Tag: Books I’ll (Probably) Never Read

June 1, 2017 Bookish Fun 33

I saw my favourite BookTuber – Ariel Bissett – doing the Books I’ll (Probably) Never Read book tag on her channel.  I loved it so much that I wanted to create my version.  I’m all about the swooning over books, and exploding your to-be-reads with all the recommendations.  So let’s mix it up and chat about those books that didn’t float my boat.


Books I'll (Probably) Never Read


Books I’ll (Probably) Never Read

Don’t hate me if your favourite book is in here!

1/ A really hyped book you’re not interested in reading?

If I stay by Gayle Forman


I’ve picked up If I Stay numerous times in the library, sighed about how sad and full of grief this story must be.  Then I tuck it back in place on the shelf, and think maybe next time.  It’s probably time to admit that I’ll probably never read this emotional rollercoaster.

2/ A series you won’t start/won’t be finishing?

The Lord of the Rings


I know this will be a controversial choice, as so many adore The Lord of the Rings trilogy.  But Epic Fantasy is just not my thing.  Someday I might watch the movies, but I can’t see myself tackling the books.  Not unless I’m locked in a room, and forced to at knife point.  Even then I might refuse!

3/ A classic that you’re just not interested in?


Adding Tess of the D’Ubervilles makes me sad as I adored the BBC mini-series, and if you get a chance to watch that I can’t recommend it enough.  So I already know the story, and how heart-breaking it is.  But my issue is with the language. Take this one for example:

“The dialect was on her tongue to some extent, despite the village school; the characteristic intonation of that dialect for this district being the voicing approximately rendered by the syllable UR, probably as rich an utterance as any to be found in human speech.”

Ummmhh, what!  Yes ,it’s condemned to the probably never slush pile!

4/ Any genres you never read?

I’m an anything goes kind of girl when it comes to genres.  I jump happily from YA, to Thrillers, to Romance, to Historical Fiction.  I’ll try the odd Fantasy, and I love classic children’s books.  One genre I never touch though is memoirs.  I just don’t find them interesting.  I prefer to live in the world of exciting fiction, instead of a stilted memoir, that only reveals just what the author wants depicted.

5/ A book on your shelves you’ll probably never actually read?

At the rate, I keep buying books, probably a huge portion of them!  Winter girls by Laurie Halse Anderson has lingered on my shelves since 2009.  I have attempted to read it a few times, but the writing style just doesn’t lure me in.  And I just can’t make it past the first chapter.  I think 8 years later, it’s safe to sheepishly admit this wasn’t money well spent for me.


Talk to Trish: I’m tagging anyone who wants to do this tag.  I’d love to see your answers either in the comments below or on your own blog.  Is there any book you’d argue that I should reconsider?

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33 Responses to “Tag: Books I’ll (Probably) Never Read”

  1. Megan @reading away the days

    I love the tag. I think I might give it a go. I agree with The Lord of the rings trilogy it’s just not my thing either. I can do urban fantasy but high fantasy am lost. A popular book I will probably never read is Throne of Glass by Sarah J Mass or any of the books in the series but I do want to try her ACOTAR trilogy. Great post.
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    • trish

      I’m not really a lover of urban fantasy either to be honest. I do think I’ll try the Sarah J Maas books someday though, even though they’re not my preferred genres.

    • trish

      The movies for LoTR’s have never pulled me in either, but that’s because I keep seeing them from mid way through. Maybe someday I’ll try the first one properly.
      I wish I liked memoirs more, as I think you’d learn a lot from them. But they are just not for me.

  2. Rita @ Paging Through Books

    I never read Wintergirls, but my daughter & I read Speak years ago and it was one of her absolutely favorite books during middle school. I love all things Lord of the Rings, but am guilty of not reading the trilogy, though I’ve started it. I read If I Stay a couple of years ago, very melancholy, and read Tess in high school, so don’t remember it very much.

    Hmm, popular series I’ve never read… and don’t think I will ever: Fifty Shades, etc. and also Twilight trilogy.

