10 Romance Books I Can’t Bring Myself to Read

Happy day before Galentine’s Day!

Since Galentine’s Day is tomorrow I thought I should share with you 10 romance books that I just can’t bring myself to read. Some of these books I have attempted to read, but couldn’t finish because they were either too sappy or too sad. Also, when a book is really hyped up by the general public, I find myself struggling to read the book…but that could just be the wannabe hipster in me.

Are there any romance books that you can’t or refuse to read too? Let me know in the comments!

1 – The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

500 Pages

Release Date: July 5, 2003

Don’t go falling in love with someone who messes with time travel. I feel like you’re setting yourself up for a disaster.

2 – Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

328 Pages

Release Date: April 12, 2012

I love Rainbow Rowell, but for some reason, I can’t bring myself to read this one. I’ve had friends who have read it and loved it, and maybe that’s part of the reason I refuse to read it. I’m afraid it won’t be as good as everyone says. John Green also loved it, and he writes really sad books, which leads me to believe that this book is probably sad too.

3 – Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James

356 pages

Release Date: May 25, 2011

More like 50 Shades of yuck.

4 – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

532 pages

Release Date: October 16, 1867

I wanted to love this book, but I couldn’t get through it 😦

5 – One Day by David Nicholls

435 pages

Release Date: January 1, 2009

First, this book doesn’t have the best reviews, and second, the movie was very depressing.

6 – The Fault in our Stars by John Green

313 pages

Release Date: January 10, 2012

If I’m being totally honest, I cried like a little baby when I watched this movie. It was SO sad, and I know if I read this book I’ll cry even harder because that’s just how it goes for me.

7 – Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

964 pages

Release Date: 1877

I mentioned this earlier in my Reading List 2020 post; this book is almost 1,000 pages, so you could say that’s not a huge motivator for reading it.

8 – The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

227 pages

Release Date: January 5, 2000

I refuse to read the book, and I refuse to watch the movie, even though I love Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. They’re both awesome.

9 – The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

384 pages

Release Date: November 1, 2016

Haven’t seen the movie, and haven’t read the book. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the book, but again, I can’t bring myself to read it.

10 – Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

464 pages

Release Date: December 1847

I guess I’m not a big Bronte fan…because I’ve also tried reading Wuthering Heights…and I couldn’t get through it. I’m sorry Bronte sisters!

It’s probably obvious from this list that I’m not a huge fan of books with sad endings, specifically dramatic/romance books. Is there a fun term for that genre? I’m going to call them dramantic books. I tend to stay away from dramantic books, so you probably won’t see too many of those book reviews from me. Although I did add a dramantic book to my 2020 reading list, All The Bright Places, so we’ll see how that goes…

Don’t forget to let me know in the comments if there are any romance (or dramantic) books that you can’t bring yourself to read.

As always, happy reading!

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2 thoughts on “10 Romance Books I Can’t Bring Myself to Read

    1. Thanks for your feedback! I’ve frequently been on the fence with that book since I liked a few of Rainbow Rowell’s other books (Fangirl and Attachments). There is nothing I hate more than being really excited to read a book, only to find out that the book is totally bleh.

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