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Books I'll (Probably) Never Read Book Tag!

January 31, 2019

It’s time for another round of Tag Thursday! One of my favorite bloggers in the world, Ellyn, tagged me in this one a few days ago and it seemed like so much fun I had to schedule it right away. Here‘s the original source of the tag!

1) a really hyped book you’re not interested in reading:

I had to think about this pretty hard, because I usually want to try hyped books/series at least once, but I guess I’ll go with Outlander. I really do not like the way the author treats her fans AT ALL and I’m not interested in the plot, so what’s the point?

2) a series you won’t start/won’t be finishing:

This is one I don’t expect a lot of people to recognize, but I won’t finish the Special Circumstances series by John Ringo. I read the first one years ago after an ex begged me to, and it was so… you know the thing about cishet dude fantasy authors being incapable of writing women? Yeah. That.

(I mean, you can see her buttcrack in the cover. If that’s not a bad sign, I don’t know what is.)

3) a classic you’re not interested in:

Oof… do we have all day? How many can I list? I’m sorry, but honestly, classics usually aren’t for me and I have zero interest in almost all of them.

4) a genre you never read:

Christian romance? Amish fiction? Religious self-help?

5) a book on your shelves you’ll probably never actually read:

I saved it from my unhaul pile a few weeks ago, and I keep saying I’ll give it a chance, but will I really? Eh… questionable.

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  • Reply esmoogle January 31, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Ooh this is a fun one!! I’ve read Outlander and don’t really want to consider the rest – I’ve not seen all of that TV adaption but the book is super questionable in parts. I might give this tag a go!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 31, 2019 at 8:53 pm

      Oooh, understandable! I have heard a lot of iffy stuff about the book 🙁
      Please do, it was really fun! 😀 Tag! haha!

  • Reply Malka @ Paper Procrastinators January 31, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    The first question makes me laugh because I have a whole post planned about how I feel no pressure to read hyped books. I should honestly make a list of all the hyped books I just am not interested in. Outlander would definitely make it on there.

  • Reply Becca (coffeebooksandjournals) January 31, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    I still have Red Queen and Glass Sword on my shelves but not really shelves since three of my shelves broke at the end of December. But I still have own them but I’m going to put them in my unhaul pile.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 31, 2019 at 8:56 pm

      Oh no, I’m sorry about your shelves! I hate when that happens :/

      • Reply Becca (coffeebooksandjournals) February 1, 2019 at 1:26 am

        It’s alright, I’m hoping to get new ones soonish. Better ones too, the ones I had before weren’t very strong but they broke at the wrong time.

  • Reply Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books January 31, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    I tried to watch Outlander and it wasn’t for me so I have no interest in the books. I had realized the author was rude to fans. Another reason never to pick it up!

    • Reply ich lese January 31, 2019 at 4:18 pm

      The series is actually better than the book. I have watched the show and read the first book and no way, am I ever going to read on.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 31, 2019 at 8:57 pm

      Oh no, I’m sorry you didn’t care for it! But yeah, there are screenshots and articles of things she’s done over the years, where she’s just really nasty and rude to her fans 🙁

  • Reply ich lese January 31, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Outlander was such a drag – why does it need to be a gazillion pages??? I found myself bored to tears at times – like seriously, I cried and yelled and really questioned why am I doing this to myself. Red Queen was also a total letdown. I listened to that as an audiobook and am so glad I didn’t waste my precious eyesight on it.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 31, 2019 at 8:57 pm

      Haha oh my gosh!! Yeah, Outlander is freaking huge. I don’t mind big books when they’re really good but I don’t feel like I’d want to sift through that many pages for that plotline. I’m sorry you didn’t like Red Queen either!!

      • Reply ich lese January 31, 2019 at 9:21 pm

        Eh, it’s ok. Sometimes I look at my ratings and they’re all 4 and 5 stars, and I am starting to worry I get too lax with my standards … and then a Red Queen comes along and I feel better 😉

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 2, 2019 at 6:35 am

          ?? I wish I didn’t know exactly what you mean, but I do the same thing. “Am I being too generous?!” and them BAM, there’s a doozy of a rant review.

