We really just don’t need more of that in literature. Not unless those themes end with the character realizing how abusive it all was and running away like the plague is after them. And I’m sorry, but Warner was an awful abusive creature from the start and then somehow Adam up and joined him. The awful flip flop of personalities made little sense to begin with, but it also just destroyed everything good about the series. A fourth book? Yeah…it’s a no from me.