“I’d always welcomed war, but in battle my passion rose unbidden.First line in Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
The title of this post is pretty self-explanatory: I’m removing books from my TBR today. If you’ve been reading my wrap-ups this year, you know I haven’t been loving that many books and that’s actually continuing a trend from 2021. I don’t want all books to be 5-star reads, but I think it’s time I remove some books from my TBR that I’m sure aren’t going to be 5 stars because I also don’t need that many 3-star reads. Scouring my list of books I want to read, I found ten books that I no longer want to read, and they seemed to fall into two categories so let’s look at them.
The Hyped YA Releases That Lost Their Magic
Some YA books get a lot of attention around their release date and all the hype sometimes got to me. However, if you wait a year or two, it turns out it was all marketing, and most people don’t actually love the book.
Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan
I don’t specifically remember what made me put this on my TBR but after reading the synopsis, I know for a fact it was this line: “A prince in danger must decide who to trust.” Like, that’s my favorite trope right there.
It was a release that was very hyped but I just remember so many people not liking it after it came out, and it was the characters especially they had a problem with. I was stubborn because it was dark and marketed as enemies-to-lovers, but now three years later and with an average rating of 3.57, I’m admitting to myself that I’ll probably hate this book.
Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano
This one has a very interesting premise as seasons are personified and winter and spring are in love because why not. There was a lot of comparing this book to the animated movie Rise of the Guardians and the Jack Frost character in that, and yes, I wanted to read that.
Now though, I’m very worried about the average rating of 3.48. It’s not that I rely completely on the average ratings when deciding on a book, but for YA books, I’ve often found the low ratings to be accurate. And I’m not that into the star-crossed lovers plotline if I’m being honest, so I’d only be reading it to see how this whole seasons-as-people thing worked.
The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant
I might have added this to my TBR only because of the cover. It’s described as Les Mis meets Six of Crows, and I’m not actually that interested in Les Mis. I’ve only watched the movie but it left me with no desire to read the original or a retelling of it. This book also seems to focus on a relationship between two sisters and I know that’s gonna bore me to tears. And it’s not like it has great reviews either.
The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos
This one has an average rating of 3.34… How is that even possible for a YA book with a m/m romance? I’m so shocked. On Goodreads, I can see people have shelved this as both fantasy and magical realism and that could explain some of it. It might actually be that this book is magical realism but for people expecting fantasy, magical realism can feel like badly written fantasy. With a cover like that though, I would also have expected fantasy. And with a rating that low, I just can’t imagine it would be a 5-star book for me.
The title of this category could also be Line-was-being-optimistic-but-now-that-they’ve-been-on-her-TBR-for-years-she-realizes-she’s-not-going-to-read-them.
Swamp Thing: Twin Branches by Maggie Stiefvater and Morgan Beem
This is a graphic novel about the DC Comics character Swamp Thing, and yes, it is only on my TBR because of Maggie Stiefvater. I’m not interested in Swamp Thing. I could still read it as a graphic novel would be very quick, but since neither my library nor Scribd has it, I would have to buy it, and I’m not going to do that.
Sherwood by Meagan Spooner
I don’t know how I read this line in the synopsis: “a kick-***, gender-flipped feminist retelling.” and thought I would love this book. I rarely enjoy female protagonists, especially not when they seem to be summed up in the words “kick-***” and “feminist”. What were you thinking, Line?
Guardian by Alex London
This is the sequel to Proxy which I actually really enjoyed but it’s been years since I read it. I would have to reread it which I, at a time, figured couldn’t be that hard because I own the book and I felt I could very easily finish this duology. It’s now been three years since I had that thought, and I’m obviously not going to do it.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
I don’t read memoirs. I just got caught up in the hype around this when it came out, so maybe this could be the one memoir I did read. Almost four years later, I haven’t once felt inclined to pick it up, so it’s going off the TBR.
Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky
This was recommended to me by my brother who doesn’t read books but apparently, there’s a video game based on this? But since my brother and I no longer talk, I don’t see myself ever getting to this.
Legacy of Ash by Matthew Ward
Reading the synopsis for this one now, it sounds like the most generic epic fantasy book ever. It sounds like the book is just one big war with battles all the time and then the big climax is just a bigger battle. I don’t read such books anymore. It’s also huge so I just can’t see myself ever dedicating the time to it.
It wasn’t at all hard to find these ten books, so I might have to do this again in a year’s time to see which books I’m obviously not prioritizing. By removing these, I’ve gotten my official TBR down to 58 books (although series are only represented by one book). For now, though, are there any of these you are sad to see go? Let me know if you’ve read any of them and what you thought.