5.04.2015

TOP TEN TUESDAY | BOOKS I WILL PROBABLY NEVER READ


This week's Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke and the Bookish is: Top Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read. Oh man. This is so hard because there are millions but I also hate to admit that I'm unlikely to get to them because I live in the beautiful illusion that one day I will get to every book on my TBR. Absolute folly, of course, but still. It's important to have goals. And mine is to read EVERYTHING. But here are some of the more obvious ones, if I absolutely had to pick:


War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
1Q84 - Haruki Murakami


Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
Ulysses - James Joyce


Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James
Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace


A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Brontë

Of course, part of me still thinks I'll read these. I mean, it's actually really totally possible that I will, so don't spoil them or anything. And if your all time favourite book is somewhere in this list, feel free to take a shot at talking me into re-considering in the comments!

What about you guys? Which books do you have no interest in? Which are you sadly giving up on?


17 comments :

  1. I wouldn't call Rebecca my FAVORITE, but I did really like it....

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    1. I've heard good things, but I just don't think it's my kind of thing. Never say never, though!

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  2. Yep; Fifty Shades of Grey sounds nasty! It's all I put on my list this week! Happy reading! :)

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    1. It was the writing that broke it for me! Pretty terrible. I read like a third of it and just.... couldn't. Life's way too short, and there's much better racy writing out there! You too!

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  3. Infinite Jest! I knew there was one I would forget! Yes, I've tried reading that one several times, but I think it's time to just give it up.

    My TTT

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    1. I want to say I'm going to read it, but honestly it's just so long! I'll probably give it a try at some point, but I have very little faith in myself actually making it all the way through. Oh well!

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  4. I have absolutely no desire to read War and Peace. It just doesn't appeal to me whatsoever! Great choices! My TTT!

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  5. I read most of Fifty Shades of Grey to see what all the fuss was about. I only had about 50 pages left, and I said to my guy "I really could care less about these characters or how this book ends"...he said "then, stop reading it. You enjoy reading so much why waste your time?" So, I stopped. No regrets.

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  6. Hahaha... 50 Shades has been making a lot of appearances on Top Ten Tuesday this week! It really needs to go into a corner at the library and stay there for a long while.

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  7. I almost put War and Peace on my list but I still have this hope that I'll someday getting around to reading it even if to just say I did. I've seen Fifty Shades on a lot of lists which makes me feel so much better about having it on mine!

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  8. I have War and Peace on my list also this week! I caved to the 50 Shades hoopla. ...you're smart to skip that one!

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  9. I totally forgot about most contemporary books on my list - 50 Shades of Gray would definitely be on my list as well! Rebecca is such a treat, if you like gothic novels. The audiobook edition is wonderful too. Our lists have a two book overlap: Atlas Shrugged and Infinite Jest! My list: http://www.booksuniverseeverything.com/2015/05/05/the-ten-books-i-will-probably-never-read/

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  10. The 50 Shades Trilogy made my list this week!! I also added Ulysses and a few other classics as well.

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

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  11. I really want to read Infinite Jest...I just don't want it to be so stinkin' long :P

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    1. I know, right? I had no idea how long it was because I purchased it online, and when it arrived I literally just sat there staring at it for like five minutes. It was quite the shock, and though I had planned to read it right away, it's been sitting intimidatingly on my shelf ever since!

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  12. Definitely don't read 50 Shades - that was a couple of days of my life I'll never be able to get back. It's completely awful and I'm ashamed to admit that I've read it! If I did a list of 10 books I'll never read, the sequels to this would be equal first.

    I read War and Peace years ago and it felt like it took forever to get through. I didn't mind it but it's very heavy on politics which I mostly skipped through (and didn't miss out any key plot points while doing so!). Having said that, it is a masterpiece and really is one of those books everyone who likes to read should read.

    AND! I hope you get to Crime and Punishment one day. Such an interesting look into the human mind and our motivation for doing things. It's crazy good.

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    1. I started 50 Shades and had to stop - the writing was so terrible that I just couldn't continue! I also tried the beginning of War & Peace and there were so many names I got confused! I do think I'll probably give it another shot.... someday. Crime & Punishment I WOULD read, except I heard that there's some pretty intense animal cruelty in it, and that's a deal-breaker for me. I just cannot handle bad things happening to animals! If someone I know reads it in the future and can flag the pages with horrible animal scenes for me so I can skip them, then I'd consider it. I know, I'm a weirdo!

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