Top Ten Tuesday (1): Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read

May 4, 2015 discussion post, Top Ten Tuesday 60

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is “Ten Books I’ll Probably Never Read” and we’re happy to be participating. This is our first outing!

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The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien 

So maybe I’m cheating a little bit because I have attempted to read these books before. I made it to the second book in high school before I gave up in frustration of the endless, endless amount of boring detail. All they do is travel! Does anything ever actually happen??? I read The Hobbit in 8th grade and I hated that too. To be fair, when I first attempted to read these I was just a baby fantasy fan, having recently devoured Harry Potter. Maybe now that I’m an old pro with fantasy I’d find it different. Every time I look at the books on my shelf, though, it already feels like a chore to even attempt reading them. I don’t imagine that bodes well for a favorable reading experience this time around. Sorry, LOTR, you are forever on my “maybe, but it’s unlikely” shelf.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Yes, that’s right. I have never read these books! I was not into fantasy (or science fiction) at all when I was a kid so I wasn’t even a little bit tempted to read them. As an adult who is into fantasy I decided to look them over and maybe see why these books are classics. From what I could discern, however, these seem like they just really aren’t for me. I could handle all of the religious themes and overtones, even though they’re not my fav, until I got to Susan’s fate. It’s horribly regressive and anti-feminist messaging. These books just aren’t for me.

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

This one is on here only because I know it would hurt me too much. I remember skimming through my sister’s copy when she was in high school and I was absolutely stunned and heartbroken over how sad it is. I’m also a little leery of how well this one treats mental disability overall. Maaaaaybe one day I will feel enough of a glutton for punishment to read this, but it’s tremendously doubtful.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

I don’t know what it is about this book, exactly, but I’ve never been even remotely interested in reading it. When I read the description it just seems like super boring, dry, hard sci-fi to me, and that is the worst sci-fi! It all seems like it’s going to be rather predictable. Add in the author’s well known and unabashed homophobia and this is one I am more than fine with skipping.

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

This is another one that I actually did attempt to read. Granted this was 10 years ago, but I gave it another shot a few years later and still couldn’t do it. On the surface this book has everything I love. Time travel, and star-crossed love, and Scottish Highlands, and tough lady main character. But, my god, was what I read boring.  Endless descriptions, and I never understood the appeal of Jamie at all. I bailed after the beating scene (yes, that scene). Sorry, I try to avoid a gracious side helping of misogyny in my books! Yes, I understand that this takes place in the 18th century and it’s “how things are done.”  But it is not for me!

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

So, so many people love this series but my skeptibrow is forever raised. I admit that this is mostly because I don’t like what I have heard of the infamous love interest, Barrons. Jerk-love interests really are not my thing. I don’t like alpha types to begin with so make them tremendous assholes and any interest will fly far away. Plus, I heard the characterization in general isn’t so great, and I am a big character reader. Sorry, Darkfever, you’re in the basement.

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Saving Francesa by Melina Marchetta

It’s not even specifically this book, but any Marchetta book. I know, it’s shocking. I have read Jellicoe Road and Finnikin of the Rock and they were both 3 star reads for me. I’m just not a member of the Cool Kids club. I found the two Marchetta’s that I have read to be so mediocre that I just don’t have any interest in trying any other of her works when I have literally hundreds of other books I’m dying to read.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

This one actually hurts me to say it. I don’t think this is a bad book, or undeserving in any way. I am just so, so leery because of both the teacher-student relationship (of which I am generally not a fan) and the fact that Rose is 17 and Dimitri is 22 or thereabouts? Everything about situation screams a big giant “no” to me. And so I’m basically afraid of reading this book because I don’t want to not like it. It doesn’t make any sense but it is what it is.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Unlike most people I hated Divergent so I really wasn’t ever that interested in reading this second installment. Even from Book 1 the entire series seemed like a very thinly lesson in the culture wars (intellectuals=BAD). I was smugly validated by the overwhelmingly poor reviews for both this installment and Allegiant because I am the worst like that.

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Oh boy but this series makes me want to get on my rage-y feminist soapbox. I mean, I do hate love triangles to begin with but when the triangle has a boy who is not only a jerk, but an actual misogynistic creeper who does not repect boundaries? Absolutely not. Nope nope nope. Worse, all of this jerk behavior gets hand waved away in this installment. There was a reason for this behavior, you see. It wasn’t really the way it appeared. No thank you forever.

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Bonus: The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin.