    Good post, Trish! I’ll check out the BookTuber also!
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    • trish

      I love Twilight Rita. I was obsessed by that world when I was reading them. And I read Fifty Shades, and I couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about. But erotica isn’t a genre I often choose so I suppose that’s why.

  3. Tina

    I have to agree with LOTR. I own the book because I found it at goodwill for $1.99 but I don’t know if I’ll actually read it. I have seen some of the movies but not all of them. It might be better to listen to them on audiobook but I don’t know if I’m ready for that type of commitment lol.

    • trish

      I really thought I’d adore Wintergirls. I might try again someday, as I do love the theme of the book. I hear you on the too much description!

  4. Greg

    Lol about Lord of the Rings. It’s not for everybody, I like it but the first time I read it I was kinda bored? By the first book anyway. If I Stay is probably not for me either. And I kinda feel the same way about memoirs. I’ll read a biography because someone else researched it, but an autobiography or memoir… not usually.

    Have a great week Trish!
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    • trish

      The first time you read it, that’s dedication to a series Greg! Biographies tend to leave me cold too to be honest.

    • trish

      I was spoilt by how much I loved the BBC series of Tess, so when the book seemed like hard work, I just abandoned it. And vowed to watch the series again someday instead!

    • trish

      Thanks Jade! I’ve never watched the films of LoTR’s, again I just don’t think they are my thing.

  5. Rachel

    We have differences! But not many! Lol I spotted this on Ariel’s YT and plan to do it as well. I’ve read If I Stay and gave it 3 stars at a push. There were some good elements to it, but overall I found it quite lacklustre and a little dull in parts, probably because of the hype around it. I did tear up at one point, but it wasn’t life changing. Tess is one I’ve wanted to read for a while, apparently she’s a great character, but we all know how I feel about classics, and that excerpt kind of killed it for me lol Now, on to the differences, I LOVE a good memoir! I’m naturally quite nosy, and find other people’s lives and experiences can be really interesting! R xx
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    • trish

      So glad you said that about If I Stay, now I definitely won’t bother! Tess is a FAB character, but I’d skip the book, and search out the BBC mini series instead. It’s funny that we differ on memoirs, maybe I haven’t been reading the right ones 🙂


    Great tag, I tried If I Stay but ended up giving it away, just not for me. I love Lord of the Rings but can understand totally that not everyone wants to read it! I regret reading Fifty Shades so stay away from any books in that vain these days!
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  7. Evelina

    Hahaha, you’re not alone here when it comes to LOTR 😀 I also didn’t finish (not the word for it, I didn’t even get to like 30%). Just nope. The movies are okay though.

    I’m also not interested in anything Dickens. And I think I won’t ever read Tess either, because one novel of Hardy’s was enough for a lifetime.
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    • trish

      I feel the same about Dickens. Although I do remember enjoying David Copperfield when I was younger, but doubt I’ll ever tackle another one of his.

      • Evelina

        Yes! I’ve read way too much by Dickens already. I gave him like 3 chances and he bored me to death. His only really good story, I feel, is the Christmas Carol. And yet, I can’t say – cause I’ve only seen it in movies and animated. Never read it 😀 afraid to – what it it bores me and ruins the good tale?
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  8. Emz Chang

    This tag seems like it’ll be fun to do! I absolutely loved If I Stay (though it’s sequel is better, in my opinion), it’s one of my favs, but to be fair, I almost didn’t read it either 😅. It’s definitely one of those books that requires a certain mood for you to fully enjoy. If you’re ever in an angsty mood and want to cry, it’s a book I’ll highly recommend. Wintergirls is pretty similar in that way. I remember enjoying it when I was in middle school but I tried rereading it recently and just could not get into it again. I’ll probably never read Lord of the Rings either even though I liked the movies.
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  9. Jovita

    When I read Wintergirls back in the day, I remember I really liked it. I’m sure if I read now I probably wouldn’t like it as much. I don’t particularly care for memoirs either, but I did read Last Words by George Carlin and loved it.

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