I suppose the short answer to this would be: sci-fi, fantasy, 50 shades of anything, stuff written by Ann Voskamp, the Elsie Dinsmore saga, books featuring the words “dystopian” or “paranormal, ” or having werewolves or zombies in the story. Finally, I won’t be reading [most] Oprah’s Bookclub of Depressing Human Experience selections. But that’s oversimplifying this week’s list! So, here are some of the specific books I’ve supposedly wanted to read that I no longer plan to bother with as well as a few more general classes of materials I will skip. Sorry if any of your favoirtes on here. Remember, too, I’m free to change my mind at anytime.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Done. Just done with trying to get to it. The same friend led me to believe I would “enjoy” the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy because I enjoy British humor. He was wrong. Very wrong.
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Ok, this probably was an Oprah pick at some point. I get extra points for TRYING–really trying, to read this. I’m done. She writes beautifully. It’s the story matter that does me in. Yes, I’ve read reams of depressing real life stuff. But this one just sends me over the edge.
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Not even with Jeremy Irons reading it to me will I listen to or read this book. And, yes, I do get it–its about obsession. It frustrates me no end that some of the best looking picutres of Jeremy Irons are stills from that movie, too!
The Famished Road by Ben Okri
I have even owned a copy of this. I sold it to Half Price Books when I needed gas money several years ago.
Anything by Charles Dickens
There. I’ve said it. No more attempts at Dickens. I liked Picwick Papers. I’ve never finished anything else except A Christmas Carol. I’ll watch PBS instead.
Manga, Anime…and Graphic Novels
I’m just not into this format. That’s all. Creative–sure. Interesting–possibly. But at almost 55 life is too short to waste on it.
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are my brother’s all–time favorites. Meh… I might give LOTR another try, but I’m done with the Hobbit. I’ve tried multiple times, different editions, audio, and fell asleep each time. Done.
Kilted time-travel books
Outlander, tome 1, was more than enough. I prefer my kilted love-intersts to be gentlemen and to live in one time period. And no forced sex. Above all, I prefer the kilted gentleman whose story I’ve written. That’s enough kilted goodness for me.
The Love Comes Whatever Way franchise
Now if love came with a kilted highlander and the audio was read by Jeremy Irons and there was no forced sex, no quilts or buggys on the cover, then MAYBE I’d give those two genres another shot. Maybe. Neither print, audio, kindle or video have kept me awake. Even in Malawi with no other entertainment I had a hard time staying awake for Christian romances. Just no.
I don’t get it and don’t care. And, NO, it doesn’t mean I voted for…..it just means I’m honest.
And, for the record, NO I will not be giving WILD another try….ever.
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