Anti-TBR: Hyped Books Released in 2019 That I Am Not Going to Read

Hello readers!

It’s time for another Anti-TBR post! I love writing these because it’s fun to see that I actually have some level of self-control and that my to-be-read pile could be much, much worse. I am not hating on any of these books at all, some of those I’m actually a bit sorry I’m not more interested in.

I tried picking up as many hyped books as possible when I first started blogging, wide-eyed by how awesome everything sounded, but by now I know my taste better and would rather read fewer hyped books and more books that I actually think I will love.

What books released this year are you not going to read despite the hype?

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There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

I actually enjoyed When Dimple met Rishi, but since I read that book my taste has changed so much I don’t think I’d enjoy this one nearly as much. A pity! But I heard it’s really cute.

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

I haven’t read the Shadow and Bone trilogy, neither do I intend to. So this book, following characters I don’t know, didn’t really interest me much.

Wolfhunter River (Stillhouse Lake #3) by Rachel Caine

I don’t see a point for book 3, honestly. The story was excellent on book 1 and a bit less convincing on book 2 and I don’t want to read I book I don’t see the point of. I’m waiting to see more reviews, but unless I pick this up on Amazon Unlimited some time, I doubt I’ll read it at all.

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Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

I saw all kinds of reactions to this book, but in the end it sounds like a regular YA fantasy and I’m a bit saturated with those.

Enchantée by Gita Trelease

I am not even sure what this book is about but I’ve seen it everywhere on blogs and especially on Most Anticipated lists and I just… never felt very interested.

The Secret Commonwealth, by Philip Pullman

I actually was super hyped for The Book of Dust, but then it kind of disappointed me in some ways that I just don’t care much for the next book. Which is strange, since I loved His Dark Materials when I was younger and it was so formative to my taste as a reader nowadays – truly a pity, but HDM will always stay close to my heart.

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Wicked Fox, by Kat Cho

This one I actually feel sorry I’m not interested in. Like I said, I’m not picking up many YA fantasy books in the foreseeable future, so really I will just skip this one. But it does sound really good AND this cover is beautiful. I’ve heard nothing but good things!

War (The Four Horsemen #2) by Laura Thalassa

I hated Pestilence and although it WAS addictive and I understand why people were excited about it, I just can’t possibly endure another book of the sort. It’s interesting how polarizing this series is – I know many bloggers who love it. I absolutely respect that and I am curious to read reviews on this one, but I won’t pick it up myself.

Capturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper #4) by Kerri Maniscalco

Unfortunately my “YA slump” spread all the way to some books I actually enjoyed. I loved Stalking Jack the Ripper and enjoyed the next one, but the 3rd book did not interested me anymore, so I’m definitely not picking up the last one, either.

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I Owe You One, by Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella’s books are such a hit or miss for me! I really enjoyed the last book – My (Not so) Perfect Life – but this one did not sound interesting to me at all.

The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood

I do respect what the author did with The Handmaid’s Tale, which was among my favorite reads last year, but I don’t think we need a sequel, and I don’t want a Go Set a Watchman situation all over again. This book simply does not interest me.

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Previous Anti-TBRs:

Anti-TBR #1

Anti-TBR #2

Anti-TBR #3

Anti-TBR #4

Anti-TBR #5

12 thoughts on “Anti-TBR: Hyped Books Released in 2019 That I Am Not Going to Read

  1. I was surprised to be reminded that Enchantée was released this year, because I feel like there was SO much buzz around that one and then it kind of died?

    But will you read The Testaments if it’s longlisted for the Women’s Prize???

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    • I think it was released pretty early this year! But yes, it was The Book and suddenly died out. I wonder what happened. But I started this post basically at the beginning of the year and updated it as other books got hyped, so it’s definitely a throwback.

      I don’t know!!!!! And now that you said it I am worried it will be nominated arg, I was blissfully ignoring this possibility. But I think I’ll not read it even if it’s nominated or *gasp* wins.

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  2. Ugh, I love this as a post idea and need to do it as well! I wish I could say I’m not going to read Testaments, but I do want to just to be able to talk about it and because I’m sure it’ll be longlisted for the WP.

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    • Do it!! I wanna see your anti-TBR!! 😀

      Ugh it will totally be longlisted. I don’t think I’ll pick it up then, either… I just don’t care about this book at all, which is funny considering all the praises it’s getting!

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  3. Great post! I agree with you on basically all of these, other than you know I’ve already read The Testaments, which I didn’t think very highly of. I’m unsure about King of Scars because I did read the Grisha trilogy, but nothing I’ve heard about KoS is making me very excited about picking it up. I guess I’m waiting to see what anyone has to say about the sequel! I also read the first book in that Rachel Caine series and thought it was solid, but seem to have lost interest. And… I have never read a Philip Pullman book. I feel the only person who hasn’t!

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    • Thank you, Emily! Your review of The Testaments was “the last straw” on my decision to not pick it up. I don’t see the point of reading a book I have no interest in, is getting meh reviews AND I am still upset about the Man Booker Prize situation.

      It’s funny that you say that about Philip Pullman’s books, because when I started book blogging is when I saw other people reading his books at all – from my IRL circle of friends and family, not a lot of people knew of those books before they came out as movies, and even then, not many people read the books at all.

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      • It is always a bit sad to have turned someone off of a book, but The Testaments is one that I think will either really work for readers or really not, and anyone informed enough about what it is can probably tell ahead of time whether it’s for them or not. And I completely agree about the Booker situation making this worse- the win puts more pressure on Testaments than it seems built to handle, and anyone who might have enjoyed it just for the pacey plot now has to look at it as a literary winner as well, which it just… is not.

        And that’s a good point about Pullman, I guess my experience has been similar! (Other than the fact that I haven’t read his books, of course.) No one in offline life has read them or is interested, so I suppose any shame I feel from not having read him comes from other bloggers and online folk talking about his books! That’s interesting.

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        • I think turning a reader off a book is not so sad, you’re just helping people pick what they’ll really enjoy.

          And the Booker situation definitely didn’t help – The Testaments was already overhyped before but, as you said, now it’s also a literary prize winner. So if someone reads the book expecting the next world wonder, it sounds like way too much pressure. I still have the feeling it’s a money-grab, which is not shameful at all, it’s just not… worthy of all that hype. (Big words for someone who didn’t read the book, though…)

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          • That’s true, and a good way to look at it! I usually think that as someone who reads a lot and talks about books a lot my bottom line goal is just to encourage reading, whatever type it may be, but it is good to remember that turning someone away from a book isn’t necessarily bad if it leads them to pick up something they’ll like better. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

            And I think you’re spot-on about the Testaments hype. I wouldn’t say it’s objectively a bad book, and it will certainly have its audience, but it does feel like a money grab and is clearly a response to the popularity of the TV show. Which is fine for people who love the show and want every question answered, but is probably not what most readers who follow the Booker Prize are after.


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