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What Is One Book You’ll Never Read?

We talk a lot on this blog about books we love. I could write all day about To Kill A Mockingbird or I, Claudius or any of the books currently in my top 5.

But here’s a topic of discussion for the weekend. What are some books that you know you’ll never read?

Maybe a book intimidates you, maybe it’s too vulgar or graphic, maybe it’s too “girly” or brutish, or maybe you just flat out don’t want to read it. You’ve got bias. I’ve got bias. There’s got to be one book out there that makes you throw up in your mouth a little bit.

I’ll start. I know, for a fact, that I’ll never read any book from the Twilight series. Sorry if I offend anyone. Stephanie Meyer has made a pretty penny off that series, and good for her. But I just have no interest in teenage vampire romances. Who knew that could even become a genre?

Now, your turn. What is one book you’ll never read, and why?

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  1. Blair #

    Infinite Jest! 🙂 From what I can tell, DEFINITELY over my head.

    That or the Encyclopedia of American Football.

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    April 15, 2011
  2. Eddie #

    There is this book about a girl named Margaret, and she is coming of age… she communcates with God, discovers things about her female anatomy, etc.. Yep, never gonna read that one!!!

    Now on the other hand, the Twilight Series is already in my rear view mirror. It was actually pretty good. More vampire action than teenage vampire romance…..

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    April 15, 2011
    • I’ve probably told you all you ever need to know about the Margaret book. At least it was short.

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      April 15, 2011
  3. bethanychristine #

    I’m gonna go w/ you on this one, Robert: no Twilight for me. Although I sadly already subjected my self to book number one, I will not be making that mistake again, no matter how much people tell me that the subsequent books get better. Nope. Not interested in wasting my life.

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    April 15, 2011
  4. I read the Twilight series, unfortunately. I’m not sure what possessed me to do it. My husband will tell you that I complained heartily through the whole thing.

    I will never read… anything by Danielle Steele. Or Nora Roberts. Romance novels just really aren’t my thing. I read one when I was about 12 or 13. I was raiding my parent’s book shelves for anything in print, and picked up my mom’s copy of a Danielle Steele novel. It was the first book I never finished.

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    April 15, 2011
    • Danielle Steele and Nora Roberts will never grace my bookshelf. For sure.

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      April 15, 2011
    • Same here. I just can’t do the romance thing.

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      April 15, 2011
    • Your experience of Twilight is exaclty like mine!

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      April 15, 2011
  5. Patti #

    I’m on board with never reading romance novels. I listened to one by accident once – it was a weird experience. Twilight series I listened to – still not sure what all the hubub is about. Two books I started and decided I have no interest in ever picking up again: A Confederacy of Dunces and The Trial.

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    April 15, 2011
    • I never see myself ever reading anything classified as a “romance”, unless of course it’s on this list. This list makes me do crazy things.

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      April 15, 2011
  6. Being a middle school teacher, I felt compelled to read the Twilight series. Halfway through book 3, I decided I couldn’t do it anymore. I read the summaries online.

    The ones that were on my list I have ended up reading or I’m wondering if I really think that. (i.e. 100 Years of Solitude and any Steinbeck novel.) So as of now, I don’t think I have any DO NOT READs.

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    April 15, 2011
  7. Let me think… Harry Potter – I know it´s not the worst book but when I see anyone above the age of 12 holding it in front of their face on the UBahn (German for the tube) and quietly trembling, I feel like slapping them on their head and shouting: “Wake up! Mid-life´s calling!”

    Then there is American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis. Not my cup of tea. If I wanted a shock, I would put my fingers into the nearest electricity socket or find out that Paris Hilton has a brain after all – I don´t need rats eating their way into ladies´private parts for it. God, speaking of throwing up in one´s mouth…

    And I wish I hadn´t read Da Vinci Code… What a waste of precious time and what a pompous, pretentious bastard of a book! I felt honestly cheated as a reader and a thinking person when I was done with it. Nothing personal, Dan:)

    But to end on a positive note: I have never, ever in my life met anyone who would have mentioned I, Claudius as their favourite book. I am proud to do so now. I read it for the first time when I was 10 – my parents allowed it because they were absolutely certain I would throw it into the nearest corner past page two (I chose it because a. it was there, on my parent´s bookshelf and b. I loved the cover which was dark red with very simple, slightly faded black lettering). I have read it numerous times since then and I intend to read it again. 29 years later I still remember the opening line: “I, Tiberius Claudius Nero Drusus Germanicus…” For a ten-year-old quite a mouthful to memorize.

