Top Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish.

As suggested in the title, this week were are talking about the Top Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read. Once I created this list, however, I realized this should really be called books I will never read since my opinion on them seems to be quite final.

1. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James — Eh. I just have no desire whatsoever to read this. Nothing about it appeals to me, and the hype surrounding it is a turn off as well.

2. Little Men by Lousia May Alcott — Because even though it has been years, I am still really freaking pissed with the ending of Little Women. I’ll never approve, I’ll never read this. The OTP in my head lives on forever.

3. Stardust by Neil Gaiman — It’s not that I don’t think I will enjoy this book. It’s that I have seen the movie so many times that I think the book form will offer nothing to me. Such a weird predicament to be in. This is why I advocate reading before seeing the movie.

4. Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy — I wanted to read this because I wanted to see the movie. But when I opened it a bookstore to take a peak I could not stand the writing.

5. Ulysses by James Joyce — I’m ridiculously intimidated by this one, not even exaggerating.

6. It by Stephen King — Once upon a time, a young me went to a slumber party in elementary school, and the birthday girl put the movie version of this book in the VCR in the dead of night. I was traumatized for months, and have no interest in ever reliving that.

7. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey — The whole situation is too weird; it’s made it so that I have no interest in this at all.

8. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak — The truth is, I have a very difficult time with Russian literature. This one ranks at the top of the most difficult for me to fall into. And as much as I love Omar Sharif I could not stand the movie version of this either, nor did I feel any chemistry between he and his Lara (played by Julie Christie), so this is just never going to happen.

9. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley — It may be a classic, but I genuinely have no interest in ever reading it.

10. The Mysteries of Udolhpo by Ann Radcliffe — Have you ever noticed how often this book or simply a book by Ann Radcliffe are mentioned in historical romance books? No? Well, I have, and nope no no no no.

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18 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read

    • Really? I’ve seen some reviews saying the movie is better than the book, which has made me figure it’s not even worth it. I’ll keep your thoughts in mind next time I see it at the library though 🙂 It might be worth it to give it a try since I love the movie so much

      • While the plot points are similar the book is VERY different from the movie in feel (at least to me). There are things about the movie that I like better and things about the book I prefer. In my head, I treat them as completely seperate entities just so I don’t get to hating one over the other. If you want to try it, maybe see if you can find the Charles Vess “graphic novel” version. It’s not a true graphic novel, but it has his beautiful illustrations that create an entirely different level for the book. By the way, great list! I can definitely agree with you on most of these…especially IT *shudder*.

  1. I think I’d rather gouge out my eyes than read 50 Shades. 0-0 But that’s literally one of the only books I’d say that for. XD I’m usually pretty open to books buuuuut…eh. I don’t really feel like I’ll ever read Lousia May Alcott’s either. *shrugs* Here’s my TTT!

    • HAHAHAH! I almost wrote that in my post, but I decided to be nice. I’m glad you said it though because it’s nice to know I am not alone. Thanks for commenting and stopping by!

    • The ending of Little Women STILL makes me mad enough that I can never read another book in that world, or even by that author. And we agree on Frankenstein 🙂
      Thanks for commenting and stopping by!

  2. A Million Little Pieces is one of my favourite books ever. If you ignore the way it was marketed and all that nonsense, it’s a beautiful, powerful book. But I totally understand why it puts people off.

    • I know, I feel the same way. I also think It contributed to my fear of anything dealing with the horror genre.
      Thanks for commenting and stopping by!

  3. Yeah I DNF-ed “Stardust” and “Mysteries of Udolpho” halfway through – just love the Stardust movie so much, really is better than the book. “Udolpho” was just super dense and creepy in an unpleasant way :S

    • I swear, every time I hear a character mention Udolpho in another book along with saying some things about it, I am like WHYYYYYY. It sounds absolutely miserable (plus, with the exception of Daphne du Maurier books, I don’t seem to appreciate gothic fiction at all)

      Thanks for the comment! 🙂

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