I will probably never read this book because it will not be published until the sun rises in the West and sets in the East.  When the seas go dry and the mountains blow in the wind like leaves. Only then will this book be published

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So, how’s my list? Do you have a burning need to tell me just how wrong I am? Have I helped validate your feelings in knowing you’re not alone in your disinterest with a certain book? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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60 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday (1): Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read”

  1. Reena

    I forced myself through the Lord of the Rings when I was in high school because the movies were coming out and I knew I ~should~ read them. I hated every second of the experience and will never read them again. Honestly, I felt pretty much the same way about A Game of Thrones–I was bored and didn’t connect to any of the characters. I consider myself a fantasy fan, and when I love it I love it, but honestly a lot of the Big Fat Epic Fantasy leaves me pretty cold.

  2. Diane

    Winds of Winter…hehehe. Oh well.

    I read The Lord of the Rings three times. This was as a teen long before the films came out. I really loved it (obviously).

    I read Enders Game because a boy gave it to me (lol). I didn’t know much about Card at the time and didn’t think it would be my thing but thought it was an interesting exploration of what true and good leadership means.

    The rest I have also have not read and never had any plans to. ☺️
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  3. Leia Ann

    Love your list. I, too, didn’t like Divergent, but everyone I told this too look at me funny and move a little further away from me. I just didn’t like it, OK! I agree about the anti-intellectual bent of the book, and the characters were pretty thin and unlikable. It was basically sermon disguised as a book and I competely hate that.

    So hey, belated TTT comment and whatnot, I love seeing everyone’s DNW lists.
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  4. Carol

    I agree with you for Marchetta books! I really can’t see the appeal, I read Jellicoe Road and I hated it, then I tried with her fantasy one, but ended up disliking it too! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who can’t get into her books!

  5. fishgirl182 @ nite lite

    Lord of the Rings is definitely an acquired taste. There is a lot of traveling but, once you get into it, the world building is pretty awesome. And I love Vampire Academy! I know what you mean though. On the surface it sounds icky, but I don’t remember being weirded out by it at all. I am still reading Outlander. I actually don’t mind it but it’s really looooonng. I need to get on that…
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  6. Jacquitta Ferguson

    I have to laugh because a friend lent me the entire Chronicles of Narnia Collection and I thought I’d NEVER get through it. I had the book for about a year, and finally I made a resolution to finish it by January 2015 and…*drumroll please*…..I actually finished it! And I don’t regret it. It’s a great series :)

  7. Carina Olsen

    I love you Kim. <3 This post is all kinds of gorgeous :D Okay, mostly I love your thoughts about Ignite Me. I VERY MUCH AGREE. Okay, I never read book two, but I loved book one, and I shall never read book two or three. NEVER EVER. Fuck that love triangle. I cannot deal with it. IT HURTS. It sucks. It was done so badly. I shall never read it. Ugh. Especially.. Adam was SUCH THE PERFECT BOY in book one. Why the hell did the author ruin that? WHY?! Adam was peeeerfect. Ugh. I hate love triangles. I can't stand them. lol, sorry :D Anyway. Aw. The Lord of the Rings. I have not tried the books. I probably never will either, lol. But the movies are my favorite movies of all time. They are perfect, hih :) Anyway. Gooorgeous post Kim. <3 Love reading all your thoughts :) You are awesome. My reasons for staying away from Vampire Academy is the love triangle, lol. It would bother me too much :p
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  8. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    Outlander reminds me so much of The Discovery of the Witches, except replace scottish highlands with vampires and there you have it. I probably won’t read Lord of the Rings, either, there’s something about super long epic fantasies that make me can’t be bothered. VA, I loved it, although I did feel really weird about their relationship at first, but I was convinced, and they are one of my OTPs. Thanks for the super honest post Kim!
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  9. Jasprit

    This is a great list Kim, I get what you mean by the Lord of the Rings books, I tried reading them after watching the films, I know a bad decision right there, but the pages and pages of descriptions of the forest I really found off putting. And I’m glad to see that I wasn’t the only one to have issues with Vampire Academy!
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  10. Alissa

    I agree with you on Insurgent…and actually the whole Divergent trilogy. I was SO excited to read Hunger Games back when it first came out, and was seriously disappointed by it (I kept thinking to myself afterward, “All that hype for THIS?!?”), and I’m worried the Divergent trilogy will leave me with the same feeling, so I won’t read it.

    You are missing nothing by skipping LOTR. The movies are much better. The books are far too word-y and dry and, frankly, boring (although I did try because I received the series as a gift from a loved one and wanted to be able to tell them I read it).

    I also tried to read Narnia because it’s “classic” and hated it. The kids were Mary Sue-ish to the point of extreme annoyance, and Aslan the Lion just seemed like an a**hole to me. Never before did I want to punch so many characters in a single series! You’re not missing anything.

