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Books I removed from my TBR

Books removed

Hello fellow bookworms 📚 It’s time for another Top Five Wednesday, which is a weekly meme which was created by Lainey and is now hosted by Sam! I’m so excited that I now have more time to participate, as this is my favorite meme, even though this will be the only topic I participated in when it comes to July. This week’s topic is Books you’ve removed from your TBR so the idea is that we should “Discuss the books that you wanted to read at one point, but don’t anymore” which pretty much allows us to choose any book that once has been on our TBR!

I like this prompt a lot, as I regularly go through my Goodreads shelves and remove any books I have no interest in reading anymore or that I know I will probably never get to. Therefore, it was also weirdly hard to decide which books I wanted to talk about because they are no longer on my TBR and I didn’t remember every book I removed distinctly. Here are the books that popped into my mind immediately, when I kept thinking about the topic!

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Allegiant (Veronica Roth) ⛔️ Let’s be real I will never ever get to this book, so I recently took it off my TBR and will unhaul the book (+ the entire Series) as well. I have just lost interest in the Divergent books and no longer want to support the author, so I don’t see why I should keep Allegiant. The second book wasn’t that great and I know everyone hates the last one … I think that since my opinion on the books changed I would not like Allegiant as well. Therefore, I won’t read it, as I try not to read books that I know I won’t like, as it’s not a great use of my time. So bye book.

Two Dark Reigns (Kendare Blake) ⛔️ Here is where I am conflicted (and sad), because I was SO excited for the Three Dark Crowns Series, I preordered book 1 and 2, but in the sequel the Series went downhill for me. I plan to reread the first book, as I feel like my original Review (5 stars) was too generous. I just wanted to love it so much and even tried to see past that the book was NOT what the synopsis promised. It’s very character driven and the real action doesn’t start until 75-80% into the book, when the synopsis makes it seem like the battle starts right now. I feel like if I reread this it would be more of a 4 star read. Then there’s the fact that I was really disappointed by the sequel. If you spent an entire book setting up the battle then I expect action and a battle, but One Dark Throne was like the first book. Nothing barely happened and the action was too slim for all the buildup. There were no great stakes, no fast paced plot. Instead we got stuck with the cheating storyline from book 1 …. and the direction the book went into was even more disappointing. It’s personal taste, but for me it was a mistake to extend this from 2 to 4 books, as now I feel like the direction the book is taking is so off from the original premise that as of right now I have taken the third book off my TBR. I will look into the Reviews, but I feel like I will give up on this Series. (Wow that got long, it seems like I have a lot of feelings about this)

Reign the Earth (A.C. Gaughen) ⛔️ This is a book where I wouldn’t say that I will NEVER add it to my TBR again. But as of right now it’s not on my TBR, which is solely due to the themes and triggers that appear. Reign the Earth is a NA fantasy book and very dark, it deals with a lot of abuse and violence, miscarriage, rape – so all very heavy themes. I have to be honest with you, I don’t know if I want to or can deal with the book being so dark and I feel like I have to be in a very specific state of mind. I always get emotionally invested in books so violence and abuse always affects me a lot when it appears excessively in books. I have to mentally prepare myself to go into a book with these themes. They are important to get discussed, but can also really pull you down. That’s why I’m not sure if I will read this book.

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A Shadow Bright and Burning (Jessica Cluess) ⛔️ So I had this on my TBR for the longest time, but then after a while I decided to remove it, as I really don’t think that I would end up liking this book. Generally, I hate it in fantasy books when the female MC is the first girl ever/or in centuries to have magical powers, while those are common among male characters, like why??? Why can’t girls have those powers? Why do we need to have the MC be the first girl sorcerer? I just really dislike the trope, especially as it always paves the way for a love square with all the other male sorcerers, which is the case here. I also heard not so great things about the love interests and I feel like we’ll have a lot of sexism in the world building and I’m so tired of that, so nope.

Roar (Cora Carmack) ⛔️ This was actually on one of my most anticipated releases lists and it has majorly positive Reviews, but there is one critical Review that really made me realize that this book and I would not be friends. You can find it here if you want to read it, as it goes in-depth about a lot of flaws that the Reviewer had and explains it way better than I could. Basically this book is full of toxic masculinity and the two love interests are controlling and posessive. They are both not big on consent and don’t treat the MC with respect, instead overstepping her boundaries … but it’s completely romanticized, which I don’t like. I’m glad that I read the Review, because it made me evade a big disappointment.

Snow like Ashes (Sara Raasch) ⛔️ I actually had this checked out of the library and read the first 100 pages, but then I put it down. I usually DNF only if I have reached 50% so it took this off my TBR completely. At first I really liked the book, the main character seemed to be strong and capable, but from the beginning I did not like the love interest (there is another, but come on, we all know who she’ll choose). Even worse the book pulled one trope with the female character that I did not like (said love interest was also involved, which made me dislike him even more as he had no respect for her) and that I had no interest in seeing through to the end. Therefore, I decided to let this go and not read the book or the rest of the Series even if the world building was very interesting.

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What books have you removed from your TBR?

