Hello bookish friends!
This weeks’ Top 5 Wednesday revolved around books that we’ve decided to remove from our TBR’s. I initially thought this might be quite a difficult topic to write about since I don’t have the greatest of memories but, once I got going, I realised there were a lot of books I’ve removed from TBR. I think most of these I put on my TBR when I first started to discover the online book community so my reading tastes have changed a bit and I now will try to only pick a book up if there’s about an 80% chance I’ll love it. So these are mostly 2013/4 era books on this list!
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The more reviews I read of this, the more I realised I would flat-out hate this if I read it. I’m so annoyed I bought this before I read the critical reviews and got carried away with the hype of the positive reviews, but you live and learn! From the reviews I’ve read, the main character feels like your typical privileged Nice Guy that makes me want to scream. I tried reading a chapter of this last year to be fair to it but the author name-dropped so many 80’s references that felt mostly pointless and kind of irritating and I know the entire book is like that. I’ve actually still got this on my physical shelves so the next chance I get I need to unhaul this. I’m just reluctant to since I spent money on it! But I’ll definitely never read it.
2. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
I also bought this a while ago when I just discovered the online book community and a few booktubers were talking about this one and it sounded really interesting. I like reading about Russian history so I thought I’d enjoy this one. Then I watched Thoughts On Tomes’ review and immediately removed it from my TBR. The romantic relationship sounds really toxic and abusive and it’s romanticised and I’m just so not interested in that. I hate that I wasted money on this. But I’ve definitely learnt since to read a wide range of reviews before parting with my hard earned cash!
3. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
I thought the first book in this series was fine but it was just a very meh kind of read for me. As I was reading it I knew I didn’t want to carry on with the series but the reason why it’s on this list is because, prior to this, I would always intend to finish a series. Even if I’d left it a few years between books, I would always intend to finish the series. But, once I’d finished this first book, I immediately knew I wouldn’t complete the other two books. Since then, I’ve removed a few series from my TBR after reading the first book and even have a whole Goodreads shelf dedicated to it, so yay progress!
4. Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
This is probably my biggest disappointment on the list. The synopsis made it sound like this would be my perfect series: murder mysteries, London, paranormal elements. I adore stories that combine these things! Sadly, I only managed about 12 pages of this before I had to put it down. It was just so sexist. Sometimes I can deal with lowkey sexism and do my best to ignore it but I could tell this would piss me off if I kept on reading it. It was just bad and if it managed to annoy me this much in 12 pages, what would 300-odd pages do to me!?! I’m very glad I removed this series from my TBR. I’m still hoping to find a similar series in theme though, so if anyone has any recommendations, I’d love to hear them!
5. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
I’ve tried to read this twice now and just haven’t been able to get into it. I love Sanderson’s Cosmere books so I assumed I’d love his other works too but this was just a bit of a struggle. I’m not sure exactly what it is but there was nothing about this book that intrigued me. So I’ve removed all of Sanderson’s non-Cosmere books from my TBR. I’ll just stick to his high fantasy stuff – I think that’s what he’s best at.
So that’s it for this weeks’ Top 5 Wednesday! Are there any books that stick in your mind that you’ve removed from your TBR?