Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I will probably never read:

Afternoon readers, it’s going to be a little quieter here on mylittlebookblog. Some great content and high quality posts just a little more low key; relaxed if you will. Today’s top ten Tuesdays list is a little saddening because the thought of not reading books makes me a unhappy and a little heartbroken to put them in an unwanted pile. It’s going to be a mix of books that I’ve tried and haven’t finished, books that the movies have ruined for me, and some I just don’t really get. However, feel free to try and persuade me to pick up copies I’m sure I can be persuaded. This tag is as always hosted by the http: The Broke and The Bookish which you can find here. 

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1)      Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

This one requires me to reveal that back in university despite it being compulsory reading I did not make it through this novel. Not even half. I have struggled with some heavier classics and this one just didn’t resonate at all. I’ve read a couple of chapters but not enough to claim I’ve read it and I have no intentions currently to try again.

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2)      Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

This is another book that has so far evaded me. I wonder whether I was a little too young and that caused the lack of interest despite attempting a number of times to read it but unfortunately it seems to have put me off a little indefinitely unfortunately.

3)      The Twilight Series by Stefenie Meyer

Not only have I seen the films therefore ultimately spoiling the magic that comes with creating the characters from your imagination but the reviews I’ve seen and the comments I have read have diminished any want to read this.

 4)      The Pointless Book by Alfie (Deyes) (or the sequel for that matter)

Nope.

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5)      Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Another time a movie has killed the interest in a book. I watched the film with Mumma B and an hour or so in both of us fell asleep. We’ve never picked it up again since. I had heard incredible things about this film but for me it just wasn’t particularly good and I’ve been put off the book now too.

6)      The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

This is getting silly but another film related book trauma. I had been meaning to see the movie for months but put it off because I really wanted to read the books. However, one rainy afternoon a friend brought and we settled down to watch. Goddamn brilliant, I adored the film however the urge to read the book now equals nada.

7)      War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

This book is just a little daunting, terrifying and would take me months. Maybe that’s a terrible reason to not want to read a book but there are so many already on the list that I just want to read other books so much more.

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8)      Moby Dick by Helman Melville

Hmmm, just doesn’t excite me at all. Sorry.

9)      His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

When I wrote this list I did a little nosy and looked at books other readers had written about and this one cropped up a lot. Oddly. This is another childhood failure, these books just never pulled me in enough and I gave up on them, time and time again. I think it’s time to realise it’s just not going to happen.

10)   Finally and this one could be changed I think: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

This is an odd one because recently I’ve been tempted to give it a go. One of my 101 things in 1001 days challenge is to watch all the Academy Awards best picture films from the year I was born and one of the films is a Lord of the Rings one. (Don’t ask me which) I need to watch it at some point and it got me thinking is it time to give this a read? Currently, nope but maybe I could be persuaded?

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 So there you go ten books I will probably never read. It hurts a little to put them in this list but there are some books that just don’t do it for you. Let me know if you have any critiques of my answers or if there are some I’ve missed.

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  1. May 5, 2015 / 1:46 pm

    I read the Hobbit and the Fellowship of the Ring but the Two Towers put me to sleep every time. Hopefully we do get around to reading the Trilogy though 🙂

      • May 5, 2015 / 3:47 pm

        I know it’s on the list of books one needs to read before they die lol so we should look into that 😉

  2. May 5, 2015 / 2:05 pm

    I’ve only been following your blog for a little while so I don’t know your reading interests very well, but Philip Pullman actually wrote another very much lesser known series, which I absolutely adore. It’s the Sally Lockhart series, and maybe you’d like to read this one? They are fantastic. At least, I think so. 🙂 As for the other books, I actually have read Little Women a number of times and loved it. It’s one of my favorite books. There’s a second book in the series called Little Men. I read Twilight before all of the hype, when guys were still reading the books. Haha. As much as everyone wants to mindlessly dislike Twilight, it’s really not that bad. It’s fluff, but it’s more guilty pleasure reading for fun. I’ve read Hunger Games, but the movies are so close to the books it’s really not too necessary to read them over and over. The Lord of The Rings series is one that I really want to read, but just haven’t yet. I’ve read The Hobbit a few times. It was pretty good. I agree with you on Moby Dick. I tried that one, and never again. I barely read ten pages. The other books, I doubt I’ll ever read either, to be honest. I’ve seen some of Life of Pi the movie and it just didn’t do it for me. Great Expectations and War and Peace, maybe.. The Pointless book… Probably not.. Sorry if this comment was so long, but I love books and lists, so naturally I had to give my opinion.. lol.

