Borrowing again a prompt from The Broke and The Bookish here is a list of books that I have passed a few times in the bookstore, and the library, but never really picked up.
1. Fifty Shades of Gray: This book caused a lot of hype when it was first published, and with the movie trailer out, the reverbations can be felt till date. Yet I am a little wary of picking it up. A primary reason of course is the fact that I have received bad reviews from all my friends who have read the book. Also the tag ‘mommy porn’ which is often used to describe the book, doesn’t really offer much in the way of encouragement to me.
2. Lord of the Rings: The number of people who swear by this book keeps growing every year, yet when I had picked it up and perused the first few chapters, I could make neither head or tail of the story. I persevered with the book for nearly more than a month, before accepting defeat. I probably won’t be reading it again.
3. The Game of Thrones: Like with Lord of the Rings, after hearing a LOT of people extol its virtues, I did try reading the book. I finished till the second book, but since then have felt no desire to pick up its sequel. This is wholly a personal opinion, but I found the books gory and dark, with way too many characters.
4. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest: I have read the two prequels of this book, and though I found them gory and macabre to say the least, they were immensely engaging and intensely well written. But yet I hesitate before picking up this final installment of the trilogy. One reason is that I hate leaving a series incomplete. It eats at me and suddenly the phrase ‘curiousity killed the cat’ doesn’t seem so far fetched. The author of this particular trilogy originally intended to write 10 Books but died before he could finish. I do not want to have this book end on a cliffhanger and then spend the rest of my life wondering what would have happened after…..
5. Anne of Avonlea: I have read Anne of Green Gables, and to put it candidly was sickened by the cloying goodness of the lead protagonist. The girl is too good to be true! I don’t ever want to read the next book. I prefer realistic gray characters, not golden ones with a halo.
6. Little Men: I adore Little Women and its sequel Good Wives, as I I have previously mentioned. Yet for some inexplicable reason never got around to reading their sequel, Little Men. The number of times I picked this book up in the store, just to keep it back down again….Yet I haven’t read it yet.
I don’t think I will ever get around to reading any of these books. But if you think you can change my mind, do leave a comment 🙂