Hello there people of the blogosphere! Today I wanted to talk about the popular books that I haven’t read, more specifically, the popular books that I want to read or that I don’t plan on reading. I am sure that we all have been “pressured” in a way or another to read a popular book/series because of
- the amount of amazing reviews that this particular series/book has gotten
- endless recommendations from the readers on any platform
- the never ending fandom that is literally everywhere
and probably other valuable reasons. The thing is, we don’t always read those popular books. We may not be familiar with the genre, we may not like that particular author, or simply we don’t want to cave in and be “basic” by reading what everyone else reads. Either way, that’s fine if we don’t read, or don’t have time to read (by that I mean, hello I am reading something else sorry not sorry) those popular series. That does not mean that I do not plan on reading some of them :3
Also got inspired to write this post after watching Lily C Reads’ video. She is an amazing booktuber, and I highly recommend you to go watch her.
There is a number of books that I really want to read, mostly because of friends (who have really good reading taste) who told me over and over and over to read them. Among them, are…
1. The “A Court of Thorns and Roses” trilogy by Sarah J Maas
I know, I know. How have I not read this trilogy yet? Well, when I knew it was going to be a trilogy I figured it would be best to wait for the three books to be released and to read them afterwards. Besides I already own all three, so…. 😀
2. “The Mortal Instruments” series by Cassandra Clare
Back in December 2016 I made my grand ma buy me the Mortal Instruments box set for Christmas, but never got around to read them. But as of today, I have started to read the first book, City of Bones, and I am finding okay. I also have no excuse because I own all of the books in the series, so the least I can do is give them a try.
3. “The Infernal Devices” trilogy by Cassandra Clare
I basically have the same reason as for the TMI series. I told my father to get me the trilogy for Christmas in 2016, but never got to it. Well, 3 years before that, one of my best friend spoiled the first 2 books for me, so in this case, I was trying to forget what she told me.
4. The “Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling
So I have actually read the first three books in the Harry Potter series, but, again, never got to finish reading the rest. I started reading Goblet of Fire, but got into a reading slump and, well, I think you can guess what happened. This year I am thinking of re reading the first 3 books and finally read all the books in the series.
5. The “Lord of the Rings” series by J.R.R. Tolkien
The reason I am delaying my first read of this series is that the books are high fantasy, and I have to be in a specific mood to read high fantasy books. I have also found out that they don’t always work out for me, which is also why I want to be in the right mood to read them. And even if I end up not liking them, at least I know that I tried.
Now let’s talk about the books I have no intention whatsoever of reading. I know I am certainly going to raise some eyebrows, but hey, what may work for you may not work for me, the same way that you may not enjoy books that I love. So don’t feel offended if I don’t like your favourite book/s 😉
1. “A song of ice and fire” series by George R.R. Martin
Kicking the list with the beast that is the ASOIAF series. I own all the books and read the first book, but it took months just to get halfway through it, and I was so bored. The multiple point of views really did not work for me, and there was a lot of descriptions. I mean, I get why descriptions are needed (in my head I do) but reading pages of descriptions really worn me out. While I really like the TV show, I will never attempt to read the series again. I still love the world he has created though.
2. “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer
Believe it or not, but when the movies first came out, I was not interested in the slightest to watch them (well, it’s been the same thing with Harry Potter, but the world building was pretty interesting compared to Twilight). My lack of interest did not waver when my friend brought the books to read them during our free periods. I don’t hate the books like a lot of people do, I am just not interested. 🤷🏽♀️
3. “The Selection” series by Kiera Cass
Back in 2014, when I read everything I could find, I happen to stumble on the pretty cover that The Selection has, and decided, why not? I was in a huge dystopian mood and thought that I would enjoy it. I never made it past chapter 2. Did not like the writing style, and much less the characters. It’s safe to say that I will never read this series (Ironically, I loved The Siren by the same author).
4. “Vampire Academy” by Richelle Mead.
The only reason I am not interested in reading this series is that I am not interested anymore to read about vampires. See, I was in this huge thing back in 2010 where I regularly ate books written by Christopher Pike and L.J. Smith. I also read the first 3 House of Night books and really enjoyed them. But now I am not interested into reading about vampires anymore, and while the idea might have been tempting almost 8 years ago, it’s not anymore.
5. “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon
Booktube has been going on and on with this series, but after reading what it was about (and reading some goodreads reviews), it’s safe to say that I am not interested at all to read this series. Historical fiction is not really a favourite genre of mine, so…
So these were all of the popular book that I plan (or don’t plan) on reading! Tell me in the comments below if there are popular books that you still need to read or don’t plan to, I’d love to know!