October 12, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday: Books (I Think) I'll Never Read

The "Top Ten Tuesday" meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and this week's topic is books that we'll never read. This was actually a tough one for me, because I don't spend a lot of time thinking about books I have no interest in, lol.

Anyway, here's what I came up with:

1.) The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky - I read Crime & Punishment and wasn't thrilled (way too long). I don't really see myself having the urge to read anything else by Dostoevsky anytime soon.

2.) Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter - I have read a few excerpts of this one but I have no desire to read the whole thing.

3.) Dune by Frank Herbert - I'm really not a sci-fi fan.

4.) Ulysses by James Joyce - From what I understand, Joyce's writing is bizarre and incomprehensible.

5.) The Silmarillion by Tolkien - Because I barely managed to make it through Lord of the Rings (which, don't get me wrong, I did enjoy - although he has rather too much description and I could have done without all those lengthy poems in there). This one looks even more daunting.

6.) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams - I tried this one, really I did. I don't think I even got through the first book. All I remember is that the main character's house gets bulldozed and then he goes on a journey in space and meets lots of weird creatures. What's the point? I don't know.

7.) Any other books by Sheila Watson - because I read The Double Hook and I wish I could get those hours of my life back. (Can we have a day for the top ten books we wish we could UN-read?) Seriously, I did not like the themes, characters or writing style of that book, and there basically was no plot, so I don't know what's left that anyone would care about.

8.) A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess - it's supposed to be super violent and I just don't think it's my style.

9.) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy - because it sounds monstrously dense and difficult. I think it would make me fall asleep.

10.) Anything by Ernest Hemingway - I'm sorry, but his books sound boring.

What are some books you think you'll never read?


  1. Must say most of those books also don't intrigue me!

  2. Great list, except I can't agree with number ten! However I can understand the hesitation.

  3. The Brothers Karamazov scares me! I don't think I'd make it through.
    And Dune should have made my list, I love fantasy but sci-fi isn't my thing either.

  4. Nice list! I've kind of decided that anyone who says they've read Ulysses is actually lying anyway... :)

  5. Yeah, War and Peace is on my list too. Russian lit in general scares me a little bit. And A Clockwork Orange should definitely have made my list. I hated the movie and can't imagine the book is any better.

  6. Dune is so dreadfully long and boring. At least, it is to me. That's probably because I also don't like sci-fi.

  7. I've heard so many bad things about Dune being tedious that I don't think I could ever get near it, either. But man, Hitchiker's Guide is one of my favorite books! There's not really a point, it's ust silly and sarcastic and snarky and wonderful :)

  8. HAHA. My husband just bought no 2. He likes that kind of stuff. To me it looks like the most boring book alive.

  9. Clockwork Orange IS super violent. The movie was worse. I think what I liked about Clockwork was the made up language -- I even started a "dictionary" on my inside cover until I caught on to all the words. But yes, extremely violent. I really don't know how I did read it...

  10. I could add pretty much all of these to my own list!

  11. I seriously was ready to put Clockwork Orange on my list, too, but then I read a few more reviews about how much everyone loves the book and I decided that maybe....so I left it off. I have read half of it and it was so violent, I was very off-put. I went with political books. Hope you aren't easily offended.

  12. Oh...Hemingway how did I miss him? I _had_ to read several of his in college, so I suppose I can't claim that I'll never read him. But I can say that I don't plan on ever picking up another one of his books.

    And Hitchhiker's Guide? It is just so funny! Not really meant to have a point. But you do need to appreciate British humor and like science fiction a teeny bit. I loved Dune too--but then I do have a fondness for science fiction....


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