Books I REFUSED to Read as a Child // stories from a childhood book nerd

Hello, everyone!

Today I’m introducing a new feature on my blog called “Stories from a Childhood Book Nerd”! This feature is going to be a series of stories about my experience with books, reading, and writing throughout my youth! 😀

Today’s post is all about books I decided (at least once) not to read because I was extremely stubborn as a kid! 🤣 Let’s get to it!


The Harry Potter series

When I was around eight years old, I remember walking into a bookstore and seeing a table filled with Harry Potter books. To my absolute horror, I took one glance at Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix… and it was thicker than my arm. I had never seen a book so dense.

My parents had been encouraging me to read “big girl” things, and they thought I would be interested in the series. However, I believed that I would die of either boredom or exhaustion if I ever read the Harry Potter series, so I secretly vowed to never ever read it.

Did I eventually read it? Of course, do you even know me?? Harry Potter is my favorite series ever, hands down, no questions asked.

After I eventually read it, I loved it. I watched the first three movies in order to make sure I was into it (I was 10, okay, don’t judge me, and I would never do that now), and then I read the whole series within a few months! I’m so glad I finally gave the series a try, because I have no idea who I would be without Harry Potter.

This series inspired me to read other books (and write other books!), so I might not even be a book lover if I had not read this series!

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The Percy Jackson series

A few years after Percy Jackson became popular (so maybe around 2007? I don’t remember, I was a child), I have a few memories of witnessing many boys walk around with The Lightning Thief and The Red Pyramid. I was too young to read chapter books back then, so I didn’t think much of it.

Then, shortly after reading Harry Potter, I was eleven and loving life. My reading life was  content – I had completed A Series of Unfortunate Events and a few other books, but there was aways room for more series to love.

Once, at a bookstore, my mother asked a slightly older girl for book suggestions, and the girl suggested Percy Jackson. Fair enough suggestion… but to my horror (again), the back of the book pointed out multiple reviews which stated that Percy Jackson was the new Harry Potter, and I –

How dare this Peter Johnson come after my all-time favorite series?? I was angered, and I refused to read the series. Nothing could have been better than my beloved Harry Potter. 

Did I eventually read it? Haha, yes I did! Despite my rage, about a year later I settled down and devoured the series within a month or two.

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And of course, I actually fell in love with Percy Jackson as well. It was not, in my opinion, “better” than Harry Potter, but it was very good in its own respects. I related to Percy a lot, and I just loved almost everything about the series. And I still do!

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The Twilight books

Okay, I don’t think I need to explain this one a lot.

As a major Harry Potter fan, I do admit that I was a little biased when it came to the Twilight series (or Saga or whatever). As I mentioned earlier, I was still holding grudges against any series that claimed to be just as good as Harry Potter, but something was different about Twilight.

Love triangles and sparkly vampires? No thank you! I already hated Twilight, and I didn’t even know that much about it.

Did I eventually read it? No, but I did watch the first movie… and it was actually better than I thought it would be. Not amazing or anything, but it could have been much worse.

Eventually, I grew up and told myself that you should never hate something you know nothing about. After watching the movie, I was still convinced that the books were not worth reading, but I was not rude about my decision anymore 🙂

Everyone has their own opinion about everything, and Twilight was decidedly not for me. But I encouraged some of the people around me to not be so hostile towards Twilight and its fans – they weren’t hurting anyone by simply enjoying the series.

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A Wrinkle in Time

Any book that actually starts “It was a dark and stormy night” has to be a joke, right? I mean, I am right? 

So I also had a bad first impression with A Wrinkle in Time. My paperback copy was old and worn, so I assumed it was an old book. And as a young child, I did not read old books. Who even read old books when they were children?? Certainly not me, that’s for sure. No thank you.
(Haha, sorry for the overuse of sarcasm in this post! 😉 )

I think I only got a few pages into it, and even early on I could sense that these characters were just… strange. (If you’ve ever read it, you probably know what I mean.) The characters just acted too mature for their ages, and all kinds of weird things were happening. To me, it was not relatable.

Did I eventually read it? No, but I did give it a second chance.

Before Disney’s remake of A Wrinkle in Time was released in 2018, I tried again (this time as a teenager) to read this book.

But nope! It was still not for me. I think I only read 3 chapters, but I was just not excited about it at all.

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The Fablehaven series

It is now that I realize all of the other books mentioned in this post were also adapted into movies! Maybe that has something to do with why I didn’t want to read this series…

When I was around eleven years old, my best friend suggested Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven series to me, and I said I would only read it if she read A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Unfortunately, the first book in this series was also praised for being “a contender in the adventure genre to replace the Harry Potter franchise” (Hollywood Reporter). And of course, I was furious! 

