Ten Books I Probably Will Never Read

May 5, 2015 Top Ten Tuesday 14

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read.

 OK, no judging, please! These are simply not to my taste for one reason or another. (Just realized I picked 11 books, not 10. Oh, well!)

Contemporary titles

the Fifty Shades of Grey books (Just… No.)
A Song of Ice and Fire series by G. R. R. Martin (I’m not big on killing off that many MCs.)


The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty (I don’t do horror. Ever.)
The Silence of the Lambs, by Thomas Harris (Nor creepy serial killers.)
Pretty much anything by Stephen King (Did I mention I don’t do horror?)



Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (I’m not fond of Russian gloom and doom.)
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Alexander Solzhenitszen (see above re Russian gloom and doom)
As I Lay Dying by Faulkner (I’m just not a fan.)


Ulysses by James Joyce (Um… not my cup of tea.)
Moby Dick by Herman Melville (Depressing.)
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (At 6 volumes, this is way too long.)

What about you? Which books are you unlikely to ever read?

14 Responses to “Ten Books I Probably Will Never Read”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      50 Shades seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it sort of book. I’m not surprised to see it cropping up on a lot of lists today.

  1. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    Once again, we think alike! I have no desire to read any of these, with the exception of Moby Dick, which I actually liked when I read it in college. Then again, it was in contrast to Tristram Shandy, another book I was assigned at the same time and which I detested.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I probably would have been OK with Moby Dick if I had ever been assigned it, but it’s not something I would pick up on my own – unlike some of the classics on my want-to-read list.

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I read Fifty Shades for a book club and while it was one of the most fun book club meetings you’re not missing much by skipping the book. As for Crime and Punishment and Ulysses – I had to read C&P and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man which is by Joyce in 12th grade and I’m still traumatized. I’m not expecting to read Silence of the Lambs and the Exorcist either. I don’t mind the movies but the books seem to put the images more in my head.
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  3. Jan

    I could have just used your list–even though I didn’t have these specific books–I haven’t read any of them either and know I wouldn’t and for the reasons you mention! Great list, Lark.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      People keep saying Stephen King is so good, and I’m sure he is, but I don’t particularly like being scared on purpose. I can handle scary bits in books that end well, but when the main point of the book is to leave you scared/horrified/uncomfortable… no thanks.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Are there any Russian novels that end happily? And re the rest of your list, I’m pretty much with you on all of them, except that I do intend to try Outlander at some point.