Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read


This post is part of the Top Ten Tuesday meme by The Broke and the Bookish.

Although I’m usually into any kind of book list–the 100 books you should read before you die or whatever–there are a few popular, well-regarded books that I’m just not interested in.  Here’s just a few of the books I’ll probably never read.

1. Gone With the Wind.  My sister read this book a few years ago, and I remember watching her lug that book around for weeks.  I’ve had some bad experiences with long, epic books, and I’m not keen on getting into another one.

2. The Lovely Bones.  I actually started to read this one, but after I read the awful description of a young girl’s rape and murder, I couldn’t stick around for the rest.

3. Lolita.  Basically the same as #2.  I might be convinced, maybe, if a trusted friend thought I would enjoy it, but right now I have zero interest in reading this book.

4. Ulysses.  I’ve heard talk about how indecipherable James Joyce’s writing is, and I have very little patience for the pretentious.

5. Twilight.  It’s been years now, and I’ve still not even cracked the cover of any of the Twilight books.  Paranormal romance is just not my thing, to say nothing of the controversy over the characters and the quality of the writing.

6. Moby Dick.  No thank you.  If I want to be bored out of my mind, I can think of more efficient ways to do it.

7. Anything by Stephen King.  I’m sure they’re well written, and they’ve been made into some classic horror films, so they must have interesting story lines.  But I get the pants scared off me by Agatha Christie.  I don’t think I need anything harsher.

8. The Fountainhead.  Ayn Rand baffles me.  I know very little about economics, politics, and ideologies, and when I started to read The Fountainhead a few years ago, I barely made it past the first few pages before returning it to the library.  Her tomes, I think, are just not for me.

9. Any of Shakespeare’s historical plays.  I know, I know.  How dare I say anything against the Bard?  But I’m just not interested in any of his plays that has Henry or Richard in the title.  I’ll read the standalone plays, but not those.  Sorry.

10. Sophie’s Choice.  This one certainly sounds interesting, but since I know the ending, I’m not sure if it would still hold the same appeal.  Has anyone read this book?  Should I still read it, even though I know what happens?

What books will you never read?  Let me know in the comments!

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I am obsessed with all things books. I'm a music teacher by day and a freelance editor by night.

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