Hi, friends, and welcome to my second-ever anti-haul! I did one of these last fall and had a ton of fun with it, so I figured it was time to do a 2018 edition. In case you missed the first post, you can check it out here and see what anti-hauls are all about. But, basically, the purpose of an anti-haul is the opposite of a haul: you discuss what you’re NOT going to buy, as opposed to things you have bought.
*Disclaimer (I really wish this went without saying, but this is the internet, so I’ll include it anyway): I am well aware that this post might contain some unpopular opinions. These opinions belong to no one but myself. Just because I don’t plan to purchase the books on this list doesn’t mean that I think you shouldn’t, OR that I think you’re a bad person for buying or reading them! The way I choose to spend my own (limited) income and time is not a personal attack on you or your fave author.*
With that said, let’s get into the new releases I won’t be buying this year!
madalyn’s first 2018 anti-haul
A Court of Frost & Starlight by Sarah J. Maas // Yeah, no. I suffered through the first three books in the Court series, and after the garbage fire that was ACOWAR, I have absolutely no desire to read further stories about this world and/or these characters.
Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi // I actually enjoyed the Shatter Me Trilogy, but I read them YEARS ago. I know that if I read them now, I would not enjoy them. Over the years, I’ve also just kind of lost interest in this series. If I hear great reviews from people I trust, I *might* be persuaded to check this one out from the library, but I definitely won’t be purchasing my own copy.
The Continent by Keira Drake // There was a huge conversation surrounding this book when it was first slated for publication last year due to some harmful Native representation in the book. And, apparently, even after revisions, it has not gotten better. (Not that I would have read it even if it had. I don’t support authors who can’t own up to their own mistakes and take valid criticism from marginalized people with humility and grace.)
Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones // Wintersong was one of my least favorite books of last year, so I will notttttt be reading this sequel (even though the cover is STUNNING).
Bright We Burn by Kiersten White // I feel like one of the only people who didn’t enjoy And I Darken. I never picked up Now I Rise, so I definitely won’t be picking up this third book. I just have no interest in continuing this series.
Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings // This premise doesn’t interest me in the first place, but I’ve also heard some suuuuuper cringeworthy reviews from people I trust. No thanks! (Also, please go watch my friend Joce’s review. It’s brilliant.)
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik // I’ve only read one book by Novik, Uprooted, and I was underwhelmed. I’m so picky with fantasy nowadays that I have no interest in giving fantasy authors I didn’t care for second chances.
9 Days & 9 Nights by Katie Cotugno // Honestly? I have no idea what this story is about. However, as much as I want to like Katie Cotugno’s books (they always sound so up my alley!), they ALWAYS disappoint me and leave me with a bad taste in my mouth. I think my days of picking up her new books are over.
All of This Is True by Lygia Day Penaflor // I read an ARC of this one in January, and while I didn’t hate it, I also think it’s being marketed in a way such that it can never live up to the hype the publisher has built around it. So, I found it pretty underwhelming and won’t be purchasing a finished copy.
What 2018 releases do you have no interest in reading or buying? Do we share any in common?