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    April 15, 2011
    • American Psycho….not on the list! Thankful for that, after your description.

      Okay. Honesty time. I’ve read all the Potter books. I scorned them for many a year before coming around, but when I read the first one I was actually impressed with JK Rowling as a writer and with her creativity. Still, though, I do feel a bit weird reading them. But I guess it’s no different than Narnia.

      I, Claudius is such a great book, isn’t it? So far, it is definitely my biggest surprise. I hadn’t heard of it and didn’t expect much from it, but it was so, so good.

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      April 15, 2011
      • I was the same way about the Harry Potter books. I shunned them and gave them the evil eye for years… until I read the first one because my friend told me in no uncertain terms that I *must*. I love them. And I can’t wait to read them with my two boys. Thankfully they know the difference between fantasy and reality enough to not ask me if they can go to school at Hogwarts.

        I have to admit that I am proud of Rowling, by the way. Many authors would have just continually perpetuated that series to milk every dollar out of it they possibly could. (And why not? It’s not like writers make a lot of money most of the time.) But she didn’t. She stuck with her 7 year / 7 book plan and I think her series is all the more “famous” because of that. It helps that the writing is actually good 🙂

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        April 15, 2011
  8. I’m reading the Harry Potter books right now and love them. I’m surprised – didn’t think I’d find them any good.

    Books I refuse to read: Twilight (I’m 17). Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and that lot. And I’ve really tried to pick up Nicholas Sparks but have been soooo bored by his basic writing. I’ve never felt any emotion toward the characters, either. :/

    Oh, and romance novels. I refuse.

    Thanks for the great post. 😀

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    April 15, 2011
  9. I know Potter is good and I am forever in awe of JK Rowling as a writer (if only for her perseverance:) but there is something about the hype that puts me off a lot. And I must admit that even though I like fantasy and magic fantasy books as an idea, I am not a big fan.
    Have you seen the BBC TV version of I, Claudius? It is brilliant! Quite old now I think but nevertheless brilliant. Very faithful, too. I am sure you´d enjoy it.

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    April 15, 2011
    • I loved the books and was amazed at the continuity in the writing. I only recently watched the movies and only after I finished the books. I’m glad I read all the books first. I was not impressed by the movies and to me that’s where so much of the hype comes from. I understand the interest in making the movies, but I don’t think they were that good.

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      April 15, 2011
  10. I will never, ever read another John Grisham novel. After having read two of his tomes, I have decided the man couldn’t write a good ending if his life depended on it. His ideas seem to peter out 2/3 of the way through the book. Must be the attorney in him – he tends to settle rather than do the hard work and take us all the way to court…

    I also will never read Crime and Punishment. No way, no how. I feel asleep (on three attempts) before the end of chapter two.

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    April 15, 2011
  11. I’m going to say something about political books here. I like reading about politics, and I’m pretty good about reading stuff from both sides of the aisle so I can retain my open-minded status and get a good sense of all perspectives. HOWEVER, I will never, ever, ever read a book by Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin. Not going to happen. Or Snooki, although that has nothing to do with politics. Hahaha!

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    April 15, 2011
    • Here’s my thought on political books. I generally can’t stand politicians, but I’d rather read a book written by a politician than a book written by a political commentator. Beck, Limbaugh, Hannitty, Franken, Coulter–those are some of the most annoying and negative people on the planet.

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      April 15, 2011
  12. B Day #

    I’m trying to work my way through this list as well, but the thought of reading Beloved really gives me the creeps. I saw the movie years ago and hated it and I’m really going to have to buckle down to read that one.

    On the other hand, I’ve changed a lot since then, so maybe I’ll like it – who knows?