    • May 5, 2015 / 3:44 pm

      Hey new follower lovely to hear from you 🙂 I have had it mentioned before but I’ve never picked it up because of my disliking but if you really recommend it, I’ll pop it on the list of things to try 🙂 I’ve heard so many times that little women is an excellent book which is why it annoys me that it’s so far evaded me in my reading life but you never know. I’ve actually got a copy of little men, it’s my mums so no excuse really 🙂 I see, I think for me, it’s not really a big interest because I’m also not a huge fantasy or supernatural style reader but Twilight has obviously been loved by the masses so maybe I should give it a read we’ll seeee 🙂 haha I love long comments 🙂 I agree with all your other comments, I think that the hunger games may be an audio book listen but at the moment my TBR is so so so long it’s going to be a little while 🙁 thank you for the great comment! xxxx

  3. May 5, 2015 / 2:06 pm

    I felt the same about the Hunger Games so I just listened to the audiobooks at work. Pretty good if you want to check them out!

  4. May 5, 2015 / 2:24 pm

    For the REALLY big books like War and Peace, it’s actually a lot easier to digest them in bite sized chunks. There’s the habit in early 18th century stuff for authors like Tolstoy and Hugo to go off on massive didactical tracts that bear little relevance to the plot (which I just skip to be honest. Who wants to hear about Paris sewers?)

    • May 5, 2015 / 3:40 pm

      Oh really? I’ve heard that before but then I would worry I’m missing bits out. Maybe one day but for now, definitely not 🙂 xxx

  5. May 5, 2015 / 3:04 pm

    ‘Little Woman’ is one of my favorite books. ‘Lord of the Rings’ is one of the series, which is in my reading list for a long long time. However, I think that I will never read this series.

    • May 5, 2015 / 3:39 pm

      I’ve heard this from so many people but I just can’t get into it, maybe I need to try again :/ it’s been in mine for a little while but never really given it a proper go. My dad read them to me when I was quite little and it’s put me off because he kept falling asleep whilst reading them. Not the best advertisement!

  6. May 5, 2015 / 3:14 pm

    I am hesitant to read the Hunger Games or I’m just lazy.. But, I haven’t ever seen any of the movies. I’m just not that interested, I guess… Great picks! I’m not interested in ‘The Pointless Book’ either, it’s kinda dumb imo.

    • May 5, 2015 / 3:37 pm

      I think I’m the same, it’s odd for me but some books I think I will go see the movie. I’m yet to find a movie that has made me think, I need to buy the book after seeing the movie but I wait to stand corrected. No me neither, I looked into it in a book store and it can barely be called a book. Ergh 🙂 Thank you for some great comments xxx

  7. May 5, 2015 / 4:10 pm

    I LOVE “The Hunger Games”! I love how it provides a social commentary on celebrity culture, reality shows and war and how it takes it to another place. It really exposes what a dirty position one could be in when all eyes are on you and how an uprising must happen in order to set things right. That’s the media analysis nerd side of me talking. The masses might have a different reason otherwise as to why they like the trilogy. But do please give them a try. Don’t just rely on everything you see in the movies.

  8. May 5, 2015 / 7:21 pm

    I agree with all of the above – the Hunger Games books are SO much better than the films, I can’t even… 😉

  9. May 5, 2015 / 7:40 pm

    War and peace is really worth the time, I think I spent three weeks reading it but it was worth it!

    • May 6, 2015 / 2:12 pm

      Oh no, not more books I have to add to the TBR I will literally never get them all done 🙁

  10. May 5, 2015 / 8:31 pm

    I agree with the Twilight books (I tried, but i couldn`t handle the excruciatingly bad writing for more than 1 page, so I quit) and the Pointless Blog books. Those are just terrible. To be honest, I stay away from most of the Youtubers books and the Twilight-esque books because they just make me cringe. I`m 100% fine with other people liking them, but personally? Nope. Not happening.

    However, I have read both the Hunger Games and the His Dark Materials books, and though I can`t compare them in terms of quality (because HDM is just so, SO much better) they are both good trilogies that I generally highly recommend. THG has a bit of a dull spell around the end of book 2 but it picks up again in book 3 and boy is it tense from there on. HDM is just alround great and one of my all-time favourites, though I can absolutely see why some people don`t like them.

    I tried struggling my way through the LOTR books a couple of years ago, and made it to page…1200-something, I think? And by then I gave up. They`d been walking for hundreds of pages at a time and I was sick of it. So glad I didn`t buy the books but borrowed them from a housemate at the time, saved me a lot of money!

    I`m currently very, very slowly making my way through War and Peace though. I try to do small chunks in between other books, so it`s a project that might last me the rest of the year but I`m kind of okay with that. I knew I was in for the long haul when I started, so I`m just glad to be reading it at all.

  11. May 5, 2015 / 9:05 pm

    I would definitely not bother with War & Peace. I’ve read many of the other ones you’re skipping and enjoyed the classics except for that one. It was like a soap opera with WAY too many characters whose names I could never keep straight…and I’m usually good at that.

