Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Top Ten Books I'll NEVER Read


Please, please,  I do not mean to step on any toes here.

I'm unlikely to read:

10. Books on quantum physics. And calculus.  Zero interest.
9. Stephanie Meyers. I read book one. That was enough for me.
8. Any other books about vampires. Just not my cuppa tea.
7. Jodi Picoult. A bit too problem-of-the-week-ish for me.
6. Genre fiction. No romance novels. No mystery novels. No Westerns.
5. Textbooks. I've yet to read one that is well written.
4. Anything self-published. Unless it's my mom's. Nobody else.
3. Stephen King. Nope. Nothing scary.
2. Most self-help books. Too formulaistic.
1. Anything with a man on the cover carrying a gun. No action/adventure/spy novels for me.

How about you? What books will you NEVER read?


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list complete with one of our bloggers answers. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND sign Mister Linky at the bottom to share with us and all those who are participating. If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Don't worry if you can't come up with ten every time..just post what you can!

50 comments:

  1. I wish I could say I'd never read Stephanie Meyers but I caved and read the first two..leaving me wondering why I did.

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  2. This is such an interesting challenge. I haven't made my list yet, but I see yours and all I can think is *gasp* what great books she is missing! I'm sure lots of people will do the same when they see my list haha. Anyways, thanks for being honest! Have a great day.

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  3. As my mother always says, "Never say NEVER." There's always one book that defies my personal reading rules and is fantastic. Lonesome Dove...The Road...The Things They Carried...The Three Musketeers....

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  4. Interesting meme.

    I am with you on Jodi Picoult. Read one of her books, left me feeling burdened and unsatisfied and didn't understand the hype.

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  5. I don't like to say "never" about anything. In fact, I like stories no matter the genre or author. If it's well told, I really don't care if it's horror or a child's picture book. Reading is my love, and a well done story is fantastic no matter if it's zombie western or renaissance romance.

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  6. Very true, Mesmerix. But I definitely have the books I love to read and those I rarely read.

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  7. I have to agree on Jodi Picoult ... and throw in some Ayn Rand. I've tried, but it's never gonna happen.

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  8. I like the categories on your list except for mysteries and thrillers! Would love to also see a top ten list of books that you recommend!

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  9. Your list is similar to mine -- though I forgot about Jodi Picoult.

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  10. I read Twilight but had no interest in the rest and won't ever read them. I hated The Story of Edgar Sawtelle so much I probably won't read anything else by Wroblewski. (I realize I'm the only person on the planet who didn't love it. What can I say?) After plodding through Ulysses, I don't want to pick up anything else by James Joyce (a shame - and it makes me feel like an illiterate oaf, but I just can't do it.)

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  11. What a fun and fabulous post! I am so with you on your top ten. Thanks for the laugh and for being a new follower on my blog!

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  12. I so agree with you number 2, 4, 5 and 10! I just can't read those, they annoy me.

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  13. Love your list! But it leaves me wondering, what do you read lol

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  14. Right there with on Stephen King. I don't enjoy horror (particularly more modern horror). I don't want to be too scared to go to sleep at night.

    Being a mystery lover, I had to take a deep breath when I read that one... :-) But you gotta read what you like, so happy reading!

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  15. I will never read The Catcher in the Rye.

    I know, I know, it's supposed to be a great book but I always lose interest 3 pages in. I've tried and tried, but no dice.

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  16. Haha, I am unlikely to read any books on quantum physics either. *yawns*

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  17. Big yes on Jodi Picoult! I read one of her novels and it's one of the most frustrating and unsatisfying experiences I've ever had. I couldn't even finish it and I have no intentions of ever going back for more!

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  18. We are in complete agreement about the books that fall into the horror genre. I am definitely enjoying this Top Ten list. Everyone has such different titles and topics.

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  19. "Jodi Picoult. A bit too problem-of-the-week-ish for me."

    That's the best description of her books I've ever seen.

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  20. So what do you read? LOL.

    I hate vampires too. And most genre, but not romance. Well, I'm picky about my romance. But whatever :D Nice list.

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  21. Thanks a lot for following my blog! I now it took a long time for me to comment back, I've just been SUPER busy, but thanks so much for just taking the time to subscribe and check my blog out! I'm a new subsriber so I'm looking forward to more posts! And I completely agree with you, the whole vampire thing is getting on my last nerve!!!lolz!

    www.blossombookreviews.blogspot.com

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  22. What a fun post! I'm with you on some of these, Meyers, Picoult, romance, but I have to confess to liking some mysteries, also some books on quantum physics:)

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  23. Interesting list! I didn't like Stephanie Myers' first novel, but strangely ended up liking the rest! I'll never read Indian authors who write only for Western audiences (like Kiran Desai). Ugh!
    Thanks for dropping by my blog!

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  24. I thought Twilight was just repackaged Mills and boons with a vampire thrown in. I like Stepehen King's earlier books like Pet Semetary and The Shining but his later books don't do it for me either.

