The anti-TBR tag was created by Nicole from Nicole & Her Books!!

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

Death in Her Hands: A Novel: Moshfegh, Ottessa: 9781984879356: Books -

Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh – Pretty sure that if I tried to read this I’d DNF it like 10% in. I’ve read My Year of Rest and Relaxation and can confidently say that Ottessa Moshfegh’s books are just not for me. Also I heard there’s a lot of fatphobia in this book, which no, thanks ย ยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏย 

Fake Accounts: Oyler, Lauren: 9781948226929: Books -

Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler No offense but you couldn’t pay me to read this book. Like I’d rather do literally anything else than read this book. Like every time I see this book pop up on my feed I can feel myself recoiling from how little I want to read it.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue: Schwab, V. E.: 9780765387561: Books -

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab – Again, no offense to people who like her books, but V. E. Schwab’s books are just so very MEDIOCRE and underwhelming to me.

2. A classic book (or author) you donโ€™t have an interest in reading?

Charles Dickens. I can’t with Dickens. I’ve read most of Oliver Twist and a good chunk of Our Mutual Friend and I just CANNOT STAND his rambling writing style and convoluted plots. Also garbage female characters. Pass.

3. An author whose books you have no interest in reading?

There are A LOT:

  • Ali Smith – tried reading the first book in her seasons quartet (is that even what it’s called?) and I DNF’d it so fast. I just don’t like her writing style at all and I’m pretty confident that I won’t get along with any other of her books.
  • Garth Greenwell – I read What Belongs to You a while ago and really disliked it. Greenwell’s books are the kind of literary fiction that I hate: the super Literary kind that tries super hard to be deep and profound but is actually about making a whole bunch of super trivial and boring events seem like they are Super Important.
  • Margaret Atwood – I have zero interest in Atwood and her politics.
  • Haruki Murakami – Reading Norwegian Wood permanently put me off any Murakami for the rest of my life. And it’s pretty well-known how shitty his female characters are so…
  • Donna Tartt – Again, the kind of literary fiction that I hate. I DESPISED The Secret History and will never understand why everyone likes it so much. Frankly, I find Tartt’s writing super pretentious and I’m 100% sure that I won’t be picking up any of her other books ever again.

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

John Boyne, Junot Diaz. Nope.

4. An author you have read a couple of books from & have decided their books are not for you?

  • Maggie O’Farrell – I hated her overly ornate writing style in Hamnet and have been told that that style continues in her other novels, so I’m gonna pass.
  • Donal Ryan – I have read exactly 2 books by Donal Ryan: the first I skim read/DNF’d, and the second was my least favourite read of 2020. It’s gonna be a no from me when it comes to his books.
  • Helen Oyeyemi – I read White is For Witching a while back and HATED IT WITH A PASSION. It was one of those novels that tries to be super mysterious for the ~suspense~ but just ends up being straightup confusing for no reason.
  • Victoria Schwab
  • Ottessa Moshfegh

5. A genre you have no interest in OR a genre you tried to get into & couldnโ€™t?

Mysteries/thrillers and middle grade.

6. A book you have bought but will never read?

I don’t think I have an answer for this. I only buy books that I’ve read and loved so I don’t really have any books that I’ve bought but don’t want to read.

7. A series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started & have DNFโ€™d?

The Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden. The first book was fine, the second was a mess, and I’m pretty confident that I won’t like the third so I’m gonna save myself the bother of reading it.

8. A new release you have no interest in reading?

Milk Fed: A Novel: Broder, Melissa: 9781982142490: Books -

Milk Fed by Melissa Broder – This book falls into the Messy Woman trope that I hate (with some exceptions), and I can just tell from a million miles away that this would be book that I really would not like.

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro – I’ve read Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day and found them both super boring and disappointing. I don’t think I’ll be reading anything from him again. Also, this has been getting pretty lukewarm reviews anyway…

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10 thoughts on “THE ANTI-TBR TAG

  1. Ha, I love this tag. I hate Dickens so that’s a great start. I also struggle with Ali Smith’s more recent work and with Atwood in general. And while I’m a huge Ishiguro fan, totally agree with your decision to skip Klara and the Sun, it was disappointing.

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    1. yeah im not sure ill ever go back to Ishiguro again – i think he has a lot of interesting ideas but his stories don’t really work for me as *stories*. and lol “I hate Dickens so that’s a great start” YES !!! loving the solidarity haha

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  2. I adore Ottessa Moshfegh and Death in her Hands was garbage, lol, you are not missing much there. And I absolutely detest Atwood. But also, so many of my favorite books/authors on this list it’s actually hilarious (Ishiguro, Tartt, Broder, Ryan, O’Farrell, Smith)–I respect it but OUCH MY HEART!!

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    1. yeah ive heard a lot of mixed reviews, to say the least, about Death in Her Hands…perhaps i will check out her next novel though if it sounds interesting ๐Ÿ‘€ sometimes i am too weak to resist the Moshfegh hype


  3. Ahhh this post is vicious I love it ๐Ÿ˜‚ Lots of books I enjoyed are dragged here but I forgive you haha. I do feel the same way about Schwab’s books. But NOOOOO to White is for Witching, that’s one of my all-time favourites. ๐Ÿ˜› Most people I know who’ve read it didn’t like it, though. And it did take me like four rereads before I really got the hang of what was going on, lol… I did this tag in December if you’d like to compare answers

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    1. LOL thank you! ive gotten a bit ruthless with DNFing lately lol ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ and haha sorry!! i just dont think Helen Oyeyemi’s books are for me. and im definitely gonna check out your post ๐Ÿ‘€

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