A few weeks ago, the Top Ten Tuesday everyone posted was about books they didn't think they'd ever read. I wrote the idea down, knowing I had a few titles that fell under this category. So today, for the heck of it (and coincidentally on a Tuesday), here are five books I don't think I'll ever read.
1. Moby Dick, by Herman Melville. Despite it's famous first line, "Call me Ishmael," nothing about this book attracts me. Even ignoring the comments I've heard about the extensive descriptions (after all, that doesn't bother me in Dickens or Hugo's work), the synopsis doesn't even grab my attention.
Moby Dick also has the distinction of being the one book, of all possible books, my husband picked to read when we were dating. I had talked him into reading a classic - anything he picked - and I would even buy it for him. He picked Moby Dick and I knew nothing about it at the time, so didn't warn him. Neither of us made it past the first page and it took me years to get him to read a book at my suggestion again. I hold a grudge Moby...
2. Finnegans Wake, by James Joyce. Ummmm, it's not even real words.
3. Don Quixote, by Cervantes. I was supposed to read this as an undergrad. I tried, but it just didn't gel. It could've been the professor, I suppose, or my age, but I still don't see myself ever getting around to it.
4. Lord of the Rings trilogy, by J.R. Tolkien. At this point, I probably won't read these because I've seen the movies. Even the movies I had to watch a few times before I liked them. Not my thing, despite all the wonderful allegory, symbolism, etc.
5. Fifty Shades of Grey, et al., by E.L. James. Ah, you thought these would all be Classics or heralded literature. I admit, those come to mind first, even though I love Classics. I won't read Fifty Shades because it is nothing but gratuitous sex. I'm not discriminating here. I read books with sex scenes in them, but if you've read enough of my reviews, you've noticed that any book with gratuitous sex in it takes a hit on my appraisal of it. It crosses a line for me and quite honestly, at some point (like when the book is nothing but...), it's pretty much porn.
And you, reader? What book(s) are you most likely to not read?