books i’m breaking up with

You know that feeling when you feel like you’re really going to like a book, but when you actually try to read it, you can’t get yourself into it, no matter how many times you try to read the book or what mood you’re in when you read it? This list is inspired by the books that bring that feeling on for me. There are quite a few books I’ve been feeling this way about as of late, and I have decided this post will serve as my official break up with them. Books, I hereby release myself from the guilt of not being able to read you.

Onwards to the books:

ninth house – leigh bardugo

Sadly, NINTH HOUSE, one of my most anticipated books last year, is one of the main inspirations for this post. I have tried to read it at least 3 times, and every time I just can’t seem to get into it. I also had some stuff spoiled for me that makes me think I know a few of the main plot points, and also finally found a list of the trigger warnings because I was worried about some of mine being present, and there are a lot that I think would just upset me to read about. I know the book is supposed to be very dark, but I don’t want to have to traumatize myself to read it, so I am releasing myself from the pressure to read this book.

the raven cycle – maggie stiefvater

I made myself read THE RAVEN BOYS last year because it’s so popular and ended up liking it. I own hardcovers of the whole series that I’ve traded for in the past, but honestly, I don’t really feel a need to continue it. I’m pretty sure I’ve figured out what happens in the end with Gansey and Blue and I already know about the Ronan/Adam ship. I just don’t think I’m going to feel the same suspense a reader who didn’t know those things would and I think that would just take away too much from my reading experience. So, I am not going to continue.

restore me – tahereh mafi

I bought this the second it came out and…still haven’t read it. I reread the SHATTER ME series when the new series came out, and honestly, I kind of wish I hadn’t because it dashed my original very high opinion of the series. I definitely liked it more as a teen than as an adult, and I think if I read RESTORE ME and the new series, my opinion of the original might change even more. I’d rather leave the SHATTER ME series as it is already in my mind and not corrupt it with another series I might not appreciate at my age now.

anna k – jenny lee

I just saw this is actually #1 in a series and that made me want to read it even less. I got this on a whim from Book of the Month even though I had an eARC and I definitely have regrets. I tried reading this one but the style is so dense and everyone seems horrible and it just does not seem like a book for me.

Comments

  1. erin on

    I DNF-ed Anna K too, all the characters were SO unlikable (and I get thats kind of the point but I still didn’t enjoy reading about it). Also get what you mean w/ Ninth House, I wasn’t able to finish it either and just don’t really have any desire to pick it back up!

    1. cottoncandybookwitch on

      I figured that about Anna K but it didn’t help, lol. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who wasn’t into Ninth House. I’m still kinda bummed about it because I loved the Grisha trilogy, but fortunately I read it late so I still have 3 more grisha-related books at least 🙂

  2. Caro @ bookcheshirecat on

    Such a great post! 😄 I had Restore Me on my TBR but the more time passed, the less interested I was in it. I think I’m just fine having read the original Trilogy, as I don’t think I would like the new books very much 😅 I still plan on reading Ninth House, but I think I need to be in a very specific mood to properly enjoy it!
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    1. cottoncandybookwitch on

      yeah, I just don’t know if I really *need* to continue Shatter Me. I’d definitely be interested to know what you think of Ninth House since I feel we often have similar opinions of books 🙂

  3. ari on

    I think its good for you to let go of the books you’re not enjoying. I have a hard time doing that, I keep trying and trying until I’m in the mood or it gets over the boring start.
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    1. cottoncandybookwitch on

      Yeah, I read it because of all the hype and liked it but just don’t feel the need to continue.

      1. onthebookpage on

        And that is okey I have felt that about some series in the past and I don´t feel like I missed out on anything leaving them behind 😛

  4. Roxanne Michelle on

    I have a signed LE of Ninth House and I’m still to scared to pick it up incase it disappoints me.
    Totally get what you mean with Shatter Me, I havent read those but I always worry if I re-read an old fav it won’t hold up.

  5. richa on

    I FEEL YOU WITH NINTH HOUSE. I heard so much about it and got so excited to read it, but then I read the first chapter and then had to reread it again because I was so confused. It just kept going everywhere and I had to keep going back to see what was happening? I only read like the first fifty pages so I might try it out again someday but I’m so glad that I wasn’t the only one who felt that way. And it was dark but I couldn’t even UNDERSTAND how it was dark because it just kept confusing me LMAO. liked this post a lot!!! 🧡

    1. cottoncandybookwitch on

      Thank you 😊 I just found the beginning so dense and boring? It was just so drastically different from her other books 😕

  6. Ali on

    This was a fun post, I basically agree with you on all of these books! I’ve seen so many mixed reviews about Ninth House and feel like it probably just isn’t for me. I kind of feel that way about all of Leigh Bardugo’s books after getting through the SOC duology. I also finally got around to reading The Raven Boys this year and was really disappointed…still not sure if I will keep going with it, but for now I’m good.
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  7. Sumedha on

    Ninth House is my current read, or rather a book I’m in the middle of. I paused it at 25% to read romance books since my exams are coming and I need comfort reads. But I’m really unsure if I want to go back to it. I wasn’t enjoying it and I might just break up with it too…

    1. cottoncandybookwitch on

      It’s definitely challenging to get into. I personally found the writing style kind of dense.

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