Books I’ll Probably Never Read Tag

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I’m back with another tag today- just cos I fancied talking (somewhat controversially) about some books I’ll never read! Thank you so much to the lovely Carrie @Cat On the Bookshelf– she’s really sweet and I highly recommend you check her out!

A Really Hyped Book You’re Not Interested in Reading?

Oh man, there’s a lot. There’s a couple of really hyped YA fantasy at the moment that I genuinely have no interest in reading. The reason I don’t care to pick up Everless is just simply that I’ve read a lot of books in that vein that I don’t feel the burning need to read them when I could read something else. And when it comes to John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down, I’ve just realised the writing style is not for me and so I don’t think I’ll ever pick up another of his books. Also, basically anything by Stephen King- I don’t like his writing style or subject matter. Plus I’ve DNF’d too many of his books to count and wasn’t moved by the only one I did finish.

A Series You Won’t Start/Won’t Be Finishing?

Okay, so I started out really enjoying Red Queen for what it was, but I really didn’t get anything out of book 2 and even though book 3 was an improvement, it didn’t convince me I needed to finish the series. I think feeling meh about a book is more difficult to get past than just plain hating it. And like I said, I’m not feeling this kind of YA fantasy book at the moment (you know the type, special snowflake mc, love triangles and a whole lot of whining).

A Classic That You’re Just Not Interested In?

ulysses joyce

730 pages of stream of consciousness? Yeah that’s not happening.

Any Genres You’ve Never Read?

I might have to steal Cat’s answer because I’ve never read a western either.

A Book On Your Shelves You’ll Probably Never Actually Read?

Hehe I have two that sprang to mind, because I cleared out my TBR a while back and I knew that I shouldn’t leave these two on there, but the optimistic part of my brain thought “maybe someday”. First are my Virginia Woolf books, which I own physical and ebook copies of, but have never been able to finish. And the second is Satanic Verses, which I feel like I should read, even though I didn’t like Rushdie’s other book Midnight’s Children. Basically, as I said in my post yesterday, I hate stream of consciousness… so I don’t think it’s ever gonna happen for these.

Glad to get that all off my chest- I tag: Kelly, Lucinda, Ally, Marina, Jenna, SamCaro, Rose and anyone else who fancies it!

So what hyped book will you not read? Let me know in the comments!

100 thoughts on “Books I’ll Probably Never Read Tag

  1. I swore i was never going to read another John Greene book after Looking for Alaska but yep I fell for all of the hype and ended up buying Turtles All the Way Down. Will I ever actually read it??? Probably not.

    After hearing Patrick Ness raving over Mrs Dalloway I’ve been very tempted to try and get a copy but I did try reading A Room of One’s Own and I’m sorry but I really couldn’t get into it. It was all I walked here, I went there, I ate this… I was clearly missing something so gave up 🙂

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    1. hahaha I totally get that- I really did consider it, but in the end decided against it- I’ve given his books 2 shots and that’s enough for me 😉

      Ah fair enough. Ness can be hit and miss for me, though I do actually get why people like Woolf, even if it’s not for me. Thank ou. haha! Glad I’m not the only one 😉

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  2. That’s such a shame you’re missing out on Everless, I thought it was groundbreaking 😜. I tried to read Ulysses once but my God that book is boring. There is literally no story (at least for the first 100 or so pages – that’s as far as I got). Mostly I remember it being about someone managing their household food budget and spending loads on tea – I remember being really confused that you wouldn’t spend it all on actual food. So yeah. Fascinating.

    Thank you for tagging me! X

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  3. Oh BOY I feel you on John Green…I’ve never felt peer pressure to do drugs or skip school or anything they warn you about as a young ‘un, but if you don’t love John Green…

    Love Stephen King though, can’t say I’m with ya there.

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  4. Ugh – I feel the same way about Red Queen. I liked the first one and just got less and less interested as the series continued. The saddest part is that I’ve actually purchased the kindle version of the last book but I have so many others that I’d rather read… I’m not sure it will ever get read 😦

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    1. Ah glad you agree!! I so get that!! Ah yes I know what you mean- I did that for book 2 and then only bothered to read it when I was able to get the third one out of the library as motivation. I just wish I’d stopped at the first one tbh.

