When it comes to adding books to my wish list, I can be extremely impulsive. I sometimes do it only because I read a positive review and the plot sounds vaguely appealing. The problem is that what readers consider to be a gripping plot or an outstanding writing style is not always the same. This later has an impact on my reading experience, as I end up picking up books that others loved but that were not the best fit for me, something that I could have avoided if I had done a more in-depth research before buying certain books.
Since I’ve recently been DNFing many books, I decided to go through my wish list on Goodreads (which doesn’t solely consist of the books that I have on my physical to-be-read pile anymore but all of the ones I hope to read in the future) and ponder if I really want to read them. Result: I removed various books from it, some just after reading the blurb again and others after reading a couple of initial pages available for preview online. I’ve also decided not to read books that feature certain elements that I’m not a massive fan of.
I assume this is a normal action for various readers. So, why am I writing this post? There are various posts in this blog about books that I was planning to read and it bothers me to have written them and then deciding not to read some of those books after all without mentioning it. Is this ridiculous? Very likely! Nevertheless, not only have I decided to write a post about all the books I removed from my wish list based on four main reasons, but I’m also inclined towards avoiding writing further posts about the books I may possibly read in the future, as for me that feels too much like a commitment.
Books whose writing style is not appealing to me
I obviously didn’t have the time to read a sample of all of the more than 200 books that I had on my wish list, but I did so of the ones I was uncertain about. Having done so, I removed from my wish list: Ariadne by Jennifer Saint, because it seemed to be written in a simplistic and too direct way; The Antarctica of Love by Sara Stridsberg, since I considered it too fragmented for me; Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo, whose first paragraphs featured too many facts told in short sentences; and Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, since the first paragraph left me cold.
Books whose premise I’m not interested in anymore
Very often, it’s the premise of a book that makes me want to read it. But what sounded exciting a couple of years (or even months) ago may not be as appealing in the present. The blurbs of the following books didn’t arouse any interest in me anymore:
- República Luminosa (A Luminous Republic) by Andrés Barba
- A Sombra do Vento (The Shadow of the Wind) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
- A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor
- Ice by Ana Kavan
- The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist
- Blue Ticket by Sophie Mackintosh
- The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
- Eleven Lines to Somewhere by Alyson Rudd
- This One Sky Day by Leone Ross
- Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
- Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
- Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Books featuring elements that I don’t tend to enjoy
There are four books that I removed from my wish list because they feature elements that I tend to find annoying. They are all part of the same series – The Rain Wild Chronicles by Robin Hobb. It consists of: Dragon Keeper, Dragon Haven, City of Dragons and Blood of Dragons. When I first started reading the books in the Realm of the Elderlings, I toyed with the idea of only reading the books featuring Fitz, but I ended up deciding to read all the five series set in that fictional world. I changed my mind again! Although I don’t regret having decided to read the Liveship Traders Trilogy, which I’m enjoying, I won’t be reading The Rain Wild Chronicles, since I’ve realised that the dragons in it are too anthropomorphised and the vast majority of the characters are angsty teenagers. Two elements I don’t tend to enjoy. Plus, many readers consider it to be the weakest of the series. As they don’t seem to be essential to understand the following books, there’s no need for me to slog through them.
The graphic novels conundrum
I’ve never been much of a fan of graphic novels. So, it is not surprising that, after enjoying a couple of them and thinking that I was going to start reading them more consistently, I’m not that enthusiastic about them anymore. I decided to remove all of the graphic novels from my wish list as none of them caught my interest. They were:
- The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg;
- Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples;
- Irmina by Barbara Yelin;
- The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia by Bryan Talbot and Marya Talbot;
- Illegal by Eoin Colfer.
Do you also feel the need to sometimes remove books from your wish lists or to-be-read piles? Tell me in the comments!