Books on my TBR I don’t think I’ll like

Hello, friends and fellow book lovers! I hope your week has been going well so far and that you have fun plans for the weekend.

This post was inspired by one of Marija’s tweets lately, where she said something along the lines of “we should start doing 4-star prediction posts”:

I thought that was a great idea, and thought it would be fun to talk about some books on my TBR that I’m not convinced I’ll enjoy.

Why these books are on my TBR despite me not thinking I’ll like them can be explained for one of three reasons: I like the cover/title; I like the premise; or I was sucked in by the hype. But I wanted to talk about why I don’t think I’ll like some of the books!


The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo: there’s a pretty simple answer for why I don’t think I’ll like this book: it’s written in verse. I just don’t get along with books written in verse. I’m not smart enough to get them, and I honestly just don’t like it. BUT everyone seems to love this book, and Acevedo in general, so I want to give it a shot at some point.

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong: this is a detective thriller, which I don’t usually go for. It sounds like one of those books that has a great concept, but unfortunately will not be well-executed. I’m already predicting a poorly thought-out, cheap ending.

Show Stopper by Hayley Barker: this is another book with a great concept that will be probably poorly executed. It also has a relatively low rating on Goodreads, and sounds like it has the “love saves all” trope, which is not great. But I’m still intrigued enough by the premise to try it.


Four-Letter Word by Christa Desir: this has one of the lowest average ratings of any book on my TBR, and the first several reviews are either 3 or 2 star reviews. It’s also YA thriller, which really isn’t my thing.

The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis: this book has one of the most poorly-written synopses I’ve ever read (or maybe my brain is just fried at the moment). Being totally honest, it’s only on my TBR because we own a copy so I don’t have to buy it. But we’ll see if I ever actually read it.

The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith: honestly, I just don’t like books about books. I don’t like books about librarians or book lovers or books within books. It just bothers me, largely because it was used to make YA female protagonists be ~quirky and different~. But this one sounds interesting enough that I MIGHT give it a try.

So there are some books on my TBR I don’t think I’ll enjoy but still want to give a shot! Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? Do you have any books on your TBR you’re not convinced you’ll enjoy but want to read anyway? Let me know!

Thanks for reading! xx


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21 thoughts on “Books on my TBR I don’t think I’ll like

  1. SEE this is such an interesting post, I love that my tweet inspired it. I always like the idea of books about books but then the actual execution seems bleh. But The Library of the Unwritten sounds really intriguing, it’s on my TBR as well.

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  2. The Poet X is also on my TBR this month. I flipped through it a little, and the poems mostly read like very sparse prose. It seems pretty accessible. (I read a lot if poetry though, so my perception might be skewed).

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  3. What an interesting topic! I really did not think I would like The Poet X but a good friend, whose opinions I trust, recommended it so I decided to try it and ended up liking it. I definitely have books on my TBR that I don’t think I’ll like, but I keep them just in case I ever don’t know what to read and feel like giving one of them a chance. Great post!

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    1. Thank you! 💕

      Good to know about The Poet X! I’ve heard a ton of good things about it, but it’s encouraging that you also didn’t expect to enjoy it.

      And yes! I often keep books around, just in case, even though I know I likely won’t like them 😅

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  4. I love this concept! I read The Poet X at the beginning of the year and the verse is pretty prose-like. It’s actually a really quick read, which makes it feel much more like prose instead of stuffy poetry. Hope you enjoy nonetheless!

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  5. I’ll be reading The Poet X soon (just got my hold in at the library). But I don’t think I’ve read any novels in verse before, so this will be a new experience for me. (Shakespeare’s plays don’t count.)

    I have read Armstrong’s City of the Lost, and I liked it. I don’t remember a ton about it, but I know I liked it enough to read the second book, so there’s that.

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    1. Oooh I hope you enjoy(ed) it! I’ve tried a couple books in verse, and they’re just not for me.

      I’ve heard good things about City of the Lost so I’m hopeful! It’s encouraging that you read the second one as well!

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      1. I hope you enjoy it! I ended up not continuing with the series, but it’s because of the genre and not because I didn’t like them. Thrillers aren’t really my thing, so I’m kinda surprised I decided to pick it up in the first place.

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  6. Love this idea for a post! I definitely have books that I just add without thinking about if I’ll actually like them or not and mostly for superficial reasons.

    The only one I’ve read from here is THE POET X and it was one of my favorite reads from last year! I also didn’t think I’d be smart enough to get it either lol but I think the writing is very accessible and its also a quick read. I recommend listening along to the audiobook as well since the author narrates it and there’s also this part in the story where she explains how one of the poems work.

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  7. Ohhh, this is such a fun idea! I don’t know if you like audiobooks, but The Poet X on audio is fantastic. Acevedo narrates and she’s an award winning slam poet. I hope you end up enjoying it, it’s definitely one of the more story-like books that’s written in verse.

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