Ten Books I Will (Probably) Never Read

Posted May 5, 2015 by Debby in Uncategorized

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Though I have an extensive TBR list, the list of books I won’t read is about just as long, probably. Now, some of these picks will be obvious, but some may surprise you.

Fifty Shades of Grey Paper Towns I Was Here

1. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (and its sequels)
Duh? Okay, at some point I might have considered reading this for lols, still trying desperately to understand the fascination, but at our book club sleepover last weekend, we watched the movie (for the same reasons) and me reading this book would be deadly. Either because I’d make it a drinking game and thus drink myself to death, or because my brain would explode from the RAGE at this abusive, manipulative maniac. Seriously. Seriously.

2. Paper Towns by John Green
I KNOW. I love The Fault in Our Stars, for the record, but my John Green experiences went downhill from there. An Abundance of Katherines was meh. Looking for Alaska was ugh. And by then I saw John Green’s pattern in his storytelling. I’m not interested in experiencing the exact same thing another time.

3. I Was Here by Gayle Forman
I’ve read both of Forman’s duologies, but of the four books, I’ve only liked Just One Day. I LOVED that one, but I’ve realized it’s a fluke. Forman doesn’t work for me. And I realize that makes me a super black sheep but I dunnnn currrrrr.

Falling Kingdoms How to Love My Heart and Other Black Holes

4. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
I had this on my TBR for a long while, and the opinions on this are pretty polarized. But I’ve heard that the characters are cardboard cutouts – from multiple sources. And I can’t force myself through a high fantasy series of six books with more than 400 pages each if I don’t care for the characters. Book club has tried to put this book up multiple times, but I will keep resisting.

5. How to Love by Katie Cotugno
I know this one is pretty well loved in the YA world, but I do not do pregnancy books. Nope.

6. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
Likewise, this has some raving reviews, but romanticizing depression and love curing depression? Um, no. See this review in particular.

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Fallen Hush Hush Halo Beautiful Creatures

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16 responses to “Ten Books I Will (Probably) Never Read

  1. Still regret reading Fallen and Hush, Hush. What has been read cannot be unread. With the exception of the one I’ve read (I Was Here – and honestly, that was the fluke for me with her books) I totally agree. I have no interest in subjecting myself to the mental torture that is 50 Shades, and I just can’t read anything by Green without getting a bad taste in my mouth. I read Steph’s review of My Heart and it just blows my mind that there’s so much praise for a book that uses all those terrible tropes. And I had no idea How to Love was a pregnancy book, but I already had a gut feeling before I knew – because long-held crushes don’t work for me – so I guess I dodged a bullet there.

  2. I read the first two books from Fallen when I was new to YA and it wasn’t so bad at that time, but the third book was terrible and I never finished it. I kind of regret reading it now, but oh well. I also seem to have most of the books from Hush, Hush..

    I loved The fault in our stars, but I don’t think I will enjoy any of Green’s other work. I’m not interested to try it out. Everyone is always raving about Gayle Forman, but her books don’t appeal to me. I’m still curious about Falling Kingdoms –

    Fifty shades.. Just NO.

  3. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

    If there is anything that discourages me about our contemporary world, it is the popularity of Fifty Shades. Eek. Sad.

    Here’s mine!

  4. Great list! Fifty Shades made my list too, and I put Looking for Alaska on mine. I enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars when I read it, but none of John Green’s other work interests me – I’m tired of Manic Pixie Dream Girls! Judging by your list it looks like angel books in general are a no-no. 😛 Though I must admit I don’t think I’ve read a single good angel book…

    • I actually like angel books – they’ve been the paranormal romances that work best for me. Angelfall, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and Unearthly are all excellent. But Fallen, Hush Hush, and Halo are qualitatively shit books. Just read their reviews. But that doesn’t mean that angels are always bad.

  5. I fully support you in not reading Fifty Shades. I have no idea how I survived that experience (I read all three books) without brain damage. I really enjoyed If I Stay and Where She Went by Forman so I was super excited for I Was Here but I wish I never had picked it up. It was such a terrible book insta-love, annoying and unlikable characters, emotionless writing. I’ve only read TFiOS but I’m the same opinion as you on John Green novels. I really enjoyed Fallen and Hush Hush but then the sequels ruined not only the whole series but the first books too. Ugh. Beautiful Creatures made my list too, though I suffered through two books from the series. Sometimes I so don’t know what is good for me haha.
    Great list.

  6. JJ

    I had Fifty Shades on my list too, nothing could ever make me read that book. I’m of sort of a similar opinion regarding John Green, except (and don’t hate me here), I hated TFIOS and so never want to pick up another one of his books ever again.

  7. 1. Good call. The movie’s really all you “need.” Though you don’t need it at all so. I actually tried to read it once, but only made it to like kiss one. THE WRITING HURT ME.

    2. Another good call. Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska are super similar, and I don’t think it’s worth it for you at all.

    3. Not sure if I’ll bother with this one or not. *shrugs*

    4. Have an ARC of this, so it’s gonna happen and it’s probably gonna hurt.

    5. Nope nope.

    7-10. So very wise.

    Perfection in a GIF.

    • Like, even if I wasn’t decidedly not on team Forman, I’ve heard pretty mehhhhhh things about I WAS HERE. It’s like author not for me + grief based plot not for me + meh reviews = definitely not happening. OH WELL.

      I’m going to be lol-ing forever when you read Falling Kingdoms. HAHA have fun. (It’s about time you force yourself through a bland book for my amusement methinks :P)

  8. The only one on here I’ve read was Beautiful Creatures, which I enjoyed. But by “today’s” standards, it’s pretty ordinary. I did also read Falling Kingdoms and hated it, I hope I was one of the people who told you about the cardboard characters. Run far away. No interest in any of the rest so bravo! Perfect list hahah.

    • Haha, I’ve scrolled through most of my friends’ reviews of Falling Kingdoms on GR, so there’s a high chance that you were one of the ones that pointed that out. FOR WHICH I THANK YOU. I mean, I love fantasy, but it’s sooo dependent on the characters for me.

  9. I can tell you right now that Falling Kingdoms won’t fit your high fantasy needs. STAND YOUR GROUND.

    Though now I’ll try to convince you to read How to Love, because it’s not a pregnancy book, really. There happens to be a pregnancy, but it’s not like the main focus. It’s more about fixing broken relationships, standing up for yourself, forgiving others, and second chances.

    • Look, even if pregnancy is not the whole point of How To Love, it’s a part of the story, and I don’t do pregnancy. Period.

  10. I LOVED The Fault in Our Stars too but haven’t had great success with any of his other books too. Looking for Alaska is the only one of his that I haven’t read but is most definitely on MY list of books I will never read. After trying out Abundance of Katherines and Paper Towns I’ve come to notice that there is a formula to John Green’s stories as well and it’s not a formula I like… I’m just always seeing the same jokes and the same *super* deep metaphors and I’m just like NOPE. Honestly I think Paper Towns was my least favourite out of all the John Green books so you’re certainly not missing out on anything.

  11. “love curing depression?”

    Noping that one the fuck off my wish list. Love isn’t a magic freaking cure CAN WE STOP WITH THIS!!? THE FDA CANNOT REGULATE LOVE, AND IF THEY COULD, I AM PRETTY SURE IT WOULD BE OUTLAWED.

    Man, I wish I had put FSoG on my own list.