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
Don’t hate me if your favourite book is in here!
1/ A really hyped book you’re not interested in reading?
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?
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.