Monday, August 11, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: To Read or Not to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Top 10 Books I'm Not Sure I Want to Read

Don't know if I can come up with ten, as this happens to me very rarely! (Sorry no book cover pics today. Didn't have the time.)

10. Moby Dick by Herman Melville -- Like #s 9 and 8, I want to get through it just to say that I have, but every time I almost pick it up, I suddenly remember a YA novel I need to read. :D

9. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy -- I read Anna Karenina last year and the writing was really hard to wade through. In addition, my translation of this Russian literature is really clunky. I've tried several times and failed to get into it. I really want to read it, but I'd almost need to be doing NOTHING else to accomplish it. Yeah, like that's gonna happen anytime soon.

8. Ulysses by James Joyce -- I read a lot of JJ in college, and I really want to get through this tome, just to say that I have. Yet, anyone who knows anything about it knows it's pretty daunting.

7. Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver -- There are such mixed reviews about this trilogy. I have a close friend and fellow writer (thanks Jernae!) that gave me a run-down of why it's annoying, and it has everything to do with the love triangle. After hearing what she had to say, I came to the conclusion that, like her, I'd probably be really annoyed by it, so I probably won't be picking it up.

6. Four by Veronica Roth -- I really liked the Divergent trilogy, and wasn't terribly bothered by the end as some people were, but even so. I've never been a fan of re-reading the same stories from another character's perspective. I get the attraction if it's a story or characters you really are in love with, but for the most part, it's just not for me.

5. L.A. Noir by John Buntin -- I've been reading this for a while and am still only about a third of the way through. I'm interested in the subject matter (Mickey Cohen and the mobs in the L.A. of the '20s-'30s) but for some reason, the way it's written is just kind of...boring.

4. The Omen Machine/The First Confessor by Terry Goodkind -- I LOVE the Sword of Truth series, but I read The Law of Nines and was kind of disappointed. Because of that, I've been hesitant to buy these two most recent books.

3. Russia in the Age of Peter the Great by Lindsey Hughes -- Despite my love of Russian history and even this specific matter, the book is really clunky and a great segue into a nap.

2. Aztec by Gary Jennings -- I've had this since I was a teenager and haven't read it. I'd still like to try it again, but I think it was really out of my league when I first got it and tried to read it. And it's VERY long. So I may try to read it again sometime, but for now I'm like, meh.

1. 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James -- I've read plenty of excerpts of this and between the pornographic content and the really terrible editing, I will definitely be skipping it.

What Top Ten books are you not sure you want to read?

22 comments :

  1. Definitely skip 50 Shades. If you've read excerpts and been annoyed by the editing and poor writing then you're not going to like the whole novels. Not worth your time.
    I want to read Four but not sure if it's worth the money.. so I'm waiting for my library to get a copy.

    Kate @ Fictional Thoughts

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You'll have to let me know if you like Four. Thanks for stopping by, Kate! :D

      Delete
  2. The only one I plan to read here is Four. I too was fine with the ending of Allegiant, but I guess I am the reader that doesn't mind returning to see what other people were thinking or get their background origin stories or whatever. Nice picks!

    Here's my Tuesday Post

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Jessica! You'll have to let me know what you think of Four. :D

      Delete
  3. I hated Delirium. and I started hating it before the love triangle even made an appearance, so I definitely don't recommend it.
    My TTT

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Good to know. That's what most people I've talked to have said. Have a great Tuesday, Sofia! :D

      Delete
  4. Well that was a higgildy piiggildy of book choices. Moby Dick to 50 Shades...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, I'm a pretty eclectic reader. And writer. :D Thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  5. War and Peace is on my list too.... it's just so LOOOOONG!!! ;)
    http://youmeandacupofteablog.blogspot.com/2014/08/top-ten-books-that-im-not-sure-i-want.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, the length is definitely a turnoff. Thanks Lois! :D

      Delete
  6. Fifty Shades is truly a ghastly read.
    http://jazminjade.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/top-ten-tuesday-not-so-sure-books/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, I don't even have to read it to agree with you. Thanks Jazmin! :D

      Delete
  7. I don't think I could ever make it through books just so I can say I've read them, but good luck with that! 50 shades was a no-go for me from the moment I read the blurb. I really don't like those type of books.

    Mel@thedailyprophecy

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't either. Even if it was awesomely written, I still wouldn't be interested in reading it. Thanks Mel! :D

      Delete
  8. Some of Preston and Child's books in the past ten years have been iffy, so as much as I dig the authors, I'm always gun-shy trying a new one.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, that's similar to me with Terry Goodkind. I feel ya. :D

      Delete
  9. I agree, the love triangle in Delirium was really annoying and so was the inability of the main character to pick a boy :( It was still an interesting world to read about though!

    Here's my TTT :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There's something to be said for good world-building for sure! I'm reading a dystopian now that has stellar writing and pretty good characters, but I wish I saw more of the world. Thanks Eileen! :D

      Delete
  10. Four made my list too! I hated Allegiant, not because of the ending though, I just think it was a really disappointing book overall. I think Four's POV sounded exactly like Tris's and he didn't sound like how he acted throughout the first two books. It's made me very nervous to read the novellas in case he just sounds like Tris in them as well.

    Delirium also made my list, have heard a lot of mixed things about those books and it has definitely put me off. Here's my TTT.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yup, I'm with you on both counts. Thanks so much for stopping by! :D

      Delete
  11. The story in Ulysses is a powerful one, but the original book is a tough road to hoe, so I've skipped it myself Liesel. There's nothing in "Shades of Grey" I'm interested in reading.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've skipped it so far, too. I'm with you on Shades of Grey. :D

      Delete