Top Ten Tuesday: Popular 2014 books I have no interest in reading.



Good Morning and welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme, Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they gave us a freebie, we could pick any theme we wanted for our lists this week.  Working in a library I often get suggestions from patrons of books I MUST read.  I also see some titles pop up on multiple blogs for review and on lists like this.  Like the rest of you I add the ones I’m interested in and roll my eyes at the rest… kidding, kinda…   So this week I give you a list of ten popular reads of 2014 that I will be missing out on.   If one of your favs is listed here feel free to lobby for it in the comments section and maybe you can change my mind.  Probably not though.

Ten popular books of 2014 I won’t be reading.

  1. Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1)Mr. King and I parted ways a long time ago,  mainly because I think he is an ass when it comes to other popular authors.  Now it is mainly that his style of writing, horror books in general actually, hold no interest for me.
  2. All the Light We Cannot See A historical fiction book set in WWII,  no thanks…
  3. We Were Liars Teenage angst without a paranormal element.  I’ll pass.
  4. Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)  The last book I read that was a take on the Wizard of Oz was such a chore to get through that it killed any desire I have to read another one…
  5. The Revenge of Seven (Lorien Legacies, #5)  I stuck with this series right up to the last book and decided I was done.  I just don’t care how this ends anymore.
  6. Four: A Divergent Story Collection (Divergent, #0.1 - 0.4)  Didn’t this series end already…  I actually liked the ending, satisfied with how things turned out so I’m good.
  7. Prince Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles #11)  Bet ya didn’t think you would see a vampire book on this list did ya.  I have never been able to get into her vamp series, so looks like I won’t be reading this new title either.
  8. To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)  While I do confess the premise of this book looks cute, I’m still over reading about teenage angst.  Hope that changes soon, but this one still won’t be making my list.
  9. Landline  I read to escape not read about other people dealing with everyday problems.
  10. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry  Now I love books and libraries and book stores, but this just sounds boring…

Alright some of these were a stretch as to be labeled “popular”, but I wanted to round out the list.  What titles do you keep getting recommended but have no interest in reading?


23 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Popular 2014 books I have no interest in reading.

  1. Hahaha. All the Light We Cannot See is one I’ve been recommended too and I just don’t think I could do it. Btw, you’re not missing out on anything by passing on Dorothy Must Die. It’s SO bad. Four is more of some background on Four not a continuation, but you’re not missing much. Also, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before sucks. So go ahead and pass. Lol.
    I did my TTT on reasons to read comics! :)

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    1. I’d heard that about Dorothy Must Die, makes me wonder why it was so popular. Maybe I should reconsider and use it for a book with bad reviews for Popsugar reading challenge. :)


  2. If you like historical fiction at all, All the Light We Cannot See is really good! I, too, get sick of WWII books and find them depressing. But, this was more intriguing than depressing. The two main characters are young adults and I found their story fascinating. But, it’s definitely historical fiction set in WWII. So, if you’re set against it, you should skip it.

    The Storied Life of AJ Fikry’s beauty lies in its quirky characters and cozy island feel. Granted, it’s not a page turner. But, I fell in love with the characters and their mild dramas. It’s a light book.

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  3. I am not a big fan of historical fiction and my absolute reading priority is fantasy, bu I’d most likely read historical fiction set in medieval or really ancient times (BCE).
    I wonder why they keep writing all this WW2 and modern era historical fiction but not so much medieval and ancient times. I follow a some book blogs which are not exclusively fantasy, and never seen medieval or ancient historical fiction promoted there. Any historical fiction books I saw were too modern to my taste.

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  4. I actually really loved Landline and I’ve been wanting to read All the Light We Cannot see. To All the Boys I’ve loved before was boring as hell so yeah, you’re not missing out on that (the main character was more annoying than America Singer and that says a lot).

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  5. LOL excellent topic. Quite a few of these would be on my list as well. I read The Storied Life of AJ Fikry and thought it was predictable and fairly boring. However, I feel like I’m the only who did. :P

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  6. I grabbed Four on audiobook because I was curious but knew I’d never actually READ it… and it surprised me. I like it more than I expected to. It provided a lot of background information about Four and Dauntless before Tris ever came into the picture, as well as Four’s perspective during Tris’ initiation period.

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  7. I’m actually interested in All the Light We Cannot See, and I really enjoyed Landline. I’m currently about halfway through The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, and so far it’s alright. It’s a short book, so I’ll finish it, but it’s not ground-breaking or anything. I agree with Stefani about Dorothy Must Die. I couldn’t finish it. It was just so horrible, and I can’t believe there’s a second one coming out this year. All the other books, I’ve heard of, and either I’m not interested in reading them or I want to finish the other parts of the series before I get to them.


      1. You’re right about that. There have been series that I started, but didn’t finish in the past. Lately, I’ve been trying out the first book from the library before making any purchasing decisions.

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  8. I don’t think I’ve ever willingly read a historical fiction but All The Light seemed like something I’d grow to love (well, maybe I’m just a blind optimist). However, I haven’t picked it up even though I instabought it and have it sitting on my nightstand. Ahhhh, I’m sure I’ll get to it eventually…


    We Were Liars…oh, dear. I don’t understand the appeal of this book. Well, no, that’s not a fair comment. I do understand the appeal of it but I don’t understand why everyone says the shock is brilliant or the most jaw-dropping event of the year. I don’t getttttt ittttttt. That was the only redeeming quality (in my opinion) in a generally plotless novel. But most readers should have their skeptical hat on (because its a unreliable narrator) and so the big reveal was like “okay, and?” at best for me. Derp. I’ll stop preaching my anger LOL.

    joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts


    1. Lol, but tell us how you really feel about it. :) Some books are like that though, bring something out in us and make us wonder what the heck everyone else saw in it. Good luck on getting to All The Light.


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