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, 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 review 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?
Are you guys interested in seeing more anti-hauls from me in the future?