5 Books I Wish I Wanted to Read

by - 7:09 PM

Inspired by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight. Go check her out; she's pretty darn cool. 

If you've been around here for any length of time, you'll know I don't often read super popular books. Still, there are a lot of books I see so many people raving about that I also want to rave about. Whether they're groundbreaking + culturally important or just have pretty rad characters, I WANT to be able to want these books . . . but for some reason, I just can't. They spark no interest in my cold dead heart, despite me wishing they would. Here are five of those such books--and why I wish I wanted to read them. 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - I know I am the one (1) person on the planet not planning to read this. I'm just not interested in contemporary books (unless they're lgbt+, because we always need more of our stories told). I honestly don't think I'd enjoy it--purely because of the genre. (Like I wouldn't enjoy The Illuminae Files because they're sci-fi.) I think this book deals well with critical issues, but I can commend that without it being my kind of book.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin - "But Ellie!" you say. "If you're a huge fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, and Robert Jordan, wouldn't you like all epic fantasy series?" Yeah. If I think they're well-written. Unfortunately, I've never been able to get into Martin's prose (and I've tried multiple times). It just seems so bland and staccato, and yet !! do you know how frustrating it is for everyone else to love a thing you SHOULD and by all rights usually WOULD love, but don't?? it is the most sad.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz - I know I just said I'll read contemporary if it's gay. (I will read most things if they're gay, to be fair.) But this is the rare exception. It looks like a novel that balances heartache and happiness well, which is a rarity in lgbt+ stories. But it also looks very, very boring. You can call the writing style "beautiful" and swoon over it all you want, but it just makes me want to take a nap. I do wish I liked it, though!

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black - Guys. If this were still 2016, I would have gobbled up this book like nobody's business. I love political fantasy, and Black is an excellent writer. But in the past year or so, I've drifted away from YA fantasy. It all just feels the same to me now, and I have little desire to read more. I WANT TO WANT THIS BOOK SO BADLY. I love the idea of the main character being an unapologetically bad person. But it just came into my life too late, I think.

Literally anything by Jane Austen - Due to the popularity of Pride & Prejudice, Austen seems to be the classics author that most of the people I know have read--even people who don't usually like classics. But I just CAN'T GET INTO IT, AHHH. I particularly want to read Sense & Sensibility (because of its importance to the characters in one of my favorite book series) and Emma (because it just sounds like a good time), but I CAN'T. I like older, thick prose, but only when it's detailing MURDER and SUFFERING or has a spooky Gothic vibe, like in Wuthering Heights, A Christmas Carol, Ethan Frome, Macbeth, or Les Miserables. Without that suspense or heart-pounding action, the flowery-ness of the prose just bogs me down too much. 

Let's chat! Have you read any of these books? What are some books you wish you wanted to read? Comment below, and have a lovely day. <3


P.S. - This is the last post before I disappear off the face of the Earth for a week. Academic Decathlon--again. (This is the last time, though!) Just letting you know why it'll be a little quiet around here for a bit :)

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  1. I agree with all of these. I won’t be reading any of them, except possibly The Cruel Prince, and I’m still undecided on that one. I feel like I should like it, but yeah...
    Books I should want to read but don’t: Les Miserables, The Lord of the Rings.

    1. Ooh! I really like both Les Mis and LOTR, but I understand where some people wouldn't. Have you read The Hobbit?

      Thanks for commenting!!

  2. Oh man, I agree with all of these except for maybe The Cruel Prince (I like Holly Black, what can I say). The Hate U Give seems like such an important story, but I'm the same way with not really liking contemporary novels...And I think I might have read one chapter of Aristotle and Dante before putting it down. You're right, it just seems so boring. So do all of the "important" classics like Jane Austen... I prefer classics like The Picture of Dorian Gray and Brave New World. So much more science fiction-y and interesting.

    1. Holly Black frustrates me because I love her writing, but with every one of her books there's something else keeping me from it. The plot of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown turns me off, I'm too old for The Iron Trial . . . but I want to read something of hers!! I haven't read Dorian Grey, but it's one of the next few classics I want to get to.

  3. I have read two or three Jane Austen books, but I don't love them. I don't know why, but her style doesn't appeal to me, though I do enjoy a lot of the movie adaptions of her books. The books themselves are hard to get through. I love Dickens and the Bronte sisters!
    I tend to shy away from things that are super hyped, unless I have a genuine interest in them to begin with. That's partly why I haven't read The Hunger Games. Of course I have read a lot of EXTREMELY popular books (Lord of the Rings, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Percy Jackson and Harry Potter for crying out loud) but most of the time I got into them before I realized what a big deal they were. Like when I was small and didn't realize hype was even a thing. Now I am much more unreasonable. Aside from Jane Austen I haven't read anything on your list, nor do I have much of a desire to- except for maybe The Hate U Give, but that's maybe more of a want to want to.
    Sometimes I wish that I wanted to read things like Dante's Divine Tragedy or the Iliad and ancient stuff like that because I think it could help inform my own writing and give me a wider understanding of literature- but on the other hand it's just hard.

  4. I feel the exact same way about The Hate U Give! I want to read it but I also can't stand contemporaries, so I've been torn. Same goes for Aristotle and Dante. And I still think I want to try reading The Cruel Prince, but I agree that if it had been published a few years ago, I would have been more excited for it. I am kind of sick of the fae YA books by now...


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