Blogmas: The Anti TBR Tag

Okay, I keep seeing this booktag every where at the moment, so I’m going to have a crack at it too.

This tag was created by Nicole and her Books is found on blogs and vlogs all over. And of course, you are 100% allowed to love and cherish these books. There are no wrong or right answers, only personal choices.

  1. A popular book everyone loves and you have no interest in reading.

This will not go down well with a lot of readers, but I do not want to read this book. Sorry. I see enough injustice for Black people on my twitter feed, my instagram, and my news coverage every single day. I am not looking away. I read Black people’s personal experiences with police brutality already; I don’t need a fictional account as well. Police brutality is vile and needs stamping out. The police system needs rebuilding from the top down, changes need to be made. Reading a fictional book is not going to change my mind on that, or make me want change any harder. This is something that has to happen, across the world. It’s easy to read a book and say ‘yes, I get it’. It’s harder to look at our own world and say ‘yes, I hear you, I see you, and I stand with you’. But I’ll do it in the real world because it’s needs to be done.

2. A classic book (or author) you don’t have an interest in reading

Thomas Hardy. In fact, most of the classic authors pre 1900’s I’m not bothered about. Maybe because people in suits keep telling me to be educated I should have read these books.

3. A problematic author whose books you have no interest in reading

Here’s a good list to start with, now a few years out of date.

Can I shout She-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named for this one? I mean, I’ve been slagging off her books for several years now, and you all decided to catch up.

4. An author you have read a couple of books from and have decided they are not for you

I’ve tried a couple of these and just not getting the hype around this series. I even got The Infernal Devices series to read, but it’s not happening. Sorry.

5. A genre you have no interest in or a genre you have tried to get into and couldn’t

Okay, I’m cheating a bit by singling out one author, but I have no interest in reading any horror by Stephen King, especially his novels. I hear very little positive about his big books, and I’m not a horror fan really.

6. A book you have brought and will never read (This can be a book you have unhauled or returned to the library unread)

Well, I suppose I’ve answered this already. I’m unhauling my copies of the Infernal Devices series.

7. A series you have no interest in reading or a series you started and have DNFed

I’ve read the first two books in this series, and decided it’s just not worth me carrying on with it. It’s okay, but I’m not clicking with any of the main characters. Maybe I’m just too old for it.

8. A new release you have no interest in reading

I have no idea. there are so many books coming out next year that I’m just excited to read as many as possible.

Other bloggers who have done the Anti TBR tag to check out

Hope you enjoy and I haven’t made any enemies.

Happy reading!


  1. To be honest, I’m not interested in reading The Hate You Give either. Like you said, I would prefer reading a nonfiction, real life experience covering some of these topics instead of a fictional, overhyped version of it. And I can understand not wanting to read Stephan King. I’ve read a few of his and while I have enjoyed a couple, I can’t think of one of his long books I’ve really loved. I dnfed The Shining, and It was kind of slow. But some of his shorter books are better.

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    • Thanks, I was really nervous about backlash about THUG, but there have been so many Black authors talking about publishers only wanting their pain to sell, and I’ve read so many great fantasies this year by Black and Own Voices authors that those are the stories I want to read.

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  2. I always adore these tags, I love seeing people’s “controversial” opinions. THUG is definitely a controversial one, and I did think the book was written very well when I read it a few years ago. But I’d like to read more books about Black joy now

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