Top Ten Tuesday: Never Say Never


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Top Ten Book I Will Probably Never Read. Never is a pretty strong term, isn’t it? There are very few books I can say with certainty that I’ll never read — so to come up with a list of 10 books, I’ve had to break up the topic into two categories:

Starting with, books I’ll never read because I have little or no interest:


1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: Since I’ve made it this far in my life without having read War and Peace, I think it’s safe to assume it’ll never happen. And it’s not that I’m opposed to Tolstoy or anything — I actually have read Anna Karenina!

2. The rest of the Millenium trilogy by Stieg Larsson: I truly hated The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and have absolutely no interest in reading further in the series.

3. Any new books by Charlaine Harris: I’m still mad at myself for continuing to read the Sookie series through to the bitter end, when they clearly stopped appealing to me somewhere around the midpoint of the series. I can’t imagine enjoying anything further she’d write.

4. Anything else by Dan Brown: I read The Da Vinci Code (didn’t everyone?) and Angels and Demons, and that was plenty.

5. The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett: People in my book club adore these books and talk about their complexity and nuances quite a bit… and I’ve just never felt the urge to join in on any of their group reads.


Second category: Books I’ll probably never read, not because I don’t want to… but simply because I’ve had ample opportunity and still haven’t gotten around to them. Lacking motivation, perhaps?

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6. Lisey’s Story by Stephen King: I have no idea why I haven’t read this. I bought it when it came out and thought it sounded good. It’s been on my shelf ever since, and every time I think about reading it, I find something else to read instead.

7. The Help by Kathryn Stockett: I picked up a copy right before seeing the movie… and once I’d seen the movie, I didn’t feel any need to read the book.

8. Lonely Werewolf Girl by Martin Millar: Another one that really appealed to me when I bought it… but it’s been years and I still haven’t felt like actually reading it.

9. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield: Same as above. I know it’s supposed to be great. I know plenty of people who loved it. I even own a copy — but I’ve just never found myself wanting to pick it up and start it.

10. The Bronze Horsemen by Paullina Simons: So many people have recommended this series to me. I don’t know why I haven’t wanted to read it, except perhaps that I haven’t wanted to put the time into such chunky books.

Not happening

So what are your never-gonna-happen books?

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41 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Never Say Never

  1. I feel the same way about the books you have no interest in. Actually, I’ve seen two of those on other top tens. I guess some books just don’t deserve all the hype they’re getting, yeah?

  2. If you do ever read the thirteenth tale I find that it takes a little to get into to. In one of the first chapters she spent a whole paragraph opening a letter, so it does poetic writing. I think it’s worth it but then again,it’s very up my alley, book-wise 🙂

    • It really sounds like something I’d like. I think now I have a mental block about this book — because I’ve had it for so long, and never feel like reading it, it feels like an even bigger hurdle now to start it (if that makes any sense).

      • I understand I have books like that. I try and take them on holidays so I have time and if I want to read it’s the only book I have, but then if I do not like it, it doesn’t turn out well. lol

    • Yes, books and movies can be a big problem! I watched the Divergent movie and decided that was enough and I didn’t need to read the book. (I read the Hunger Games books before they were movies, and I”m glad I did!)

    • I can see why! 🙂 The funny thing is that I read Anna Karenina in high school — for fun. Weird, right? I think a mini-series version had been on TV and I got interested.

  3. I also had War and Peace! And I am also one that stuck with the Sookie books until the very bitter end. I agree they stopped being fun around the mid point. I will also never read anything else she writes. Great list – I like how you broke it down too.

    • Thanks! Such a shame about Sookie — I remember loving the books up to and including #7, thought #8 was okay but cut it some slack because it was following up such a good one, but then the series just kept on going downhill. Sigh. If only I could get all those reading hours back!

    • I read the books right around when season 1 of True Blood first aired, back when I still thought the show was good! I ended up quitting the show after a couple of seasons — don’t know why I stuck with the books for so long.