32 thoughts on “Books I removed from my TBR

  1. I definitely agree about Allegiant! I read Divergent and Insurgent ages ago, back when people were still comparing it to The Hunger Games. I guess all the comparing made me lose interest + everyone pretty much spoiled the ending of Allegiant anyway. :/ I’m so sad about Two Dark Reigns though. T_T I didn’t LOVE Three Dark Crowns, but I did like that it was character-driven. I haven’t read the sequel yet, so we’ll see.

    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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    1. I got spoiled for Allegiant as well and that’s why I initially procrastinated reading it, until I lost interest in the Series as a whole and now finishing the Series is no longer happening 😅 I actually really liked the first book (and I adore Arsinoe!), but the sequel was not what I was hoping for. Maybe I will pick up the third book, maybe not, I will likely read a few Reviews, to see what everyone else is saying!

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  2. You’re not missing out on anything at all by not reading Allegiant haha, I’m glad you’re taking it off your list. It’s such a shame that this series went so downhill, with such a promising premise :/

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  3. You definitely didn’t make a mistake unhauling Allegiant. First of all, the book is just very bad and second of all, it was a TERRIBLE ending to the trilogy. Like, definitely among the top three worst endings ever.

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    1. It’s also pretty long … 500 pages I think? So I was not about to read so much, knowing I wouldn’t end up liking Allegiant 😅 I actually got spoiled for the ending, which is why I was even more convinced not to read the book!

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  4. Allegiant was bad, I’m still bad at that series because it had so much potential with Divergent and then it went downhill in an instant. Hated it, it’s better to unhaul it because you’ll probably don’t like it, I don’t know someone who did :-/
    I’m sorry you didn’t like Snow like Ashes, it sounded like a promising book and while I had it on my TBR for years now, I was looking forward to reading it. Meh.
    Lovely post! ❤

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    1. It definitely had a lot of potential, which makes me super sad, because if that would have just been used … I also cannot recall anyone who even remotely liked this book 😦
      It was definitely a very personal decision, so you might end up liking it after all! The protagonist was actually really great and standing up for herself! The only problem was this one storyline that I just personally wasn’t here for.
      Thank you! ♥

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  5. From what I have read of these books I can’t say I’d recommend any of them Caro, or that you’re missing out by not reading them. Allegiant was a disappointing end to the series (I’m still not over how it ended even today!) and Roar was’t really anything special so I’m not going to be carrying on with that series myself. It’s a shame because the concept was interesting, and the potential was there it was just never realised.
    Great post, and hopefully clearing these books from your TBR list has made room for some better releases to be added! 😀 ❤

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    1. I definitely have the feelings that I would be very disappointed by Allegiant, so I’m not even trying to read it :/ I saw a lot of potential in the synopsis, but I’ll miss out on this one, as I have the feeling I won’t enjoy it as much as I want to!
      Thank you!! ♥ I’m definitely always clearing out my Goodreads TBR, because there are so many more great releases to add! 🙂

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      1. Yeah, I feel like the series in general had a lot of potential but the last book just kind of threw it out the window.
        That’s all right, and I guess maybe I should think about clearing out my GR TBR list too, god knows I add enough new releases! 🙂

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  6. Well I think you should read ROAR as I don’t recall both characters being so controlling and the female MC stood her ground…just saying…

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  7. A Shadow Bright and Burning was a big disappointment for me. So no harm there 😉 Sorry the Three Dark Crowns did not work out for you! For me it only got better and the novellas have me very excited for Two Dark Reigns. Man you make me realize how bad I need to clean out my TBR haha🤣

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    1. I feel like this would have been a disappointment for me as well, so I’m glad to avoid it 😅
      I’m glad to hear that you are very excited for the next book! I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for what happens in book 3! You should pribably clean out your TBR sometime 😄

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  8. You break my heart with Blake’s series ;( But I get you.
    I’ve decided to read the second book of Roar just because of the worldbuilding and I want to see if the author listened to the criticism and tried to work more on this in second book. I don’t have high hopes but I want to give it a chance. Some parts were just…. NO.

    Aside from Roth’s books, all the others are still in my tbr

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    1. I’m super sad about this too, as I had such high hopes, but as of right now book 3 is on hold 😦 Are you going to read it? If yes, I would love to hear your thoughts on it! 🙂
      The worldbuilding was what drew me to the book initially, so I was disappointed to hear about the not so great parts of the book. I hope the second book is better!

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  9. Wow pretty much all of these are on my TBR. I’m pretty sure I was the only one who liked Allegiant but I’m sure if I read it now I wouldn’t like it. All the other books I’ve been meaning to read it but I get why you removed them. I still want to try them because everyone has different opinions on a book so I want to see where I fall!

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      1. Yea we all have different reading tastes now. It just goes to show that maybe we shouldn’t hold off on series too long. My friend didn’t finish it because she got spoiled.

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  10. I didn’t know that Reign of the Earth had such heavy themes but I’m glad you brought it up! I totally agree that I have to be in a certain frame of mind when reading books like that. Lovely post 🙂 It was really interesting to hear your reasoning behind each book!

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