Books you know you’re never going to read
July 18, 2014 | 2:25 pm
By Joanna Cabot
Our friends at Book Riot have another fun booklist up today—Susie Rodarme writes about the 12 books she knows she’s never going to read. From the article:
“Obviously, if I don’t think I’m going to like a book, I won’t put it on my TBR; sometimes, though, there are books that are super-popular and thought very highly of and that look really good that I will unfortunately never get around to reading. And sometimes? Even though the books and I match on paper (heh), I just don’t want to read them, for reasons. Maybe irrational reasons. Probably irrational reasons.”
She thing goes on to enumerate 12 books in her collection that she just knows are not going to happen for her. Don’t we all have such a list? Here are my ‘books I am never going to read.’ Share yours in the comments!
1) The Lord of the Rings. I agree with Rodarme on this one. People rave about it, it sounds like a cool read, and was a pioneer in its genre. I just can’t get into it though. Every time I have tried, I have bailed after the first chapter or so.
2) Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. I got as far as what I presume to the big plot event in this Holocaust story before bailing because it was too depressing. I’m sure I would have nightmares if I finished this one.
3) Middlemarch by George Eliot. I had a favourite professor in university who once told me this book was the single greatest novel ever written. It just didn’t do it for me and I bailed after less than 20 pages. I periodically feel like I should try again, but I always find something else to read.
4) The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie. Another which has been tried, and abandoned, multiple times. It’s one of the few Christies which has gone into the public domain, so I suppose that is why I picked it up. But when I do Christie, it seems I can only manage the Miss Marple ones. Hercule Poirot’s first case never seems to hold my attention.
5) Shakespeare’s Histories. I love Shakespeare, and have read most of the comedies and tragedies. But I can’t seem to wrap my head around the histories. They all have such similar names, I can’t keep straight which one is which, and I don’t yet know enough about the actual historical events he wrote about to use that as a guideline. No more Richards and Henrys for me!
6) The novels of Cory Doctorow. I read his blog, and I enjoy his short stories, but big novels always seem one level above my technological comfort level as a ‘sci-fi light’ reader. I have read one or two of them and just don’t enjoy them. I don’t think I will read any more of them.
7) Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. I have probably loaded this one onto my reader half a dozen times, tried the first chapter or two and marvelled at the cleverness, then failed to go back and read more. I don’t know why. For whatever reason, this book just doesn’t seem to ‘take’ with me.
8) A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. The Beloved’s mother loves books set in India, and this book is an award-winner in Canada, was picked by Oprah and is Very Famous for a Canadian book. But…it’s so long! It’s sooooo long! I always pass it by on my Kindle list figuring I’ll go back to it once I catch up on my backlog a little, and then that never seems to happen.
9) Jewish Literacy by Joseph Telushkin. I am greatly enjoying one of Telushkin’s other books this year, but this one is just so dry to me. He tries to summarize, in chronological order, every facet of Judaism, from the holy books to more modern history. It’s just so plodding and dull. I can’t explain it. I have tried three times to read it, even to read it as just one chapter a day and get through it for the knowledge, but I can’t do it. I dread opening this one up and have never gotten past the Bible chapters.
10) The Canterbury Tales. I have the very nice modern translation by Peter Ackroyd, and it hasn’t helped. I have yet to make it past the prologue.
So those are my top ten. What books are you share you will never finish?