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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read

I'm back after a brief hiatus, linking again with the Broke and the Bookish, where we are talking about books we will likely never read. While I add more books to my TBR list daily, there are thousands of books out there that I will never read, either because I've never heard of them, or they are not a genre that I typically read, etc., etc. Here is a list of books that I won't likely read.

Books that I really have zero interest in reading:
1. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk: I know he's an acquired taste. I really tried with Choke, but I just couldn't finish it. Also, I am like the only person in the world who hasn't seen the film.

2. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James: Not my thing. At all.

3. The 120 Days of Sodom by the Marquis de Sade: Call me a prude all you want, but no. This is on Peter Ackroyd's list of books to read before you die, and I have a hope of reading most of that list before kicking the bucket, but I'm fairly certain I'll skip 120 Days of Sodom.

4. Perfume: The Story of a Murder by Patrick Süskind: I saw the movie and it was one of the most disturbing films I've ever seen. I felt like I needed a long shower after that one. I won't be touching the book with a ten foot pole!

Books that I think about reading, but probably won't read:
5. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami: Sounds fascinating, but I don't know if I'll get up the courage to dive in.

6. Quiet Flows the Don by Mikhail Sholokhov: This book is a Soviet classic. It's also insanely long, and not that easy to find, so while it's on my list, I don't know that I'll ever actually read it.

7. The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño: I read another of his books and hated it, but somehow I sort of want to read this one as it ties in. I'm a masochist.... And I'll probably never actually pick the up the book.

Series that I am not sure I'll ever commit to:
8. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin: Maybe now that I've got the Overdrive app and can read library books on my tablet, I'll commit to this, but they are just so long, and such a time commitment. Maybe if I need surgery or end up on bed rest at some point. :P

9. The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon: I'm curious, but not sure if that's enough to read all those weighty tomes.

10. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare: I know *about* some of the controversy surrounding her, though not a lot since I don't follow fanfiction. Occasionally I am curious about this series, but the reviews are mixed, so I probably won't ever pick them up.

That's all she wrote! If there's anything on my list that you really think I should try (besides 50 Shades, because I know I won't), you're welcome to convince me!


  1. I'm in complete agreement on fifty shades - I'd thought about putting the GOT series on my own list but I'm still holding out hope that eventually I'll get around to reading through it. Same with The Outlander series for me, keeping it as an option but wow.. lots of big books.

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I typically like long books. I mean, I just devoured Wolf Hall in a week, but the series with so MANY long books is just intimidating. I have a small hope that one day I'll get into GoT, but there are just so many other books on my list first.

  2. Interesting list! Yeah, I don't think I'll ever get around to Quiet Flow the Don either...or many Soviet classics for that matter :3 (which is strange given the amount of brain cells I put towards studying the period, lol, but anyway)

    1. I hear you. My list of Russian books to read is so long that I'll never get to the end of it.

  3. I love the Outlander Series, but can see how many people would be put off by the length of these novels!!

    Here's a link to my TTT for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2015/05/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-i-will.html

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I am tempted by the Outlander and sometimes think I'll read them, but there are so many that I always talk myself out of them, haha.

  4. Save yourself the headache and don't bother with Twilight. As for Clare, I'd actually go with The Infernal Devices series rather than The Mortal Instruments.

    Check out my TTT.

    1. I'll bear that in mind if I decide to give Clare a try. Sadly, I've already read Twilight when I was a youth leader and I had to see what all the girls in the group were obsessed with. It was pretty meh, but somewhat decent vacation reading.

  5. I had Cassandra Clare on my list too, as well as Fifty Shades. I doubt I'll ever read GOT either.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/05/05/top-ten-tuesday-3/

  6. I cannot recommend GOT strongly enough. I thought they were SO well written, fascinating, complex story-lines, realistic heroes that are not always good, and realistic villains that are not always bad. I loved the books (and the show, I can't lie).