Popular Books I Will Never Read
I’m not one for dissing books, and I won’t be saying bad things about the below, because they’re probably great books. But for me, these are the popular books I will never read.
There’s a variety of reasons why I won’t read the below. Mostly it’s because of the genre of the popular book. I’m not a big fan of horror or sci-fi, in fact I’d say I actively avoid it. A lot of the others are dystopian or Young Adult fiction that I’ve outgrown over the last few years.
Without further ado though, here are the popular books I will never read.
I would like to read a Stephen King novel one day, just to say that I’ve read Stephen King, but I doubt it will be It. Firstly this book is a tome, which makes it kind of intimidating. Also, I’m not a fan of jumpy or gory horror, and those are two keywords that describe this book. Not one for me.
I used to be Twi-Hard fan. I had the full wall poster of Edward and Bella, not to mention very well-read copies of the Twilight book series. However, I’ve moved on from that. Now I see Twilight for what it is: sexist and over-written. Nevertheless, I enjoyed them at the time and I’m appreciative of that. But I definitely won’t be picking up the Edward re-telling in the form of Midnight Sun.
This book is on a lot of ‘must-read before you die‘ lists, but I’ve never felt any inclination to pick it up. I don’t know the story, or even the premise really. However, if I ever read any of the books on this list, it is likely to be this one only because of the peer-pressure to understand the pop culture references. But honestly, I might just watch the movie and call it quits.
Sci-Fi and comedy. Not two things that I feel naturally go together. This book is remarkably short but I actually recoil at the idea of reading it for some reason. Maybe it’s because I saw parts of the movie growing up and thought it looked ridiculous. Either way, I doubt I’ll ever read this sci-fi classic.
Another YA, dystopian that I feel I’ve outgrown. I never got into Veronica Roth when I was going through the whole Twilight/Hunger Games phase. Potentially, it was because it was ridiculously over-hyped within the book community, alternatively I think I had just had enough of dystopian societies by the time I first heard about it. Either way, I think it’s too late for me to get into this series now.
Another sci-fi novel that I see on a lot of Top 100 reading lists. I know the basic premise of this story, and I can see how it’s the inspiration for many of sci-fi and game-related reads. However, it just doesn’t call to me in anyway so I’ll likely skip.
This year I tried to read the first in the Sherlock Holmes series. Honestly, I found it boring as hell. I was expecting to see a complicated character, addicted to opium, vain and pretentious but instead I found Sherlock Holmes to be dull. I might try another one of his stories one day, but I don’t see myself being a Holmes fan anytime soon.
I know a lot of people who love this series, but I don’t think it’s one for me. I’m not a massive fan of action-espionage titles, just based on personal preference. And this one seems too dark to even consider trying it.
And finally, American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I’ve read Stardust by Neil Gaiman and I was immeasurably disappointed. I adore Stardust the movie, and I’ve enjoyed other interpretations of his work. But when it comes to his writing I just cannot stand it, and I don’t why! I want to love it, but I just don’t. So, with that in mind I won’t be picking up American Gods anytime soon.
What popular books will you never read, do you think? Let me know in the comments below.