    I had to read an abridged version of Flowers for Algernon in a middle school AP English class. I’m not sure any of us in the class really understood it, but I remember it made me feel awful. Never would I ever read the novel in its entirety.

  11. Cait @ Paper Fury

    I’m dyyying of laughter the last one. I’ve only just started GoT but um….I don’t know if I should regret this life decision yet?! I really love them but I’m worried I’ll NEVER GET ALL THE ANSWERS EVER. *cries*

    I grew up on Narnia and it’s AMAZING imo, but then again…if I read it now as an adult-who-read-so-much-and-widely? I probably wouldn’t like it. So yeah. I don’t particularly want to try Vampire Academy either, buuuut, I couldn’t say never for that one just in case. XD
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  12. Small Review

    Yup, sign me up for the same “I will not read” books. I even got halfway though the second LotR book and called it quits due to sheer boredom. BUT, Flowers for Algernon is beautiful. Sob your eyes out beautiful though, so if your reason for avoiding it is because it’s too sad, then you’re making the right call.
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  13. Angela @ Angela's Library

    I’m gobsmacked that you didn’t like Finnikin of the Rock! Although I’ve had a really hard time getting into Marchetta’s other books, the Lumatere Chronicles is one of my favorite series. However, I do agree with you 100% about Ender’s game, Vampire Academy, and Lord of the Rings. :-P
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  14. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    I’m curious to try reading Outlander just to see what all the fuss is about, but I’ll drop it if I have the same reaction as you (and many others) do. I’m not a rabid LOTR fan and I would never say you have to read the books if you’re not enjoying it, although some things do actually happen after a while. While I also thought that Ender’s Game would be dry, hard sci-fi I found it very exciting and not at all dry or difficult when I finally read it. The author’s views don’t lend themselves to a hearty recommendation, though.
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  15. Anne @ Lovely Literature

    Ender’s Game was actually enjoyable for me, but then I learned more about the author. I will not be reading any more of his stuff. And your critiques of Darkfever are on point. I read it, gave it a three — it was just fine. Not much actually happening in the story (no hint of romance in that btw) and the main character whose name I can’t even recall was pretty stock. Less personality that Sookie Stackhouse.
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  16. Emily

    So sad you don’t love Marchetta! I find her writing magical and I always connect with her characters. But pretty much everything else on the list I’m in complete agreement with you. I “read” the LOTR books in 7th/8th grade but I think what I really did was skim the pages for Legolas scenes due to my enormous Orlando Bloom crush.

  17. Nikki

    I agree with every one of these except LOTR and Ender’s Game. Both of which I’ve read the whole series multiple times. It’s a good thing there are so many authors and genres out there, to each their own!

  18. Bonnie @ For the Love of Words

    Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! :)

    I wasn’t a big fan of Finnikin either! So glad to find a like mind in that regard. :) Ignite me was pretty terrible so I completely agree with your decision to not bother with that one. The Winds of Winter…. man… I don’ t know how to feel about that one. Not only because I’m quite certain you’re right that it will never be published but I was very unhappy with a few storylines from Dance.
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  19. Brenda

    So wonderful to have you joining in on Top Ten Tuesday’s! It is addictive, but lots of fun :) I love your bonus choice btw. I just started watching the TV series with my husband (I read the first two books, but he isn’t much of a reader) and his reactions were pretty much the same as when the Red Wedding Scene was broadcast. Needless to say, I think I’m on my own with Season 2 and the rest of the books. I’ve only read a few of the books from The Chronicles of Narnia, not sure why I never read the rest.
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  20. looloolooweez

    LOLing so hard at your little GoT joke. It is funny because it’s TRUE. ;__;

    I feel the same way about the Divergent series, too! I mean, I didn’t have a particularly bad time with the first book, in fact when I reviewed it immediately after reading I was pretty happy with it, but after a while I just lost interest. I don’t even care about the movies.
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    • Kim

      It is so sadly true. And if we’re never getting TWOW then we are super never getting A DREAM OF SPRING. So many longing sighs.

      Trust me, you’re better off without any interest in the other Divergent books. From what I’ve gathered, even people who lovvvved Book 1 hated Books 2 and 3. All world building goes out the window and all manner of ridiculous things happen. Save yourself!
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  21. Pili @ In Love With Handmade

    I adored Outlander even if the the beating scene made me angry and I stopped reading the book right there for a bit… but went back to it and loved it and I adore Jamie… so who said I had to make sense, right?

    Narnia… I read some of the books but then I was too overwhelmed with the bloody preachiness of it all and I won’t touch them again. Maybe it would have been different if I had read them as a child but now… I cannot.

