Never say never…


This week over at The Broke and Bookish the Top Ten Tuesday topic under discussion is:

‘Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read’

I found this one surprisingly difficult because it just seems so defeatist admitting that I won’t read these books because you never really know.  The books I probably won’t get to fall into a few areas – either I’ve had them for so long that they’ve lost their appeal somehow, they’re so huge that I find it daunting or I’ve seen the film already and so lost interest in the book:

  1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – I did buy a copy of this and tried the first few chapters but I seriously don’t think I will ever complete it. (Big Book Syndrome – BBS)
  2. Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time – which I feel bad about but the sheer scale of the series just distracts me.  There’s a lot of love for this series though so part of me really does want to go there!  BBS
  3. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell – this is a book that has a lot of positive reviews but I’ve seen the film and it always puts me off reading the book.  I have to read the book first.
  4. Life of Pi by Yann Martel – for the same reason as above – already seen the film.
  5. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton – this book is suffering from being sat on the tbr for too long.  I bought it ages ago and really liked the look of it but I find that the longer the book sits looking at me the more my interest dwindles.
  6. Looking for Alaska by John Green – another book that I bought eons ago!
  7. Part of a series that I’ve lost interest in – The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness.  Read the first two but don’t think I will complete the series.
  8. Tallula Rising (The Last Werewolf No.2) by Glen Duncan.  Unfortunately this was another series that I started but just didn’t work out for me.
  9. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – seen the film so won’t pick the book up now.
  10. The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

45 Responses to “Never say never…”

  1. RoseReadsNovels

    This is a great subject! My ‘Will Probably Never Read’ list would be chosen for meaner reasons, such as I didn’t like the writing style, or too long, or started it and hated it, or my all time favourite reason not to continue – too boring!

  2. readerbuzz

    I think all of these are safely reshelved unread. And don’t berate yourself. You are not missing anything.

    Here’s mine!

    • lynnsbooks

      You can’t help feeling a little bit guilty about your unreads – it’s just the way it si!
      Lynn 😀

  3. ashleighelaine1

    I really didn’t enjoy Cloud Atlas and that’s why I haven’t bothered watching the film. Loved Gone Girl, but I agree – now that you’ve seen the movie it probably won’t have quite the same effect 😉


    • lynnsbooks

      A couple of people I know just love Cloud Atlas so I’ve always fancied it – but I didn’t pick up a copy until the film was nearly released and at the time my reading commitments didn’t give me time to pick it up. I might still give it a go – but only when I’ve virtually forgotten the plot. Gone Girl – I think would be pointless to read now I’ve seen the film as the surprise element is gone.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Wendleberry

    Can i ask why seeing the film first puts you off reading the book? Because you know the book is always better! 😉
    I’ve seen the film and read the book for Life of Pi and Gone Girl and, in both cases, can definitively say the books are 100 x better.

    (Looking for Alaska i can say is worth missing!)

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I usually think the book is superior to the adaptation but once I’ve seen the film I find it hard to detach from the actors, the voices and the settings from the screen. I actually really like to read a book with my own imagination doing the conjuring (with the help of the author’s fine prose of course!)
      I’ll definitely skip Looking for Alaska then – thanks.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Ria

    I kinda want to finish reading the Wheel of Time series. I’ve read the first 7 books, then got to book 8 and just kind of stopped for some reason. Maybe it was because the series was just dragging on, maybe I was getting too overwhelmed by reading one book after another, I don’t know. But that was over a decade ago and I don’t think I’ve picked it up again since.

    One of these days, I’m sure. One of these days.

    • lynnsbooks

      Somebody else on here said they felt the middle of WoT dragged a little. I think it must also become a bit bleh reading a series this big if you try reading them one after the other – after all, you usually have quite a decent wait between books when you start from the beginning – in fact sometimes you have a practically indecent wait!

  6. Tammy

    Oh you should read the book first! Life of Pi is still one of the most special books I’ve ever read, and Gone Girl was amazing. I also started Glen Duncan’s series, but things got in the way and I never got back to it.

    • lynnsbooks

      The Glen Duncan series just didn’t really do it for me somehow. Life of Pi I really do fancy reading (although having seen the film it will probably linger for a long time) and Gone Girl – I liked the film but think now I’ve seen it there’ll be no surprise factor left for the book. Do you think it’s still worth reading?
      Lynn 😀

  7. Rosy @ The Review Diaries

    Agree with quite a few of these! It was strange, I found the topic really hard to start with this week, but then the further into working out the top ten, the more freeing I found it to finally admit that some of these were ones I was never going to come back to/try and stop beating myself up about it!
    My TTT

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I know what you mean, I started off struggling but once you get into the swing of things a few more ideas usually crop up.
      Lynn 😀

  8. christine danielle

    haha, same! I had a hard time with this week’s topic so I decided to just post books I will never re-read.
    Top Ten Tuesday

    • lynnsbooks

      What a good idea – I wish I’d thought of that!
      Lynn 😀

  9. Michael

    I’m with you on Wheel of Time. I am a metric ton of pages behind on it and feel overwhelmed at the thought of catching up. Even Sanderson’s involvement with the last few books can’t encourage me to try it.

    • lynnsbooks

      I haven’t even started WoT so the very idea just makes me feel giddy – just such a huge set of books. It’s one thing to start reading a book as it’s released (like Way of Kings) and then to continue with the series but to come back into a series after its all written – just seems like such a big undertaking.
      Lynn 😀

  10. digitaltempest

    I disliked The Last Werewolf, so I definitely knew that I wouldn’t be picking up the second book. I’m sort of iffy about The Wheel of Time series. I want to read it, but I’m overwhelmed by all the books. I just culled like 500 books from my TBR pile before this challenge came up, so it was a little bit of challenge because I’d already forgotten the ones I got rid of. LOL.

