Discuss the books that you wanted to read at one point, but don’t anymore.
A Disclaimer: Just because I removed a book from my TBR, it doesn’t mean I hate it – I don’t hate books I haven’t read, and if you think I’m making the biggest mistake of my life, you can always tell me!
Five Books I Removed
Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson: I’m just… never going to read this? The writing in the preview was good, but it’s not something I’m excited to read, and there are so many other books I’d rather get to.
Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne: Sometimes you can tell a book isn’t for you from the first chapter. I tried the preview and decided I wasn’t going to read it – I’m really picky with YA sci-fi because I usually don’t like it, and the worldbuilding wasn’t working for me from the beginning.
Bright Smoke Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge: I tried to get into this a few days ago and it just didn’t work. I don’t feel like forcing myself to read a book I’m not enjoying, so it’s not on my TBR anymore. I’m kind of sad this happened because the prologue was intriguing, but the rest was not.
The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu: this is so long, and I have finally realized that I was never going to get to it. It just doesn’t seem my kind of high fantasy and it looks so heavy and intimidating. Maybe I’ll change my mind someday, I don’t know, but I keep a book on my TBR only if I actually want to read it.
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera: I loved They Both Die at the End and I love Adam Silvera’s writing, but this seems to be a very polarizing one and sad queer books are just not what I want now. I may change my mind and read it at some point but it’s not a priority.
Six Books I’m on the Fence About
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: I have read a book by Becky Albertalli, The Upside of Unrequited, and hated it. I think Albertalli’s writing just isn’t for me and I had never read a book that was so obsessed with romance before (it’s not that the message of TUoU was meant to be “single people are sad”, but it kind of was).
But I’ve heard so many good things about Simon Vs. Is it very different from TUoU? Should I try it even though there’s a chance I’m going to hate it because of the writing?
Black Iris by Elliot Wake: I know that I’ll either love this book or really, really hate it. I’ve heard confusing things about it and I don’t know if I would find it deeply upsetting? Homophobia can kill a book for me, even if it’s not condoned.
Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty: For a Hugo nominee, I hardly ever hear anyone talk about it. Is it any good? I’m not sure how a mystery in space about clones would work but it could be either really interesting or incredibly messy.
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst: I keep hearing mixed things about this and I don’t know if I actually want to read it – I’ve heard the romance is good, but some people say that the characters are stereotypical and that the worldbuilding is bad. I don’t know if I should try it or not.
White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig: this mystery got so many mixed reviews. There are people who loved the dynamic between the two main characters and people who thought the bi representation was terrible, the relationship toxic. I don’t know what to think, should I read this?
Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert: I’ve heard it’s great on twitter, but I actually have no idea what it’s about and not one of my goodread friends reviewed it. I know it’s really diverse (I think the main character is gay, Chinese-American, and probably also has a mental illness – reviews are vague), but is this worth it?
Have you read these? Should I give a chance to any of them?