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    April 15, 2011
  13. lewlew #

    Not interested in the Twilight Series, either. So, does that mean I’m on Team Anti-Twilight? =)

    I will not read the book Lovely Bones. Can’t make myself do it, even though so many people say it’s an incredible book. I would bawl all the way through.

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    April 15, 2011
    • lewlew – I cried through bits of Lovely Bones (and got angry and cheered for the good guys…) It’s a beautifully written book. Take a chance – Just keep the Kleenex nearby.

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      April 21, 2011
  14. I couldn’t make it through The Help. Somebody must see something in it because it stays on the bestseller lists, but it started to bore me pretty quickly. I’ll also jump on the no romance and no Twilight bandwagons.

    On the other hand, I really liked Crime and Punishment and A Confederacy of Dunces. And the Harry Potter series was a pleasant surprise to me. I discovered the Potter books the same time I discovered Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. The Pratchett series is a real hoot.

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    April 15, 2011
  15. The Sarah Palin book!

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    April 15, 2011
  16. I tried a couple of Danielle Steele books about twenty years ago. Never again.

    Never will I read a Nora Roberts book.

    Never will I read Crime and Punishment–or likely any Dostoyevsky, although at least two are on my shelf.

    Also, I agree with everyone about Harry Potter books. Rowling’s writing just got better with each book. She seemed to write to a higher level with each, knowing her young readers’ vocabs and language skills were getting better as they got older.

    Never read the Twilight series. Ugh!

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    April 15, 2011
    • Dostoyevsky is definitely not a pleasant read but it is a brilliant and a memorable one. crime and punishment aside, the brothers karamazov will make you gasp. it is definitely worth trying.i

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      April 15, 2011
  17. Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case, by Agatha Christie.
    I love Hercule too much to see him dying.

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    April 15, 2011
    • Patti #

      Ooh, but it’s a good one – you can always resurrect Poirot by going back to the earlier cases.

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      April 15, 2011
      • Well, this is a good point!
        In any case I feel it would be a bit strange for me, reading that book: in my head he never gets old or ill, and he always “wins”. A story in which he solves the mistery but he dies… Dunno, I would see it as a 50% victory. 😉

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        April 15, 2011
  18. I once tried to read a book by Ann Coulter. All of the unquantified ‘facts’ drove me nuts. Never again. I will take Kitty Kelly anyday. At least she backs up everything she says with two sources.

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    April 15, 2011
    • Ann Coulter is just a sad lady. She oozes of a lack of confidence…that’s why she takes so many personal jabs at people. I could never read one of her books.

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      April 15, 2011
  19. Katie #

    The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It is too long and daunting to think about for me! I just barely made it through the movies.

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    April 16, 2011
  20. The Bible. Not my genre.

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    April 16, 2011
  21. War and Peace/Anna Karenina
    Both are pretty interchangable from my point of view.
    It’s not just the length. I have read some incredibly long novels and enjoyed them. No, it is the combination of the length and the number of characters and those endless Russian names that completely bogs me down. A person needs a computer program just to keep track of who is who.
    Is there an app for that?
    Jodi

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    April 16, 2011
    • Hey, here´s a challenge for you: you will have to read the books, though:) But think of those millions of potential, yet unrealised War and Peace Readers around the world whose eternal gratitude you´d gain. Not to mention the fact you´d be an author of one of the few truly useful and impressive apps… Go, go, go!

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      April 17, 2011
  22. I love romances but I wouldn’t go for the Twilight series either. I much prefer romances in the Great Gatsby or Pride and Prejudice.

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    April 16, 2011
  23. Forgot one: Michel Houellebecq, French and controversial (synonymous, really). I start sweating just reading his name. Never got past that anyway.

