Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme created and hosted by The Broke & the Bookish and featuring a different topic each week. Today we have:
Top 10 Books I Will Probably Never Read
1. The Harry Potter novels, by J.K. Rowling. I know. I know. How can I be a reader and have never read these? How can I be a reader and have zero interest in reading these? It’s a question I get asked a lot. In fact when the movies came out so many people said to me, oh you like books, you must’ve read the ones these movies are based on and they were gobsmacked when I said nope, I haven’t. I’ve never read a single page of a Harry Potter novel. I don’t own any of them. And to be honest? I have no intentions or desire to ever read them. I do however, have two sons who will turn 7 and 4 this year so it’s possible at some stage that I’ll be roped in to reading them with my boys. My husband and I will always foster a love of reading in our boys so if one of them or both of them express an interest in these, I will buy them for my boys and read along with them if they wish.
2. War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy. To be honest, this one is only a “might” never read. I do own it, I’ve owned it for a few years and I’ve read Anna Karenina and really liked it. It’s not totally out of the question that I might settle down with this one day far into the future but it’s not on my radar for anytime soon.
3. Ulysses by James Joyce. Nope.
4. Fifty Shades Darker (and Fifty Shades Freed) by E.L James. I’ve read the first one. That’s enough.
5. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. I know, this is supposed to be awesome, it won a Man Booker and so many people love it. And then the next one won a Man Booker too. But I’ve attempted it twice now and it’s like the most efficient sedative I’ve ever seen. I begin reading and fall almost immediately asleep. In two attempts I’ve made it no further than 35 pages. I’ve recorded the adaptation so let’s see how that goes instead.
6. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. Another Man Booker winner I bought and attempted to read. This is one brick of a book and I think I only read the first page before I went ‘Nope’ and put back on the shelf. Not saying I’ll never read it but it looks unlikely.
7. Dragonfly In Amber (and the rest of them) by Diana Gabaldon. I read Outlander at the urging of several people who love it like its their firstborn. I didn’t really get it. So long, so rambly, so much wife beating and attempted rapery and Jamie is so boring. No desire to read any more.
8. Portrait Of A Lady by Henry James. I went through a stage where I wanted to read this so much so I got myself a copy and eagerly began reading. Didn’t take long before I realised that I was reading the words and turning the pages but I wasn’t actually taking in anything. I’ve tried a few times and each time it hasn’t managed to grab me.
9. Matthew Flinders’ Cat by Bryce Courtenay. I bought this when it was published in about 2001 or 2002 or something. Since then I’ve moved five times and although it’s made its way with me through five houses in two different states, I’ve never once opened it up. I think I only ever pick it up to pack it and then unpack it each time we move house. I can’t even remember why I bought it because I don’t own any other Bryce Courtenay novels.
10. In Search Of Lost Time by Marcel Proust. Nope.
This was actually harder than I thought because there’s only a couple here that I could say are definite, absolute no. The rest I may try again at some stage in the future, it may just about being finding the perfect time for that particular book.