Top Five Friday; Books I’ll Never Read

Five books I’ll never read under any kind of circumstances. Enjoy!

5. Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien. While I love high fantasy, I don’t think I’ll ever manage to get through this trilogy. I have read the Hobbit, so at least there is that.

4. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte. I attempted to read this back in high school and all attempts were unsuccessfully. I watched the movie instead and was so glad I didn’t read it. I hate every single character in this book.

3. Romance, the entire genre. I have a coworker who only reads books in the romance genre. Whenever I have a few days off she’ll shove a well loved paperpack with some kind of half-dressed man on the cover and demand I’ll read it. I don’t. This genre is just so unappealing to me in all forms.

2. Shatter Me -Tahereh Mafi. I’ve seen this on a lot of “must read” lists but I won’t be reading this series. A friend picked this up as a fun book to read while she completed her thesis and ended up enjoying it purely because the writing was horrible – i mean who crosses stuff out throughout the book? No thank you.

1. Books 3 on of Game of Thrones – GRR Martin. I really enjoyed the first two in the series, and I love the HBO series. But I’m not going to wait around for Martin to finish this series. The truth is he’s an older man with lots of ailments, who doesn’t outline his stories and often throws away hundreds and hundreds of pages at a time. I just can’t get behind someone who is going to be rewarded for professional irresponsibility – you made a career


What books are, classic or otherwise, are on your “not to read” list?

5 thoughts on “Top Five Friday; Books I’ll Never Read

    1. I feel like this is the sentiment of so many people now! I think if you enjoy high fantasy and lengthy descriptions then this is definitely a series to recommend, but if you don’t then just avoid it all together. I think the movies did a good job of condensing the essential story, and the cinematography (and beautiful New Zealand) worked well in place of all the descriptive locations.

  1. You are making the right choice with Shatter Me! I read about 40% of it and gave up because the writing was just too much. And if you’re not a fan of romance, you’ll hate it – the romance in that book was vom-inducing haha.

    1. I can’t imagine making it to 40%! I read maybe a page and I couldn’t handle it.
      I can deal with some romance, but I hate the amount of underdeveloped relationships that appear in YA literature, and sometimes in adult literature. I feel like authors either employ too many cliches, pitch extremely unlikely scenarios or rush things along. It’s just so annoying to read relationships that don’t ever feel real.

      1. Haha, well I think the only reason I made it to 40% is because I felt bad abandoning a book I’d thought I was going to love. I completely agree with what you’re saying, romance cliches irritate me so much. And what you said about rushing things along and relationships not feeling real is precisely what I didn’t like about Shatter Me… The romance seemed very underdeveloped, it happened really quickly, and there was no build up/tension, and then suddenly they were desperately in love and mauling each other every 5 seconds (with no real basis/foundation for said desperate love). It was dire.

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