Having spent a lot of time talking about books I have read, I simply could not resist this fun prompt from Orang-utan Librarian to talk about books I won’t. Here’s some of the books I’ll probably never read.
A really hyped book you’re not interested in reading
Dystopia is so marketable now, am I right? Hollywood’s been scraping the bottom of the dystopian barrel for some time, so when I see a book like The Handmaid’s Tale jumping in popularity because a series has been based off it, I have the hipster inclination to eschew it. It might be good, I don’t know. I actually find the premise somewhat intriguing. Still, every time I hear someone say, “we’re literally living The Handmaid’s Tale right now,” I just really want to know what their definition of “literally” is and also could you read another book please?
A series you won’t start/won’t be finishing
I loved the first book in the first Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series and read to the third, Life, The Universe, and Everything. I appreciate Adams’ writing style, humor, and imaginative world building, but by that third book I was fatigued by the nonsensical existentialism as well as annoyed by the character arcs. I’m not all that motivated to read the last two if it’s more of the same.
A classic that you’re just not interested in
This one makes me feel bad and dumb, but I won’t be picking up* a copy of Les Mis any time soon. I’m a quick reader, but dang, this book looks long (and maybe a little boring…please don’t stone me!)
Any genres you’ve never read
I don’t and won’t read erotica. To me, it’s just porn on paper, so I can hardly count it as even reading. Especially the above pictured drivel (sorry!)
A book on your shelves you’ll probably never actually read
A friend loaned me East of Eden years ago. I placed it on my bookshelf, with every intention of reading it, and it hasn’t moved in that entire time. I’ve read and enjoyed a lot of Steinbeck, but every time I’ve thought, “I should read this!” I have immediately picked up something else instead. I don’t know why, but it KEEPS HAPPENING. I hope I change my mind, but for now, on my shelf it remains.
*Just noticed that it’s 49 cents today on Kindle so, I may not be “picking it up” but I did purchase a copy in the event I change my mind, as well as an obscene number of other deeply discounted books. CURSE YOU, KINDLE!