Despite that, I had promised I would read it, and so I tried… but it was also a bit weird for me. The series revolves around a sanctuary for fairies and magical creatures, but I specifically remember putting the book down because one of the characters put ketchup on his eggs.

I kid you not, that was why I couldn’t continue the book. 🤣

Did I eventually read it? Yeah, I did! A few years later, when I was fifteen years old, I was about to give a bunch of my old books away (I believe the cool kids are calling this an unhaul these days). But I decided to keep Fablehaven for a while longer, and eventually, I read it. The series was actually really good, and I’m surprised not that many people have read it!

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At one point in time, there were plans to adapt the Fablehaven series into a TV show or movie, but I think those plans were dropped 😦 Even so, the series is still going strong –  the author recently started a sequel series (titled Dragonwatch), and I reviewed the first two books in the early days of my blog!

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Have you ever refused to read a book or series? Have your feelings changed over time, too?

I want to hear all of your thoughts!


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Happy reading, everyone! 😀Starry Sky Books-13

48 thoughts on “Books I REFUSED to Read as a Child // stories from a childhood book nerd

  1. I love this new series! This was a great first post and I can’t wait to read more of them! I also can’t believe you refused to read Harry Potter 😂 I was so excited to read it that I begged my mom to buy the entire boxed set and devoured it within a couple of weeks. I’m glad you eventually came around! 😉

    I feel you on A Wrinkle in Time, though — I tried reading it when I was younger, too, and I just COULD NOT get into it. I don’t really remember why, but it bored me to tears. And, like you, I tried re-reading it as a teen several years later and still couldn’t get into it. I think that style of surreal fantasy just isn’t for me — oh well.

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    1. Thanks, Alex! 💕 I can’t wait to share the rest of my dramatic stories, lol. I kind of wish I had read Harry Potter a bit sooner (even though I was 10 and I wasn’t *that* old), because I think I would have liked it when I was even younger. There’s actually a *very specific* reason as to why I decided to read the series, but I can’t say because it’s going to be the subject of an upcoming post 😉

      (I’ve also heard the A Wrinkle in Time is one of those books you either love or hate! But I just never understood it.)

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    2. Ahahahhahahahhahahahaaa I wouldn’t read Harry Potter as a child either! Mainly because everyone else was reading it (hate being mainstream) and the cover for GoF SCARED ME.

      Also I wouldn’t read Anne of Green Gables. I’ve tried recently, and well, *coughs in Asgardian*

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  2. You have such a great sense of humor, I laughed out loud a bunch of times while reading this 🙂 I especially loved when you said “How dare this Peter Johnson come after my all-time favorite series??” hahaha. Great post overall, and a very interesting new series! I’m looking forward to reading more of these posts 💙

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  3. I’m so glad that you ended up coming back to some of these and loving them, particularly HP and Percy Jackson! It would have been so sad if you had decided forever not to read them 😢 And I had a similar experience with Twilight! I was so judgmental and strongly against it, even though I had never read it. Then I decided that I should read it, just so I could be more informed when I ranted against it lol. And I decided that I still didn’t like it! Which is okay! But I think I’m a lot less judgmental about it now 😉

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    1. Yes, I would have been such a sad, different person without Harry Potter and Percy Jackson! 😂 I might have tried Twilight eventually, if I was desperate enough for another series, but the books were so large that I just couldn’t commit to something I was pretty sure would not be my thing!

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  4. If you haven’t read Twilight and liked the movie a bit, don’t read the books – ever ;O; I read them in HS and it was okay but it wasn’t worth the hype. Also, can’t believe you didn’t want to read HP but then again you do have a point about the length of these books – especially as a child.

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  5. Just like you, I was also super intimidated by the Harry Potter series. When I was 9, I had a classmate who brought OotP to class and I was so shocked at how he could read such a thick book! The next year I bought The Half-Blood Prince (it was the first HP book I bought and yes I know it’s weird) and I read it but I couldn’t understand what was happening! I just brought it to school to “show off” to people that I own a thick book at 10 😂

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    1. Oh no, that’s one of the worst things you could do – read one of the last books before the other ones! 😂 When I was reading the series, I was 10 and I was just like that classmate of yours! I brought OotP to school and everyone was shocked!

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  6. *snorts* ketchup on eggs xD

    I’ve never read Harry Potter, even now, not read it don’t plan on reading it either. It just doesn’t appeal to me, I watched all the films though as a kid. But I never read the books, I was more into vampires, paranormal so I have read Twilight and seen the movies to it. I’ve only read the first book of Percy Jackson though at the moment, I’m attempting to get through them. Although like yourself, I remember seeing people mostly boys reading the PJ books which I guess…put me off them inadvertently?I didn’t find the covers particularly appealing back then.

