Like most readers, I’ve bought a lot of books over the years. I don’t really want to count them because I know if I saved that money I could have probably bought a planet by now, but I’d say I’ve accumulated close to 500. Thankfully a lot of those are review copies and ARCs, but I looked at my Book Depository purchase history the other day and… yeah… let’s not do that again.
But of course, because I’ve bought so many books that it’s actually physically impossible to read them all before I die at the rate I read compared to how many books I buy, there’s bound to be some that I’m never going to read. Ever. I mean, my tastes are constantly changing, some books I bought a few years ago have zero appeal to me now, and I always feel the need to read recent releases, as opposed to ones released five or more years ago.
So today I wanted to share ten books that are on my shelves and I’m never going to read! And probably cry about having -$17 in my bank account but MOVING ON.
Okay, so I bought this entire series around the time I was obsessed with Hush, Hush. Yes, I’m ashamed in twelve year-old me too. That was a time when I was obsessed with stories about fallen angels and I thought there was nothing more swoon-worthy than a broken, brooding angel who falls in love with a helpless human. If there any any gay angel books out there though, toss them my way. I’m not done with this genre altogether, even though I’ll never read Fallen.
Ah yes, my vampire phase. I still can’t believe I read all the books in the House of Night series — which was, what, fifteen books? I don’t even want to think about that. But of course, there was also Twilight, which I used to love, and I wanted to get my hands on every YA vampire book I could find. So I stumbled upon the Evernight series. Alas, I never got around to reading it before I moved onto my fairy phase, and now I’m never going back to it. #Sorry.
I can’t believe I was so cliched in my reading habits in my early teen years. I mean, I didn’t have Goodreads, let alone an internet connection when I was twelve, so I just picked up whatever was popular at the time. I followed the trends, based on what was popular at the library and what my friends recommended. So, as the natural progression of reading trends go, I eventually got onto fairies. I read a few other fairy novels, but never got around to this series. Typical.
When this book came out, it was Hyped to the Max. I’d been hearing such amazing things about it, and I was eager to grab a copy. But the thing about hype is that a lot of the time, people feel let down because they were expecting something a lot better. So I started to hear pretty average things about Red Queen, and that meant I pushed it down on my TBR pile. Now it’s so far down that I think it’s fallen into the depths of the Earth’s core and will never be seen again. It was nice knowing you, Red Queen.
In high school, I was obsessed with YouTubers and I’d religiously watch their videos. I do still enjoy watching YouTube now, but I mostly watch bookish videos by my friends, rather than super popular people making skits or talking about their day. But one of my favourite YouTubers in high school was Zoella, so I just had to read her books. I ended up only reading the first one before I got bored of them and decided that it was a better use of my time to read other things. I just don’t care about how that series ends, to be honest. I don’t think I’m missing anything spectacular.
Another YouTuber book! I also loved watching Marcus’s videos, but as Year 12 got more and more busy, that meant that I couldn’t watch that much YouTube. And you know what? I didn’t miss the people I used to watch. After being away from YouTube for a while, I just… stopped caring. So yeah. I don’t really care about this random British dude’s life anymore. Alas, this is just another book I’ll never get around to reading.
When these books are something like $10 each, it’s hard not to just buy all of them at the bookstore. And besides, orange Penguin books make you feel smart, right? Please tell I’m not the only one? There’s something so satisfying about adding a book to your shelf that you think will change the way you think, or believe, or teach you something new. Alas, I don’t think I’ll get around to reading nearly as many of these books as I’ve accumulated.
Of course, if there’s a hardback book on sale, I have to buy it. That’s basically the laws of being a book blogger, right? I’m a sucker for book sales, and even if there’s a book I know I probably won’t get around to reading but I think will look good on my shelves, then I’m going to buy it. I’m not even sorry. But The Boyfriend App was something I was interested in reading… but now I feel that there are just so many other amazing* books worth my time.
I remember not really enjoying the first book from this series, The Jewel, when I read it — but hey, this book was on sale, so why not add another novel to my shelves that I’ll probably never get around to reading? I just have no interest in this series anymore, and there’s approximately a -273% chance I’ll ever get around to reading this one. I think I need to impose a rule on myself that if I don’t rate the first book in the series a 3.5 or higher, I’m not allowed to buy the second book. But then again… I say I’ll read five books and then buy one and that never happens. Someone needs to ban me from using my credit card.
I absolutely love retellings. It’s rare that I come across one that I adore, but when I do, I fall completely head over heels for them and can’t stop talking about them for months. I picked up a copy of Hunted just after I’d seen the new Beauty and the Beast movie and I was super excited to dive into it. Alas, some of my friends got around to reading it before I did and they didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d hoped. I don’t know about you, but once I hear that a book isn’t good, I just lose all motivation to read it. Maybe I’ll get to this book one day, but I doubt it now.
Have you read any of the books that I’ve mentioned? Do you think I should change my mind about any of them? What books do you own that you think you’ll never get around to reading? Do you buy books because they look pretty on your shelves too? Please make me feel less guilty!