The Anti-TBR Tag!

Okay! So! I cannot sleep right now and I’m maybe a little too wired, but I’m in the middle of drafting out all the wrap up posts I need to have done for the end of the year and getting extremely bored. In my boredom, I went trolling my feed, where I have not been in many a moon, and poking around all the tag posts for one that looked interesting to me.

And, here we are! This one should be interesting for me, because I very, very rarely look at a book and go, “Nope. Not happening. Sorry.”

I was not tagged by anyone, but I saw Stephanie @Adventures of a Bibliophile do this one and leave the tag open at the end, so I jumped right on that! The tag was originally created by Nicole & Her Books.

This should be fun. Let’s get into it!

A popular book everyone loves but you have no interest in reading:

Now, knowing me, I’ll probably backtrack on every single one of these the second someone asks me to give it a go, but on my own I know I will never pick up Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas. I’m reading the books of hers that I already own (and bought because they were a deal and everyone raved about them), but then I’m putting Miss Maas and her Earth and Blood series on my no-no list.

A classic book or author you donโ€™t have an interest in reading:

I love the play(s), I love the movie(s) — I do not want to touch this 1000+ page book with a ten foot pole. I’m sorry Victor Hugo, but Les Mis is terrifying in its own right, and I would rather roast slowly over an open fire than try to read this bad boy at any point in my life.

An author whose books you have no interest in reading:

This is meant to be an author I’ve never read, right?

I’m gonna go with any of Rupi Kaur’s poetry books. I’m just NOT one for poetry, and I have zero interest in ever picking these up.

A problematic author whose books you have no interest in reading:

ONE MISSUS (I had to look this up oops) JOANNE K. ROWLING, WHERIN THE K ISN’T EVEN ACTUALLY PART OF HER LEGAL NAME, GO FIGURE.

I did already read (and worship, unfortunately) all of Harry Potter, and it was a very important staple in my life growing up, but now that she’s gone and shown her true colors, I’ve resigned to not touch a single book of hers that I don’t already own. A shame, because I was really excited for the new illustrated books and The Ickabog, but I can’t support her and feel okay about myself.

(We won’t even talk about the RPG I’ve been waiting for for god knows how long. I’m still hurting over that one. Fuck you, Rowling.)

There’s interest, so I don’t know if it technically counts, but the interest is not above my stance on her opinions, so I’m using her as my answer.

An author you have read a couple books from and decided their books are not for you:

Can I say SJM again? No? Okay, then, like Stephanie, I’ll go with John Green. And maybe also Holly Black. I’ve read most, if not all, of both of their books, but they’ve never resonated with me and I’m not a huge fan of either of their writing styles. That isn’t to say I’ll never pick them up again, but, as of what I’ve currently read, they’re just not what I ever reach for.

A genre you have no interest in OR genre you tried and couldnโ€™t get into:

Erotica. Like, maybe I’d pick one up for the shits and giggles, but that would be one hell of a reach for me. I don’t even care for sexy scenes in my fanfiction, and that’s with characters I already know and love. I have no want to read a story about people I don’t know at all getting kinky with it. Sorry!

A book you bought but will never read OR a library book you borrowed but returned unread:

I got this one a few years back at the annual used book sale my library holds and never read it, and as soon as my local donation centers open up again, I’m unhauling this bad boy right out. Typically, I don’t unhaul books I haven’t read on principle, but I’m making an exception for The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling.

A series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started but have dnfโ€™d:

One of the (if not THE) only books in a series that I read and went, “No more, thank you” after the first book is Scintillate by Tracy Clark. I couldn’t even tell you why exactly I just couldn’t go on reading them, because I tend to try and power through a series I’ve started even if I’m not vibing with it, but this one? I just couldn’t, and I’m not exactly sure why.

A new release you have no interest in reading:

I love Marissa Meyer’s writing. Cinder is one of my favorite series and Heartless took my heart and tossed it right out the window, but this one? I’m just not feeling. I wasn’t keen on it before I learned the problems surrounding it. I’m not much of a contemporary person in the first place, even when it’s an author I’m a fan of. So, this one? Do not plan on picking up at all.


And there we go! That was a lot more of a struggle than I was expecting it to be. Despite my answers, though, don’t be surprised if I end up picking up some of these anyway just because someone I know asked me to or curiosity got the better of me and I picked it up anyway. I’m usually not one to say no to reading anything, and definitely not if someone asks me to.

I won’t be tagging anyone specifically because I’m incredibly out of the blogging loop as of late, but if you’d like to do it, please do!

Thanks for reading!


8 thoughts on “The Anti-TBR Tag!

  1. I really love poetry but Rupi Kaur’s poetry is not something I enjoy at all. I read milk and honey a few years ago now and whilst I can understand why a lot of people like it, I found it rather jarring and not to my taste. I’ve noticed she has a new poetry collection either out or in the process of coming out and I will definitely not be picking it up.

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  2. Oooh I just got the audio (65+ hoursss) of Les Mis! lol. I own a paperback copy and an e-book copy so between the 3 formats I’m hoping to get it done this month. And then never touch it again. lol. I’ve only read 3 SJM novels, the first 3 Throne of Glass books. I’m still trying to get through that one! Her other series I’ve heard is incredibly sexual so it’s funny that you say you won’t read erotica. lol. And girl, I’m with on the the JKR train. I’m so disappointed and disgusted with her. Rupi Kaur is not terrible. I enjoyed milk and honey and the sun and her flowers. But her poetry is not for everyone and you have to be able to relate to some of it in order to enjoy it. But Amanda Lovelace has some great poetry books if you ever decide to dip into it. For a challenge or something. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. 65+ hours?! Oh man, godspeed!!! That is a LONG audiobook, I can’t even fathom ๐Ÿ˜‚ I reeeeally hope the Throne of Glass books have significantly less sex in them than ACOTAR, because HOO BOY I skipped every single sex scene in that series and probably missed some plot points, but I just wanted to be DONE ๐Ÿ˜ญ One of these days someone’s going to toss an Erotica at me and ask me to read it and I will do it, and I will miss so much of the plot ๐Ÿ˜‚ Same boat, SCREW JKR. I could rant about that for days. Thank you!!! I’ll keep Lovelace in mind if I ever have to pick up some poetry for something, because I know one of these days it’ll come up!

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      1. So I haven’t finished Throne of Glass yet but I heard that after book 4 there’s ACOTAR volume sex. I haven’t run across much at all in the first 3.

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