Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! This weekly shared “meme” has a different theme each week and is shared by many blogs. We’re aiming to come up with ten things between us each week so they won’t be in any particular order!
Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read
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
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.
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
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
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
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