May 5: Top Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read
Since this topic is ridiculous in the sense that there will be many times more books that I will never read than ones I actually will, I’ve decided to only use books that I currently have in my collection that I will probably never read. Otherwise this would simply be a list of far fetched classics, and where’s the fun in that?!
1. The Stand by Stephen King
A year or so ago I felt an unexpected pull to read a book by Stephen King, having never read one before, and this was the one with the best reviews at the time. I’m not sure if it’s simply the size which is putting me off, or the fact that there are hundreds of books I want to read more than anything by Stephen King, but at the moment in time, it’s superfluous to requirements on my bookshelves. I do hope that one day I bite the bullet and read something of his though!
2. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
I am a massive fan of “The Hunger Games”, and I know that book is based loosely on “Battle Royale”, but with Japanese school children. I bought the book, but watched the movie before I thought about reading it, and thought it was absolutely dreadful. It was so unrealistic – the deaths at least – and I didn’t buy into it whatsoever. It might have been because it’s a foreign film, and I don’t watch many, but I had a difficult time relating to any of the characters, and the book sends me similar vibes.
3. Withering Tights by Louise Rennison
When I was a pre-teen, I quite enjoyed the Georgia Nicholson books (to the extent that I read the first four or five) so I bought “Withering Tights” with the intention of reading it, but it evaded my TBR pile every time. I think I probably would have enjoyed it when it was published, but I imagine it would be thoroughly cringe-worthy now!
4. Philomena by Martin Sixsmith
I received this novel in a bundle of books about six months ago, and this one doesn’t really appeal to me, despite the positive reviews. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure of the direction of the plot, or even the genre (I’d say adult contemporary, but I’m probably very wrong), and it’s probably going to remain that way.
5. Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
Simply my idea of what this book is about is enough to put me off: since “My Sister’s Keeper” is about teenage cancer and ‘donations’, I have this awful idea that this novel is about a heart transplant, which I really, really don’t want to read about. Of course, it might simply be a metaphor, but I don’t think I’m going to chance it, or even Google it.
6. Shadowmancer by G.P. Taylor
My auntie bought me this book when I was about seven years old, urging me to read it. I didn’t, but as I didn’t want to disappoint her, I lied and told her I had, keeping my opinions of the story generic – sorry Pauline, if you’re reading this. What made me feel even worse was that she then bought me the sequel, which I obviously didn’t read. They have remained on my bookshelves ever since, and I feel guilty every time I look at them, but not to the extent that I feel obliged to read them.
7. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
Even with a surname like Moriarty, I don’t feel intrigued to see what this book is about. It was on Amazon’s 3 for £10 offer last year, and I gave it to my Granny to read (she said she enjoyed it, but not overly, which doesn’t fill me with the utmost confidence, especially since she’s an ex-English teacher).
8. Silverfin by Charlie Higson
I’ve tried to read this young James Bond book probably half a dozen times, and I’ve never got further than halfway. Something about it stilts me, and even though the premise interests me, I don’t think I’m ever going to finish it, or read the rest of the series, which is slightly disappointing.
9. The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman
Another book I loaned my Granny, which she enjoyed more than the former, despite saying it was depressing, I don’t think I’d get much out of the experience of reading this book. I feel as though I might be a few decades too young to truly appreciate this book, which I believe is about dementia (again, I’m clutching at straws).
10. Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver
This is another book I tried to read once or twice in my childhood, and never got into. It’s doubly annoying since I have the first two books in the series unread on my bookshelf. I’m not sure why, but I get a Roman mythology vibe from this book, but I’ve never got far enough into the plot to accurately state what this novel is actually about.
Have you read any of these books, and are either of the opinion that I am right and shouldn’t pick them up, or that my conception of the plot is wrong, and actually they are a brilliant read? I’d love to hear your thoughts! I don’t like the thought that my books don’t think I love them…
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