Tuesday!! I love Top Ten Tuesday by the lovely people at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want to Read. Maybe it’s a book you’ve heard about, one you’ve bought but haven’t yet read, or a book that’s hyped up and you’re not sure you’ll actually like. To Read or Not to Read? Here’s my list:
I’m not sure I want to read:
1. Other books by J.K. Rowling. I’ve heard both good and bad things about her non-HP books. While I love the HP books, her other books just don’t appeal to me, despite the fact they have her name attached to it. I’ll probably pass on them.
2. The Divergent series by Veronica Roth. Normally this would be a series that would appeal to me, but a friend of mine gave away the ending, so I’m not particularly attached to the idea of reading it. I also don’t particularly want to see the movies, either.
3. Anything by Stephenie Meyer. I read the first Twilight book and hated it. HATED. IT. My friends tried to get me to read the others, but it didn’t work. I don’t like her style of writing or the messages she sends young girls. I give her credit for the ideas and creativity and the sheer amount of time it takes to write, as it does for all writers, but I certainly don’t hold her in any kind of esteem as a writer.
4. The Game of Thrones books by George R.R. Martin. This seems an unlikely choice given the fact that I adore J.R.R. Tolkien. People have said that Martin is the American Tolkien with the scope of his saga and the style of his writing. While no one can take the place of Tolkien in my mind, this choice has nothing to do with comparing the two of them. I picked up the first book in the series, began reading it, and didn’t like the style and what was happening between the characters, especially the dialogue. I have not seen the TV show and I don’t intend to.
5. Most (Auto)Biographies. I do love history, but auto- or regular biographies are just not my style. I’ve read a couple from differing points of view on the same time period, and they’re obviously very subjective. I don’t really consider any book to be 100% objective… there are always reasons for different interpretations, even if the outcome is the same. Biographies just aren’t my style.
6. Fifty Shades of Grey. This is something I KNOW I’ll NEVER read. I don’t THINK I’ll never read it, I KNOW I won’t. People have told me the “love story” is sweet and it has a good plot, but that does not sway me. Even with a “good plot,” it’s still just a book of sex in my opinion. Unfortunately, the “sex sells” mantra is true, but I prefer to read stories that don’t rely on that premise to be successful. Sorry, E L James. I’ll never be a fan.
7. The Book Thief. I began reading it, and despite the rave reviews, I didn’t like the style of the writing. I know many people appreciate it, but the writing was choppy and inconsistent in its syntax and structure. For me, that’s a big turn-off and hard to get past. I love the premise and the voice of the narrator, but structure and style are very important for me to be able to finish a book.
8. P.S. I Love You. This is an instance where I saw the movie before reading the book and I loved it. Usually the book is better than the movie, but I’m worried that it won’t be. Go ahead and say it… I’m a fraidy cat.
9. Eragon series. I began the first book, and I think I might have finished most of it, but only because I was forcing myself to like it. Despite the good plot, I wasn’t a fan of his style. I may return to it eventually and finish the series, but probably not any time soon.
10. Any books that turn Jane Austen’s books into vampires, mummies, zombies, etc. I love Austen, and I’m a bit of an Austen purist. I understand why people would like these books, but I just don’t think I’d read one.
There they are! My top ten books I’m not sure if I’ll ever read. To read or not to read? That is the question. What are your picks?