Fall Book Releases I’m NOT Going to Buy! | Anti-Haul (1)

Posted October 12, 2017 by Madalyn || 20 Comments

Hello everyone, and welcome to my first anti-haul– AKA, books I’m not gonna buy! If you aren’t familiar with the concept of an anti-haul, the basic idea is exactly what it sounds like: it’s the opposite of a haul, where you talk about things you DON’T plan on buying as opposed to those that you do buy. It’s a phenomenon that has recently taken off in the YouTube beauty community (I recommend watching Kimberly Clark’s anti-hauls, if you haven’t already!), and I love the way it combats consumerism. Anyway, I thought this might be a fun concept to bring into the bookish online community. Today, I’ll be sharing some recent or upcoming fall 2017 releases that I do not plan on purchasing, and telling you a little bit about why.

*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 is not a personal attack on you or your fave author.*

madalyn’s fall 2017 anti-haul

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater // I loved Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle series, but none of her other books or series have really worked out for me. Plus, I’ve heard there are some glaring issues with the Latinx representation in this book. I just kinda feel like this isn’t Stiefvater’s story to tell.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer // I have no real problems with Marissa Meyer or her writing; I simply don’t consider her a favorite author like so many others in this community do. While I liked The Lunar Chronicles just fine, it’s not one of my all-time favorite series. I really have no interest in continuing to read Meyer’s books.

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent // This is an adult fiction release that’s been largely lauded as one of the best of the year. However, while the premise doesn’t appeal to me in the first place, I definitely won’t be picking up this book after reading this piece. (Also, Roxane Gay’s review. The quotes she pulled, especially the authors descriptions of anything sexual, made me wanna puke a little.) I just have no time for toxic masculinity in my reading material.

Girls Made of Snow & Glass by Melissa Bashardoust// Another fall release that’s gotten a lot of buzz, but if you’ve read my DNF review of this one, you’ll know I found it completely underwhelming. It was one of my most-anticipated 2017 releases, but it did not deliver. There was no action in the plot, which made the pacing move at a glacial rate. I was just so BORED. I made it almost 2/3 of the way through the book before finally deciding to DNF it, and literally nothing happened during the part I read. I don’t hate this book, but I feel 100% apathetic toward it and won’t be purchasing a finished copy.

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas // *yawn* I’ve just lost all interest in the Throne of Glass series at this point. Plus, Chaol was never a character I particularly cared about in the first place. Next.

Strange Fire by Tommy Wallach // After suffering through the pretentious writing in his debut,ย We All Looked Up, I already wasn’t a fan of Tommy Wallach. AND THEN, about a year ago, he made some really tasteless jokes about suicide. So, yeah, not gonna financially support this dude. (Plus, the plot of this book sounds like every other religious dystopia ever.)

The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin // Another YA series I’ve simply lost interest in over the years. I used to LOVE the Mara Dyer trilogy, but I reread it last year as part of a readalong and really did not enjoy it the second time around.

Odd & True by Cat Winters // Another fall ARC I read and found utterly underwhelming (you can read my 2-star reviewย here, ICYMI). The characters could have been replaced with pieces of cardboard for all the development they went through over the course of this book. The paranormal elements didn’t make any sense, I couldn’t understand the characters’ behaviors or motivations, and overall, I cringed so many times while reading. Again, I’ll be steering clear of buying a finished copy of this one.

27 Hours by Tristina Wright // *GASP* I know, guys. I know. This was one of my most-anticipated reads of the year, but I started reading my ARC, and I just could not get into the story. Not to mention, some reviewers have voiced concerns about the racial rep and the presence of colonialism in this story, and those concerns have not been addressed fully by the author. I’m uncomfortable continuing with this story because of these elements (and also because I’m having so much trouble getting into the story). This is one I MIGHT try to pick up again later, but time will tell. I definitely won’t be buying a finished copy, though.


Have you read any of these books (feel free to try to change my mind about them in the comments)? What fall releases will you NOT be purchasing?


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Madalyn is a 20-something music student and lifelong lover of reading. When she's not reading or singing, you're likely to find her drinking coffee, traveling, or buying more lipstick than one person could possibly need.
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  • This is a fun post!! All your reasons make sense. I may have to do one of these posts!!!