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  5. I have to say Ulysses is the one book that makes me run screaming. There are a couple of books like War and Peace where it’s on my list for one day 🙂 I read Portrait of the Artist by Joyce and that was enough for me! I do want to try IT though I’m a King fan.

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  6. I never thought I’d read a western, either, but a friend of mine talked me into trying Lonesome Dove and I *loved* it! I practically devoured that book. The characters were awesome. I’m with you about Ulysses, though. I’ll never even pretend to read it, lol.

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  7. I saw this post and stopped dead in my tracks. I can relate to ALL of this. There are so many “popular” books that I know I’ll never read. Either because they’re so hyped up and overly shared by everyone, or I’m genuinely not interested. I hope you don’t mind, but I’d love to do this tag as well ❤

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  8. Dracula has been staring at me from my shelf for ages, but I just can’t force myself to start it. I recently read Mrs. Dalloway, and I REALLY wanted to enjoy it but I just didn’t. I thought the writing was beautiful but I didn’t care for the story one bit.

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  9. Pard’ner, Louis L’Amour has some books he’d really like you to read. An iffen you don’t cotton to such a thing, this here town is ready to lynch ya!

    I’m not a big western fan either. L’Amour is the only author I’ve read in that genre. I might branch out one day and actually try a Zane Grey. I know, I know, call me wild!

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    1. I’m not a fan of Westerns (every other year or so I read one and then think “I’m not doing that again”), but I really enjoyed “The Ox-bow Incident” by Walter Van Tilburg Clark since it’s more about the psychology behind mob vigilantism than the usual Western blech.

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        1. It’s more that I like my plots with a little more complexity and a little less romance than the average Western. I love the hard boiled detective genre which is actually pretty similar in a lot of ways but with more convoluted plots (and snarkier protagonists).

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  10. Oh gosh, there are so e classics that I love the idea of reading like a Sherlock Holmes novel or even some Jane Austen. I’ll admit I burned out on reading classics when I was in college. i was an English major and reading five of those types of books a week killed that drive to better myself. Now I just read easy to read novels!

    I’ll agree with you on the Red Queen. I was so pissed at Cal and was actually rooting for Maven to win the girl in the last book, I’ll take a pass. Some series start off great and end with a whimper… of course I’ll never know with that one!

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  11. Ha ha!! 2 out of your 3 books are on my DNR list… I don’t know what “Everless” is, which is funny because it’s on your hyped list. But, I even tried the audiobook of “It” and I couldn’t do IT (Get “IT”?? 😂😂😂)… I’m sorry… I think I’m funny. But, 1100 pgs, SO MANY DESCRIPTIONS, and child orgies (yes. That’s a thing in the book), do not entice me. Turtles all the way down just doesn’t seem like my type of book. I didn’t read or watch “our fault in the stars” (… I think that’s what it’s called) either. I’m not one for that kind of writing though. (wow! Something I WON’T read!! Here I thought that didn’t exist!)
    I also love that the book on your shelf you won’t read is Mrs. Dalloway. I totally understand. That’s a tough one! 👍👍 Great answers!

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  12. I didn’t like Everless, actually. I wish I hadn’t read it. It took me nearly two weeks and was a waste of time. It fits your reasons for not liking Red Queen as well. Special snowflakes for MCs and horribly written love triangles. On top of that, the main character of Everless had terrible decision-making skills.

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  13. I compared a bunch (11, I think) everyone-should-read-these-100-books kind of lists and Ulysses was recommended the most often by far (all but one list). I bet it’s also the one read the least often…I know I have zero desire to read it.

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  14. What Stephen King book did you read? I only read one too, “Pet Semetary,” and I wasn’t crazy about it, but I’ve enjoyed many of his movie adaptations. I think “Ulysses” is a book people read solely to brag that they’ve read it more than anything else! I actually really like stream-of-consciousness, and I wouldn’t touch that book with a ten-foot pole. 😀

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  15. I feel the same way about Turtles All the Way Down, and I have It by Stephen King on my TBR because I loved the movie, so hopefully I like it. I’ve never read any of his books before though so I’m not too sure! Plus 1000 pages is daunting lol

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  16. Absolutely not going to read these either. Everless, John Green, and Stephen King just never appealed to me, and I’ve heard horror stories about Red Queen. XD And I was thinking about reading Ulysses, but I didn’t know it was stream of consciousness till now. Which is like, peace out, NO.

