Ten Books I’ll Probably Never Read

Posted May 5, 2015 by Carlisa in Features, Top Ten Tuesday / 39 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Fifty Shades of Grey. Just nope. I don’t really need to say anything besides that.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?


  • Great list. I don’t think I’ll read Moby Dick, Anna Karenina or Game of Thrones either. Just not my sort of thing.

    • Yeah, some people love them but I guess we aren’t those people! Thanks for the visit 🙂

  • LOL! I’m with you about the creepy shirtless man books! Happy reading! 🙂

    • Haha I’m glad you agree! Thanks for the visit!

  • Agree with most of these, but mostly the Matched series, I have heard so many mixed reviews on this series 🙁

    Game Of Thrones, I don’t see myself reading it as I already know what has been going on because of all the talk about the TV series, also talk about a big book! *phew*

    Happy Reading x

    My TTT: http://simplybookishthings.blogspot.com/2015/05/top-ten-tuesday-5-ten-books-ill.html

    • I think a lot of people do enjoy the Matched series but it just wasn’t for me. And like I said, I read it right after I read Delirium which was just a poor choice on my part because their concepts are fairly similar.

  • Jo Elliott

    We have a few of the same books on our list, Fifty Shades of Grey was also on mine (for obvious reasons!), as well as Matched and The Mortal Instruments series. However I also put Delirium on mine and I’d love to know what you liked about it. I also don’t think I’d read Game of thrones (a huge time commitment for something I know I’m unlikely to be interested in) and I probably wouldn’t read the Divergent novellas either.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/05/05/top-ten-tuesday-3/

  • That’s a shame about GoT, but agree with quite a few of these!
    My TTT

    • I think I’ve seen Fifty Shades of Grey on almost everyone’s lists today. Thanks for the visit!

  • Matched is on my list! Well, the second one. I did read Matched but…ergk. It didn’t do anything for me. (It felt really dry?!) I’d like to try Delirium though, because I really like Lauren Oliver!!

    I’m a HUGE fan of The Mortal Instruments, because it’s so funny and the character development is A+. If you’re a huge fan of paranormal, it’s worth it. 😉

    Here’s my TTT!

    • I did read Matched but like you I had no desire at all to read the sequels! And if you like Lauren Oliver, you definitely should read her other books. Delirium is pretty different from her other books but you should go for it!

      I’ve been hearing good things about TMI all day so maybe I will try those out someday!

  • christine danielle

    I loved TMI until the third book never really bothered to read the next three.

    Top Ten Tuesday

    • I’ve heard from a lot of people that they liked the first three. Maybe I’ll give those another try!

  • Elizabeth Bogardus

    50 Shades is getting beat up on these lists today! I’ve read all the Game of Thrones and don’t remember them being raunchy, that’s something I would notice.The show is a big sex-fest though! Have a good week!
    My TTT

    • Maybe I got confused then between the show and the books. I’m glad you enjoyed them. Maybe I will read them someday!

  • Lola @ Reading by Lamplight

    The Mortal Instruments and Game of Thrones made my list too. I should have put in Anna Karenina…I can not get through that book no matter what!

    • A lot of people have put Game of Thrones on their lists! Thanks for the visit

  • Kaitlyn

    We seem to have a lot in common as far as reading styles! Fifty Shades and Matched also made my list! But I agree with the shirtless men covers! Also the covers with really suggestive couples…just no.
    “https://onenightbookstandblog.wordpress.com/2015/05/05/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-books-i-will-probably-never-read/”>Check out my Top Ten Tuesday!

    • We do seem to read a lot of the same books! Almost the same exact story happened to me with the LOTR series. I LOVED the Hobbit and I made it through the first two of the series but I lost the motivation to read the third. They’re just so dense and it takes forever to get through. I didn’t include it though because I’m crossing my fingers that maybe someday I’ll feel more motivated!

  • Nancy Cramer

    I’ve read Anna Karenina a few times because I’m interested in Russian culture and how different it is to ours. But it is very long and I had to skip through some of the lawn cutting parts.

  • I think I’ve seen Moby Dick on everyone’s list, I’m quite intrigued to be honest. I guess its a bit of a marmite book- you either love or hate it!

    Fifty Shades is a no from me too :’)

    Interesting selection! Hope you’re having a great day! Here’s my TTT if you would like to check it out 🙂

    • Have you read Moby Dick before?

      BTW Your blog is super cute! Thanks for the visit.

  • I have fifty shades and Game of Thrones on my list as well. I haven’t read any of the other books you mentioned but I have heard about them and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t read them.

    Tina, The Bookworm

  • I enjoyed fifty shades xD I read it with keeping in mind it was twilight fanfiction. The Mortal Instruments Series I have mixed feelings about. Books 1-3 are great and it should have ENDED at book 3 but now it’s gotten a little crazy how many books are apart of this series!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Sherry@theBloggityBLOG

    • That’s what I’ve heard so maybe I’ll give the first few books a try eventually!

  • Audacious Tori

    I also couldn’t stomach match, I kept waiting for it to get better, but it just didn’t!! Awesome Post!!
    Check out my Top Ten Tuesday

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one!

  • Lisa @ Captivated Reader

    The 50 Shades Trilogy and Moby Dick made my list this week too! Here’s a link to my TTT for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2015/05/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-i-will.html

    • I’ve seen 50 shades on almost every list I’ve read today! I’m glad we’re in agreement 🙂

  • Fifty shades is on everyone’s list but mine because I’ve already read them 🙁 Here’s my list http://hollykerr.ca/top-ten-tuesday-10-books-i-probably-wont-ever-read/

    • TI hope you someday give Lauren Oliver another try because I really enjoy her books. Delirium is very different from her other books. But to each her own! Thanks for the visit!

  • Great
    list. I LOLed at #1. I totally agree with that.

    • I’m glad people have been agreeing with me about the shirtless guys haha. But it’s really the first thing I thought of. Thanks for the visit!

  • Danielle @ Love at First Page

    A lot of these I won’t read either… 50 Shades, the Divergent novellas (I won’t even read the 2nd or 3rd books…), Game of Thrones (love the TV show tho!, just don’t have enough time), the Matched series, etc. I used to read classics all the time in HS/college, but don’t go near those anymore. :/

    P.S. your blog is adorable!

    • Thanks so much and I’m glad we agree on a lot of these 🙂

  • I am in a lot of agreement about the shirtless men on covers. I try to keep an open mind but it depends on how the cover is really. There are some books where I can sort of go eh.. maaaybe while others I’m just full of nope. Fifty Shades has been on almost every list I’ve seen which I find surprising given how popular it is, who knew!

  • Haha, I had to laugh about your explanation for Anna Karenina. I would read that book just for the three chapters of a man chopping the grass because I would probably die of hysterical laughter (figuratively) and send messages to all of my friends quoting the book.

    I am a Matched fan though, but it’s kind of like a Twilight situation for me. I read it when I was a couple years younger and it made me fall in love with reading back then. Just like Twilight did, back then. Not that I’m going to reread it, in fear of not liking it anymore.

    I have the same problem with Game of Thrones too. I feel obligated to read it because so many people like it and I want ro know why. But I watched a few episodes of the first season of the TV show and really didn’t like it. It was the weirdest thing I’ve seen. It actually made me feel uncomfortable watching it. Let alone reading about it in detail…