Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read

August 12, 2014 Top Ten Tuesday 6

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 Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read


Fifty Shades of Grey

1.  Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James

Goodreads blurb: When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

There was so much hype surrounding this book, but I have heard that the writing is atrocious – just can’t put myself through that. I will, however, watch the movie 😉Natasha & Anna

2. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin

Goodreads Blurb: Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.


Game of Thrones


3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Goodreads blurb: The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon–when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach–an “outlander”–in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life…and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.


4. Endgame: The Calling by James Frey

Goodreads blurb: Twelve thousand years ago, they came. They descended from the sky amid smoke and fire, and created humanity and gave us rules to live by. They needed gold and they built our earliest civilizations to mine it for them. When they had what they needed, they left. But before they left, they told us someday they would come back, and when they did, a game would be played. A game that would determine our future.

This is Endgame.

It sounded awesome from the description but I don’t want to let what I know about the author spoil it! Apparently his “memoir” turned out to be completely fictional and he got burned by Oprah for it!-  Angelya


Outlander series

5. The Rest of The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

Goodreads blurb: With her now-classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon introduced two unforgettable characters — Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser—delighting readers with a story of adventure and love that spanned two centuries. Now Gabaldon returns to that extraordinary time and place in this vivid, powerful follow-up to Outlander….

I have read the first one but am a bit daunted about reading 7 more books at 800ish pages long each! – Philippa

6. Ulysses by James Joyce

Goodreads blurb: In the past, Ulysses has been labeled dirty, blasphemous, and even unreadable. None of these adjectives, however, do the slightest justice to the novel. To this day it remains the modernist masterpiece, in which the author takes both Celtic lyricism and vulgarity to splendid extremes. It is funny, sorrowful, and even (in a close-focus sort of way) suspenseful. And despite the exegetical industry that has sprung up in the last 75 years, Ulysses is also a compulsively readable book.

You know it is bad when one of the most liked reviews on goodreads says “Life is too short to read Ulysses.” But it is a classic… – Natasha


War and Peace

7.  War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Goodreads blurb: War and Peace centers broadly on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the best-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves behind his family to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman, who intrigues both men. As Napoleon’s army invades, Tolstoy vividly follows characters from diverse backgrounds—peasants and nobility, civilians and soldiers—as they struggle with the problems unique to their era, their history, and their culture. And as the novel progresses, these characters transcend their specificity, becoming some of the most moving—and human—figures in world literature.

 Oh, I know I should want to read this novel, but I just can’t face 1300 pages of Russian bleakness at the moment. – Natasha

8. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

Goodreads blurb: Somewhere in the not-so-distant future, the screwed-up residents of Ennet House, a Boston halfway house for recovering addicts, and students at the Enfield Tennis Academy search for the master copy of a movie so dangerously entertaining that its viewers die in a state of catatonic bliss. Explores essential questions about what entertainment is, why we need it, and what it says about who we are.

It sounds so promising, but when the author uses words like: apocopes, bolections, reglets, dipsomania – I’m thinking no. – Natasha

Infinite Jest

Les Mis

9. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Goodreads blurb: Introducing one of the most famous characters in literature, Jean Valjean – the noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread – Les Misérables (1862) ranks among the greatest novels of all time. In it Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, immerses them in a battle between good and evil, and carries them onto the barricades during the uprising of 1832 with a breathtaking realism that is unsurpassed in modern prose.

I’ve seen the West End musical and the movie.Natasha

10. The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

Goodreads blurb: In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

I read City of Bones and was not really impressed, so will probably not attempt this prequel series – unless of course they make it into a movie  – Natasha

Infernal devices



Natasha lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and son. She is a self confessed bibliophile who enjoys literature and adult fiction. She also loves travelling and aims to visit 40 countries by the time she is 40 (current count 36).

6 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read”

  1. Critica

    Yeah, I put the Infernal Devices on my list too. I only read a tiny part of City of Bones and just wasn’t feeling it, and I still don’t feel drawn to the Mortal Instruments… But there’s something about the prequel trilogy that looks kind of intriguing. I didn’t put the Song of Ice and Fire series on my list, but I really should have… It just looks like a big commitment XD Maybe some day.
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  2. Kate @ Fictional Thoughts

    I thought Les Mis was worth reading. True, it doesn’t have Russell Crowe’s beautiful singing…. but it’s a great story. And as much as I love the musical, the book has a lot more detail and adds a lot extra to the story.

    I read half of Outlander (after eventually finding it was called Cross Stitch here) and it didn’t work for me. I don’t think I’ll be reading the rest of the series anytime soon although the TV series has just started screening and I might see if that can rekindle my interest.

    And as much as I like Game of Thrones (TV Series) not sure I’ll ever read the books… although I did buy a copy of the first one to get it signed by GRRM when he was in Brisbane last year. I’m such a fairweather book friend. oh well 🙂

    IF you guys ever get around to reading any of these books on your list – I hope you enjoy them! 🙂
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    • Angelya

      Gah, I really wanted to get a book signed by GRRM in Brissie too, but I was 8 months pregnant at the time so didn’t think I could stand around in a queue! They are worth the read though, if you can get through them 🙂
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