    Ender’s Game, oh boy, I adored this one!! It’s fantastic and it has so much food for thought!! One of my fave science fiction book along with Dune!

    And LOTR… I read the books, enjoyed them but felt that dear old Tolkien was even more OVERLY VERBOSE WITH THE BLOODY DETAILS than even I am, so I now prefer to re-watch the movies to re-read the books… I know, I know, heresy to prefer movies to books!

    And we will get Winds of Winter, the one I very much doubt will see the light of day is the final book!!
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    • Kim

      *sigh* I do wish so hard I could be a person who loves Outlander. I really, really want to love Outlander. I just don’t. :'( And don’t worry, Pili. This is Bookland. There is no logic in Bookland. :D

      If you got overwhelmed by the preachiness of Narnia I probably would too then. Just finding out what happened to Susan enraged me enough to think I’ll probably be fine skipping out on these forever. Grrrr.

      I don’t really know what it is about Ender’s Game but it just doesn’t appeal to me! I don’t really like “harder” sci-fi that’s on board space ships and such? Could be that. But I can’t stand the author so it’s a no-go for me.

      Baahahah Tolkien is more verbose than you? That’s a feat, Pili. :p ;) <3

      And you are sadly too right about the final book. But maybe I'll be okay with that depending on how they end the show. Hey, if the show ends with Sansa victorious that's all I care about really. And if the books do not I will 100% switch and consider the show the real canon. :p
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      • Pili @ In Love With Handmade

        At least we do have the show to watch even if dear old GRR Martin doesn’t bloody well finish the final book! Sansa as Queen of the North or no dice!!

        And dear cheese cream icing!! Tolkien can spend three pages or more describing a bloody valley!! So yeah, incredibly as it might sound… he is MORE verbose than I am!! ;)
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  22. Rose

    GASP. I loved THE LORD OF THE RINGS, but it seems like more and more people just aren’t interested. I loved the slow build and subtle characterization. It’s not a quick read, because it’s not a quick journey. I’m okay with that, but I guess a lot of people find it boring, which makes me sad.
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    • Kim

      I know I know. I am basically a failed fantasy fan. :p I know it can be sad making when people don’t love your favorite books but it happens! I get super sad when people don’t love the Throne of Glass books. But oh well. Super long passages of description without a lot of plot just aren’t for me. You never know, maybe one day I’ll be eating my words if I give it another shot and love it!
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  23. Rosy @ The Review Diaries

    Ha! Love the bonus Winds of Winter! That’s a huge shame about Outlander. I started reading them after seeing the first few episodes of the tv series and loved it. A lot of people seem to have been put off it by the length and the descriptive passages.
    Agree with quite a few of these though!
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    • Kim

      Heehee. I really couldn’t resist adding TWOW! But yeah, I really just can’t with Outlander. Whoops! The good news is that are books out there in the world for me that I will love in place of them. :) I really wish I could like Outlander! The formula adds up. It seems like I really, really should! But it just…doesn’t. *sigh* Hate it when that happens! Glad you love them though! :)
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  24. Irene

    Interesting topic! I think I’ll do a post myself on this topic.

    I’ll not be reading Outlander nor Ender’s Game either. I’ve read the first LoTR book, but only because my boyfriend dared me to… And that’s why I’ll probably read the rest too ;) Even though it was sooooo boring!
    I think I’ll try Darkfever one day, because I know lots of peple who love this book and I wanna see what it’s all about. I’ve read the first five in the Vampire Academy series and all I can say is, it starts out great and then it’s downhill. Took me a month to get through book five and it was just soooo boring. I want to read the last book though, because, you know, then I’ve read the entire series.
    I liked the Shatter me series, but not *that* much. I think, all in all, the series is a 3 star for me.
    I disliked Divergent too, but then I heard what happens in Allegiant and, well… Now I need to read this series, because I think I’ll be one of those who likes it! And Insurgent was better than Divergent I think. I get why you won’t go there though.

    Great post! :D And YES to The Winds of Winter haha :D
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    • Kim

      Oh my goodness you are a much better woman than me. I would neverrrrr devote my time to LOTR just because I’ve been dared to! Unless! There was a reciprocal dare in which the other person read a huge investment of time book that I want them to read. Otherwise I can’t even fathom it!

      I’ve heard such up and down things about how VA goes (and its spinoff series too). I love, love, love vampires. They’re my absolute favorite. But I’m always so wary of YA vampire novels. So many trusted friends (including Wendy whom I trust above all, really) love VA. I’m just so scared!!