  • This is such a great post, I love the idea! I never finished Throne of Glass because it didn’t really do anything special for me, but I’ve seen so much criticism on representation in Sarah J Maas’ books that I’m just not that interested in her writing anymore. Plus, it feels like the series has been going on for forever.

    • Thank you!! And yes, I feel the same exact way about Throne of Glass, and the fact that she still hasn’t addressed issues of representation is a big red flag for me (although, I do hear the rep in Tower of Dawn is much better than in previous books, but I’m too wary to give it a try hahaha).

  • Ohmygod why is this such a fantastic idea?? I’m totally going to check this out on Youtube and bring it to my blog! I definitely agree with Tower of Dawn – I gave up on that series after book two. Girls Made of Snow and Glass was seriously underwhelming, so I don’t blame you for not buying it! You’re definitely not missing anything by DNFing. Great post!

    • YAY! YouTube anti-hauls are THE MOST FUN to watch. I’m so glad to see someone else who didn’t love Girls Made of Snow & Glass! Thanks, Tracy!

  • This is fun!! I can definitely see what you mean about a lot of these. I don’t plan on reading All the Crooked Saints for all the reasons you mentioned. I’m excited about Noah Shaw just because I read Mara Dyer super recently and loved it.

    • Thanks, Lauren! It’s so strange– the Mara Dyer series was one of my all-time favorites when I first read it, but upon rereading the series last year I found that I really didn’t enjoy it the second time around. I hope you love Noah Shaw, though!!

  • This is a really good idea! Great list. I agree with quite a few of these/would consider them to be a part of my own anti-haul.

  • These types of posts are some of my favorite to read ๐Ÿ˜› I agree on the Tower of Dawn, I totally lost interest in the Throne of Glass series halfway through…

    • Mine, too! ๐Ÿ™‚ and yep, I’m just not invested in the series or the characters anymore.

  • Ooooh this is fun! I feel you with some of these, honestly. Tower of Dawn for sure- Amazon keeps “recommending” it to me and I am like… just stop, I am not buying it! And wowww I read those links on My Absolute Darling, and YEP, I don’t blame you! Okay- I will say that I DO really want to read Strange Fire, but I have such mixed feelings because of the author. But… I got an ARC at ALA so moral dilemma solved ๐Ÿ˜‰ I liked Odd & True- not quite as much as Cat’s other books, but I still liked it. And I have very similar feelings about Renegades and All the Crooked Saints, but again, ARCs. My fingers are crossed that I’ll have better luck with Girls Made of Snow and Glass!

    • Right?! Oh my gosh, ARCs are definitely valid ways to solve those moral dilemmas. I’ll definitely be looking forward to your reviews of all of these, because even though I won’t be reading them, I’m still curious about your thoughts! And I definitely hope you have better luck with Girls Made of Snow & Glass than I did!

  • I love the idea of this list! I agree with so many of your books, I’ve seen them around but have no interest in reading them. I get why you don’t want to read Tower of Dawn, I was so done with the series as well but heard some good things about TOD so I gave in and read it lol. I actually enjoyed it way more than the last couple of books in the series

    • Thank you! And yeah, I’ve actually heard REALLY good reviews of Tower of Dawn, even from people who (like me) are pretty fed up with the series at this point. I’m glad you also enjoyed it!

  • Cristina @ Girl in the Pages

    I acttually read an ARC of the Becoming of Noah Shaw and really enjoyed it though it’s been several years since I read the original series, so I’m glad it lived up to my memory of loving the author’s writing style. I have been procrastinating on Tower of Dawn because while I like the overall series, I really, really dislike Chaol and I don’t think I can stand an entire book of him TBH.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed Noah Shaw! I’m honestly mad at myself for rereading Mara Dyer last year, because my opinion on the series changed so drastically upon rereading it and now all my fond memories of it are, like, tainted, haha. I feel the same way about Chaol!

  • Bummed to hear about Girls Made of Snow & Glass! I have an ARC I’ve been meaning to read, but I just haven’t gotten around to it.

    I haven’t read any of the books on your list. I definitely will not be purchasing 27 Hours & All the Crooked Saints too.

    • I know! I was pretty disappointed by that one, but I know lots of people who have loved it. I’m glad we agree on some of these!