Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Will Probably Never Read

A weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Intentionally Sad Contemporaries

1.) If I Stay by Gayle Foreman - Goodreads
I'm so picky about my contemporary and I just can't do the super sad ones. I don't like going into a book knowing I'm going to cry my eyes out. Typically that means I won't cry. But I do want to watch this movie. Sad movies I can do.

2.) All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven - Goodreads
This book just came out and I've been seeing this one around the blogosphere a lot lately. I will not be reading it. We all have our trigger warnings and for me it's suicide. I just can't do it. I'm sure it's a perfectly lovely story but it's just not one I'm going to do.

3.) Paper Towns by John Green - Goodreads
I don't know if this is sad. My experience with John Green makes me think it is. I like John Green. I thought I would hate Looking for Alaska but I didn't. However I will probably never read Paper Towns. But I've heard it called "manic pixie dream girl road trip." Nope.

Books With or About Aliens

4.) The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancy - Goodreads
You know what else I don't do, aliens. I have a pretty serious irrational fear about them. I blame my brother for torturing me with his ET doll when we were kids. The main character has the same name as me and there are aliens killing people. NOPE!

5.) The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout - Goodreads
Supernatural romances are already hit or miss for me but add romance with an alien and I'm going to have to give this book a hard pass. I loved my first JLA book and I want to read more but not this series.

6.) Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut - Goodreads
That's right, another alien book. I really can't. Like I said, irrational fear. Everyone loves this book by Vonnegut, it's a Sci-Fi classic. I love Sci-Fi (I know I'm an enigma, I love Sci-Fi but hate aliens) but the character is abducted by aliens so, absolutely not! 

Books That I Just Can't Invest My Time In

7.) The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson - Goodreads
It pains me to say this because you know I love me some epic fantasy, especially those written by Sanderson. But there are just too many books in this series to invest my time in it. I should have read it years ago when I first heard about it.

8.) Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace- Goodreads
It's a classic and when I tell people I like to read a lot of them ask me if I've read this one. I really have no interest. Not only is it disgustingly long but the idea that the ending is a chapter of nothing but a stream of consciousness? I'll pass.

Even the Synopsis Makes Me Uncomfortable

9.) Fifty Shade Darker and Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James - Goodreads
Notice I didn't say Fifty Shades of Grey. Yup, I've read it. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I hated it! And a scroll through the synopsis of the next two books makes me realize I will not be reading them.

10.) A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess - Goodreads
One of my friends who is a big reader just like me tried to read this book and could not finish it. She said the author invents a lot of words and phrases making it hard to understand. Not to mention the main character is a serial killer and rapist. I think not.

That's my list. You've seen a few of my trigger warnings. They range from suicide, to aliens, to stream of consciousness, to erotica, and serial rapists. What books will you probably never read. Should I still read any of these books? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!


  1. Lol! I probably won't read Clockwork Orange. All The Bright places, sad yes but I never shed a tear. But I get it the sad stories, why do I wanna be sad on purpose?

    This is a great list, and most of them I totally understand why you won't read them. I was also against the whole aliens thing but the Lux series--well, Obsidian, I enjoyed it.

    Have a great Tuesday!

  2. Yeah I'm with you on most of these. Except for Obsidian and The 5th Wave! Usually not an alien reader myself, but then I did LOVE Roswell in my teens. And yeah Obsidian rocked! And The 5th Wave is definitely not quite what you would expect. But cest la vie--oh however you spell that! LOL!

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  3. A Clockwork Orange is just plain creepy! I put this one on my list too. I'm just now finishing the WoT series - but it's taken me years and years!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  4. I so agree with you on Aliens. I really don't enjoy them either. Although I was caught in the hype and read The 5th Wave, I hated it. The Infinite Sea made my list because of that. Nice list.

  5. What a great list! Some I agree with...I can't get into Jennifer Armentrout and I've tried 3 times with different series! I hope to see you around my blog


  6. Great list, I totally agree with the sad books and one's that make you feel uncomfortable. I'm not sure where I stand on Aliens, truthfully probably haven't read any books that I can think of. Guess that's telling in itself. Happy reading.

  7. This is an amazing post! I loved your picks and your reasoning behind them :)
    I must say Paper Towns is my least John Green book so you won't be missing out on a lot. Obsidian and The 5th Wave are both my favorites and it's a shame that you're terrified of aliens. They honestly are terrifying, but not Daemon Black. He is so hot I promise, up there with Four from Divergent.

    I also added 50 Shades of Grey to my list. These books are just torturous in my opinion and they go against everything I believe in, so NO. I won't be wasting my money on trash..

    - Jumana @ http://booksbyj.blogspot.com/

  8. I am right there with you about intentionally sad contemporaries. I don't mind when books have sad parts, but I am not into everything being sad. All the Bright Places and If I Stay seem like good books, but just not for me.
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  9. Paper Towns was not sad, but you are NOT missing anything, It was just overly pretentious. I honestly have never been into books about aliens, but I loved The 5th Wave.

  10. I actually did read the first book in the Wheel of Time series, but I didn't love it anywhere near enough to devote fourteen more books to that story. I obviously didn't make it far enough to read the later books in the series penned by Sanderson, but I'm okay with sticking to his other non Wheel of Time work.