    I typically read whatever books interested me though as a kid, since I’ve always been a reader, I also had my mum read books to me as something we’d do together. We read The Charlie Bone series by Jenny Nimmo together and aaaaaah I adore that series with my whole heart. I also read some of Enid Blytons books as well back then.

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    1. Back then, I didn’t like ketchup OR eggs, and I had never heard of anyone putting them togther, so I was very surprised to say the least!

      I understand that you don’t feel like reading the HP books, especially if you’ve already seen the movies. I’m trying to get my sister to read the series, but she’s not really interested because she already knows what happens! And now, it’s almost not worth it to read books after you’ve seen the adaptation, because there are just so many other books you could read without the plot spoilers ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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  7. I’ve read all of the books in this post except for twilight and a wrinkle in time! (I also refuse to read those two haha).

    I relate to you a lot about Order of the Phoenix. I would always tell my mom when she’s nag me to read Harry Potter that no book could possibly be that long that I wouldn’t get bored/die while reading it. And then lo and behold, I picked up the series and finished Order of the Phoenix in less than a week 😂

    YAY for a series of unfortunate events. I love how educational the books are! I read them as a child too and Violet’s inventions amazed me so much 😍

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    1. That’s fine, I’m totally okay with never read Twilight or A Wrinkle in Time! The first time I read the Harry Potter series, I read Order of the Phoenix in three weeks, but only because I spent a lot of that time cleaning the house instead of reading 😂 And I still really like A Series of Unfortunate Events! I haven’t read the books in years, but I just finished watching the Netflix series, and it was so good!

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  8. I relate so much with this post, because I refused to read so many series when I was younger! Basically, anything that got too much hype was a no for me. I’ve always been super annoyed by these things. I’ve been like this about literally everything. Is there a football team that everyone around me loves? Great, I’ll hate that team forever lol.
    Growing up, I was just determined not to give in to the hype. Which is why I never read the Harry Potter series when I was younger, because everyone around me loved it and I just *needed* to be the different one. (I swear to God I’m not an Aquarius, but that is my rising though!)
    I also refused to read The Hunger Games & Divergent for a really long time, because that’s what everyone else on Tumblr was raving about. I eventually picked up The Hunger Games, because I remember reading somewhere that it was inspired off of a greek myth and my Percy Jackson lover self was suddenly enthusiastic. As for Divergent, I was gifted the first book in the series, so I just thought “well, might as well read it”. I’m glad I did so, because it turned out to be one of my favorite series of all times.
    I think I’m slowly getting better at this and being more open to new series. I think I learned a thing or two in the past with all the amazing series I was missing out on, so I try to keep a “never say never” mindset now.

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    1. Even today, when something gets a lot of hype, I get scared away! I couldn’t avoid The Hunger Games, because we were required to read the first book in school! But I really liked the series when I read it, and I also liked the first Divergent back then 🙂 I never read Allegiant, though, because I heard about all the negative reviews!

      Now that I’m a part of this book community, I am starting to open up to a lot of new authors and books! I’m glad that I have started to branch out, because I have read about 20 books since I started this blog, and I would not have read most if them if I had not started the blog!

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  9. Haha I first read HP when I was 6 or 7 and I honestly can’t imagine a childhood without it. The book I absolutely refused to read was Pride and Prejudice… I started reading it when I was 9 (and funnily enough 9 year olds don’t really understand what social commentary and satire is) and the first line outraged me because I thought it was very… I don’t know whether I was really aware of what sexism was or stereotyping, but I was definitely mad.

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      1. Haha, yeah I was a bit of an odd child (plus I just went through all of my mum’s kindle books). But yeah… life without HP *shudder*

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  10. OMG yessss Fablehavennnn ❤ that series was the love of my life (and also all of the other series you mentioned lmao) but wow. I never even read the rest of the books in the novel but DAMN FABLEHAVEN SCARED ME SO MUCH? Like idk why but it reminds me of the horror movie titled The Visit

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    1. Yay, I’m so happy you know what Fablehaven is! 💕 I felt like I was taking a bit of risk by including it, haha! And YES, now that you mention it, Fablehaven is so much like The Visit! But like, for kids, and with magic and stuff.

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  11. As a huge Harry Potter and Percy Jackson trash (I LOVE BOTH OF THEM EQUALLY THANK YOU VERY MUCH), I really really enjoyed this post! A few years back, I’ve been refusing to read Cassandra Clare’s books but I eventually gave in and read TID and TMI. I still haven’t finished TMI but I enjoyed TID immensely.

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    1. Haha, I’m glad you enjoyed the post, Rain! I also refused to read Cassandra Clare for a long time, and now I’m thinking about starting some of her books… but there’s just so many of them, I feel like I’ll never finish! Good luck with the rest of her books!

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