Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ll Pass On, Thanks

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

You guys know I’m kind of a jerk, right? We’ll, this topic is perfect for me – Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read.

1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – This book became one of those ridiculous phenomenons, especially after the movie. That much hype just kind of turns me off, especially after hearing a billion times that there’s a lot of twists. Going into a book expecting a whole bunch of twists kind of ruins the excitment.

2. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – Basically the same problem as above, except it’s HUGE and very literary fiction-y, which is not always my cup of tea because reasons. What’s even more ridiculous is that I had the book because it was only $4 at a library book sale, and I ended up giving it away because I realized I’ll probably never want to sit down and read the damn thing.

3. that book by that white dude about how hard it is to be a white dude (White Man’s Problems by Kevin Morris) – HAHAHAHAHAHA no.

4. What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel – LOL yeah like I’m ever gonna be expecting anything. Ain’t gonna happen.

5. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James – Honestly, some small part of me actually does want to read this. It was a HUGE thing in the book world, and I kind of want to be able to talk about it having actually read it. But you know – it’s been this long, and I haven’t, so I most likely will never get around to it.

6. Moby Dick by Herman Melville – Maybe if I read ALL the other classics ever, then I’d pick this up. But otherwise, I have literally zero interest in it.

7. anything by Brad Thor – I really, really did not like his interactions on Twitter with Book Riot’s Rebecca Schinsky when that officer got off the hook for shooting Mike Brown. Screw that dude.

8. anything by Daniel Handler – I also really, really did not like Handler’s racist jokes and comments at the National Book Awards. Yes, the author (Jacqueline Woodson) he directed it towards was a friend of his and he apologized and everything, but it disgusted me enough to not ever want to pick up a Lemony Snicket book, or anything else by him.

9. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – Another big literary fiction award-winner, but nothing I’ve heard about it makes me want to pick it up.

10. Lion of Ireland by Morgan Llywelyn – This very may well be a great book. However, my dad suggested it to me last summer, and I haven’t talk to him since last September, and now I just have no interest in reading this book because the of the bad associative memories. Sorry, Morgan, I bet your book is good, maybe I’ll try a different one some day.

Alrighty, I’m sure I’ve pissed off enough people by now. What are the books you just can’t picture yourself picking up?




  1. I was on board with you until you went and broke my heart with All the Light. I could praise it for DAYS (and actually have to a few unsuspecting customers looking for a ‘good book’) but if you’re not into literary fiction, I don’t think anything I say could change your mind. (still weeping though!) It was one of those books that basically read like a checklist of everything I love: WWII setting and dual narrative being the big draws for me. Boy in Germany, girl in France. As they grow their paths eventually cross and it so easily could have turned into a romance and I love Doerr all the more for NOT giving in.

    I had NO idea Brad Thor got mixed up in twitter drama. Come on, Brad. I haven’t read anything of his, but I’m very familiar with his work (he’s a big seller). Talk about disappointing.


  2. Super pissed over here…ha ha, just kidding. White Men’s Problems is a thing. Omg I thought you were joking so I looked it up. Yikes.

    I’ve read a few that you’ve mentioned and the only one I’d recommend is All the Light we Cannot See. I keep thinking that I’ll eventually get around to Moby Dick…maybe.

    Pssst: Patrick Stewart is my heart. 😀


  3. Like you, a part of me wanted to read 50 Shades of Grey, to better be able to weigh in while it was dominant in book discussions, but that time of dominance seems to be waning so it doesn’t seem worth the effort now.


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