      I can’t deal with the Shatter Me series because of how awful Warner is in the first book and then him going on to become a love interest. And all of his bad behavior explained away. It’s unacceptable and awful messaging to be sending to teenagers.

      Ha and that’s really interesting that you think you’d like Allegiant! I admit that I spotted the book in the wild and flipped to the end because I was curious. Then I laughed because I am truly a terrible person.

      And it really is too bad that none of us will ever read TWOW isn’t it? :p
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  25. Hélène

    Thank you! I knew I couldn’t be the only avid reader who disliked The Lord of the Rings! The Hobbit was okay, but I’ve started the first book of the Lord of the Rings three times now and I keep stopping halfway through. Nothing ever happens!

    • Kim

      Yes, I am here with you! I will probably try to take a crack at it at least one more time in my life. I feel like I’m enough of a fantasy fan that it’s “obligatory,” but I predict it will go the same for me as last time. Oh well!! One can only handle so many descriptions of walking forever for so long.
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  26. Beth

    Your comment about The Winds of Winter made me giggle… I won’t be reading it because the tv series has made me despise the plot and characters, but I can imagine that such a loooong publication date would be super hard for a fan!
    Beth x

    • Kim

      Hee, I thought that would be a popular one! That’s too bad the show the made you disinterested! The show…can have that effect unfortunately. But that’s okay. :) Everyone has different tastes! And it’s really hard for fans of ASOIAF because each book has years and years and years between pub. We’re really spoiled in YA where most series only have a year long wait! :p
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  27. Priscilla and her Books

    I hear you, Kim! There are many books I will probably never read, too. You would be shocked at my list. Hint: Harry Potter is one of them. In my defence, I made the mistake of watching the movies first. I’m really nervous about reading the books. On another note, I read Insurgent, but didn’t quite liked it. I don’t plan on reading the last book, heh.
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    • Kim

      Oh my goodness, Priscilla! You are bound to stir waves with never reading HP! I’m sure everyone tells you this but the books are way better! And so many more intricate and interesting things have time to take place in the books and a lot of the relationships are better developed. I totally understand being scared of them, though. I can tell you that as an older reader the first book (and somewhat the second) isn’t the most fun to get through. It’s a lot of set up for a major, major payoff, though. I am here for you if you ever take the plunge! And also, from everything I’ve heard you are better off not reading Allegiant. It just seems to infuriate/disappoint literally everyone.
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  28. Carrie-Anne

    I steer far clear of books surrounded by massive amounts of hype, so books which are many people’s darlings are the very books I deliberately avoid. I may someday crack and attempt LOTR, since it’s proven itself with staying power past a single generation. And the more squeeing fangirls and fanboys insist I give it a try, the more I’m going to avoid it.
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    • Kim

      Yes, you are a wise woman to steer clear of the hype, Carrie-Anne. I often find myself intimidated/scared of disappointing of friends if I don’t like a hyped book. Ha, and maybe I should be ashamed of myself because I am such a fantasy fan and it seems only right that I must read where modern epic fantasy started? But until the day comes where I feel excited to open the book it’s just not going to happen.
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  29. Savannah @ReadingBifrost

    Vampire Academy is on my list. I really had a lot of people pushing me to read the series, but I couldn’t even get into the first chapter of the first book.

    It always saddens me when someone refuses to read LOTR, but it is an epic fantasy and epics do tend to get side tracked from the main story… a LOT… so I can’t really blame anyone for not being into epics.
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    • Kim

      It’s really not because I think Vampire Academy is bad! And I can tell you Wendy loves and adores this series which is more than enough endorsement for me. I’m just so afraid of not liking it and then being “a disappointment” if that makes any sense.

      And, you know, I’m not *refusing* to read LOTR, I just have no burning desire to read it. When I read a book I always want to get that excitement and thrill about starting a new book. With LOTR it just seems like a chore and I have so many other books that thrill me to pick them up. Maybe someday! But I will probably never read them.
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  30. Stephanie

    Well, color me shocked – this is the third list, including mine that has included Outlander. I thought I was the only person in the entire universe that didn’t like the book. I disliked it for slightly different reasons than you but had the same experience – has everything I love in it but tried it twice and couldn’t get through it. Maybe there should be a support group:)?
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    • Kim

      Ha yes. “The Support Group for People who Inexplicably Don’t Like Outlander Even Though It Has Everything We Love.” It does seem like literally everyone loves it so it’s always nice to find a fellow black sheep! And apparently there are more of us than we knew? I’ll be keeping my eye out for it now when I visit other posts! Honestly, I think it was the writing style than anything. But also the terrible goings for an 18th century woman to live through. Just not fun to read about!
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