    Lord of the Rings Trilogy are my favorite books followed closely by Life of Pi. I think we can be pretty sure that you and I don’t have similar reading taste. However, I can tell you that Life of Pi, the book, is 3 zillion times better than the movie. Although I think the movie did some things well. Even so, I have no idea if you would like the book. It’s very philosophical and dream-like. The imagery is spectacular and came so alive in my head that I still feel like I was there even though the places and situations were outlandish. (And no, I wasn’t smoking anything. 🙂 ) If you do read it, keep in mind that nothing much kicks in until he’s in the shipwreck, and it begins VERY SLOWLY.
    Happy Reading!…whatever you may choose.

    • May 6, 2015 / 2:11 pm

      Okay, I think War and Peace is out, many people have agreed that is definitely not worth the effort. Oh wow both of them, but then I think you’re definitely right, totally different reading tastes. Wow three zillion! That is a lot better. I did study philosophy at university so maybe it would be a hit with me I don’t know. Okay, shipwreck and slowly. If I pick up a copy I will definitely let you know what I thought xxx

      • May 6, 2015 / 4:53 pm

        The philosophy behind the book is very interesting and there’s surprising depth that the movie hints at but doesn’t capture. That’s why the movie is boring. It didn’t really catch the meat of the story, just the visual images. The other thing that’s strange about the book is you have to let yourself go on the fantastical journey to feel the amazing reality shown at the end. If you relate to it, it’s rich and profound. If you have a philosophical bent, you’ll probably relate to it. Yes, if you ever go for it, let me know. 🙂

  12. May 5, 2015 / 9:55 pm

    Oh, I definitely think you’re missing out on LOTR, but some of the others I can understand. I read and loved Great Expectations, War and Peace, and Little Women, but sometimes Charles Dickens is just a bit too much. And, to be honest, it wasn’t his best work.

    • May 6, 2015 / 2:09 pm

      A couple of people have said that, we can thank my father for that one. He tried to read it to me but kept falling asleep and I got so confused and then so bored that I’ve never tried again. See Mumma B read me Harry Potter and now I’m a fangirl for life. Parents eh 😉 Wow you’ve read all three I am in awe of you haha which Dickens would you recommend? 🙂 xxx

  13. May 5, 2015 / 10:15 pm

    Little women is a wonderful book x
    There is very old film which may ( as it did me ) strangely introduce you to the period of history that it was set in which helps to make it make sense x

    • May 6, 2015 / 2:07 pm

      Getting a couple of mixed reviews of little women which means I want to go read it again! Argh more books to add to the tbr! Oooo that sounds intriguing how old is very old? xxx

  14. May 6, 2015 / 2:53 am

    Little Women is pretty meh. Definitely read Lord of the Rings, though. I promise it’s absolutely worth it!

    • May 6, 2015 / 2:01 pm

      So many contrasting opinions! My mother has now suggested I read Little Women so maybe I’m going to have to re-try that one. Maybe I’ll attempt Lord and the rings and slowly see how it goes? x

  15. May 6, 2015 / 6:17 am

    Great Expectations was rough going in high school. Twilight series: tried it, but nope. Read the first of the Hunger Games; it was ok. I need to read War and Peace, but alas, it’s not going to happen. I’ve heard bad bad boring things about Moby Dick. I want to try His Dark Materials. No real interest in Lord of the Rings. Good list!

    • May 6, 2015 / 2:01 pm

      It was so tough for me, and I obviously didn’t start reading it until we had started pulling it apart from I was constantly playing catch up! Typical Lizzy. See as a reader I think I should read War and Peace but I also think it’s just never ever going to happen :/ ah well. Thank you for the lovely comment and glad you enjoyed the list 🙂 xxx

  16. May 10, 2015 / 7:51 am

    I tried several times to read Lord of the Rings and couldn’t stick it. But I loved the Philip Pullman trilogy and it’s a shame that the film version didn’t really capture the magic of it.

    • May 11, 2015 / 9:05 am

      I think I might try the Lord of the rings books again just because so many people have said it would be worth it! 🙂 Yes I’ve heard that about the film, it’s a shame!

  17. June 5, 2015 / 6:26 pm

    Great post! That Lord of the Rings trilogy murdered me and I just gave up eventually. I’ve never had an interest in Little Women. I think I started reading it a few times (and I still own the book) and it just never quite pulled me in. Never tried it ever since and probably never will.
    Charles Dickens books are another thing I want to check out so maybe Great Expectations isn’t a good place to start..haha!
    But, I did like The Golden Compass a lot in the His Dark Materials trilogy. At least that had the most lasting impression whereas the other two books are a little blurry now.
    I get it for the War and Peace though. I have Anna Karenina and Les Miserables that I want to read but man, Game of Thrones (which is like 800+ pages took me way longer than I expected), those books are massive. I can’t imagine finding the patience and energy to read it all. But, I will try one of these days…hopefully, this year 😉

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