Up this week: Books I Will Probably Never Read (or Finish)
This topic was tough. I’m not one to typically say “I’m not reading this” unless I have tried it and know I don’t like it. That’s probably why I’ve tried reading a few of these books already, or I’ve read other work by the writer and know enough about their style to not want to spend more time on them.
1. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
I’m starting off with a beasty book that I simply don’t really care if I read or not. I have no justifiable reason for it other than a lack of interest. I couldn’t even tell you the synopsis. That’s how much I don’t care.
2. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
This is one of those books that a lot of people talk about but I remember nothing that they’ve said. I just know that I’m not a huge fan of Steinbeck and that I’m not trying to get back to his work anytime soon.
3. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Here’s another book I probably won’t read because I’m not a fan of the author. People gushed about As I Lay Dying and I thought it was just OK after finally reading it. I have a tendency to not enjoy reading books set in the south. I’m working on that, but they remain hit and miss with me.
4. Z by Theresa Anne Fowler
Anyone who knows me knows I’m obsessed with anything from the Lost Generation. Naturally this includes the Fitzgeralds. Unfortunately, this does not include Z. I didn’t get very far into the book, but it started out (you guessed it) in the south. Something about the language mixed with the portrayal of Zelda and Scott turned me off. There are other books I plan on reading instead for my Fitzgerald fix.
5. Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman
I hate admitting that I won’t read this book, but it’s true. The TV show came with so much hype and spoilers that I no longer have the care or ambition to read the book. I doubt I’ll watch the show for the same reason. I’m sure I would enjoy it if I had gotten on board before all the spoilers and obsession, but since I didn’t I’m going to pass.
6. Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
I’m going to get yelled at for this one, but here it is. I don’t think I can read more Outlander books. Claire and Jamie drive me bonkers more often than not. I would enjoy the series if it wasn’t for them, but unfortunately they are kind of important to the books. That being said, I’ll probably keep watching the show for Dougal… because Dougal.
7. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
I read If I Stay before the movie came out and didn’t think it very special. I found myself not caring about Mia after that book so I’m not inclined to read a continuation of her story.
8. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
You know I don’t like a series if I haven’t seen the newest movie after it being out for over a month. I got through the first two books and had to call it quits after that. The overall concept is interesting on the surface, but I found myself not caring about the characters or how they get through this mess of a world they’re living in. When it comes to books that deal with finding justice in a shitty world, I’ll stick to The Bone Season or The Hunger Games. I don’t care if they’re different. That’s where I stand.
9. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Here’s another book I won’t read because I don’t enjoy the writer’s work. The Twilight series was a major fail for me. I never learned to care about any of the characters, and I wasn’t fond of the writing style. I also rarely see the book before reading the movie, but I did in this case, and it wasn’t worth justifying the book.
10. 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Of course I would get to 50 Shades of Grey. I didn’t like Twilight, and I don’t care about the Romance genre, so is there anything else to say? Before you ask, yes, I did try reading it. I didn’t get far because I knew damn fast that it would be murder trying to get through three of these books. I’m not hating on anyone who loves the books, but they’re not for me. Between hearing Gilbert Gottfried and Ellen Degeneras read snippets, I think I’m good with this one.
Be sure to check back next week for another round of Top Ten Tuesday.
What are some books that you’ll never read?