Let’s face it. The world is not a place where every book can be read. There are far too many. So, it’s true. There are books that I am never going to read. And many of those books I won’t read for deliberate reasons. Here are ten of them.
- Every single book with a shirtless man on the cover. I’m sorry because I know a lot of people really enjoy some romances which happen to have shirtless men on the cover. And I’m sure I may miss out on a book I’d actually enjoy and I know that I’m totally judging these books by their covers…but nope. Those Photoshop-perfect shirtless men just kind of eek me out and I can’t do it. Nope nope nope.
- Fifty Shades of Grey. Just nope. I don’t really need to say anything besides that.
- Anna Karenina. Besides the fact that I have never figured out how to say her last name (Kuh-ri-ne-nuh or Care-i-nina?), I have attempted this book but I gave up. I still have it sitting on my shelf behind my bed waiting to be read. Has yet to happen.
I gave up at the part where the main guy is mowing his lawn. Mind you, this is pretty old and in Russia so they didn’t have lawnmowers, no. He used a long knife thing and just chopped and chopped and chopped. But he enjoyed it so much and was chopping for like three chapters, describing the exertion and the sweat and the ew. No. That’s where I gave up.
- Moby Dick. I think I’d like to say that I’ve read Moby Dick. But unless it’s required for one of my English classes, I’m going to be honest and say that it’s never going to happen. Almost 700 pages of ain’t gonna happen.
[Sidenote: It’s funny because I’m looking at this “Books I Have No Intention of Reading” list on Goodreads for inspiration and I swear half of them are books about Hannah Montana or Robert Pattinson. Let the record show that I will also never read those but they’re not even worth putting on this list.]
- The Divergent novellas. Sorry I’m not a huge Divergent fan. I read all three books but I didn’t like them for very specific reasons which I may just have to blog about one day. So the extra novellas are not things that I really care to read.
- The Mortal Instruments series. I tried to read the first one and I just was not into it so right now it’s on my dnf list. Maybe I’ll give this a try sometime in the future…but then again maybe I won’t.
- The Matched (by Ally Condie) sequels: I read the first one and was majorly underwhelmed. Perhaps it was because I read it right after I read Delirium by Lauren Oliver…and they are very, very, very similar. But Delirium is better developed and just better. So in comparison, Matched didn’t really stand out to me. And it ended on a cliffhanger but I felt no need to know what happens next. Sorry Matched fans, but I’m not really sorry.
- Game of Thrones. Again…sorry, not sorry. There are way too many books and I’ve heard they’re kind of raunchy which I’m not a big fan of.
- The Witch and Wizard series by James Patterson. I read the complete first book and don’t ask me why I finished it, because I did not like it at all. But it has high reviews and I’ve heard people rave about it. They’re just not for me, I guess.
- The Exorcist by William Blatty. I’ve never seen this movie but I love scary movies and things, so at first I thought I might be interested. One day though when I realized I’d rather not pee my pants and not be able to sleep because of this demon book, I decided against it. Maybe if I’m feeling very brave someday.
Do you think I should change my mind about any of these books? Which books would make your list?