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July 7: Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read
This should be a fairly easy list because there are a lot of hyped books I’m never going to read. The same holds true for every reader, and quite frankly we shouldn’t pick up a book just because everyone else is reading it. We should be reading books that sound interesting to us, no matter the genre or whom might look down their noses at us… Looking at you book snobs. So today I get to play book snob and share with you the top books I’ve heard about from patrons and other blogs that I simply MUST read and that I have absolutely no interest in reading at all. Am I relishing in this task set before me this morning. Perhaps, just a little. Let’s see who we can offend!
Ten Hyped Books I’m probably not going to read
- This is the only book on the list that might be an exception. I have no interest in even seeing the movie version of this one. It just seems depressing to me. Then a friend of mine who is a much more diverse reader than I was talking to me about it. She knows my reading taste pretty well and thought I might do alright with the book. I told her if I ever DO read the book it will be based upon her recommendation. But still probably not very likely…
- Another book with tons of hype right not. Not something I want to read. From some of the reviews I’ve read there doesn’t seem to be a character I would find likable and that is one of my reading requirements. This is one of the main reasons I have not read book #1 on the list either. Also I just don’t see how there can be a happy ending when it starts off depressing.
- I made the mistake of trying to watch the movie before reading the book. It was awful. I lasted until the first scene where they are abusing the elephant and had to stop the movie in tears as it was just too much for me. Now I know I can handle some sensitive subject matter better in print than I can visually, but still I don’t EVER want to read this book.
- No, just no.
- This is another book where I saw the movie first. I know, I know never judge a book by its movie… Still I was shocked with the level of violence and disturbing subject matter (rape) that I swiftly removed the title from my to-read list. Again I think I would have been alright if I had read the book first, but watching the violence just made it impossible for me to get the imagery from my head.
- A non-fiction book about WWII and airplanes. No thank you.
- A depressing read about two sick children where one of them dies in the end. No thank you.
- So popular at the library, we still get inter-library loan requests for this title quite frequently. Just no my cup of tea.
- So many of my Goodreads friends read this book. How can something with such a depressing description possibly have any sort of positive outcome. I am seeing a trend in my rejects here. I want happy endings, and with most of the hyped books I hear about lately I don’t see how that is possible.
- This was almost impossible to keep on the shelf in its heyday. Seemed a little preachy to me and just something I would be interested in reading about at all.
Well I wasn’t nearly as inflammatory as I thought I was going to be, so probably didn’t offend anyone… Shucks. Anyway, like I said we all probably have tons of books that we are never going to read, these are just a small list of books that I am going to pass on. The main points that will make me pass on a book are: No likable characters, No possibility for a positive ending, Too preachy or Christian leaning, Subject matter that I will get angry over (example-WWII), Too contemporary and realistic, Knowing somebody is going to die. Of course there are often exceptions to the rules and even I have been known to pick up hyped books to see what all the fuss is about. Sometimes I even really like them, but those are usually ones that aren’t that far off from a typical read for me. So what hyped books did you not read?