Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday - Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic is Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read.  Much of this list could be called "Ten Nine Books I Will Definitely Never Read", but, you know... never say never.

Ten Nine Books I Will Probably Never Read:

by Marissa Meyer

I figure I've given this series a pretty good shot.  Cinder was just okay, but Scarlet had me seeing red.  It's just so frustrating to see a great premise handled in a less-than-satisfactory way.  (Plus, if I keep going with this series, then I'll have to read Winter, and I have no desire to slog through 800 pages of these ridiculous characters.)

Fifty Shades of Grey
by E. L. James

Do I really need to explain why I'm not going to read this one?  If I ever do, it'll be for laughs and/or so I can snark endlessly about how stupid it is.  My sister read it already and told me it was the worst book ever written.  I'll take her word for it.

A Game of Thrones
by George R. R. Martin

While the subject matter does kind of intrigue me, I have no desire to start a series of long books with long intervals between them.  If I ever do decide to give this one a try, it'll be after all the books are out (at which point I probably will have heard all the spoilers, so... meh).

I Am Number Four
by Pittacus Lore

I've avoided this book -- and all books that come out of James Frey's fiction sweatshop (if I can help it) -- on principle.  I have no problem avoiding authors who behave badly... and I have even less of a problem avoiding people like Frey who prey on the hopes and dreams of aspiring authors.

Les Misérables
by Victor Hugo

It's freaking long.  And the musical is probably more enjoyable.

Enough said.

The Road
by Cormac McCarthy

I don't want to have nightmares, okay?  People shouldn't eat each other.  They just shouldn't.

Under the Dome
by Stephen King

The premise for this is so cool, but after seeing it in the bookstore, I'm totally intimidated.  This thing is a brick.  No, a doorstop.  You might mistake it for the phone book.

Seriously... it's long.

by Sir Thomas More

I tried to read this one after hearing about it in that Drew Barrymore movie called Ever After.  Sorry, Danielle, but this book is boring!  (Although, I guess I can't blame her.  She read what she could get.  But if she'd had access to a proper YA section in that monastery, she probably would've picked something more enjoyable.)

War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy

Despite having heard about this book over and over for pretty much my whole life, I actually have no idea what it's about.  It must not be very interesting, because it's not made into a movie every few years.  I know it's long.  So if it's long and boring... I think I'll pass.

Which books are you unlikely to ever read?


  1. I'm with you on Les Mis. I tried....and I can't. I'm seeing 50 shades on a lot of lists, and I agree with you there. Seriously, why does that book even exist? Here's my Top Ten.

    1. I have no idea why it exists. Well, I guess maybe it's the author's fantasies put to paper. What really baffles me is its popularity. I'm sure there's all sorts of issues with sexism, rape culture, etc. that could be discussed (which is, possibly, the book's only saving grace: it gets people talking about uncomfortable topics).

  2. I completely agree with you on Fifty Shades of Gray. Abusive relationships aren't the kind of things I want to read in books, so I'm staying clear of this one too.

    I can completely see why you're so hesitant about Les Mis. It's so long, but it's completely worth it. As someone who has not only read it but is an avid theater geek as well, I actually found that the book & musical were shockingly similar. The musical takes out some of the unnecessary details, but the book goes much more in depth if you're into that.

    Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous choices! ♥

    1. Maybe one day I'll try it, if I get over my fear of super-long books. I'd also need my own copy; trying to finish a 1000+-page library book in 3 weeks is a recipe for stress (for me, anyway; I'm not a particularly fast reader).

  3. I totally agreed with you about Scarlett, but if you liked Cinder you should give Cress a shot because I though it was really good again. Yeah Song of Ice and Fire is so long and I always forget everything and have to reread every time a new book comes out and it's getting to be a bit ridiculous. I'm with you on I am Number Four, I just can't bring myself to read it.

    1. I read Scarlet because people said it was so much better than Cinder. So I'm pretty sure I'm not going to like Cress. I'm just not impressed with that series... and torturing myself with more books probably isn't going to change that. :)

  4. Omg ahahaa I love your logic for Les Mis. It's so true though! WAY TOO LONG AND INTIMIDATING, ARGH! You're to first person I know who dislikes the lunar chronicles, ahah. Sad that they didn't work out for you :(

    1. Yeah, I'm probably the only person on the planet who isn't into The Lunar Chronicles. What can I say? I just want better world-building, more explanations, less insta-love...

  5. I agree about Fifty Shades of Grey and Cinder, I wasn't the biggest fan of both of these books. I feel they're very hyped and overrated. The insta love was just damn annoying :( So you're not the only one. Great picks! <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

    1. I'm finding that I often don't enjoy over-hyped books. Maybe my tastes are just different from most people's...