The topic of this Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read. Because let’s face it, you can never read them all.
2. The Martian by Andy Weir. This book has great reviews, and I gave it a go for a few pages, but I just really wasn’t feeling it and I don’t know if I’ll ever go back.
3. Twilight, etc. Dear God in Heaven, absolutely not. Although I will admit to liking the soundtracks to the movies (which I have never, and will never, watched).
4. Fifty Shades of Grey, etc. See above. Add to that the fact that I work in a public library; seriously, the copies of these books that I’ve had to handle make me wish desperately for rubber gloves.
5. Anything written by Nicholas Sparks. Nicholas Sparks is just a vile, gross person who disdains the core audience that makes him millions of dollars. His books are sentimental trash. I will not ever pick one up.
6. Anything written by James Patterson. Patterson actually seems like a pretty cool guy and people really love his books. But he (and his ghostwriters) just writes so damn many of them. (Again: public library worker. JP has at least one adult fiction, nonfiction, young adult, or middle grade title out every month.) I wouldn’t have the faintest idea of where to start, nor do I want to get sucked into that kind of reading commitment.
7. The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz. Look, I loved the Millennium Trilogy, flaws notwithstanding. If Steig Larsson was still alive I would be eating those books up like ice cream every year or two. But he’s not alive. The series actually ended on a fairly fitting note. I have no desire to see Lisbeth Salander again, as much as I loved her. It reeks of desperation to eek every last penny out of this series. Not for me.
8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I mean, I already know how it ends.
9. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This is a weird case: the 90s movie version is one of my favorite movies ever, and The Secret Garden is one of my favorite books (and I love the movie too!), but somehow when I was young I missed out on actually reading A Little Princess and I can’t really think of a way to revisit it without a time machine to make me 9 again.
10. Harry Potter. Sorry, Harry, I’m too old for you. (I was too old when I was 11. I never understood the whole Harry Potter thing–still don’t.)