Popular Books That I Haven’t Read and Don’t Plan To

I did an opposite post to this a week or two a go, where I listed 5 books/series that I have seen on all types of social media and that I desperately wanted to read. Like with a lot of my posts I try to do a follow up post that is the opposite. So here are 5 books/series that I have seen all over social media that personally don’t interest me.

These are just my opinions like I have said these are very popular books and a lot of people have very fond and important memories tied to these books which I don’t mean to or intend to tear down when I say I don’t plan on reading these books.

First up is the Folk of the Air Trilogy by Holly Black. Personally, I don’t have much of a draw to Fae books, I was never into those stories growing up and now later in life that is still the case. Fae books don’t interest me, match that with what I have heard to include a toxic relationship and unlikable main characters. I just don’t think this is for me.

Next is the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. Disclaimer, I watched all of Read With Cindy’s videos on it so one of the other reasons it’s on the list is I know basically what happens. But again, I am not interested in Fae stories and from what I had heard from Cindy’s video it really just sounded like something I wouldn’t be interested in. That being said I am intrigued by the Throne of Glass series and her new book Crescent City.

Next is the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth. I am not the biggest fan of those sci-fi dystopian books that came out around that time, I just found no draw to read this trilogy. I am really picky with the sci-fi I read I find this genre to be hit and miss for me and there is something about this series that doesn’t appeal to me. I think this is down to the reviews I have heard which have not been positive especially with the ending of the trilogy.

Next is really any book by John Green. Yes, I watched The Fault in Our Stars movie and cried my eyes out, no I don’t want to read the book. Personally, I am not the biggest fan of contemporary books I prefer to read books in another world or with an element of fantasy etc. The only time I will really read something set in the modern day is if it’s urban fantasy or a murder mystery, something like a coming of age book or a romance book just doesn’t work for me.

I have seen the books he comes out with and it just doesn’t appeal to me. I think this might purely come down to the fact that I am not the biggest fan of the contemporary setting as a whole.

Finally, Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Again, this book covers two things which just personally are not things that I have a great track record with. Contemporary settings and romance focused books, don’t get me wrong I love a good romance but not when it is the main focus of the book. For some reason when I read those books they just don’t work for me as well as other books with romance as the secondary plot do.

But the main reason why this is not on my list is what I have heard recently regarding this book. The author recently announced that this book had found a director for the movie adaptation and I suddenly saw a variety of tweets etc. condemning the book for it’s racist depictions surrounding the character Park, half-Korean, half-white boy who is dealing with his own personal thoughts and insecurities when it comes to his Korean identity. Since I have heard these thoughts from a variety of sources and seen quotes and extracts myself I have decided this book isn’t for me.

For a more insight into those depictions here is one of the blog posts I read by LYNNDJUNG, a Korean-American. She discusses the book as a whole in this post: https://lynndjung.wordpress.com/2020/07/15/a-korean-americans-thoughts-on-eleanor-park/

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