Anti-TBR Tag!

I saw this tag posted by Evelyn at Evelyn Reads and thought it looked really fun. I need a tag that disuades me from buying more books LOL!

I have no idea who created this but Evelyn thinks it was created by Nicole @Nicole and her books on Booktube, so we’ll go with that. 🙂

The questions:

A popular book everyone loves but you have no interest in reading?

Hmm, this is tough because I do like checking out so many of the popular books even if it’s just to dip my toes in and see what it’s about. I’m going to say The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie. Other than Best Served Cold, I have zero interest in checking out The First Law series–I’m just not much for grimdark and don’t like nihilism even if it’s cleverly written. 🙂

A classic book/author you don’t have an interest in reading?

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I know that this is a classic of the SF genre, I just have no interest in reading it. For one, I don’t want to support the author, and for two, I’m just think it’s not a good fit for me as a reader.

An author whose books you have no interest in reading?

I’m going to say….Robert Heinlein. I just think that his books are not something I’d enjoy and so I’ll pass.

A problematic author whose books you have no interest in reading?

Marion Zimmer Bradley. It’s a shame because her books look really good and she also collaborated with some of my favorite authors back in the day. But I just don’t want to have anything to do with things she touched because I’d always have her horrible actions in the back of my mind.

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

John Steinbeck. Look, I’ve already read a bunch of Steinbeck in high school and that’s why I have NO interest in reading any more of his stuff. I hate his writing, I hate his depressing ass stories, I hate his books with the burning passion of a thousand suns. Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk.

A genre you have no interest in OR genre you tried and couldn’t get into?

I think grimdark fantasy is pretty much not for me. There are a very few books that may be considered grimdark that I’ve enjoyed but it’s just not for me. Also cyberpunk. I’m not really a cyberpunk person. I think I like it in film and tv but it just doesn’t interest me in book form.

A book you bought but will never read OR a library book you borrowed but returned unread?

Oh well to my shame I’ve returned many library books unread LOL. The latest was A Longer Fall by Charlaine Harris–which I still mean to read but just wasn’t in the mood at the time I had it out! A book I’ve bought that I will never read? There are so many that I probably won’t get to but I’m always optimistic! 🙂

A series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started but have DNF’ed?

The Pliocene Exile books by Julian May. I tried with the first book, I really did, but the writing style turned me off and I just couldn’t get into the story. It’s a shame because the premise seems really fascinating.

A new release you have no interest in reading?

Oh, I got this one! Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline. Not only because I didn’t read the first book, but just because I have no desire to read a book that’s mostly driven by nostalgia. I have Stranger Things to scratch that itch. 😉

And that’s it for this tag! I’m not going to tag anyone but if you like this one consider yourself tagged!

20 thoughts on “Anti-TBR Tag!

  1. cari lyn jones says:

    I completely agree with you about Steinbeck! When my daughter was having to read them for school, I remember commenting to her teacher that it’s no wonder teenage suicide rates are so high, nothing like introducing depressing stories without hope to kids caught in the emotional winds of puberty.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Yeah it’s all very ick and tragic and just….how did *she* never get ‘cancelled’??? Ah, the days before the internet I guess.
      Anywho, yeah, this tag was a lot of fun to fill out!

  2. Louise says:

    This looks like a fun tag! Interesting answers… I really don’t know how I would answer, it will take some thinking about!

  3. dinipandareads says:

    Great tag and answers! I had no idea about Marion Zimmer Bradley and wow, just… No 😖 That’s awful! Will definitely be adding those books to my never-ever list! I read Ready Player One but have no interest in reading Ready Player Two (and I’ve heard really not-good things about it anyway LOL)l Also agree about grimdark and cyberpunk–I’ve read a few and they’re definitely not my cuppa and will stay far away 😂

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Yeah, I guess a lot of people still don’t know because it happened so long ago and her books are still out there. I think the series is probably great but I just can’t bring myself to read it.
      Hah! Yeah, sometimes we just know when a style or subgenre’s not for us haha. 🙂

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery says:

    Interesting tag, and even more so because it opened a window on an issue I was not aware of (the MZB horrendous reveal): it’s true that learning something unpleasant (to say the least) about an author ends up coloring our approach to their works, no matter how far they are from the issue at hand…
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  5. @lynnsbooks says:

    Strangely enough I also don’t fancy the Ready Player Two book. I really enjoyed the first one but it didn’t feel like it needed a sequel and I always liked that it was a standalone. Or so I thought. I was excited at first when I found out that there would be a book 2 but then my interest in it has kind of waned. I just wonder if it will feel like much of a muchness and I worry it will spoil the ‘glow’ I felt for book 1.
    Lynn 😀

  6. JonBob says:

    I love how we still have good book banter when grimdark and cyberpunk are my FAVE genres and they’re the ones most not for you 🙂

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