Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This meme 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

This week's list is Top Ten Book's I'll never read. I'd just like to say before I start what I'm sure will be an offensive to some, list that I'm not attacking anyone else's favorites, these are just books that have never appealed to so much that they belong on this list.

1. Going Roughe - Sarah Pallin - I don't care if you like her or what, but in reality she's a terrible representation of our country. I don't care about the way she wants to present herself. That being said, I will also never go out of my way to read any presidential autobiography, and tend to avoid politicians in my reading space. 

2. Twilight Series - Stephanie Meyers - I can apprichiate that Meyer's made reading popular to a large group of teens (and older) that would have scoffed at picking up a book before Twilight. That being said I've seen the movies, I have had many friends read these books and I have seen or heard nothing to impress me. I picked up Twilight once and couldn't get through the first page. Meyer's 'style' isn't for me. Plus I really really truly hate Vampires. I hate them so much. 

PS: Even though I hate vampires, I still don't think they should sparkle. That's not frightening. 

3. The Secret -  Rhonda Byrne - Really? REALLY REALLY?!?!

4. Marly and Me - John Grogan - It's cute you love your dog, but I don't really care. 

5. LA Candy -Lauren Conrad - I'm not a fan of The Hills or whatever other weird MTV produced reality Conrad has been on. However I'm not avoiding these just for that. This series is something I would have been interested in when I was much younger, but it's something I grew out of over 7 years ago. It's really just not in my taste anymore.

6. Modelland - Tyra Banks - Is this out yet? I don't know. If it's not out yet you can be sure I won't be standing in line on it's release day. I love Tyra. Crazy crazy Tyra. I wanted to half laugh half cry when I heard she was writing a book. A book?! Really?!? Has she LOST HER  MINDS. The fact that she's not straying to far from what she knows and is actually creating a Land of Models makes me laugh. It just sounds so bad.

7. New Nicholas Sparks Novels - This makes younger me sad. I loved Nicholas Sparks in middle school/ early high school. Now I can see that he tells the same story over and over again and that his books arn't particularly well written. Plus that was that whole interview he gave when he was yelling about not being a romance writer blah blah blah. OH and ANYONE WHO WRITES A BOOK SPECIFICALLY TO MAKE A MOVIE WITH MILEY CRYUS IS ON MY LIST. 

8. Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert - Sorry your life kinda fell apart, I don't care about that or your journey to whatever it is your trying to do. 

9. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - JRR Tolkien - I've always wanted to read Lord of the Rings, and I've tried once or twice but have never been able to get into the very dense prose. This is me owning up to my reading style, and admitting that Tolkien just doesn't fit.

10. Charles Dickens - I've been required to read Dickens in a few of my classes and have, to this day, never finished a one of his books. He's the reason I was so opposed to reading "the classics" before I got to college. What really gets me is that the stories he is telling arn't boring. If sparknotes has taught me anything it's that he's created some pretty cool characters and situations. However,for me, as soon as good ol' Charlie put his Quill to paper (parchment?) he kills it. 

I'll end with an little story to illustrate my feelings of Charles Dickens.
In spring 2008 I was at a book store with one of my good friends. I was taking my time and looking through all of the aisles in depth when I came across a copy of Hard Times, the Dicken's novel I had  most recently been made to suffer. As the suffering was still so fresh in my mind. I picked it up, yelped,threw it to the ground  and walked away. My friend tell's this story whenever someone talks about Charles Dickens. 


Brenna said...

We've got some overlap on our lists! Mine also includes The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and Eat, Pray, Love. Great list!

Red said...

Great list! I am completely with you on so many of the books here. Also, I love your #4. Lots of people loves their dogs, why do I need to care about yours?

Anonymous said...

NICE. I agree about the LOTR trilogy. Loved the movies, just can't read the books, seriously.

And Twilight. Ha ha ha. I dislike vampires as well. I'm avoiding the entire fad.

My list is here: http://www.sarahreck.com/blog/?p=281

Daisy said...

Lol, I completely agree with you on your #4, I love dogs, but I don't bother other people with that.
And the Secret.. Would never EVER read that either!

Loni said...

I'm glad Eat Pray Love was on someone else's list.

Lucia said...

I'm glad you were honest enough to tell the absolute truth! I detest Nicholas Sparks. I experienced a similar moment to your Hard Times one with The Notebook.

Avid Reader said...

I'm so with you on #7. Sparks actually had a few good books early on, but now they are so sappy and awful that I cringe when I see one. And that interview really pissed me off. "There's no authors today who can do what I do." Seriously?

Kayla + Cyna said...

Dude, *hi5* seriously. I feel the same way about Sparks, I was really into him when I was younger, but now I can't bring myself to read any more. I still have a soft spot for A Walk to Remember and the Notebook, but MILEY CYRUS REALLY? SPARKS YOU SELLOUT.

Haha, I had a similar reaction to the Secret. That book inspired a surprising rage in me. And God, Dickens. Great Expectations put me off him for life. I've never read any cliffsnotes, so idk about situations and characters, all I remember is the tedious writing.

With you on LA Candy. And god, Tyra wrote a book? Listening to Tyra speak makes me cringe, I can't imagine trying to read a book by her.

Awesome list!

IngridLola said...

"and tend to avoid politicians in my reading space. " seriously, AMEN to that! i hate political books. I just don't understand why anyone would want to read them. They just convince you to delve deeper into your own biases instead of being open to the opinions of others.

Anonymous said...

I agree with pretty much everything on your list except I've read Marley and Me and enjoyed it and attempted 2/3 LotR books. But the rest - totally!

Anne Bennett said...

You and I agree on Going Rogue by Sarah Palin. I just want her to go away and to shut up. Ha! I did like Marley and Me. It was very, very funny and if you have a misbehaving dog you can relate. Good list.

The Mistress of the Dark said...

I think I'm with you on just about everything but Marley and Me...which was really sweet, but you have to like that kinda thing..

KikiElise said...

Seriously, it's ingrained in my memory as "major things you need to remember about Dickens." Every time I hear "Dickens" or any other title by him except "A Christmas Carol," I just laugh out loud and say "Bahaha...Hard Times."

Thank you for putting Eat, Pray, Love on here. And I respect your decision to not read LotR :)

India Drummond said...

This list cracked me up! I agree on all but two!