Top Ten Tuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is “ten books I will probably never read”. That’s going to be an interesting one, because as a rule I usually try anything once…

  1. Anything by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I’ve read The Mists of Avalon because I had to, but especially given the abuse claims made against her, I don’t intend to read The Firebrand anymore — even though it’s about Cassandra of Troy, and I love her story. I didn’t like her Arthuriana, so I don’t think Bradley has a chance in general, even without having abused children.
  2. Fifty Shades Darker, E.L. James. 900% not interesting to me. I have read 50 Shades of Grey, cringingly, and I have so many problems with the whole thing I can’t even begin to express them.
  3. All Clear, Connie Willis. I just don’t get on with this author, sorry. I tried Blackout because of a book club read, but that’s as far as I go.
  4. Anything else by Chuck Palahniuk. I’ve read Fight Club, but the rest of his work really doesn’t appeal.
  5. Anything by Niall Griffiths. Sheepshagger was disgusting but also powerful, while Dreams of Max and Ronnie was gross in a way I just couldn’t abide.
  6. Anything by Phillipa Gregory. I’m sorry, I’ve tried.
  7. The Echo, by James Smythe. Read The Explorer recently and just… nah.
  8. Anything by Rosalind Miles. I think I struggled through all her Guinevere books, but abandoned the Isolde books. Definitely not my thing.
  9. The Prodigal Mage, by Karen Miller. There were things I loved about The Innocent Mage, but ultimately the cartoon villain and predictable plotline killed this world for me. I am going to try some of her other books.
  10. Anything by Virginia Woolf. Dooo noooottt get on with her stuff, I’m afraid.

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14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday

  1. I don’t think you’re missing out on much with Chuck Palahniuk. I liked Haunted which amused me in a twisted way but all the rest I’ve tried I hated. I’ll never in my life read 50 Shades of Grey because I just hate erotic literature and plots that are sex obsessed. That just bores me. I do like some of Philippa Gregory’s work though but I am a big Tudor fan! Nice list!

  2. I’m never reading 50 Shades and I’m sorry you had to suffer through the first one. I tried Gregory – she was alright, but I could take her or leave her.

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    • I mostly tried it to stop people complaining about me critiquing it without reading it. It was tortuous! Gregory’s a lot better, but still just never works for me, somehow.

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