Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Will Probably Never Read

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As much as I try to have an open mind when it comes to branching out and reading new books, I have to admit that there are a few that I just can’t see myself ever reading. Whether it’s because of the poor reviews it’s gotten or the premise itself, I won’t be adding these books to my TBR list anytime soon. In another installment to The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday, here are the Top Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read (in no particular order):

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James1. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

I thought I would start off with a pretty obvious one for me. This book just doesn’t interest me in the slightest, despite all the hype about it. I’m not into the whole erotic genre at all (is that what this is classified as? I don’t even know) and from what I’ve heard it can be interpreted to promote abusive and unhealthy romantic relationships. Anything like that is NOT something I want to add to my bookshelf!

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson2. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Some of the freshman English classes assigned this book as mandatory reading at my school, but I was never in one of those particular classes. From my classmates I’ve heard that it’s a less than stellar story, even though it seems to have some educational merit. Still, after reading the synopsis it doesn’t seem like something I’d be interested in- cops, parties, most likely drugs or some relationship scandal? No thank you!

Crank by Ellen Hopkins3. Crank by Ellen Hopkins

It’s a pretty safe bet that any book that focuses on drugs is not one that will find its way to my bookshelf. Drugs are not something I’m interested in reading about, even though they are certainly important to know about. I’ve learned enough about drugs and alcohol from past health classes in school that I feel comfortable forgoing that lesson this time.

Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson4. Any YA books by James Patterson

When I was in middle school I read the entirety of Patterson’s Maximum Ride series. What first started out as an entertaining story later ended up being a series that dragged on for what seemed like decades. The plot became so convoluted and outrageous that it put a sour taste in my mouth about his YA work overall. I’ve never read any of his adult novels so I feel as though I can’t really speak about them, but as far as his YA goes I can’t see myself reading it anytime soon.

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner5. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

So here’s the thing with James Dashner: I LOVED The Maze Runner, and then I read the other books in that series and really, really disliked them. The ending of it was basically one big disaster and I was really disappointed because I thought it had so much potential. Those books basically ruined James Dashner for me, so I probably won’t be reading his newer series starting with The Eye of Minds in the future.

Boy, this is a difficult theme! I can’t think of any more books at the moment. It’s strange making this list because I try so hard to keep an open mind and never close off books completely from my TBR. Hopefully you all will have had more luck with your lists!

I think it’s necessary to add a little disclaimer to this list: these are books that will probably never read in the future.  That isn’t to say that I definitely won’t read them, because who knows what my opinions will be later on in life?  Or maybe I’ll be assigned to read them in a class or book club?  Needless to say, if you feel otherwise about a book and think that I should give it a go, please don’t hesitate to say so!  I’d love to hear what you have to say!

What books will you probably never read? What do you think about the books on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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24 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Will Probably Never Read

  1. I recently read Speak, borrowed from the library because I wasn’t sure I would like it, even though the film is good. I was pleasantly surprised. It deals with a difficult issue in good way, the main character is trying to work through it but she obviously has no idea how. Nice post 🙂

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    1. I never expected it to be such a difficult topic! At first I was like “oh, I got this, I can easily find ten books for this one” and then by the time I had done two or three I was starting to feel my enthusiasm dwindling. I agree, I like to keep an open mind and saying no to something without even trying is against the way I usually approach books! But it was nice to try it, anyways 🙂

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    1. So many people have left me comments saying they enjoyed Speak! I might have to take it off this list and stick it back on my TBR. I’m glad the feedback is so positive, though- I really hate ruling a book out before I’ve even tried it. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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  2. I don’t know what your friends said about Speak, but you have the plot completely wrong. It has nothing to do with parties, cops, drugs or the like. I will say it’s one of the best YA books I’ve ever read. But that is coming from an adult, not a teen.

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    1. I read the summary on Goodreads, and that’s what I gathered from what it said. A lot of people have commented saying it’s a great book, so I might have to actually give it a try someday! Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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  3. I know what you mean about the Maximum Ride series! I couldn’t even finish the fourth book because it just got so boring and repetitive. Eye of Minds is really good, though. 🙂

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    1. Yes! I read to the end of the series and it was so terrible. Everything was repetitive and confusing and basically pointless. It would have been fine if he had ended it after the third book!

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  4. Speak is a very good book actually. It’s much more than just cops and parties. In fact, those portions are quite insignificant in the actual story. I found it very insightful, especially when I read it at 14 years old.

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    1. So many people have commented saying they’ve enjoyed it that I’m pretty convinced I actually need to give it a try sometime. I guess my friends just really hated their English classes, haha 🙂

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  5. I liked this! I actually am really interested in Crank and Speak which bring out their characters to a brilliant level (Anderson’s Wintergirls is a personal favourite) and talk about issues which really do matter in my community (but I get it – health lessons are boring as, especially considering I don’t take any drugs in the first place!).
    It’s a right move to not go with anything by James Patterson (who even knows if he actually wrote the books he puts his name on, every book by him that I see always has “and X writer” on it in small print at the bottom. Like WTH?!

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    1. OMG I know it’s so annoying! It makes me wonder if James Patterson actually writes any of his books, or if the person with their name at the bottom does all the work for him. Otherwise, why would he even need a second writer? That’s just my theory, but it certainly doesn’t make me want to read his books!

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  6. Definitely agree on Fifty Shades! Never will I even touch it haha. I’ve read Private London by James Patterson and thought it was really good, but I’m not sure about reading more from him. It was a few years ago, so I don’t know how I’ll feel about it now. Looking back, I’m pretty sure I thought it was good because of the huge plot twist, but that says nothing about his writing… Which I remember nothing about haha. I’ve kind of lost interest in his other books though.

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