Hey hey, it’s Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl! Yay! I’ve loved making it a (semi) regular post on this blog! This week’s topic seems pretty timely to me, after all the allegations that have come out about sexual harassment in both YA literature and beyond. A lot of my choices are related to those allegations, but not all of them. So anyway, without further ado, let’s do this.
Top 10 Books I’m No Longer Interested in Reading
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. After knowing this author reaches out to bloggers who don’t like his material and leaves public comments telling everyone how wrong the blogger is, yeah, no thanks.
- 27 Hours by Tristina Wright. Oh hell no. I had started this one and now have no interest in finishing. Tristina has been gaslighting and manipulating teenagers, and I’m not about that and WILL NOT support that.
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner. A named sexual harasser. Nope.
- 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. A well-known sexual harasser. Hell no.
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Another named sexual harasser. Noooo.
- That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnson. This book is supposing that the British Empire still exists, and I don’t think I can stomach that type of colonialism in modern times.
- A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I just named this in another post about my long TBR, but I’m very mehhh about this series now. So much rape and violence and incest and MEHHH.
- Any more J.K. Rowling books. As sad as I am to admit this, Rowling has become extremely problematic. If you want credit for making Dumbledore gay, YOU HAVE TO MAKE HIM GAY ON THE PAGE. It’s that simple!
- The Selection by Kiera Cass. There was this weird scandal where she and her agent were replying to reviews on her books or something like that, and I just can’t support authors who meddle with readers and make them feel unsafe.
- Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari. Sorry Aziz. I loved you, but your privilege is showing, and I cannot. Figure out what consent is and get out of my newsfeed.
Welp. There you have it. Swift and harsh judgment, and I’m not even sorry. DO BETTER, AUTHORS.
Are there any books you’re no longer interested in reading?
I also want to say this, before I sign off of this post. It is okay to decide you don’t want to read popular books. It is okay to not finish books you don’t like. It is OKAY to not want to support authors who have done shitty things. Everything you do in your reading life is okay. And if you ever want to talk to anyone about anything, or you need someone in your corner when you feel unsafe, I am here for you. And if I have ever done anything to make you feel unsafe, please tell me (if you feel you can) or do whatever you need to do to feel safe again. We are all works in progress, and I never want to be done growing and learning and improving myself.
Happy reading, everyone.
Fantastic post – I completely agree with everything you said.