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Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read
It is a tough thing to say no to a book. But let’s face it – there are many, many more books out there than any one person has time to read. So you’ve got to make some cuts from your reading team. Not everyone can make the squad.
In general, I never read pure romance novels. I’m not big on non-fiction adventure stories either. These are just not my cuppa. I could randomly pick some titles from these genres and call the list good. But instead I’ll pick ten titles that I have given thought to, ones that really could make the team, but for whatever reason didn’t make the cut. Some of these I’ve just decided I really don’t want to read. Others I’ve picked up and tried, but was unable to finish for one reason or another. So here’s my list. The ten are in no particular order, just as they came to mind.
Take it away, Benedict.
Side note: I was going to put an animated “Shall we begin?” gif in here, but it’s just so much better to hear Benedict actually say it…
1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I know I am going to get a lot of flack for this. Everyone loves The Hunger Games. My friends love it. My husband loves it. My oldest son loves it. It just really isn’t my cuppa. Sorry.
2. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. I tried to read this book to see what all the hype was about. I really did. After making myself read it each night (and falling asleep), and only making it to page 40 in 8 days I gave up. I had no interest in the story. No interest in the characters. Sorry Christian Grey, I’m just not that into you.
3. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I believe it was in high school that I gave this book a try. I’d seen the movie several times, and the book is always better than the movie, right? I hung in there with Scarlett O’Hara through the beautiful dresses and fun balls at the beginning, but when the civil war kicked in, this book hit my “did not finish” list. Maybe as an older and (possibly) wiser adult I may enjoy it now, but I always pass by my grandmother’s copy in favor of something else on my shelf.
4. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. Poor Les Mis. I love, love, love the musical. Fantastic. I’ve tried to read this book many times over the years. I begin at the beginning, and I make it to the part where Jean Valjean and Cosette seek shelter at the Convent. And then I put it down, only to pick it back up years later and restart the cycle. Maybe next time I’ll try starting where I’ve left off instead of the very beginning once again.
5. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Again, another one I have tried and failed to finish. This one has many similarities to Les Mis. Frenchman (possibly wrongly accused, I can’t remember that part) who escapes from his prison and goes on the run. It’s been so long since I’ve tried this book, I can’t remember if I got to the part where he’s set up in his new, rich life. If I ever make it back to this one, I will definitely have to begin at the beginning.
6. The Gunslinger by Stephen King. I’ve read a lot of Stephen King in my day. But I’ve never had any interest in his Dark Tower series.
7. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. I know this series is really popular right now. I’ve looked at it, but the book hasn’t peaked my interest enough to even crack the cover.
8. Redwall by Brian Jacques. My oldest got into this series a few years ago, it must have been when he was in second grade. He loves it. I read a lot of the same books that he does so we can talk about them, but this one just does not appeal to me at all. I just have no desire to read a book about battling war rats/mice/furry creatures. Let alone the entire series.
9. Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest by Stephen E. Ambrose. I do enjoy reading books about history. Many authors make the history come alive while you are reading. I don’t know what it is, but I can’t read books about the men on the front lines in WWII. It is just too upsetting for me.
10. Moby Dick by Herman Melville. There are many classics out there which I have not read but I would like to. Moby Dick is not among them.
What do you think? Am I crazy? You’re probably still upset with me rejecting The Hunger Games, aren’t you? (I get it. I have a friend who absolutely refuses to read Harry Potter.) But this is what makes books so wonderful. There is something out there for everyone. My husband can read his non-fiction adventures, my boys can read about wimpy kids and superheroes in underpants, and I can enjoy everything in my to-read list. If only I had time to get to all those books.
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