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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!