Happy Tuesday, Readers.
Top Ten Tuesday is a tag hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic this week: Ten books I’ve decided I’m no longer interested in reading.
This prompt has me feeling two things- proud of myself for not succumbing to the pressure to read things that are popular or classic; and annoyed at the idea of leaving a series unfinished.
1- The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
I’m sure it’s a great book, but I’ve gone this long without reading it so I think I’ll be ok. Maybe I will watch the movie someday. I bought this from the library for a dollar, only to unhaul it a few months later when I realized I only got it because I felt like I had to read it. The hell? I mean, I’m not in high school anymore. I don’t HAVE to read anything… and even in high school I faked my way through like 90% of the required reading anyway.
2- Emma by Jane Austen
I started this and did not make it far at all. It’s obnoxious and there are so many other classics I’d rather read. Plus, I’ve seen Clueless countless times, so that should be good enough.
3- Pretty much anything by Cassandra Clare
I know right? Crazy. I’m actually hiding right now from all the Mortal Instrument fanatics coming at me with their pitchforks. I did read the first three books, oh so many years ago, and did not enjoy them as much as I was told I would. And here I am today, discovering BookTube and reader blogs and realizing that these books are kind of a big deal. Maybe I should give them another try. Nah.
4- The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
This is the third book in the Red Pyramid trilogy, and I tried to listen to it, but the audiobook cds from the library were in such bad condition and skipped so terribly that I couldn’t. And honestly, I didn’t care all that much.
5- The End of Oz by Danielle Paige
Maybe I’ll listen to this one, but (again) I kind of don’t care anymore. The story is fun and entertaining, but the writing is not nearly good enough to sustain this series for so long. I listened to the third book after much hemming and hawing over whether I cared, and only decided to go ahead with it because I thought it was the last of the series. So when it ended on a cliffhanger and I had to commit to a fourth, I was actually kind of pissed. But maybe I’ll go back to it when I need something I don’t have to put much effort into absorbing.
6- King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
I loved Red Queen, but I just really hated Glass Sword so much that I just can’t. Too many books, too little time to waste on something I feel so ambivalent toward. You lost me Vicky, bye.
7- The Millenium Series by David Lagercrantz
Read that closely: by David Lagercrantz. I do actually want to revisit the first three books in the series by Stieg Larsson, but I have no interest in reading the series continued by anyone else. I loved Lisbeth and Mikael, and was not satisfied with were Larsson left them before he passed away and could, obviously, no longer write their stories; but the idea of someone else continuing the series, just doesn’t feel canon to me. I don’t know. There’s plenty more to read… moving on.
8- Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
At this point, I’m just not going to get to it. Probably. Never say never. But most likely.
9- The Daughter of Smoke and Bone- by Laini Taylor
Again, I’m sure it’s good. The consensus seems to be that it’s a decent read. But, meh. It doesn’t excite me.
10- The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien
This isn’t so much that I’m not interested in it anymore, but I’m being realistic. Odds are I wouldn’t even understand it if I did read it.