Top Ten Thursday- Ten Books I’m Highly Unlikely to Read

I totally forgot to TTT this week, but since the topic is one that looks pretty good, I thought I’d go all Top Ten THURSDAY on the situation this week!

I’m pretty sure everyone has seen books that you’ve put an immediate veto on. We’ve all been there. Unless hell freezes over or I lose my mind, it’s unlikely I’d read these books. Maybe one day I will have a brain snap and read one…. who knows?

1. 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis De Sade

NO. Just no. I read a chapter once and wanted to go and bury my face in my pillows and never be in the world ever again. This was the first book I thought of when I saw this topic. SO MUCH NO.

2. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce

The academic in me is horrified by my belief that I won’t read this. The human in me knows it’s absurd to think this book will ever be read by me.

3. Anything else by James Patterson

I had a horrible experience with the single James Patterson book I’ve read and the very thought of buying into that franchise makes me feel sick.

4. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

I seriously am sick to death of the hype surrounding this book. OKAY GUYS. I get it! An Aussie won a prize! Woohoo! Now lay off trying to shove it down my throat! I’m sure Mr Flanagan is a lovely man, but I’ve read a couple of pages and the writing style is exactly what I hate…. which brings me to….

5. Any further books by Tim Winton

Australia’s other Golden Boy, Mr Winton is very popular, but no one I know seems to know why. Can someone explain it to me? I can’t think of a person who liked his books. I’ve read Breathย and half of Cloudstreet and hated them with a burning passion. So effing pretentious. I feel like I can feel his self importance bleeding through the pages.

6. The Fault in Our Stars…. or anything else by John Green

I am sick to death of anything to do with this man. Fangirls be crazy. This book is ridiculously contrived emotional manipulation. I have absolutely zero intention of touching anything to do with John Green, ever.

7. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

I hated The Name of the Wind so much that I couldn’t finish it. I’ve heard the next installation is worse. No way in hell am I reading anything else by Rothfuss ever again.

8. Tampa by Alissa Nutting

I’ve heard awful things about this from people I trust, plus my favourite bookstore refused to stock it. Pretty solid evidence in favour of avoiding it, really!

9. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

While I’ve read excepts and quite liked the writing, I know I’m way too chicken to read this in its entirety. I’m a very big sook.

10. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Likewise this one. My godmother is a huge horror and otherwise gross book fan and she couldn’t finish this. I consider her at least 100x tougher than me, so I’m going to skip this, as well as the movie. Biggest sook ever!!

Do you feel the same about any of these picks? Or do you think you can convince me to change my mind? Let me know!


13 thoughts on “Top Ten Thursday- Ten Books I’m Highly Unlikely to Read

  1. Ohhh I have opinions!

    OK – what the hell with number one?! Is that about what I think it’s about?! Why!?

    #2 I’m surprised at, as a academic I assumed you’d love Joyce – any reason for not wanting to read this one in particular?

    James Patterson doesn’t write his own books? Are you kidding?!

    Also surprised by number 4, for the hype if nothing else – I’ve seen it everywhere but not in a pop culture way, in a literary goldmine way. Number 6 I can forgive you for, doesn’t overly float my boat either. TFIOS was a good read, but Paper Towns flat-lined and apparently all of his other books bar TFIOS are all formulaic and pretty much based on the same characters.

    Tampa. I think the premise is amazing, and I’ve heard good things about it. Of course, somewhere not stocking something makes it taboo, and I like taboo, and I’m against banning books and censorship. So now you’ve made me want to read this MORE lol

    What is a sook? Lol I’ve seen the Silence of the Lambs movie, and I hate horror, it’s more of a thriller, those I can do. Haven’t seen American Psycho, but it’s a cult classic. Not sure if I’d read these or just make do with the movies!

    R x

    My TTT:

    • Yay, opinions!
      #1: It is, and it’s way worse than even I expected. A customer ordered it when I worked in a bookshop and I hope I never live next door to them.
      #2: Have you seen the writing? I swear, anyone whk says they understand it is a big liar. If I was on my computer I’d find an exerpt for you, definitely google it ๐Ÿ˜›
      #4 yeah, it’s probably different here. He was given the Prime Ministers literary award too, so it’s reached the general populace. Cue seeing him EVERYWHERE.
      #6 I appreciate your forgiveness ๐Ÿ’– I’ve heard similar things about Paper Towns.
      #Tampa (forgot the number :P) I think I could be convinced to change my mind on this one, because the premise is interesting for sure.
      Sook is Aussie slang for a wimp, basically! ๐Ÿ˜› I am unashamedly sooky.
      I’m the biggest chicken, as soon as anything remotely violent happens, I’m heading for the hills. Hence why I haven’t watched GoT!
      I worked with a girl who loved all Ellis’ work but couldn’t do American Psycho. I don’t know if that was down to mentality, but it definitely made me warier than I was!

      • Joyce made my list for Ulysses, so I guess that means I’m never reading any Joyce lol I think we should attempt Tampa together, it’s like a forbidden read! Sook is now in my vocabulary!

        BTW Any sign of your tutor releasing a new book??? We’re waiting with baited breath here!

      • I’ve not heard anything about a new one! I’ll do some reconnaissance for you the next time I have a meeting with him ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m so flipping glad you won the comp and love him!

        We should totally read Tampa together! I do love a good potential rage =P
        I think Dubliners and Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man are meant to be easier reads- certainly shorter, with much less nonsense.
        It’s such a good word, I’m the biggest sook out, so I know it well.

  2. “The academic in me is horrified by my belief that I wonโ€™t read this. The human in me knows itโ€™s absurd to think this book will ever be read by me.” Truth be spoken! I feel that way about Ulysses. I decided that for some books I can respect the author for what he has done with the novel and acknowledge that it is important in the cannon of English literature, without having to read it. We know it’s there. We know why it matters.

    p.s. I think Top Ten Thursday is a good thing. I may resort to it sometimes :).

  3. I’d like to change your mind on American Psycho. It is dark, dark, dark and gruesome and graphic and horrible – but it’s also one of the funniest books I’ve read and a brilliant look at the awful money-obsessed yuppy culture of the 1980s. I avoided it for years till my arm got twisted – so now I’m trying to twist yours… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • HAHA YES! It’s so true. The John Green and Rothfuss fanboys/girls are like a pack of rabid wolverines if you dare besmirch the name of their Overlord. It’s a truly terrifying phenonena…. sometimes I like to read bad reviews of their books for fun ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Having read Tampa, I advise you to stay away. It thinks it’s controversial, but it’s just bad. American Psycho in the other hand is one of my favourite books of all time!

    • I think I’ll take this advice! I really don’t like books that try hard to be controversial, it’s so overdone!
      People have kept saying that over the last few days! Maybe I’ll have to gird my loins and brave it!

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