Happy Blogmas Day 5! Today I’m going to be VERY anti-climatic and tell you about all of the books I will NOT buy this Christmas. Book Anti-Haul is a feature I first found on Novel Ink blog. I am conscious this post will contain many unpopular opinions some of you may not agree with. But these are my personal thoughts, so if you want to discuss your different ideas, discuss, I welcome you. But please be respectful towards me and other readers.
This post will be opposite to the Christmas mood in every way. Basically, I will be telling you why I don’t care at all about these books and why I will not promote their consumption. I thought it would be fitting for Blogmas to write about something that is opposite to the frantic feeling Christmas gives us. Let’s put a stop to splurge and massive buying this SEASON! Or at least talk about 7 books out of thousands which are not on my immediate list. Have fun.
-Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
This book… I thought it sounded interesting when I first found out about it, but with some time I lost interest. I’ve heard mixed reviews and opinions, and for some reason, this book is not high on my priorities. This might be one I may consider, but there are just too many other books I am MUCH more excited about buying and reading because their premise excites me more. I’ve read enough retellings this year and I’m not feeling in the mood for yet another one.
The final reason why I will not be getting this book is its cover. I find it boring and I would prefer to buy something that is more exciting + that has an appealing, original and creative cover. I find it difficult to say that I will never read a book, so I won’t. I’ll just tell you I don’t plan on buying it with my own money anytime soon.
-Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill
This is another example of a retelling I have little interest in reading. When this came out, I became interested in it. But then I read MANY reviews saying this book was average or boring and dragging, so my enthusiasm dropped. Only a few months later, ANOTHER Beauty and the Beast retelling, Hunted by Megan Spooner, was released.
By that time all my interest was gone. I know the movie by heart and I’ve also read A Court of Thorns and Roses, so I don’t want to read the same story again, and especially not after hearing that there are not many new elements woven into this classic tale retold.
-One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
This book caused sensation earlier this year; everybody was reading it. I went to Barnes and Nobles in the US during the Holidays and One Of Us Is Lying was everywhere. But I stayed away from it because I’d heard bad things about the ending, about offensive content and harmful representation.
To break the trend, though, I DID try to see what this was about before deciding about not reading it. I read a sample of the first chapters to check it out. Unfortunately, the writing was really not my thing. I found it to be cheesy and cliche. For these reasons, I won’t haul this book.
-Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
I don’t read a lot of Science Fiction, and that is mainly because I don’t like space stuff that much. I’m a huge fan of Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman, but besides that book, everything else I’ve attempted has bored me. Multiple people have told me the characters in this story were boring AF and that the plot didn’t move along. Soo… NO THANK YOU.
-Renegades by Marissa Meyer
I’m going to disclaim this before anyone throws ROCKS at me: I LOVE Marissa Meyer and her science fiction retellings are the only other science fiction I read. I am thoroughly enjoying her Lunar Chronicles series, but I’m not ready for this book yet.
1- I want to finish her first series before buying anything else by her.
2- Reviewers I trust and agree on MANY things with have mentioned this was, unfortunately, a very boring story and unnecessarily long with many scenes where nothing happens. Which brings me to point number
3- This is a big CHUNK of a book! It’s gigantic, and since it hasn’t been HIGHLY recommended to me for its absolutely gripping content, I’m not very drawn to picking it up.
This is a small "maybe" for the long run, but I won’t buy it soon at all.
-This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis
Mindy McGinnis stunned me with her other book, The Female of the Species. That book was one of the most powerful things I have read in my entire life, and it is one of my favorite books of this year. I am totally going to read more from her and get my hands on Not a Drop to Drink and A Madness So Discreet because they really interest me.
But this recent release did not catch my attention. I read the first 5 chapters through Epic Reads First 5 e-mail service, but I did not like them much. I’ve also heard it is a REALLY weird book, and not even Trina from Between Chapters, a huge Mindy McGinnis fan, was impressed by it.
-The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken
Some people have really liked this Middle-Grade tale, but I and Alexandra Bracken’s books don’t exactly get along. I was VERY excited about Passenger, its thrilling, time-travel premise, and the series’s GORGEOUS covers.
I splurged and bought both books in the duology at once, but I was greatly disappointed with it. I dragged myself through all of Passenger and disliked it. You can read my review of the duologyHERE. Wayfarer was slightly better, but not much. Bracken’s writing bored me, and the plot didn’t move along. I don’t feel inclined to pick up this book at all.
I hope you enjoyed this list and hearing my thoughts! Which are some books you have NO interest in buying? What are your bookish anti-buzzwords?
I personally pay a lot of attention to the community’s general thoughts on books, and I am very influenced by the opinion of my most trusted reviewers. How do you decide on which books to read? Tell me in the comments! I’m sorry for the anti-festive post.
More Christmas themed posts will be coming soon! Meanwhile, check out my previous Blogmas articles!
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