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  25. I don't read westerns or bodice-ripper romances...I would say no vampire stuff, but I did read Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat 20-odd years ago, so I guess I can't say never, just never again :)

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  26. Ok, the funny thing is that I agree with so very many of these and yet our taste is so different! Or maybe we choose to read the same types of books but then like different examples of those types. Now I'm just confusing myself!

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  27. No horror (if I can help it). No Stephen King. I see no point to reading and scaring myself. No romance in the Harlequin sense of the term. Probably no Jodi Picoult, I've not read her yet.

    Other than that I'm pretty open to all of it - even textbooks (history) and Stephen Hawking (theoretical physics and cosmology for lay-people). Westerns? I love Larry McMurty even after Lonesome Dove (The Berrybender Chronicles and I have a Zane Grey on my tbr shelf). Spy? John Le Carre has a new one out. Detective? James Lee Burke is the best.

    I can't just take out whole genres but I know what you mean - I'm getting pickier about what I read. Life is short.

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  28. Right now the only books on my never list are Twilight ... but never say never. LOL.

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  29. I am not a fan of cozy mysteries or westerns and straight chick-lit is not something I will EVER read. It hurts my brain to read chick-lit.

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  30. Our reading tastes line up quite a bit. I do like an occasional science book if it's geared toward the public (by which I mean dumbed down enough for me to get it). I also like some genre fiction (like science fiction and a few mysteries - I'm very picky about those though). I don't like those mass market thrillers, suspense, or any of the mysteries that are churned out as if on a conveyor belt.

    I've never read anything by Stephanie Meyer or Jodi Picoult and I don't feel like I'm missing much. I tried reading a couple of chapters of Stephen King and that was it for me.

    And I am so very tired of how popular paranormal fiction is. I used to like the fantasy genre before it was taken over by the zombies and vampires.

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  31. Hmmm....tough question. I certainly don't say NEVER but I can safely say there are plenty of genres out there I do not enjoy as much and don't feel the need to read very often. Stephen King, I'm over. Stephenie Meyer, I'm over. Jodi Picoult, I'm a fan. Westerns, probably not...will i ever be in that mood? No. Romance...hardly anymore. Real honest to god science fiction fantasty I rarely see myself going towards.

    See , that's hard. i just can't say never ...how about rarely?

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  32. I will never read erotica or romance (old-time Harlequin-type romances - did when I was a teen, but .. well, they're all the same, really ... virginish girl meets devilishly handsome, but mysterious and unlikeable boy ... boy somehow takes girl initially against her will, then they live happily ever after .. bleh!). Most autobiographies (All Souls is the only one I've liked so far).

    BUT .. Stephen King ROCKS! I'm reading "Under the Dome", which is hefty, but not horror .. it's more like a story of how evil people flourish in small towns, especially when they're all trapped together under a dome that just mysteriously appears over their town.

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

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  33. If I even see one more book with vampires on it, I'm going to have a nervous breakdown and probably light something on fire.

    No, just kidding. I wouldn't do that! The second part.

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  34. Hahaha! Nothing with a man carrying a gun. LOVE IT.

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  35. Never is too strong of a word. It is amazing what can happen when a good friend stretches us to leave our land of favorites for one book, maybe every decade or so :')

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  36. I always say never say never because as soon as I do I will end up doing what I said I never would!

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  37. I agree with the Stephenie Meyers' books. I tried but couldn't continue.

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  38. Great list. I agree with a lot of these. I’m also not a huge fan of Stephanie Meyer. I love Stephen King, though. He’s one of my favorite writers.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  39. I understand you completely with Calculus and Text Books, school left me traumatized.
    Paulina @ The Little Book Pixie

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  40. Since you originally posted this in 2010, I think you're probably never going to read these :) I totally get some of the categories that you've selected and even have a few books on my list from them as well. I still struggled to get my list together this week and only ended up with five books.

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  41. I agree about Self- Help Books and Textbooks usually being poorly written. Awesome Post!
    Check out my Top Ten Tuesday

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  42. I hadn't thought about math or science textbooks!!

    Here's a link to my TTT for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2015/05/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-i-will.html

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  43. I love how you've done your list. I'm afraid I did read the Meyer books - at the time I liked them (apart from No.4 - which was written by an alien imho!). Whether I'd like it if I reread is a mystery that I have no interest in solving.
    I would add to your list - any book with a half naked man on the cover, or a woman in a frothy dress being gripped by aforementioned half naked man!
    Lynn :D

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  44. Good answers. Self-Help books are so hit and miss with me.

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  45. *GASP* Right in the FEELS! No quantum physics?! It... it hurrrts.

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  46. Yeah I am over Stephanie Meyers books! I was in high school when I read them and I loved them then but now not so much!

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  47. Stephen King I could never read am too chicken. Stephanie Meyer I love LOL her writing is terrible but I can't help loving them.

    Megan @ http://readingawaythedays.blogspot.co.uk

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  48. I'm with you on the calculus one! The furthest I ever got was pre-calculus before I took statistics instead.

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