Popular Books I’ll Probably Never Read

Popular Books I’ll Probably Never Read

As a book blogger who participates in the bookish community on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads and so on. You often see a lot of talk about popular books! Even on booktube. I see hype surrounding a select few books and every time I just know I’m not remotely interested in reading them. This isn’t for no reason though, and I’m not here to slate books for the sake of it! I am simply going to outline some popular books that I’ll probably never read and why. Let’s get started!

The Guilded Wolves By Roshani Chokshi

It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

I have watched and read so many reviews for this book. Unfortunately, the same issues kept on popping up surrounding the plot and characters that just completely put me off. I have heard the same problematic elements time and time again to the point where I just don’t think I am going to invest my time reading something I know I won’t like? The cover is absolutely stunning though and I think this book had a lot of potential!

Girls of Paper and Fire By Natasha Ngan

girls of paper and fire

Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel. But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

This is a book I was genuinely interested in reading. However, it has been brought to my attention that it contains trigger warnings towards certain subjects. For this reason I don’t want to read it. I am not about to put myself in a situation to be made to feel extremely uncomfortable if I can avoid it so. The cover is absolutely beautiful and I love the concept of the story. I have heard amazing things about it and I’m sad I cant bring myself to read it. For anyone wondering specifically about the trigger warning, this book contains violence and sexual abuse.

Aurora Rising By Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

aurora rising

From the internationally bestselling authors of The Illuminae Files comes an epic new science fiction adventure.

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

This one simply comes down to genre and my own personal interests. I have never been remotely interested in anything Sci-Fi related. Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers – none of it. It is probably one of my least favourite genre’s, not even a pretty cover could make me pick it up. Perhaps one day I will try to give the Sci-Fi genre another try. For now there are far too many books in genres that I love for me to get through!

The Twilight Saga By Stephanie Meyer

About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

Nope, nope, nope, nope and nope. I really didn’t like the movies and I don’t even want to imagine what the books are like. During my early teens everybody was so obsessed with this. All my friends were reading it and I just couldn’t stand it. I found it so cheesy! I think all the romance elements ruined it for me. The relationships seemed so unhealthy! This is a popular series I for sure, won’t be reading!

Renegades by Marissa Meya

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

Similarly to Aurora Rising, Renegades is just down to my own personal tastes. Superheroes and super powers isn’t really my thing. It doesn’t remotely interest me in the slightest. I just find it so overdone that it bores me almost. All super heroes want justice and to save the world, I’ve seen it over and over and so I’m just done with the idea of it.

These are just a few popular books I’ll probably never read. Are there any popular books that you know you probably won’t read? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. 3rd June 2019 / 4:40 PM

    Agree with Twilight! I never even made it through the first movie. Way too cringe for me!

    • Dominique
      3rd June 2019 / 4:41 PM

      The levels of cringe are unbearable to say the very least!

  2. 3rd June 2019 / 4:42 PM

    I’m never going to read the Twilight series either! The Gilded Wolves is on my TBR, however.

    • Dominique
      3rd June 2019 / 4:47 PM

      Perhaps Twilight isn’t that popular afterall!

  3. 3rd June 2019 / 5:00 PM

    Started twilight but nope… I almost cringed inside out

  4. 4th June 2019 / 10:22 AM

    I read Twilight years ago and totally agree with you, it isn’t worth the time. I didn’t The Gilded Wolves as well! But I looking forward to reading Aurora rising soon!

    • 4th June 2019 / 10:22 AM

      *love The Gilded Wolves

    • Dominique
      4th June 2019 / 10:32 AM

      Yeeaaaa I’ve seen so many meh reviews for it to the point where I just dont wanna read it

  5. 4th June 2019 / 11:52 PM

    With the exception of Aurora Rising, I probably will not read any of these books either. But, I adored the Illuminae Files and will read anything Kristoff and Kaufman write together.

    • Dominique
      5th June 2019 / 12:17 PM

      Maybe one day I will find time to dabble in Sci-Fi again to give it another chance. I have heard nothing but great things about Aurora Rising, but knowing I’m generally just not into the genre massively puts me off!

  6. 5th June 2019 / 4:12 PM

    I’ve heard so many negative and problematic things about The Gilded Wolves too, I’m slightly put off.

    • Dominique
      5th June 2019 / 6:40 PM

      yeeaaaaa it put me right off! Maybe if I hard heard one or two complaints but literally every review I’ve seen has said the same things

  7. 6th June 2019 / 5:42 PM

    I had to DNF GOPAF unfortunately, I did really enjoy Renegades though! I haven’t read the others, hopefully I will but we shall see!

    • Dominique
      7th June 2019 / 11:23 AM

      how comes it was a DNF for you?

      • 7th June 2019 / 11:26 AM

        It has major triggers for sexual assult/rape and graphic violence and I wasn’t in the right headspace for it! I have heard the best things though 🙂

        • Dominique
          7th June 2019 / 11:33 AM

          ahhhh same for me! That stuff really put me off too!

  8. Shaunna McLaren
    9th June 2019 / 12:37 PM

    I keep going back and forth with Gilded Wolves. I’m intrigued by it, but I’ve also heard a lot of negativity surrounding it — as well as the fact it’s apparently a little too similar to SoC.

    I read Girls of Paper and Fire and, although I wasn’t triggered by any of the themes, I really felt like they weren’t dealt with in a sensitive way, which really put me off.

    • Dominique
      9th June 2019 / 12:47 PM

      Yessss I’ve heard the Six of Crows comments too. I think it just tries to do too much at once and it just got messy!

  9. 9th June 2019 / 1:37 PM

    Tired reading Girls of Paper and Fire and something just didn’t click and I put it down. At this point im also never gonna read anything by Classandra Clare or SJM, but im more so inclined to try SJM for whatever reason

    • Dominique
      9th June 2019 / 6:39 PM

      Ive not read anything from SJM but I really want to try at some point!

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