This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is “10 Books I Will Probably Never Read.” I never say never, but these are 10 books I don’t expect to pick up anytime soon.
- Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk // Sorry, Chuck. I loved everything he wrote up until about 2005, then it got a little too weird for me. His early books actually had a plot, but I feel like his more recent ones are solely written for the shock value.
- Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James // I actually read the first few chapters a few years ago. I’m not opposed to erotica by any means, but there are so many authors that have done it better and less problematically.
- The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks // Or, really, anything by him. There was a time in my life when I prided myself on reading all of Nicholas Sparks’ books. By the time I was about 16 or so, I realized that they all have the same plot, and they’re all far too sad.
- Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick // #1, because it sounds like a blatant rip-off of Twilight, which I didn’t even enjoy that much anyway. #2, because I don’t really go for books that glorify stalking. And #3, because it is waaaaayyyyyy too overly hyped and I’m sick of hearing about it.
- Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire // Another over-hyped, problematic book in which the main character literally stalks his love interest. “Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time.” No thanks.
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov // I’ve tried a good 3 or 4 times over the years, and I just cannot get through this book. The furthest I ever got was 75%. Sorry, Nabokov. I did like Invitation to a Beheading.
- Four by Veronica Roth // See also: Free Four, The Transfer, and any and all novellas associated with the Divergent series. Why? Because the only good book was the first one, and then they all went downhill. I’m still not over how awful Allegiant was.
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon // I have this on my TBR list, but let’s be honest. I’m probably never going to read this. Even if everyone I know who’s read it says it’s amazing. It’s just a lot of books, and they’re all really long, and I’m not sure that the plot would hold my interest.
- Wicked by Sara Shepard // and all the books that come after it in the PLL series. I read the first four books when I was in high school, and you know what? They were pretty good. I casually watch the tv show. But the PLL book series is now on #16, and that’s just excessive. I know I won’t read them all.
- By Blood by Ellen Ullman // I struggled for months to finish this book, and I can say with almost 100% certainty that it’s never going to happen. The plot drags. The characters are boring. Everything that happens is predictable. I felt like every minute I spent trying to slog my way through was a minute wasted.
Are there any books that you will never read?