Anti-TBR Book Tag

Hey, hey! So, I’m mightily unprepared for the week so I declare a BOOK TAG WEEK!!! 😀

Brace yourself.

Book tags are coming your way everyday this week starting with the Anti-TBR Book Tag, which was created by booktuber Nicole & Her Books. I was tagged by my buddy-reader in all things Robin Hobb, Emily at Embuhleeliest.


A popular book EVERYONE loves that you have no interest in reading

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

It’s a World War II book and I’m no longer interested in historical fiction novels from that period. However, it’s VERY popular. People are always coming into the bookstore seeking a copy.

A classic book (or author) you don’t have an interest in reading

H. Rider Haggard

I want to say Haggard because I read his She a couple years back and although it was interesting, for now I’m not interested in anything else by him because of some of the ideas expressed in She. It certainly is a book of its time (I guess), but I have no patience for that sort of thinking right now. However, Haggard’s books were influential on the action/adventure genre and I’ve heard that the Indiana Jones films I loved back in the day were inspired by his King Solomon’s Mines book, so it is possible that I’ll be tempted to try another book by him again one day.

An author whose books you have no interest in reading

Cassandra Clare

I read her City of Bones a couple years ago but didn’t like it much. I doubt I’ll ever read anything else by her. Such YA isn’t my jam.

A problematic author whose books you have no interest in reading

My thoughts on the whole problematic label and whether or not to engage with the artists’ work is so conflicted that I’ll skip this question. For now, if I see a book that I want to read, I’ll read it.

An author you have read a couple of books from and have decided their books are not for you

Sarah J. Maas

This was tough to answer because I only read more than one book by an author if I like their work. Maas is the exception because I read the first two books from the Throne of Glass series. They were unimpressive. I haven’t returned to her work since then and I read those books a couple years ago. However, I wouldn’t totally write off her books since those were her first novels. It’s possible that I might try one of her more recent books one day.  

A genre you have no interest in OR a genre you tried to get into but couldn’t

True Grit by Charles Portis

Okay, I think I suck at this tag because I can’t be definite about anything. I don’t have any interest in westerns. It’s a genre that has never appealed to me, but it is possible that I might try one someday. True Grit is on my shelves. I bought a copy and know that I’ll probably read it because I don’t want my purchase to go to waste, which is how I’ll think of it if I should ever unhaul a book I bought but haven’t read.

A book you have bought but will never read (this can be a book you have unhauled/returned to the library unread)

Beard Science by Penny Reid

It’s the third novel in the Winston Brothers romance series, which I’m loving. I borrowed it from the library but returned it unread because I wasn’t in a romance mood. I fully intend to return to it.

A series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started and have DNF’d

Tensorate series by J.Y. Yang

I love the covers of these novellas. That’s what attracted me to them initially. They are silkpunk fantasy novellas about twins Mokoya and Akeha whose mother, the Protector of their kingdom, sold them to the Grand Monastery as kids. There’s some political intrigue to the story. I thought the first installment, The Black Tides of Heaven, was interesting, but I was hoping for more worldbuilding in the second one, The Red Threads of Fortune, but that didn’t happen. It didn’t interest me enough to continue.

A new release you have no interest in reading

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

It came out last year but still… I have no interest.


Are able to give a definite answer to any of these?

Apart from Doerr and Clare, none of my answers are definite.

(For more book tags, check out a long list of them here.)

16 thoughts on “Anti-TBR Book Tag

  1. Yay you did it 😀 The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes was surprisingly good, I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did O: but I can totally see why you’d be meh about it haha

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  2. AHHH I completely agree with your answers! CC and SJM are so popular but I just don’t get the hype around them and will not be reading any of their books *shrugs*
    I also am not interested in The Ballad Of Songbirds and Snakes – I’ve heard good things but nothing that has my interest

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  3. I’m with you on westerns, that’s a broad genre that generally doesn’t appeal to me. Same with the romance genre. Of course, there are exeptions to both, especially if they’re not pure forms of either. I loved the show Fireflly which was really just a western in space, and I enjoy some romantic elements in stories. And my tastes do shift over time so all this could go out the window at any point. 🙂

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    1. Same here on the exceptions. I read a comic book once that’s also a western set in space and really liked it. And for a while I wasn’t into romance, but now I’m enjoying it.

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