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  17. I’ve read the entire Red Queen series, and I kind of agree with you that it wasn’t really worth it. I loved the first book, but then the plot became too complicated (I could never remember the house names and who belonged to which) I also felt the books became too action heavy: too much fighting and violence for me. tbh I just stuck with it to follow the relationship between Cal and Mare

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  18. I’m in agreement about most of these books. I’m pretty sure I’ll never actually pick up The Satanic Verses because I’ve tried and failed to get into two of Rushdie’s other books. I think his writing style isn’t for me. I have seen Everless on the bookstore shelves, but the synopsis isn’t grabbing my attention.

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  19. I like some Stephen King books but not all and reading one I don’t like pits me off. I started reading The Shadowhunters series but couldn’t face reading all those books with this one question being dragged out. I have Mrs Dalloway to read. I hear a lot about the same YA books online and because I don’t read much YA I can’t really say if I’d like them.

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  20. Oh my, Red Queen series is not for me either. The first book was alright, the second one was meh, bought the third one but still haven’t read it and think I won’t read it.. didn’t even know there was a forth one… 🙈
    Divergent played out for me in the exactly same way.. still to finish the 3rd book but having no desire to do so…
    Everless is full of cliches and had some gaps in mythical references… but somehow I quite enjoyed it despite of those. Could have been my mood, I went into it thinking ‘another YA hyped up book’ and left thinking ‘it was actually alright’. 😂 Completely understand why you don’t want to read it though, there are too many similar books out there these days. 😊👍

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  21. I was actually really excited about Everless because the concept sounded so cool. However, the book fell flat for me and you’re not missing out on anything there.

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  22. Ah yes, Virginia Woolf. I had to struggle through her novels for undergrad, bored me to tears…. hopefully never have to pick up one of them again. Also, for all that I’ve told myself I’m going to one day read Ulysses, I know deep down its not going to be happening. I can barely stand Joyce’s short stories, so….

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  23. Yeah, Ulysses isn’t happening. I did read Dubliners and it was a mix of ‘alright but meh’ and ‘literally nothing is happening’. 700+ pages of stream of consciousness wandering Dublin – nah.

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  24. I totally agree, such a mix feeling on RQ series, but I’ll definitely read the last book tho to figure out whether I hate or love the series!

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  25. I enjoyed James Joyce’s Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man and The Dubliners stories but could not get through Ulysses. I did listen to some famous Irish actors read some of it on the radio which was interesting but no it’s not happening for me either.

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  26. This is a fun tag! I love your answers! I’m really bad at deciding not to read a book, especially if it’s hyped. I don’t like Stephen King’s books, horror, clowns, books set in the 80’s OR books with child protagonists and I STILL read It. So yeah, I don’t think there’s a book I absolutely won’t read… I hope I have the good sense to stay away from Ulysses though! That book looks like more trouble than it’s worth.

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  27. Pretty much every book on your list I probably won’t ever read. Never been interested in Stephen King in any capacity. I’ve barely seen any movies based on his books. I’m not sure I’ve ever read a true Western either. I’ve read like historical romance that had a western theme and we’ll space operas like Firefly but in a book format but I don’t think I can say I’ve read a true Western? Haha now you got me thinking. Great tag!

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  28. Oh this is a fun post! I agree with you about Red Queen, I kind of lost interest by now and the second book didn’t really convince me anyway…. so I think I won’t be going on with it, there are just so many other great books to read after all haha 🙂

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  29. Great answers for this tag. I have to admit there are a few series I probably won’t be finishing but at the moment Red Queen is near the top of my list. I wasn’t a massive fan of Red Queen and I really really didn’t like Glass Sword, but I have heard good things about the third and fourth so maybe one day. You never know right? 🙂
    Great post, and again great answers. 😀 ❤

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  30. I think I’m going to do this tag too, because it sounds fun. But as to a hyped book I don’t think I’ll ever read… the one I thought of first is The Hate You Give. I know, it’s supposed to be an important book. It sounds too real and not escapist, so I have no interest in picking it up. Sorry Hype People. Not going there. 😉

    I really want to want to read Joyce’s Ulysses. It’s on my TBR list (not my actual shelf) but I couldn’t get through Joyce’s Dubliners, so I doubt I’ll ever get to Ulysses either.

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