10 Hyped Books I’m Not Interested In

10 Hyped Books I’m Not Interested In

Hi friends! đŸ‘‹đŸ» Today is a freebie for this week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt so I decided to talk about some very popular and famous books that I’m just not very interested in.

There’s nothing wrong with not being interested in a book because we can all read whatever we want, and while sometimes I don’t have a reason, I do have reasons for these ten books. Remember, just because someone isn’t interested in your favourite book doesn’t mean that they’re saying it’s a bad book, it’s just not for them.

A GIF of Lisa Simpson shrugging and saying 'meh.'

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang – I love that this book is important to many Asian members of the blogging community, but it sounds just a little too heavy for me. And yes, I’m calling a book about war too heavy for me. Just looking at the content warnings tells me that this isn’t something I would enjoy, and that’s saying a lot because I’ve watched movies with real animal killings in them.

Simon Snow series by Rainbow Rowell – It has been a very long time since I read Fangirl and I remember skipping every single chapter break that just showed snippets of Cath’s fanfiction because they just didn’t do anything for me. So three whole books of that? No thank you.

IT by Stephen King – A bunch of 12-year-olds have a foursome in a sewer and it’s all written out in detail and the book is over 1000 pages long. Need I say more?

The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien – High fantasy just isn’t my genre because there are always so many things to remember. I get lost and forget where things are and who characters are when reading Grishaverse so my pea-sized memory wouldn’t stand a chance with something as expansive as Lord of the Rings. Plus, neo-Nazis keep trying to claim this as theirs when they know absolutely nothing about Tolkien and that’s offputting.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I read about a quarter of this book when I was 14 and just couldn’t get into it, and I’ve since watched retellings and adaptations of it and I just don’t care for the story. A guy is a butt to a girl and then realises he loves her because she told him to fuck off and I just don’t get what the big deal is.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski – While I love it when writers take risks and think outside of the box, I’m not a fan of experimental fiction. I like it when books aren’t demanding and want the reader to understand what it’s trying to say and from what I’ve heard of this book, it’s very difficult to read. Also, physical copies are fricking huge and I doubt this would be available on Kindle. I may pick this one up if I get really curious, but not for now.

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater – I really enjoyed The Raven Cycle, but I’m probably in the unpopular camp since Gansey was my favourite Raven Boy rather than Ronan. Ronan is just too abrasive for my tastes and reading an entire series focusing on him wouldn’t be the best experience for me. Also, for some reason, my library had this book in the junior section (which is 7+) and I moved it to the teen section where it belongs.

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao – I know that people are going to hate me for this, but I just don’t have any interest in books that have polyamory in them. It’s good that polyamorous rep is becoming more common these days, but it’s something I tend to stay away from.

Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan – I think I missed the initial Percy Jackson craze because I was too busy reading manga and getting into anime when the first book came out,  and now that I see people talking about it, there are just too many books in the series for me to get into it.

Shadowhunters series by Cassandra Clare – Just like the Percy Jackson series, this series is so expanded that the thought of reading all those books is enough to put me off. Plus, there are series within the series and all those characters and plotlines are bound to make my brain hurt. And then there are the things that have been said about Cassandra Clare that are a little offputting.


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    • Louise
      April 5, 2022 / 1:30 pm

      Always good to know when to push them and when to keep them in place 😀

  1. Poinsettia
    April 5, 2022 / 11:14 pm

    I haven’t read the Percy Jackson series either. I might decide to try it one day though. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.. Thank you!

  2. April 6, 2022 / 5:34 pm

    I totally agree about IT! And I understand why you don’t want to read The Poppy War. I found it a good book, but I always feel reluctant to recommend it.

  3. April 6, 2022 / 9:57 pm

    I completely agree on the Shadowhunters, my friends keep trying to get me to read them, but it’s just too big a commitment for me, there’s like 15 odd books in that universe! I have read most of the Percy Jackson books, but when I started reading them, there were only five and they were fairly short, so it wasn’t that large of a commitment and then I loved them so kept reading the books as they came out. I’ve not finished the last two in the series because I kind of feel like I’ve grown out of them, though I probably will at some point for completeness sake. I have read The Poppy War and it is very gruesome, so I don’t blame you there. I have also read Call Down The Hawk but then I liked Ronan, so I was quite excited for his spinoff series, there’s definitely no point following a spinoff of a character you don’t like! I also completely feel you on Lord of The Rings, the books are just so huge and expansive that I think I’d get lost and confused in them.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2022/04/05/top-ten-tuesday-362/

  4. April 8, 2022 / 9:57 pm

    As much as I like the Lord of the Rings books, I definitely prefer the movies myself. 😀

  5. April 12, 2022 / 6:09 pm

    Not all books are for everyone and that’s totally okay!! I can see many people not picking up The Poppy War. It is dark and intense.

  6. April 13, 2022 / 2:05 pm

    We have a good few in common!
    Poppy war, carry on serie, shadowhunter serie.. high fantasy are also a nope for me, I just don’t feel like my brain could handle 😅 and war eras books just aren’t my taste, same as historical, really..

  7. April 15, 2022 / 1:54 am

    i love the pjo books, but i think you’re totally justified for not wanting to get into them for how many books there are lol! that’s exactly how i feel about shadowhunters too haha. and the poppy war is truly so brilliant but definitely a difficult read, so i’m glad you’re prioritizing yourself and your headspace! <3 one hyped book i'll never read is the love hypothesis haha, i just can't read it knowing it's a fanfic

  8. April 26, 2022 / 9:31 am

    I’m not interested in reading It either, or any of Stephen King’s books tbh. While I enjoy horror that I will check out the movie adaptations, I just couldn’t click with his writing style! 😬

  9. April 28, 2022 / 1:03 am

    OMG I skipped EVERY chapter of the fanfiction in Fangirl as well. I had absolutely no interest in it lol So I haven’t even thought about reading the entire spinoff series. I want to read Pride and Prejudice just so I can understand or at least be like wtf why? to all the love for it. And it’s like COMMITTED love to the book and certain adaptations haha

    House of Leaves is one of my husbands favorite books so I do plan on reading it one day but boy is it intimidating.

    I love the idea of this post!

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