  4. Haha. I loved the Millenium Series, specially Lisbeths character!! Can’t say disliked any of Dan Brown’s either, though da vinci code was the best n u hv read it!!

  5. We’re a lot alike. Dan Brown made my list. I didn’t think of Charlaine Harris, but I agree. My sisters are obsessed with True Blood and I just have no interest at all, especially after reports that fans HATED the final book. Nope. Not even gonna try. I wouldn’t mind reading War and Peace, but don’t know if I ever will. And really, REALLY don’t finish the Millenium trilogy. I did, and even though it was years ago, I still rant about how bad it was. Great list! 😀

    • Ugh, I hated the first book in the Millenium series so much! It’s rare for me that I have such a strong dislike for a book — more often, I’m just not interested enough to keep going, but this was a case of true dislike. Thanks!

  6. Ookkaayyy so I’ve never, and I do mean never, read a book by Stephen King, (nor Dan Brown) *evil laugh* I may or may not read one from Stephen only because I need some more suspense in my life. 🙂

    • I’m actually a big Stephen King fan! Usually I love his books — and I might end up really liking this one. I just never seem to be in the mood for it, and I”ve had it for years. 🙂 Dan Brown, on the other hand… well, I thought the books of his that I read were pretty much unbelievable, overhyped junk.

  7. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Da Vinci Code both made my list this week because I’m just not smart enough to read them! I tried and my head nearly exploded!
    I’m the EXACT same with The Help, it’s not that I don’t want to but more that I just haven’t gotten round to it in the 5 years it has been on my list! I have a lot of classics on my list for the exact same reason!

    • No, I don’t believe it’s about being smart enough! I think the Da Vinci Code wants people to feel like they’re getting all sorts of intellectual stimulation when really it’s mostly over-complicated junk… in my humble opinion, of course! 🙂

  8. I do agree that never is a pretty strong word. That being said, I also agree that I will probably never read War and Peace. It actually intimidates me. I also have never read the Harry Potter series. If I haven’t yet, then chances are small that I ever will.

    • Okay… I promise to still respect you even if you haven’t read Harry Potter! 🙂 LOL. Harry Potter is actually one of my favorite things in the world — although I think reading the books before there were movies was a really different experience. Well… I guess I’d just have to say that it’s never too late!!

  9. The Help, The Thirteenth Tale and The Bronze Horsemen could have also made my list. I have heard fantastic things about Thirteenth but considering I read Bellman & Black first… I’ve lost interest completely. I hate admitting that there are books I’ll never get to but lets be realistic. lol

    • Oh, see, I have the same problem — I read Bellman & Black and didn’t like it at all, so even though I’d always planned to read The Thirteenth Tale, after B&B, I just can’t bring myself to do it! And hey, there are only so many reading years in our lives — we need to spend our time wisely! 🙂

    • Funny, I’m usually such a Stephen King fan, and so are some of my closest book buddies, but I don’t know anyone who’s read Lisey’s Story. Maybe I should just accept that it’s not very important and move on…

  10. I’m going to try The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but I’m prepared to not like it! I think I’m so curious about it because of the title! LOL! Happy reading! 🙂

  11. I love your two categories! I probably should have done that. If you want to see mine, it’s the first post on the home page. 🙂 Love the directory idea! I actually think you’re the person I got the idea of a meme from! 😉 That was a month ago, when I was first starting. Great people like you inspire shy people like me to keep trying!

    • Aw, you’re so sweet! Hang in there — the first few months can feel like they’re all uphill, but if you’re having fun, then it’s all worth it. I’m so glad you like the directory! And PS – I’m totally a shy person myself, so this is all quite a new thrill for me!

  12. War and Peace has been on a lot of lists today. I don’t think I’ll ever pick it either. I was interested in The Help when the movie first came out, but I think my interest in the book has all but died. I liked the movie though.

    • I liked the movie too — but this feels like a case where I can’t imagine getting something different from reading the book, so why spend the time?

  13. Great list as always Lisa! I absolutely love The Help but the movie has been very faithful to it, so I can see why you wouldn’t want to read the book.

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