          • ich lese February 2, 2019 at 8:22 am

            I think that’s ok though. Reviews are biased anyway. ?

  • Reply Read This January 31, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    I read Red Queen last year, it was okay. You could tell the author set up the story opener as a visual read, you could really see it play out behind your eyes. It was an interesting story, I just didn’t love it like so many others, but I think you should give the first chapter a try, it will either pull you in or turn you away.

  • Reply Briana | Pages Unbound January 31, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    I have no plans to read Outlander either. The author dug a whole one time insulting people with English degrees on Twitter and then tried to say she didn’t. Um, you did. If you didn’t mean to be insulting, you are writing very, very poorly if you are conveying things you didn’t mean. And her long “apology” was not well-written either, so I don’t expect her books to be.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 31, 2019 at 8:58 pm

      YUP! That’s one of the things I was referencing with how horribly she treats her fans!! It’s so gross, the way she acts, and I just don’t want to support her!

  • Reply Jasmine's Reading Blog January 31, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Not really a fan of classics either. I have much appreciation for them and their contributions to history, but they have left a sour taste in my mouth because young people (including my younger self) are forced to read them as opposed to having the opportunity to read so many other new and appealing works for them. I probably won’t ever read Outlander either, mostly because they seem really long LOL. I didn’t know about the author’s treatment of her readers–that’s really unfortunate. It reminds me of how difficult it is to separate the art from the artist because when an author is problematic it makes it really hard for me to appreciate their work.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 31, 2019 at 9:01 pm

      Yes, exactly, on the classics! I often wonder how many of us would enjoy classics more if we hadn’t been forced to read them, and truly, I don’t get why kids are still made to read them instead of more relevant books—I think a mixture of the two would be more beneficial!
      And I feel you on separating art from artist—it’s really hard for me to do, too. 🙁

  • Reply Sionna (Books in Her Eyes) January 31, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Hahahaha I’m so with you on the classics. Hard pass. I tried Wuthering Heights las– wait two years ago, and didn’t get very far at all.
    I did read Outlander and… kinda liked it? I’m not a huge fan of time travel though, so with all that goes on in the series, there is no way I’d be able to continue liking it. I say you aren’t missing anything.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 31, 2019 at 9:03 pm

      Haha, I’m glad it’s not just me. I started rereading The Picture of Dorian Grey at the start of the year because I hadn’t read it since I was a preteen, and it’s taken me an entire month to get literally 10% through. ? And yeah, I’m not big on time travel stories, either!

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  • Reply devouringbooks2017 January 31, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    I feel you on the classics! There are so many books that I could fit in this post omg.

  • Reply rachel @ typed truths January 31, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    yepp, i’m with you on outlander! i don’t know anything about the author situation but the romanticised abuse and rape i’ve heard about were more than enough to put me off. and definitely know what you mean about those kinds of male fantasy authors. best to be avoided when and whereever possible ?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 2, 2019 at 6:33 am

      Ugh, yeah, I’d heard some stuff about it being a bit rape-y too and that was also really off putting! 🙁 Yikes.

  • Reply Ellyn January 31, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    I’m not interested in Outlander either – I know my mum loves the show and is interested in reading the books. But, I’ve heard not so great things about the author & because I’ve heard terrible things about how the series perpetuates rape culture.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 2, 2019 at 6:34 am

      Right!! Yeah, all of this is why I’m just so ‘meh’ about the idea of ever picking it up!

  • Reply Daniel Peralta January 31, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Omg I got through about 150 pages of Outlander about two semesters ago and just COULDN’T do it

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 2, 2019 at 6:35 am

      I don’t blame you. ? At least you quit while you were only 150pg in instead of pushing through the whole thing!

