The Anti TBR Book Tag

Nice to see me starting the new year with some positivity, right?

Jess @ Jessticulates tagged me to do this one created by Nicole & Her Books on YouTube. Usually I don’t think too much about books or authors that haven’t worked for me since it’s not worth the energy, but this tag looked good fun and a chance to have a quick vent.

Photo by George Shervashidze on

A popular book EVERYONE loves that you have no interest in reading?

This one used to be at the top of my TBR but that was a long time ago… The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. The book’s a beast, the series shows no signs of reaching a conclusion and the man writes skeevy blog posts. Hard no.

A classic book (or author) you don’t have any interest in reading?

Anything else by George Elliot. I read Middlemarch this year and I’ve never felt so cheated. The greatest novel in English literature? I can’t. It’s put me off picking up any of her other tomes.

An author whose books you have no interest in reading?

To copy Jess: Cassandra Clare. Although, I have read City of Bones. It was a solid meh.

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

MZB. I’d have loved to read her Avalon books, but knowing the person she was has entirely soured them for me.

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

V E Schwab, and I’m devastated about it (and it’s probably an automatic revocation of by book community card, right?). I follow her on IG and I’ve watched interviews with her (and seen her at YALC). She’s inspiring and lovely, and so creative and I think she’s probably one of my favourite authors as a person… but I’ve just not loved any of the books of hers I’ve read. I’ve given it a good shot, more than I usually would, but I just don’t think her books are for me.

A genre you have no interest in OR a genre you tried to get into and couldn’t?

I’m stealing Jess’ answer again here and saying Literary Fiction. Even more specifically, white cishet male literary fiction. I have no interest in reading about yet another (clearly self-insert) misunderstood but brilliant, reclusive professor and how he cheats on his wife with a student, or TA, or whatever.

A book you have bought but will never read? (this can be a book you have unhauled/returned to the library unread)

Riddle me this: why — when I know I hated Wicked and Son of A Witch — did I pick up A Lion Among Men when I saw it a few months ago? I have no idea. I think part of me is a sucker for punishment and a part of me just really loves the musical so much it wont give up hope, even though I know they’re two entirely different beasts. I’m sad I don’t like Maguire’s writing, because I always think the premise of his retellings sound great.

A series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started and have dnf’d?

I read the first two A Court of Thorns and Roses books because they seemed so up my alley — fae retellings of my favourite stories — and they were… okay, I guess. I didn’t hate the stories themselves but the writing made me cringe and want to peel my skin off (if I ever read the world “male” used like that in relation to a guy again, I might pull my hair out…). I was going to read the third one when I thought it was a trilogy, just for completeness, but I just don’t care enough to bother.

A new release you have no interest in reading?

Tied to an earlier question but The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. It’s been all over my feed for months and I’m really glad how successful it’s been and how my people have utterly adored it, but I think I know myself well enough now to give it a pass.

I’m tagging…

Anyone else who wants to vent their thoughts!

11 thoughts on “The Anti TBR Book Tag”

  1. Yay I’m so glad you did this! I’m the same with Victoria Schwab – she seems so lovely and she clearly works so hard, but I don’t click with her writing which is a real bummer. I think I’m going to give Addie LaRue a go at some point, when I can borrow it from the library, but I won’t raise my hopes too high. Happy New Year, Louise!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I really hope this is the one that clicks for you! The library seems like a good idea.

      It’s strange because I just cant figure out what it is that doesn’t click for me, and usually I can at least work that out.

      I hope you had a good New Years too ❤


  2. I’m definitely with you about V.E. Schwab – I’ve read three of her books now (including Addie) and I really just don’t understand the appeal. I finished Addie because I LOVED the idea of the plot, but the writing and the characters just didn’t do it for me.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’ve done the first two ADSOM, The Near Witch and Vicious. Those were one where the premise really intrigued me. I feel like I’ve given it a fair shot but something feel flat for me too.


  3. I read the entirety of The Mortal Instruments series and because I think she should’ve ended it after the third book, I’ve not interest in reading the million other books she’s written in the same universe.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. I haven’t tried any VE Schwab’s books yet, but I plan on trying Addie LaRue (it’s the first one that really appealed to me). I’m not sure I’ll be able to love it, but I’m hoping I at least like it.

    Also, I bought Mists of Avalon years back, and I wish I’d read it then before I knew anything about MZB as a person. Because I just can’t read it now. (I unhauled it already because I know I’ll never be able to read it without connecting it to the author.)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Same. I had a paperback (a brick) on my shelf for years which I had to bin. I wish I’d read it more promptly so I could enjoy it. But then, maybe that’d be worse, if I’d loved it. That whole watching your heroes die thing…


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s