As I’ve reflected on my 2017 reading and made plans for the new year, I’ve noticed that there are a lot of books in my Goodreads that I’m just no longer interested in reading.
Whether it’s because of bad reviews or my own changing taste (or rather, awareness of my reading tastes), I just don’t want to read these books anymore, but I don’t want to completely remove them from my Goodreads shelves and forget that I was ever interested in them. So I recently created a shelf on my Goodreads for books I’ve lost interest in, and I thought I’d share a few of them with you here today.
As a disclaimer, I’m not saying I’ll never read these books. There are definitely a few on this list that I can see myself being convinced to read, but for now, I’m taking them out of my TBR shelves and marking them as Lost Interest.
Oh, and if you loved these books, that’s awesome! I’m not in any way trying to judge you for that, I’m just trying to explain why I don’t think these will be the right fit for me anymore.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
I’ve seen the Shatter Me series all over the internet, and the hype has only gotten bigger with the announcement that Mafi is publishing a sequel trilogy. The premise is interesting, but I’ve heard enough people say that this series is really just ok that I don’t think it’s anything I’ll be blown away by or have to read. There are plenty of other series that I’m really excited to read and think I’ll love, and I’d rather read those.
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
An Enchantment of Ravens was super hyped and has a gorgeous cover, so I was really excited for it to come out last fall. As I was in the middle of focusing on reading from my shelves, I didn’t read it right away, and since then a number of reviews have come in saying how disappointing and short they thought this book is. There are actually a bunch of people who have also said that they really enjoyed this story, but the critiques have made me think this isn’t a book I’ll like much and that I should focus on reading other things.
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Flame in the Mist has the most gorgeous cover (or it did before the redesign) plus it was a Mulan retelling set in a fantasy version of Japan, so I was totally set to read this book. But as awesome as the premise is, I’ve since realized that I couldn’t stand The Wrath and the Dawn, which has made me reluctant to try more of Ahdieh’s writing. And then a number of people said they don’t like the characters and the plot of this book all that much, so I’ve pretty much lost all interest in reading it. It’s such a shame, because it’s such a cool setup for a book and I really want to like Ahdieh’s writing, but I just don’t think it’s the right fit for me.
Once a Rebel by Mary Jo Putney
I was super excited to get an advanced copy of Once a Rebel at BookCon because I’m always looking for more historical romances that aren’t set in England, and this is an American Revolution romance. Plus Putney is a well known writer, so I figured I couldn’t go wrong with it. Only I read the prologue and thought it was completely ridiculous, and the reviews on Goodreads make it sound like I’m going to have all kinds of problems with the plot of this book. I just don’t have time for that.
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
So apparently Colleen Hoover is a pretty controversial author. I haven’t personally read any of her books and think a few of them sound interesting, so I figured I’d give her a shot with one of her most popular books, like Maybe Someday. Except that I’ve realized lately that contemporary romance just really isn’t my genre and I want to be more picky about when I choose to venture into it, and for some reason I suspect Hoover’s books probably aren’t want I’m looking for. I’m not swearing her off forever, but right now I’ve just decided I’m not interested in her books and would rather read something else (like The Hating Game or The Wedding Date or A Princess in Theory).
Permanent Ink by Piper Vaughn and Avon Gale
As you might know by now, I’m a huge fan of Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell, so when I saw Hassell talking about how amazing Permanent Ink is, I of course added it to my TBR. Except late last year I read Off the Ice by the same two authors and was not at all a fan, so that combined with the fact that the premise of Permanent Ink doesn’t sound all that interesting to me (plus, as I mentioned, my reluctance to pick up contemporaries), I’ve decided to mark this as lost interest for now.
In light of emerging information about Hassell’s inappropriate behavior, I no longer stand by my endorsement of Illegal Contact. Please see this post for more details.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
I know, I know, Eliza and Her Monsters has been getting rave reviews in the bookish community and everyone needs to read it! A lot of people named this as one of their favorite reads of 2017, which is kind of making me reconsider my decision. Only, the premise of it doesn’t really sound that interesting to me, and if I’m going to read a YA contemporary, I have a long list of books I’d rather pick up first. Again, I wouldn’t say I’ll never read this book, but there are just a number of books I’d rather read than this one, so for now I’m moving it to my lost interest shelf.
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
Oh man, this series. So everyone and their mother raves about Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and I really enjoyed it myself when I finally decided to jump on the bandwagon. But I struggled so much with the sequel, Days of Blood and Starlight. It took more more than 150 pages to get into it, and that book was massive. Dreams of Gods and Monsters is even bigger! Even though I wound up enjoying the second book by the end, it left such a bad taste in my mouth that I’m not at all excited to read the last book. I could force myself to do it so I can say I’ve finished the series, and there’s a good chance I’ll enjoy it, but I’m just not sure it’ll be worth the 613-page commitment for me when there are so many other books I’d rather read. Maybe one day I’ll change my mind and circle back to finish the trilogy, but for now I have zero interest.
Gilded by Christina Farley
Gilded is a book that I haven’t necessarily heard a ton about, but it has an interesting premise: it’s about a Korean American girl who discovers that a Korean demigod has been stealing the oldest daughter of each generation in her family for centuries, and she’s next. It came to my attention recently because the Kindle version was on sale, so I started poking around Goodreads to see if it was something I wanted to pick up since I’m always a fan of fantasy books featuring diverse characters and settings. Only the reviews on this book are…not good. A number of people said that this book has some really bad representation in it, in addition to having a weak plot and poor character development, which pretty much made me lose all interest in reading it.
Alright, it’s your turn. Let me know in the comments what some books are that you’ve lost interest in lately! And of course feel free to convince me as to why I need to give some of these books a shot if you really think I’ll enjoy them.
13 thoughts on “9 Books I’ve Lost Interest In”
Colleen Hoover has definitely been removed from my list. I think Kasie West also, but for very different reasons. I feel like if I’m going to read contemporary YA or NA, I want to read it from authors I know or trust to prioritize consent and YA contemporaries just about falling in love are not for me anymore. I adored Eliza though! But I can definitely understand and support not reading YA contemporaries you aren’t super sold on.
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Hopefully being pickier readers improves the quality of our reading overall!
It’s good you seem to have put a lot of thought into which books to actually read and
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which ones to put aside (unlike me, who buys them immediately and often regrets doing so later). Thanks for sharing!
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Oh don’t worry, I’ve done my fair share of that as well! But all of these yearend posts has gotten me to think more about what I’m picking up and reading, and it’s making me want to be a little more deliberate, so we’ll see how it goes 🙂
The biggest threat for me losing interest is forgetting I have a book, no matter the format. I have a tendency to pick up books if they sound like I would like them. But then I keep adding to the stack and forget why I bought the bottom one to begin with. By then there’s no urgency to pick it up anymore because I don’t remember what hooked me to begin with.
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I totally agree with you! That’s actually why I made it my goal this year to read books within three months of purchase, so I don’t lose interest in the books I’m buying and then just get rid of them without reading them. It’s so hard not to buy all of the books though!
Fortunately most of the ones in this post were just ones in my Goodreads that I was excited to read at one point, but now that the hype has died off for me a bit, I’ve realized they’re just not what I want to read. But I’ve gotten rid of a lot of books over the years that I bought and then later lost interest in.
This is a great post! A few of these are on my TBR, but I can also see losing interest in some of them. I also think I would’ve totally been down for An Enchantment of Ravens like four years ago, but not so much now
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Thanks! And you’re so right about an Enchantment of Ravens! Fortunately(?) there are a million other books we need to read now instead…
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