Today, the bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish have asked us to list ten books I am not sure I want to read.
So, yes, I am a bibliophile and it would be nice to think that I could/would read anything under the sun, but unfortunately no, there are tons of books that would make me run in the opposite direction if I come face to face with. Here’s my list of books I don’t think I want to read.
- The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand – I should probably change that to anything by Ayn Rand. I tried ploughing through Atlas Shrugged and disliked it immensely. I have a sneaky feeling that I will not like anything that this author has put out.
- The Mists of Avalon by Marion Bradley Zimmer – It’s a shame that I have decided to boycott this author because I’ve heard this book and other books in the series are really good. But once I read this news article about her abuse of her daughter, I was so revolted that I dropped all ideas of reading anything by her.
- The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins – There’s been a lot of hype and excitement over the books (and the movies), but no amount of hype has made these books sound interesting enough for me. I guess dystopia is just not my thing (unless it’s done by Margaret Atwood, her I make an exception for).
- The Fault in our Stars by John Green – Actually, this one I am pretty ambivalent about. I am not a fan of books about people or children suffering from cancer, plus I’ve promised myself not to read any tear-jerkers this year. So I probably won’t read this right now, but never say never right? I might pick it up next year.
- Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace – This one is famous for being notoriously hard to read. Why would I pick a book that has such a reputation? I’d also like to add Ulysses by James Joyce to this list, and also anything by William Faulkner. Any book that’s
famousnotorious for being difficult to read falls into this list of books I never want to read. Life’s too short to feel stupid.
- Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg – I’m not a big fan of non-fiction in general. And an even bigger non-fan of self-help books that aim to guide and inspire. I like to do things my way, slightly pig-headed, opinionated fool that I am.
- The rest of the books in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon – I am a little conflicted about this one. I liked Outlander a lot. I thought it was a great standalone romantic story. Do I actually want to read about Claire and Jaime’s middle-age romance, or do I just exit this series with good memories of young Claire and Jaime? I honestly don’t know. I might have considered the series if it was just a trilogy, but 7 books more? Each a 1000 or more pages? Nah, not likely.
- The Dark Tower series by Stephen King – I love Stephen King’s books but even I am not ready to commit to a long-drawn out series like this one. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this series, and I have too many half-done series to finish to think about embarking on this one.
- The Silmarillion and the other books that Tolkien has written about Middle Earth – I enjoyed The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but once I read those books, I was done with Middle Earth. I seriously have no interest in knowing any more about the history, or the language, or anything else. I am done with the series.
- The rest of the books in the Fallen trilogy by Lauren Kate – I disliked the first book in this series intensely. No way in hell will I ever try the others. This book killed any interest in YA Fantasy that I used to have.
So, these are the books currently on my reading NWR (Never Will Read) list . Have you read these books? Care to convince me to give them a shot? Go ahead in the comments, and let me know which books you’d steer far away from, and why.