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    April 17, 2011
  24. thebaffledo0queen0ocomposing #

    I did the I’ll never read thing with the Harry Potter books. For years I sneered at adults reading them while I read “real” literature and philosphy. Then, a few years ago, a roommate convinced me to read them, and I LOVED them. I loved Dumbledore’s kindness and unflagging desire to stand up for those who no one else would, I loved the dimensions of Snape’s character, I loved that a kids’ book on magic ultimately had the lesson that loving another person is the strongest magic concievable…I just goddamn loved those books.
    I loved those books so much that I decided maybe I’d been too judgmental about Twilight. So I read the first one. It SUCKED (pun…maybe intended). But I learned that it was terrible by reading it, not by rejecting it beforehand.
    So now I’ll read anything. If the book is bad, I put it down. But I don’t make that judgment before I’ve read it.

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    April 17, 2011
    • That’s a great approach. You’ve got to decide for yourself. I’ve heard so many bad things about Twilight, though, I don’t know if I can ever give it a chance.

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      April 17, 2011
  25. Melissa #

    Anything written by someone from reality tv – A Shore Thing by Snookie, The Rules According to JWOW, The Tinkerbell Diaries By Paris Hilton (yes, it is really a diary of her dog), Kardashian Konfidential, Don’t Be that Girl by Travis Stork…the list goes on…

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    April 17, 2011
    • I don’t think anything written by a reality star should really count as a book.

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      April 17, 2011
  26. Considering the monstrous stack of fantastic books available, why worry about what won’t be read? It is true, I never intend to read any teen girl fiction or romance novel. However who is to say whether these genres appeal to me when I am sitting in my retirement home.

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    April 17, 2011
  27. Amy #

    I said the same thing about the Twilight series. Then I was 8 months pregnant, looking for a quick, mindless read, and Twilight was right there at the checkout of TJ Maxx with a $7.99 price tag. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it, and I read the rest of the series (before my baby arrived, no less!).

    What will I never read? Danielle Steele is up there on my list. Also anything by Debbie Macomber. I read “The Shop on Blossom Street” for a book club once and it was awful, so I won’t read any more of her books. Not much else is on my list of things I absolutely won’t read. That’s why I love this blog, because I’m going to give some books a try that aren’t normally in in my Kindle line up.

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    April 18, 2011
  28. Harry Potter, anything with vampires, and probably Guenter Grass.

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    April 19, 2011
  29. KP #

    Technical Manuals or “Dummies” books. 🙂 I tend to give a book the first 1/3 of my time… if I am not into it… I move on.

    A small note: Harry Potter turned out to be my best friend during my entire trip through Australia. I found him in a coffee shop while hiding out from the travel partner from hell and read the first four books during the trip. Twilight and all of it’s teenage angst kept my mind occupied while my Mom was very ill. Twilight while not a fav… has a spot in my heart for keeping me from a total breakdown.

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    April 19, 2011
  30. anything by danielle steele or sidney sheldon. when i was a kid with a new library card, my mum would let me borrow anything by anyone, even if it had violence and sexual content, but she made me promise never to read these two. that ban was for then; i’m twenty now, but i still feel bound never to read these two!
    i don’t think i’m missing much.

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    April 23, 2011
  31. I second your thoughts on Twilight, and would like to add that I have never read a Harry Potter book and have no plans to. I worked in a bookstore back when Book 4 came out, and that hype pretty much convinced me there were too many other good books out there that needed my attention. Besides that, I’ll probably never read a book that Oprah recommends.

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    October 10, 2011
  32. Ulysses – I consulted a few pages and was already bored by page 3. Heaps of fantasy books based on medieval worlds etc. excepting Tolkien – I don’t relate to them at all.

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    October 12, 2011
  33. I know this is only about 4 years late but….
    50 Shades of Grey will never grace my shelves.

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    February 10, 2015
  34. Re: “TWILIGHT”, the thing is, Stephanie Meyer can’t write. Ok, she can write but she can’t write. It’s all tell and no show as if she were actually writing a long movie treatment rather than a novel.

    Now, onto the other “writer” I will never read, Jennifer Weiner. I actually dowloaded the sample/previews of all of her novels from the iBookstore and read the first chapter of each. APPEALING!

    Question: does ANYONE actually re-read Jenner Weiner?

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    February 10, 2015
    • Wow…”appalling” got mangled and “appealing ” came out! Christ, I am so sorry dear readers! I must get to Confession.

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      February 10, 2015

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