Happy Tuesday everyone! Did you all enjoy your nice extended weekend? This was my first holiday off since I started working full time at an office in my field (as opposed to working at the mall which only closes for three holidays a year)! It was glorious - aside from the fact that I had to cart my 9-year-old brother around to the town fair because I apparently "promised" that I'd take him. (Yeah right, but who am I to argue with the cutest 9-year-old to ever grace the earth?) What did you guys do this Memorial Day?
Anyhow - this Top Ten Tuesday is a FREEBIE!!! Which many of you are thrilled about, but me and my type A personality love structure and I am not the spontaneous type. Guess I should've looked at the topic beforehand like I normally do, so I could have started thinking. So in my panic, I decided to list the Top Ten Books that I Bought, but I Refuse to Read whenever it is time to read s new book.
This is similar to one that Broke and Bookish did called "Top Ten Books I Just HAD To Buy...But Are Still Sitting On My Bookshelf". The difference here is that I'm listing the books that are still sitting on my shelves because I don't WANT to read them anymore, not that I just haven't gotten around to.
Top Ten Books I Bought but Now Refuse to Read:
1. The Casual Vacancy - This made my list on the similar TTT topic, but since then I've come to dread reading this book. I've heard such horrible things about it that I literally cannot bring myself to pick it up and commit several weeks (because I know it will take weeks) to reading it. Whenever I'm reading a crappy book, I am really just miserable, and I don't know if I can do it to myself with this one.
2. The City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare - I read the first three books in this series with fervor unmatched by many I've read before, then I got to book four and I didn't like it much at all. I keep telling myself I will finally read this fifth installment so I can put it away and wrap up the series for good, but its been so long, I barely remember what happened in the first four books. Looks like I am going to have to read them again before I get to this one. :(
3. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory - I heard about the movie which my mother raved about, but my mom is not a reader so she doesnt know how the book was. I picked it up because I cant ever see a movie without having read the book first and now every time I look at it, my throat closes up. Its a large book and the plot just doesnt interest me that much when I read the blurb. :/
4. The Condition by Jennifer Haigh - I don't even know what this book is about or who the author is. I think I bought it at Borders when they were closing and everything was a million percent off. I have absolutely no desire to read this book. I am disappointed in myself for even buying it, regardless of the ridiculously cheap price. Shame on me.
5. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier - I was on this kick of reading classics and since I was super into romance at one point, I looked up classic romance and this is what came up. I thought - perfect! I'll read this. And now I'm so intimidated by it, I cant even bring myself to pick it up.
6. Eldest by Christopher Paolini - I read Eragon and it was okay, though incredibly long for seemingly no reason. Don't get me wrong, I admire the kid for being able to come up with something like this, but I CANNOT commit myself to this book for as long as I know it will take me, knowing already that it isn't my cup of tea.
7. Insurgent by Veronica Roth - I know I know. Don't start throwing stones, but after the first book which I actually did like (though I didn't love it by any means), I completely lost interest. I even read about a quarter of this book and I was so bored I had to put it away. Crazy, right!? I know I'll want to read it along with the final book, but I just didn't love it as much as everyone else did. I'm sorry :(
8. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld - Been wanting to read this one for a while, but then the negative reviews get to me and now I think I'll end up hating it, and again, I don't want to invest my time into something I think I will hate.
9. Losing Isaiah by Seth J. Margolis - I also got on an Oprah's Book Club kick and ordered this book for dirt cheap. Now I'm convinced I'll hate it because I'm so into YA and dystopian novels lately. I even picked this book up to read about a week or two ago, chickened out and picked up a YA novel instead.
10. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett - I read another classic story by Burnett, Secret Garden, and frankly I didn't enjoy it at all. A Little Princess, the movie (not the Shirley Temple one, the more recent one from the 90's) is MY FAVORITE MOVIE EVER and I am absolutely terrified that reading this book will ruin the movie for me. Isnt that backwards? Usually it is the other way around haha.
So what did you choose for your TTT Freebie today? Do you have any books that are sitting on your shelf that you now refuse to read?