  • Reply Kay Wisteria | Hammock of Books February 1, 2019 at 1:22 am

    Omg I have no interests in classics toooo idk why people like them lol

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 2, 2019 at 6:36 am

      Haha right! I mean, I can see why they work for a lot of people, but they just definitely don’t for me!

  • Reply Cerys @ Browsing For Books February 1, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    I actually have TWO copies of Red Queen but I don’t know if I’ll ever get to it!

  • Reply Erin @ Pages of Milk and Honey February 1, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    I probably feel the same about Outlander. I have it on my want to read shelf but the likelihood of me picking it up before literally anything else I want to read is slim. I do think the premise of the story sounds interesting, but I have a mix of friends who love and hate it and honestly? It’s just really long and I don’t know if I have the attention span or dedication for that length of book/series!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 2, 2019 at 6:46 am

      That’s so understandable! I mean, even if nothing else, I can’t blame you for not being sure you want to commit to that long of a book or series haha! They are huge books!

  • Reply abyssallibrarian February 2, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    I actually really loved Red Queen when I first read it two years ago, and was shocked to go online afterwards and see so many negative comments. I read the rest of the series last year as well, and I really enjoyed it although I think Red Queen itself is still my favourite of them. I get a lot of the criticism that it’s similar to other fantasy series, but I’m not sure why people are so surprised by that when that is exactly what it is advertised to be. To be fair, when I read it, I hadn’t read many others of the same genre in a while so I’m sure that affected my opinion a bit. If I’d read it around the same time as many other similar books, I may have felt differently.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 3, 2019 at 4:48 pm

      I actually had no idea it was advertised as being similar, but the similarity issue is a big concern for me because I’m definitely one of those readers who can sometimes struggle with a book if it reminds me too much of other books in its genre! Hopefully, if I ever do get around to it, I’ll like it as much as you did, though. 🙂

      • Reply abyssallibrarian February 3, 2019 at 4:51 pm

        I mean, I found it similar in the sense that it used some common tropes of the genre. I’d imagine it’s tough to write a book of any genre without bearing any similarities at all to anything else.

  • Reply Rachael February 2, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    I’m currently reading Outlander and loving it! I didn’t know that the author mistreats her fans (what’s up with that??). I can see where people from the comments are coming from with the rape culture stuff, but I don’t think the book perpetuates it, the book does recognize that rape was a common occurrence in the 1700s and during times of war though. But, book opinions are subjective and other people may read it differently ?‍♀️

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 3, 2019 at 4:50 pm

      Yeah, there are articles and screenshots if you ever want to search for them—it’s not anything HUGE, you know, she didn’t assault anyone or anything! She’s just kind of mean and petty and has freaked out on fans a handful of times over some pretty minor stuff (like sending a cease & desist to someone because she saw their fanfiction online, though it was just your general free fanfic site, which is legal). That said, I’m just bad at separating art from artist sometimes, but I know there are some authors I like who are jerks to their fans, too, so I never judge fans of authors I don’t want to read. ? Even if all of that was aside, the plot just doesn’t appeal to me.

      • Reply Rachael February 3, 2019 at 5:20 pm

        ? Yikes. I’ll have to look into that, I don’t like supporting people who mistreat their fans. There are too many books out there to spend time on a book you’re not interested in so I totally get that!

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  • Reply Kaleena @ Reader Voracious February 4, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Outlander isn’t great tbh, the tv series is much better than the book (even though I haven’t watched past season 2, I just love Ron D Moore okay). I didn’t know the author was not kind to her fans though, that’s a giant bummer.

  • Reply Kelly | Another Book in the Wall February 5, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Oh, I wouldn’t read Red Queen. lol. It’s just … *very* mediocre. I finished the first book, but couldn’t get through the sequel. And I can’t say I’ve read any Amish fiction either. ?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 18, 2019 at 1:40 am

      Bahahaha oh noooo! I really think I might just put Red Queen back in my “unhaul” box to take to the local shelter because… meh! And no, I think we’re probably better off without the Amish romance. ???

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