    • lynnsbooks

      Me too – really couldn’t get on with the Last Werewolf at all. And ditto your comment about WoT – it’s one of those series that I really feel like I SHOULD read – but damn!
      Good grief – you got rid of 500 from your TBR – I don’t know whether I’m more impressed that you had so many books on there to start with or whether you managed to be so ruthless – ouch. Well impressed. I thought I was a maniac with the TBR but now I’ve come over all reasonable like.
      Lynn 😀

  11. D. Wallace Peach

    Interesting list. I too rarely read something after seeing the movie version, though I like doing it the other way around. I read the whole Wheel of Time series with mixed feelings. It’s extra extra long, and I skimmed quite a bit in the middle as it slowed down considerably. I’m not surprised that Ria stopped reading after book 7.

    • lynnsbooks

      I always try to rush read a book if I know the film is about to come out – I go into a bit of a panic because I know that once I see the film there will be no return.
      Lynn 😀

      • D. Wallace Peach

        Me too if I have the chance. I raced through Martin’s Games of Thrones books before the show started.

  12. Elizabeth

    You’re not missing much with The Book of Life ending. IMO the second book was the best.
    My TTT

    • lynnsbooks

      Interesting – I’m definitely not going to finish that series. It just somehow lost it’s charm for me.
      Lynn 😀

  13. Cathy746books

    Cloud Atlas is one of my all time favourites, but I’m the same. If I’ve seen the movie first, I have a hard time making it to the book.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I quite liked the film to be honest, although a lot of people I know didn’t seem to do so.
      I still would like to read it though. Perhaps in a couple of years when I’ve forgotten most of the film!
      Lynn 😀

  14. Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

    I sometimes have the same problem with watching the movie first! Isn’t that funny that we’re that way. Sometimes once I find out there will be a movie I just decide to not read the book. Like with Maze
    Runner. Tho I haven’t watched it yet.

    • lynnsbooks

      I can read the book and then watch the movie, in fact that’s a great idea because you feel like you have the inside track.
      I must confess – and I’m clearly in a minority with this one – but I really didn’t like The Maze Runner at all – the book just irritated me to pieces.
      Lynn 😀

  15. TheSkepticalReader

    I’m with you on some of these!! 😛

  16. jessicabookworm

    I hate to say never but I am fairly sure I will never try War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy either. Actually all the epic Russian literature scares me!

    • lynnsbooks

      I really like the idea of reading it but then in practice it just doesn’t feel quite as good as the romantic notion in my brain. Maybe one day.
      Lynn 😀

  17. Genki Jason

    Cloud Atlas is brilliant! Read it! I even like the film! I thought it was a great adaptation!

    • lynnsbooks

      I liked the film – I thought I was the only one though as everyone I know seemed to dislike it.
      I really do want to read the book, I think I’ll just wait for a little while until the film dims a little.
      Lynn 😀

  18. nrlymrtl

    Terry Brooks’s Shannara series and spinoffs, etc. I tried a few when I was in my late teens and I never took a shine to them.

    • lynnsbooks

      Thanks for that tip – I’ve got a few from this series and never picked them up but if you didn’t like them then perhaps I’ll leave them in a dusty corner!
      Lynn 😀

  19. Joey @ thoughts and afterthoughts

    Is BBS a new term/slang or something? I have never seen it used before but it perfectly describes my anxiety to behemoth reads!

    Joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts.

    • lynnsbooks

      No – I just made it up for this post so I didn’t have to keep typing Big Book Syndrome! Lazy so and so.
      Lynn 😀

  20. hlmorris85

    I liked the Cloud Atlas movie but I think I’m almost the only person that did…and it was a really fucking weird choice of Mitchell’s books to be adapted. If you haven’t read David Mitchell I do highly recommend it. He is a prose master. If you don’t want to tackle Cloud Atlas go for Ghostwritten- same sort of structure, different plot.

    • lynnsbooks

      Thanks for that, I’ll take a look. I’m sure I used to have Ghostwritten somewhere – maybe it was a different author. I actually liked the Cloud Atlas movie but I know what you mean – it wasn’t terribly well received.
      Lynn 😀

  21. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    You’re right, and wise, in understanding that “never” – like “always” – is the kind of word that feels too binding, but I can wholeheartedly agree over the Wheel of Time series, that I abandoned after the third or fourth book because it seemed to meander aimlessly all over the place, with too little substance to… sink my teeth in…. (((sheepish smile)))

    • lynnsbooks

      For me – it’s just too daunting. You could look at the Sanderson books – Way of Kings and Words of Radiance – both big books and there are more yet to come. But, I started reading as the first one was released, and they’re only released every 18/24 months, it just doesn’t feel like as big an undertaking as looking back at a series which cumulatively has 10,000 pages or more. Too off putting! But, never say never I suppose.
      Lynn 😀

  22. Danya @ Fine Print

    Gonna agree with other commenters and say that Life of Pi (the book) is fantastic. The ending really bothered me but otherwise I adored it! Tolstoy is an author I never would have read if it hadn’t been for my university classes, but I actually ended up liking his stuff. War and Peace definitely suffers from BBS though, haha.

    • lynnsbooks

      I actually still fancy Life of Pi – although now I’m bothered that you were bothered by the ending! Although, yeah, thinking about the film. Mmm, interesting.
      Lynn 😀

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