Top Ten Tuesday for 05/05/15

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is ‘Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read‘ so here it is:

1. Les Miserables- Victor Hugo

It’s not so much the size that puts me off, but more the fact that it is a classic of that size. I feel I would struggle with the language used on the first page, let alone having to tackle a book of that size. I love the story though, and I would happily sing along to the musical any day of the week!

2. War and Peace- Leo Tolstoy

Now this book is more to do with the size… I just don’t think I would be able to read something of that size. I don’t think I would be a big fan of the story either.

3. The DaVinci Code- Dan Brown

Too much science-y maths complicated stuff in this book for my liking. It sounds, from what I have heard, very difficult to follow!

4. Bared To You- Sylvia Day

After reading 50 Shades of Grey, I think I have had enough of that genre to last me a lifetime!

5. Animal Farm- George Orwell

I’m not really sure I could struggle though a book  about animals with a hidden message about politics… not my most favourite subject.

6. First Step 2 Forever- Justin Bieber

Why would I ever want to read this…?

7. 1984- George Orwell

Another one I think would be too much about politics for me to handle!

8. The Lovely Bones- Alice Sebold

I have heard this is a really good book, and I tried reading the first chapter, but it just made me so sad and I thought the male character was just so sick that I couldn’t read on unfortunately 😦

9. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

Seen the film, and I was shaking and crying by the end, it was so horrific, I’m not sure i would be able to read the book and put myself through that again!

10. Naked Lunch- William S. Burroughs

I have heard really bad things about this book, and not only does it sound boring, but a lot of people who have recently tried to read have said they just could not get through it.

I apologise for lack of photos in this post 😦

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13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday for 05/05/15

  1. I read Animal Farm for English class as a high school freshman. It would have made no sense if I hadn’t read it along with others and had a teacher to explain the political messages! In the end, I liked it enough. You’re missing nothing by not finishing The Lovely Bones; the ending is utterly ridiculous and ruins the whole thing anyway! Happy reading! 🙂

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  2. Great list! I agree on many of them. As for books that are depressing, I really have to be in a certain mood to be able to read them. So most of the time I just don’t. I LOVED DaVInci Code. The puzzles really made the book for me. If you like historical thrillers (without puzzles) give Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone series a try. Just pick the historical topic that interests you the most. I’ve enjoyed them all. https://www.goodreads.com/series/44279-cotton-malone

    Here’s my top ten.
    http://insearchoftheendofthesidewalk.com/2015/05/05/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-i-will-probably-never-read/

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  3. I’ve been trying to read Les Miserables for ages on and off and I just can’t do it. I enjoy it when I’m reading it but it is so freaking long and it’s really dense. I’m pretty sure I’ll never actually get around to finishing it.

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  4. I’ve read Animal Farm, 1984, The Lovely Bones. I think you should try 1984; it’s great social commentary (by the way, I hate politics but really enjoyed it.) Excluding the Bieber book (because, why would anyone subject themselves to this?), the rest of your picks are on my TBR! Someday, someday…

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  5. This is a very interesting list!

    What a great idea for a blog post – I think I’ll borrow it for mine, if that’s OK with you!

    My thoughts on your list:

    LES MISERABLES – I loved loved loved this book!! It’s nothing like the film, and that is not a bad thing! I have an life-long love for reformed criminals (cough cough) because of Jean Valjean. It’s definitely on my re-read list. I grew up watching the 1978 TV movie version and so thought Anthony Perkins was creepy without ever watching “Psycho” lol.

    WAR & PEACE – I agree with you. I enjoyed the 1956 movie (when is Audrey Hepburn ever not lovely?!). A few years ago, I tried reading this tome… but the translator had kept a lot of Russian and French in the chapters and it involved a lot of flipping to the back of the book for English translations. That was too much work for me. I think I’ll try it again… someday.

    THE DAVINCI CODE – I have to disagree with you completely here. I adored this book and found it really easy to follow and the best of his Robert Langdon series (the movie ruined “Angels and Demons” for me). I don’t remember there being a lot of math and science-y stuff. The focus was mostly on history, which is my passion. You should give this one a try!!

    I don’t know anything about BARED TO YOU and I share your opinion of ANIMAL FARM (though I’ve read pieces of it as I’ve tutored kids who have to read it). Not really a fan of JUSTIN BIEBER, but he was hysterical on that new TV show “Repeat After Me.”

    THE LOVELY BONES – I watched the movie and it was so sad. I haven’t tried reading the book yet, but it is on my list… mostly on the premise that books are always better than movies. I wouldn’t expect it to be anything less than devastatingly sad.

    THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS – The story is amazing, but definitely not in any kind of uplifting way. I thought the movie was very well done and the book (which I didn’t know existed until your post) is definitely on my list. Have you read “Daniel’s Story” by Carol Matas? It’s a youth book, but completely mesmerizing.

    NAKED LUNCH – I also tried this. I think it’s intentionally difficult to follow, but perhaps is one of those book that you have to try in each era of your life?

    Sarah

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    • hey 🙂 thanks for commenting! This is actually a meme from The Broke and The Bookish, there should be link in the post introduction so you can see what goes on there 🙂
      I know my step dad has read The DaVinci Code, but History isn’t really a subject that massively appeals to me unfortunately 😦
      I knew The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas was a book before watching the film, and I knew it was sad, but as I was in a higher class for English I never got to study it 😦 After watching the film, I could never put myself through that again! It really made me think about how tragic everything that happened during the war was! I will have a look at Daniel’s Story though, sounds intriguing 🙂
      I find with quite a lot of classics that I feel the need to try them at least once, but this one has had so many negative reviews that I just don’t think I would be able to struggle through it.
      Jade 🙂

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