Top Ten Tuesday—Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly feature of The Broke and the Bookish. A full list of instructions and future themes can be found here. This week’s topic is Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read.

1. Fifty Shades of Grey. Nope, not interested in the romanticised portrayal of a clearly, disturbingly abusive relationship and a completely inaccurate depiction of true BDSM. I also hate how Ms. James just had to use my all-time favouritest female name, Anastasia, on the protagonist. If I’m ever blessed with a daughter, I’m going to name her Anastasiya, and of course use the proper Russian pronunciation, Ah-nah-STAH-see-yah.

2. TwilightYeah, that is never gonna happen. I’m so embarrassed my own parents ate this nonsense up, and don’t see it as anti-woman, creepy, poorly-written, any of the things it’s so often called out as.

3. Das Kapital. I did try to read this twice at 15, but only got as far as page 80 the second time. I really can’t ever see myself trying again as an adult. I’m told even a lot of serious Marxists only have this volume of sheer boredom on their shelves to point to as evidence of their convictions. No one wants to read this!

4. The Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith. The opposite side of the coin is never gonna happen either. I don’t care what kind of economic philosophy it espouses; I’m not interested in reading any long, boring economic treatise!

5. The Harry Potter franchise. I never understood all the hype, and in fact have always been turned off by all the hype and squeeing. People act like you’re a kitten-killer if you admit you’ve never read these books and have zero interest. I’d sooner crack and finally attempt LOTR or try a third time to finish The Hobbit! At least those books have proven themselves with staying power past a single generation.

6. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, by John Boyne. Way to make a complete mockery out of the Shoah. I was sick to my stomach enough the two times I watched Life Is Beautiful, which should’ve been titled Ernest Goes to a Concentration-Camp. If you’re going to depict something unusual, like a young child in a camp, at least make it within the realm of plausibility instead of so ridiculously beyond any sort of believable scenario that could’ve come together under specific circumstances.

7. Fragments, by Binjamin Wilkomirski. Yet another offensive, ridiculous depiction of what happened during the Shoah. At least Mr. Boyne’s book, as offensive and ridiculous as it is, is meant as fiction. Mr. Wilkomirski pretended his book was a memoir, and then was famously exposed as a liar and fraud.

8. Anything by Geoffrey Giuliano. Even Albert Goldman’s sleazy “biographies” aren’t as disgusting and full of lies as Mr. Giuliano’s, which is saying quite a lot.

9. Anything else by Albert Goldman. After finding out The Lives of John Lennon, which I absolutely loved at 14, was full of lies and slander, with precious few facts, I was so disgusted and disillusioned. It’s no surprise to discover Mr. Goldman’s other “biographies” are just as excoriated.

10. The Hunger Games franchise. Again, yet another massively overhyped book I just don’t see the big deal over. It also was apparently responsible for a certain trend I really, really dislike, a writing style which now something like 90% of all YA writers are absolutely convinced they NEED to use. I’m also very annoyed at how people now associate the term dystopia with post-apocalyptic, instead of a utopia gone creepily wrong. And for that matter, I also can’t see myself ever reading the Divergent franchise either.

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13 comments on “Top Ten Tuesday—Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read

  1. ChrissiReads says:

    I love how much you’ve explained your reasons why. They totally make sense to what I know about your reading tastes. 🙂

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  2. rudejasper says:

    Over-hyped books are definitely a turn off for me as well though there are a few that I have ended up enjoying (HP being one, more recently the Lunar Chronicles).

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  3. Maggie says:

    Consider yourself lucky – your brain isn’t stained by Twilight! I tried it then threw the books I had of the series in the garbage! 😉

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  4. Rhissanna says:

    I’m sure Ms James didn’t do it on purpose.

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  5. Beth Whatley says:

    Wow, I never realised there was so much Harry Potter hate. I kind of thought EVERYONE grew up with it and loved it. How naiive!
    Beth x
    http://www.thequietpeople.com

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  6. You gave good reasons for all your choices, 50 Shades of Grey is also on my list, as is Twilight. I love Harry Potter, they were the books that really got me into reading, but of course you are perfectly entitled to your own opinion and I won’t be one of those crazy HP fans that gets angry because you don’t like something I love. I also like The Hunger Games and Divergent, but I have read books of the same genre that I’ve liked more. I won’t read The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas either because I’ve seen the movie and the ending is just too sad.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/05/05/top-ten-tuesday-3/

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  7. Cait says:

    OMG YOU KITTEN KILLER!! Haha, I’m juuuust kidding. xD I actually didn’t grow up reading HP, so while I’m enjoying reading it now, I don’t feel really…defensive of it? You know? It can be a series a lot of people are totally up in arms to defend though, and it gets scary. *gulps*
    Here’s my TTT!

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  8. Elizabeth says:

    I have a few of these on my list, too. 50 Shades is really getting beat up on these lists today. Have a good week!
    My TTT

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  9. tara tyler says:

    tell it like it is, sista!
    I admit i’ve never read HP either, but i do love it all. i’d love to hear what your top ten ‘love to read’ novels are!

    and i also read your reflection post – i hated the ads too, not sporting at all! but you did a magnificent job! looking forward to your theme for next year =)
    thanks for all your visits!

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  10. Harry Potter and Fifty Shades are on several lists. I’ve seen all eight movies, so I probably won’t ever read the Harry Potter series.

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  11. Eden says:

    Harry Potter is… okay. It’s fun, it’s cute and silly… and it’s not necessary reading. If you’re in the mood to delve into Tolkien, knowing your tastes… You might prefer the Simarillion>/bold> more than his more famous works, or his Tales of Tom Bombadil. I read The Hobbit when I was younger and regretted it (still do). But I loved LOTR… the sense of history, of a world with multiple layers and values, where generations clashed and overturned the world. It was fun stuff…. even if Tolkien blatantly ripped off a lot of Norse mythology.

    A good list. Barring that fact I few (and enjoyed) a few Harry Potter books… It looks about like my “I’m not likely to read it” list too.

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  12. shannonmiz says:

    The Harry Potter killing kittens thing made me laugh very hard. I am going to just not look at The Hunger Games part 😉 (I have a mild- fine, not so mild- obsession). As for Fifty Shades, good call. Such a good call. I read them so that I could properly discuss them (which I have never done before and probably never will again), but I wanted to be very sure of what I was saying when I completely lambasted them. Sad to say, they were WORSE than I’d expected, and that is saying a lot. I love your list, very well done!!

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  13. Love this post! However, I do have to admit that I love HP, LOTR, The Hunger Games and Divergent…don’t hate me! I am a YA author after all ;). However, I have to admit, I don’t like a lot of YA fiction because they all read exactly the same – first person narrative and spelling everything out for the reader, like we’re too dumb to figure it out for ourselves. Sigh. Anyway, I will never ever read Fifty Shades either – I’ve never had the urge to. I really like this post – might have to do my own version of it this week :)!

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