Books I Predict Will Be Mediocre

teo images of artie, one of them holding a notebook, a line of book covers at the bottom, on a green collage back ground, text reads: list of mediocre books

Hey pals,

I’ve talked about the books I’m excited to read on my TBR, I’ve talked about the books I find intimidating, so here are the books I don’t think I’m gonna care about that much. You might think, “hey why are you still planning on reading them if you don’t think you’ll be that bothered?” Well, just in case I actually end up really enjoying any of them. I liked some of them once already, so I’m hopeful they will at least be entertaining. My unread bookshelf is busting with books, and here are some of those books.

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Moxie: Even though it seems like a book that would be my vibe, I feel like it might be somewhat ‘feminism 101’, which I think would be appropriate for the intended audience but maybe not something I would enjoy as much. When I read books, I do take into consideration who the audience is when reviewing or giving my opinions. So, even if I do decide it wasn’t for me, I will let you know if I think it is suitable for the audience and could provide good content for them.

Maze Runner: I’m actually so sure I won’t be that bothered by this series, that I sold off the two later books of the series. A booktuber I just started getting into put this in a really good way but I’m going to butcher it by trying to explain now, but when it comes to dystopian book series I really enjoy book 1 where all the world is being set up and enjoy the rest of the books less. I enjoyed the first film, but the second one was pretty tragic, though I think the book would be better I think it is pretty telling of what the plot will be like. So, I want to read book one, mainly to experience this writer and this series in a new way, but I don’t have much hope for the later books.

Potion Diaries: This is a book I’ve put off reading and moved about between my TBR shelves and my Unhaul pile. I like the sound of the plot and the character, but I know it is going to be very straight even though there is a perfect sapphic plotline right there.

Marilyn Monroe biog: I think both Biographies of Marilyn I own are written by men, so they might be mainstream factual but they probably won’t wholly encompass the emotion of living life as Marilyn as they are less able to put themselves in her position. I also tend to enjoy the Celebrity History when it’s discussed in more of an open “we don’t know what actually happened, but here are some theories and the evidence to back them up”.

Kurt Cobain biog: Whilst I will say, same as above, I also feel like Kurt’s regularity of wearing dresses will probably never be mentioned and never discussed further like why he chose to wear dresses and make-up: was it a possible gender exploration? or more of just general rebellion as he is the frontman of one of the biggest alternative/grunge bands the world knows? I dunno, and the book probably won’t think about it.

The Body Book Cameron Diaz: It’s probably gonna be boring, I won’t lie. It’s about food and macros and other nutrition shit. Which is something I want to continue developing my understanding of, but it’s not exactly fun reading. She might make it interesting, who knows but I doubt it.

Nausea: I picked this up, not having a clue who Sautre was. Now I’ve heard his name a few times and a vague idea of what his work is like. Probably pretentious and whiney. I want to give reading this book a go, but this is what I’m expecting.

Virginia Woolf book: Besides knowing she was a racist, I dunno if her work is going to be my vibe in general. I’m not a classics book reader really at all. I feel like she is considered a classic writer. Just gonna have to give it a go.

Jacqueline Wilson books: As I can confirm after reading Girls In Love, I feel like I’m going to be semi-underwhelmed by the other books I have by her. The only good thing she had going for her stories was that she often depicted a range of family dynamics and gave kids in the less mainstream family situation something to see themselves in. But, they are all still straight and white and cis and I don’t remember any disabled family members or main characters so… this is why I think I’ll be underwhelmed.

Kisses by an angel: A lot of the YA supernatural romances for women I’ve gone back to always leave a sour taste in my mouth, whether it’s because of very outdated views (which, yes, somehow still sneak into the plots of SUPERNATURAL books) or the main characters have way less charm than I remember. I’m not sure I liked this one much as it was back in 2010.

There were more on this list, but I didn’t really know what to say for them all. So, I guess you’ll just have to wait and see if I talk about any of them. I have decided I want to do semi regular reading Wrap up videos this year, just to keep more detailed up to date log of what I read in 2021 and then at the end of the year do more themed videos like my favourite books or the worst books, etc. Don’t forget to follow my channel for videos on books, I recently put out a video of Book Recs with Bi Main Characters, and also a Gender Discussion triggered by OHSHC during my Manga Reading challenge.

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~ Artie

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