This week was a freebie, so I reached all the way back to 2010 for this topic.
I tell folks all the time that I like researching books and reading about books almost as much as I like reading books. For that reason, I am usually pretty up on the trendy books, the ones that are seen peeking out of backpacks on the subway, the ones that are being talked about at parties. And a lot of the time, I read those books, because I don’t want to miss out on what the zeitgeist tells me is important.
But there are some bandwagons that I was never on, sometimes for a good reason, and sometimes…well, sometimes I’m not sure why.
Pride and Prejudice
I know. I know. I can’t either with me.
So, I was a Buffy girl. And when confronted with these kinder, gentler, totally misunderstood vampires, vampires that sparkle no less, well…I was left hoping that Angel would just snap Edward’s neck.
Sorry, Sparkly-Vampire Fans.
50 Shades of Grey
If I’m not reading twilight, I’m certainly not reading Twilight-porn fanfic.
Me Before You
I don’t do sad books. My life is sad enough. I read books to escape, and escaping into something this tragic…hard pass.
The Night Circus
I still haven’t given up on this one…but I started it, and it didn’t grab me and at that time, on that day, I wasn’t feeling like pushing through to get to what I am sure is a very charming story. Maybe someday.
I get that I am taking my life in my own hands with this one. I saw someone on the Internet recently make what I thought was a very valid criticism of this book, and they were eviscerated. And I don’t want to be eviscerated, so I’ll just say that the first book was a little too rapey for me. I got about 50 pages in and I was done.
At 146 million copies sold, this is, by a fairly-wide margin, the most popular book in the history of all the books. And not only have I never read it, I’ve never even considered reading it. My late husband told me that Tolkien was a great storyteller but a terrible writer, and that was enough for me.
The DaVinci Code
Bought it. Started it. Found it incomprehensible. Still have no idea what happens, or how it ends. I doubt I made it more than 50 pages (seems to be a theme) before I gave up.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
This one is weird, because mystery/thriller is my favorite genre, or was for years and years. But this one just never interested me.
There was a minute when everyone was reading this, and it was in every bookstore window, you know, everywhere. And I read the blurb, and it kind of left me cold. If I should go back and reconsider, let me know.
So that’s my list. Where have I erred, dear reader? What should I go back and reconsider (or even consider?). I’ll hear your arguments in the comments.