Cleaning up my TBR! Books I lost interest in.

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Recently I was looking through my pile of unread books trying to figure out which one to use for a Bookstagram prompt and realized there were many books that I just lost interest in. So I decided to clean out my TBR and of course, I had to share with all of you. Allons-y!

What are the reasons that make you lose interest in a book? I’m glad you asked.

For me, there are a couple but one of the main ones is the following. I’ve always been a reader but being a bit older (I’m 39, please don’t tell anyone) I wasn’t a teen when this new wave of Young Adult books came to be. Of course, I had read Harry Potter but I learned of Hunger Games because of the movies. Also being from a French province in Canada where you can literally avoid learning English most of our stores/bookstores are local French Canadian companies. Getting English books might seem like a no brainer to you but here it can be an issue if you do not live where there is an Indigo/Chapter store. It’s only recently that we have started seeing more and more YA books being translated in French. When I first discovered Owlcrate Subscription Book Boxes my mind was blown. Where was I all these years? I missed the blossoming of YA and I knew I had a lot of catching up to do. And it is this catching up that led me in the predicament I am in now. I started to buy every forking book I saw out there no matter what it was about. This is such a wrong way to go about it but I regret nothing, lol. So now as I regard my TBR I wonder why did I ever buy this?

Also, I subscribe to a couple different monthly book boxes. From Owlcarte to Shelflove and the occasional Fairyloot or Illumicrate. I used to get them regardless of if the book interested me. Hell, I didn’t even cancel a month if two boxes were doing the same book. I know I have issues. I have a bunch of books that I just stare at thinking I might pick them up one day. Truth is that will never happen. So why keep them! One of my resolution this year is to skip the months that I have no interest in the book to beginning with. Hopefully, I will stick to the plan.

So I looked through the books that fit both of these categories and these are the ones that are getting voted off the island.

Books I bought


Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

I got this one when the TV show started and wanted to see what the fuss was about. It has been sitting in my TBR since then. There is also a lot of talk about things the author did and it makes me want to read it less and less.

Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

I know a lot of my friends loved this book and I was keen on reading it. I started it when it was a group read for TBR and Beyond last year but wasn’t too much in the mood for it at the time. Now it’s just sitting there and whenever I think about reaching for it something stops me. After reading the synopsis again I realized that it’s because I am no longer interested in the story.

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

I read her first book Puddin and like it enough to be interested in this one. I have to say that I started this book probably a year ago and got to maybe a quarter in. I put it aside to read book club reads and never picked it up again. Now that I look at it I just don’t think I want to continue reading it. It wasn’t a story that kept me captivated the first time and I don’t think it will the second time around. Might as well find it a better home.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

I only got this one cause it was everywhere. I think even as I was buying it I was questioning it. You see I struggle with certain types of contemporary. Hard-hitting ones are not really my thing and this seemed like exactly that.

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Another case of seeing someone share this. It does sound cool and maybe I’ll listen to the audiobook one day or see the movie. I just don’T see myself reading this in the near future. It’s been on my TBR for over 2 years and I never even thought about reaching for it. Sorry girl, you’re out.

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid 

I like the cover on this one but like the previous books on this list, nothing calls to me to pick it up. It’s been sitting there for quite some time now.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I was very excited about this one cause I have a couple of buddies that did read it and enjoyed it quite a lot. This is another that I started and had to put down. It feels a bit like magical realism and that is a style I can struggle with. I was thought I was going to pick it up again but every time I think about doing that I realize I don’t want to.


Books I received in book boxes

Da Vincis’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott

Even when I got this in Owlcrate I was like Meh! The cover is uninspiring and the synopsis leaves me unconvinced. I’ve had it I think for over four years, it’s never going to happen.

The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson

This was known as the green box I believe. Everything in that month’s Owlcrate was green. I hate this cover and green that is not outside in nature is my most disliked colour. It looks kind of cool but I’m just not feeling it. I know these are petty reasons not to pick up a book but it’s just too much.

Catching Stars by Cayla Keenan

I don’t even remember how this one came to be in my possession. I think one box put two books in one month.

Foolish Heart by Emma Mills

It doesn’t sound like something I would like at all. YA contemporary can be a bit hard for me especially when it’s in a school setting.

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

I haven’t heard good things about this one which makes me sad cause it’s a diverse gender-bent Pride and Prejudice retelling and that is my jam. I just am too scared of being angry at it and not enjoy it.

Roseblood by A.G. Howard

I dislike this author’s writing. I read Splintered and it took me around 2 months to finish it. I have no interest in going through that again.

Let’s chat!

Did you read any of these? If so what were your thoughts? Leave me a comment.





15 thoughts on “Cleaning up my TBR! Books I lost interest in.

  1. I highly recommend The Girl With All the Gifts, but I know it’s not for everyone. Plus it’s definitely not YA. But congrats on actually getting rid of some books! I find that very hard to do.

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  2. So surprisingly, my second Owlcrate box was the one with Da Vinci’s Tiger in it. I actually read it, and while I wasn’t blown away, I wasn’t disappointed with it! I think that’s the book that made me want to try more historical fiction novels, so I guess you could say that was my gateway book?! Nice post ❤ It's nice to get rid of books every once in a while. I need to do the same.

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  3. I haven’t (thankfully) gotten on the huge YA bandwagon. I don’t actually see what all the fuss is about. I’m not a teenager anymore so I don’t want to read about people in high school lol. Awesome post though!

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    1. Well it’s sure if you choose YA contemporary you do get all the teenage angst but I found that in genres like YA fantasy the age doesn’t really show that much. But that is what is great about books, there is something for everyone.

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  4. I added DaVinci’s Tiger to my TBR out of curiosity, but as my library doesn’t have it, I’m unlikely to try it anytime soon!

    I loved Ari and Dante, but it is very hard hitting, and I listened to it on audio in the car. It was read by Lin Manuel Miranda and it was epic, I will say that.

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