Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.
This week’s topic is “top ten books I’m never going to read.” This was a pretty difficult topic, since I tend to be open-minded when it comes to reading, but here are ten that probably won’t make it onto my to-read list.
1. Fifty Shades of Grey series
Technically, I did try reading the first book… but I didn’t make it very far. Erotica isn’t my cup of tea, and the relationship was (in my opinion) more abusive than anything.
2. Pretty Little Liars series
The fact that there are a million books is daunting in and of itself, but considering I was able to stop watching the tv show after 2 seasons and limited answers, I think I can survive without reading this series.
3. & 4. The Bane Chronicles & Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
I read one of the stories in The Bane Chronicles a little while back, and found it to be inconsequential filler; it didn’t really add anything to the series, and the writing was awkward. Since I did enjoy The Infernal Devices series and the first three Mortal Instruments books, I think that I’ll skip these ones – that way, I can say I ended the series on a fairly good note (as long as I pretend that books 4+5 never happened).
5. ALL the other Shadowhunter series
Two was enough. City of Fallen Angels and City of Lost Souls were incredibly painful for me to get through, so I think it’s time for me to move on from the Shadowhunter world.
6. The One and The Heir
The Selection wasn’t anything special, and I didn’t really have strong feelings either way on it. The Elite, though, was an absolute mess: I disliked pretty much every character, and the love triangle was suffocating. If I’m ever feeling masochistic, I may give the rest of the books a read… but that isn’t looking too likely.
7. Anything by Lauren Kate
I didn’t enjoy the Fallen series, and after giving Teardrop a try, I found that her writing just isn’t for me. It’s too much relationship drama, not enough actual plot that the synopsis hints at.
8. Anything by James Frey
There’s been so much drama surrounding him/his works, making them appeal to me much less (if at all).
9. Hush Hush series
Angel books and I tend not to get along, unless they’re of the Angelfall variety. I’ve heard less than stellar things about this series, most of which mentioned an unhealthy relationship, so I feel like reading these books wouldn’t be the best use of my time.
10. The Jewel
I feel really bad about this one, since the cover is absolutely beautiful… but I’ve heard it described as Eve meets The Selection, which isn’t exactly a favourable comparison in my mind.
Which books are you planning to steer clear of? Leave me a list or a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments below.
Sometimes a book catches my eye, and everyone seems in love with it, but if I wait a couple months, some reviews show up with issues like the ones you mentioned–terrible love triangles, filler, etc. So I usually wait those couple months to see…
Fifty Shades made my list, too, partly from the uproar from people saying “this is not what a proper relationship of this kind looks like!” If you’re going to borrow from a culture, you have to get it right!
I probably won’t read just as many of these, haha. Fifty Shades I can’t figure out what all the hype is about because it just seems like badly written fanfic (or so I’ve heard). Pretty Little Liars is another I can’t see myself getting into. I disliked the show, so I highly doubt I’d enjoy the books. I have read anything by Lauren Kate and James Frey but I THINK they might be on my reading list (It’s so long, I’d have to check).
Fot the others, I’ve read and own the first Hush Hush book but I’ve heard the same after the first one and most likely won’t be continuing the series, but who knows. I may just give it a shot. Same with the others. I’ve heard things which make me hesitate to read them but I know at some point I’ll probably drag myself to read them.
I’ll probably end up giving them a read too, despite putting them on this list — hearing negative things about a book always makes me wonder if it’s really /that/ bad… and then I find myself sitting down to give it a try.
I’m the same way. Sometimes I even end up liking the book, haha.
I respect your opinions, but I think you should give the Selection series another try! I still liked it, but The Elite was my least favorite book. The One was my favorite, it had a great turnout.
I’ll have to keep that in mind. It’s still on my to-read list on Goodreads, so I may end up giving it another try sometime. 🙂
Well, you have my vote of confidence! 🙂