Here’s to another Top Ten Tuesday, now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Don’t you just hate getting so excited for a book, then you find reviews that simply change your mind of ever reading it? There are a few books that suffered through bad reviews, and some books that didn’t deserve the bad press. So here’s my list of books I don’t feel completely sold on reading anymore:
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
I love the TV show so much that I fear I may actually not love this ragtag gang on paper, and I saw that complaint quite a bit on Goodreads. And I heard the book doesn’t live up to the show (you don’t hear that much, do you?). So as much as I would love to read this series just to see how Q and the rest of the magically obsessed casters live up to my high expectations, I won’t chance my luck. I’ll just keep loving the show and ignoring the books (highly unlikely of me).
Zenith by Lindsay Cummings and Sasha Alsberg
I’ve been wanting to branch out more into sci-fi books, and I truly thought Zenith may be the book that started me on that path. But quite a few reviews somewhat persuaded me into not reading it. Several readers felt the book suffered from slow writing that dragged on for many chapters to disappointing characters who had little personality or were dubbed vicious, yet were the exact opposite. I was hoping for a Dark Matter-type story, but it sounds anything but. So I might just skip this altogether.
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
I had high hopes for this book. I first heard about it last summer when Goodreads was brimming with comments about it. And just look at the cover. You don’t always see coloured characters on there. It is a gorgeous book, and the synopsis sealed the deal for many readers. But then the reviews started coming in, and I questioned if I should read The Belles. I won’t go into a huge rant about the fact that LGBTQ+ needs more representation. You’ve heard it all before. While some authors excelled with doing so, some have failed, and others did represent these characters, only to ruin the book by doing something drastic to these characters. So I don’t know what to think.
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Do you know how long I’ve wanted to read this book? Probably several years. But I haven’t taken the plunge. I wasn’t sure if the subject matter would be too much. But I watched the show and saw how the story has such depth to it. But I question if the book itself glorifies depression and suicide. Perhaps it does (to some readers), but it also shows how easily sexual assault, and depression, is often covered up, and we don’t bother to see how people struggle with their past. A part of me still wants to read it, but unfortunately, the online rumours hit GR, and I wonder if I should bother anymore.
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
I’ll admit: I love the cover, and I wanted to read this book once it was published. And I’m wondering if I want to put it on this list. Controversy has followed this series though. Some reviewers questioned how Jay problematically represented a racial group in his story. And while reading the reviews and the way he approached this issue on Twitter just turned me off the books. But I want to judge for myself, so I might read it eventually.