Books I’ll never read

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This week I’m talking about the books I’ll never read. Of course, there are hundreds of books I’ll never read! There just isn’t enough time to read everything I want to read let alone the books I don’t want to read!

I’ve reached the point in my life where I no longer feel the need to read what I don’t want to read. I read lots of the classics–both modern and old when I was younger–usually in school. And I loved some of them. Others not so much…LOL. I’m glad I read them, but don’t feel the need to read the ones I’ve listed here. I’ve listed both old and new books here. Not all are necessarily classics or on “reading lists,” but I still don’t want to read them!

I know many love these books and I might love some of them, too, if I read them, but realistically I know I won’t read them!

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The “Reading List” books:

1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy–This was a book I always meant to read, but I don’t think I will now. I did read Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and hated it!

2. A Separate Peace by John Knowles–I don’t remember hearing about this book when I was in school and know it’s not the type of book I want to read now.

3. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane–I read other 19th century authors (such as, The Scarlet Letter, Tom Sawyer, Jane Eyre, A Tale of Two Cities), but not this one!

4. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger–This is on most high school and college reading lists, but I’ve never read it. When I looked at reading lists of Goodreads I was surprised by how many I have read, however! (For example, I’ve read To Kill a Mockingbird, Oedipus Rex, Brave New World, The Great Gatsby and A Doll’s House, and many others–all found on the same reading list as The Catcher in the Rye.)

5. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner–I’m not a fan of “Southern” authors!

Other books I’ll never read:

6. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand–I haven’t read anything by Ayn Rand and am not very interested in her philosophy!

7. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith–I don’t like zombies and I don’t see the need to add them to Pride and Prejudice!

8. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert–I know lots of people love this book, but I just don’t read books like this.

9. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote–The fact this is a true crime story gives me the heebie jeebies!

10. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson–I think it’s too gruesome and violent for me.

What books are you never going to read? And why not?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

18 thoughts on “Books I’ll never read”

  1. I read Eat, Pray, Love and HATED it!!! Everyone loved this book, but me. I thought the author was a whiner. My mom wanted to see the movie version of the book, I went to see it because of her… I was actually surprised that I liked the movie version of Eat, Pray, Love!! It’s so much better than the book.

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    1. Well, I’m even more glad I didn’t read Eat, Pray, Love, Lisa! I figured I wouldn’t like the movie so I haven’t seen it. Maybe someday!

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  2. Great list! I read A Red Badge of Courage and A Separate Peace and while I enjoyed A Separate Peace I think you can get along just fine without them! Catcher in the Rye is not for me either and I don’t want the imagery from The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo and In Cold Blood in my head. I’ve vaguely thought about listening to Eat Pray Love but I doubt I’ll be picking that one up anytime soon either!

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  3. I totally feel the same about Eat Pray Love. My sister loves it and has been pressuring me to read it because it will “change my life,” but I am not interested in that sort of book.

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  4. Well, I might read Eat, Pray, Love if my book group decides to read it, but other than that, I probably won’t read any of the books on your list, either – and for many of the same reasons. So we seem to be in agreement about both our lists!

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    1. That’s why I’m not in a reading group, Lark–I have a hard time reading a book if I’m not interested in it.

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        1. Well, at least you’re willing to try. I usually can’t convince myself to even try a book I don’t want to read!

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  5. I tried reading Pride & Prejudice & Zombies and I didn’t like it. Awesome list, I haven’t heard of a lot of these, haha! 🙂

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  6. Eat Pray Love…I should have put that on my list this week! I don’t plan on reading that, either.

    Thanks for stoppin’ by! Have a great week!

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