Monday, May 4, 2015

10 Books I Own... That I'll Probably Never Read

This week the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish asked us to list 10 books we'll probably never read. I was going to choose 10 popular books that I don't plan on reading, but then one of my co-workers suggested I look through the gazillion books I own and choose from there. (I can never seem to make myself read the books on my shelves. I ALWAYS choose library books over my own books. It's a problem.)

I had fun looking through all my bookshelves, and I actually discovered a few books I had completely forgotten I had. (Score!) And I have soooo many. Not as many as some -- looking at you, people with 1,000 books stuffed in their houses -- but enough that it's really pretty crazy. It was no trouble at all to identify several books I'll probably never get around to reading. The reason most of these books are on the list is because my tastes have changed so much since I obtained them. I've grown out of the chick-lit genre as well as several authors that I read in college and my early 20s.

Have you read any of my selections? Are there any that I should actually make a point to try to get to? What books are YOU probably never going to read?

The rest of the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. A casualty of my new reading tastes.

Madeleine Wickham -- aka Sophie Kinsella. Ditto above.

We watched the "Olive Kitteridge" miniseries a couple months ago and I didn't really enjoy it. Olive was pretty tough to like. Not sure if I'll ever get around the book. Probably not, let's be honest here.

I read a lot of Anita Shreve's books several years ago but I've never read her most famous novel, "The Pilot's Wife." She's not really my style anymore. Sorry, Anita.

Sigh. Philippa and I had some good times. I read "The Other Boleyn Girl" before it was cool and instantly devoured all the other Gregory books I could find. But I haven't read anything by one of my once-favorite authors in a few years now, and her Wideacre series is definitely not her highest rated. I'll probably skip it.

I fished this book out of the trash with a few others way back in college because I just cannot bear to see a perfectly fine book be thrown out. At the time I didn't really know what it was about, but I've since figured out it's a religious story and that's really not my wheelhouse.

I got this book for free from a friend who went to a writers' conference. But makeup is not my thing, so the cover turns me off. And it definitely falls in the chick-lit category.

I picked this book up for 50 cents at the thrift store. The story sounds kinda interesting, but if I haven't even thought about it in at least 3 years, then I'm probably never going to read it.

 I read tons of Jennifer Crusie back around 2008. Her books are funny and romantic and I'd recommend her to anyone who's looking for something in that category. But... that's no longer me! (P.S. I really liked "Agnes and the Hitman.")

Yard sale find from college. I'll probably just watch the movie one of these days.


  1. Great idea to pull from your own shelves! I have the same problem - I keep getting books at the library and put the ones I've purchased (usually by favorite authors) aside. I'm trying right now not to visit the library so I can get through a few of my books that I want to read.

    1. I'm glad I'm not the only person with this problem! It's kind of funny -- it's like as soon as I purchase a book, it's the death knell. If I just got it from the library I'd probably read it, but once I own it... not likely! I keep trying to fix this problem by resolving to read X-number of my own books every year and it hasn't worked so far. Last year I only read ONE of my own books! I wish I could avoid the library but I work there so I'm constantly surrounded by ALL THE BOOKS all day long!

  2. Interesting list of books! Here's my TTT post for this week:

  3. Some of these I had not heard of. You should just watch the. Obie for 'Bridges of Madison County' though.

  4. Nice list. I find people either love Sophie Kinsella or loathe her. I haven't read any of her books and think I only own one. I like some of Crusie's books, but mainly the ones that have a supernatural twist or two.

    1. I used to really enjoy Sophie Kinsella -- her books are fun and light-hearted; I just don't really read anything in that genre anymore. One book of hers I really liked was "Twenties Girl." Which is the title you own?

  5. Hey, knittinglindsay. I'm Annie40 who you know from somewhere else. I too have books on my own shelves that I will never read. Some of these go into my Little Free Librqry in the front yard. Once in a while I get a bang out of a Kinsella read, just for a good chuckle, though.


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