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Top 5 hyped books I’m not interested in reading

Hello bookworms!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s topic is top 5 hyped books I’m not interested in reading.

*cough* So… awkward times ahead… Today we’re talking about hyped books that we just don’t care for. Maybe it’s the topic, or the blurb isn’t that interesting to you. Perhaps that’s not a genre you like to read. Or maybe the hype is what has put you off. Regardless, let’s talk about hyped books that we’re not interested in reading. Also, feel free to skip my last book, as the topic can be triggering.

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top 5 hyped books I’m not interested in reading

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

The Book Thief by Markus ZusakIn all honesty, I just don’t want to read The Book Thief. I’ve read a couple of books that focus on real life wars, and it just makes me sad. Whether this is based on real events or is fictional, there is just something about war books that don’t interest me.

I think it’s primarily because I read for escapism. It’s part of the reason that I read a lot of fantasy and contemporary/romance books that have that “happily ever after” ending. I want to be distracted from the sad events of the world around me and pretend that there is acceptance and love in the world. So… books about war? Yeah, they’re not really my cup of tea. Oh, and I haven’t seen the movie either.

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret AtwoodI know a lot of people love The Handmaid’s Tale books, and the tv series, but it has never appealed to me. For starters, I am not a fan of the dystopian genre broadly. Sure, there are a couple of books that I have enjoyed (The Hunger Games and Archives of the Invisible Sword seem to be the outliers), but for the most part, dystopian books are not for me.

Also, even if the series is eventually about an uprising and taking back control, I’m not into reading about how women are completely controlled by men, and society in general. I didn’t even get more than 2 episodes into the first season of Mad Men. It just boils my blood. There is a reason that I prefer the ‘heroines’ (or anti-heroes) to be a bit bloodthirsty, or at least be able to defend themselves.

Divergent – Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica RothAnother book series that has been turned into a movie franchise… So, this is dumb reasoning, but I have seen the Divergent movies. I initially didn’t like them because I’m not a huge fan of Shailene Woodley. But I also need to explain this by saying that I had just finished watching The Secret Life of the American Teenager and I hated the ending of that. Her character’s entire arc really pissed me off. Where was I? Oh yeah…

So, I have seen the movies, but based on my lack of enjoyment of them, plus the whole dystopian thing… I was just never really interested in reading the books. You can add in series like The Maze Runner and all those other dystopian books of this era.

Mistborn – Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn by Brandon SandersonLook. I’m sure Brandon Sanderson is a great author. I hear nothing by the most amazing things about his books. But also, I just don’t care. I’m sure everyone has that author, who no matter what their friends scream about said author, you just have zero interest in reading their books? For me, that author is Brandon Sanderson.

Honestly, I just lose interest even reading the blurbs for his books. And I like high fantasy. I’ve read heaps of male authored high fantasy books. I’ve read and enjoyed Feist books, and he’s genuinely a sexist jerk. Maybe it’s because so few male authors get female characters right in my eyes. Whatever it is, Sanderson is just not interesting to me.

But honestly, if someone told me that I could only read Brandon Sanderson books, or never read any books again, I’d go watch a movie. Maybe figure out how to bake bread. Or learn to crochet. I’d even go watch paint dry.

Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay AsherSo, this one is more of a personal trigger, but I don’t want to read about suicide. I grew up in regional Australia, and especially among farming communities, there is a high rate of suicide in young men. Of my high school class, we’ve lost a scary number of people who were in my year – mostly to car accidents, but there have also been some suicides in there.

Suicide is really hard on the people left behind. I know the book talks about this to some extent, but it also dramatises the event for plot reasons. People make a lot of dumb mistakes when they’re teenagers. Drugs, alcohol and sex are all things that you can get over with enough time and help. But suicide isn’t something that you can take back. It’s not a choice that you can regret later, because you don’t get a later.

If you think about suicide, please talk to someone. I know that it feels like nothing will get better. High school especially can be absolutely brutal. But talking helps. If you need to talk to someone in Australia, there is Lifeline (13 11 14) or BeyondBlue 1300 224 636) that you can call 24 hours a day.

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