Books I’ll (Probably) Never Read Tag

I saw this tag on Molly’s blog Silver Button Books and decided to take her up on her open invitation for others to complete it. I really love the idea of this tag because it’s forcing me to take a harder look at the books I own and on my to-read list and come to terms with what I’ll probably never get to.


Ready Player One

As a life-long video game player, one might think Ready Player One would be right up my alley. While it has sat on my to-read list on Goodreads for a while now, I’m just not all that interested in reading this book. From what I’ve heard, it hammers on the nostalgia button rather hard for an era a little before my time, and its apparent emphasis on rote memorization of the media you love over a deeper understanding of its messages turns me off a little. I may give it a shot later, but I haven’t even purchased a copy to languish on my shelf yet.


I’m going to answer both prongs of this heading, because I feel I’ve got a good answer for both.

I hear so many great things about Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, but it is very long and the recommendation of a friend way back in high school pretty much damned it. She told me how much she loved the series, but with the unintentionally unfortunate point at the end that “it really picks up by book three.” Maybe I’d really like books one and two, but the fact that somebody who loves the books told me it would take so long to “pick up” has killed my interest ever since.

Like many other 90s babies, I grew up reading the Harry Potter books as they came out, though I got to the series a little late, so I had some catching up to do with the first three. I was caught up with the series by the time Half-Blood Prince came out, but I never picked up a copy.

Cemented in my memory is the summer my friend and I stopped at a bookstore on the way to a cottage with his family. He picked up Half-Blood Prince, which had just come out, and I picked up The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, my interest piqued by the Spielberg adaptation that had recently hit theatres. I always mark this as the beginnings of my becoming a broader reader, rather than someone who reads a few choice authors or series. Looking back, I guess I was just done with Harry Potter, and I haven’t wanted to read the rest since.



I picked up the exact edition of Ulysses by James Joyce pictured above while I was in university. I can’t remember if it was on a syllabus and I didn’t read it (so long as you read enough of a syllabus, in my experience, you don’t need to read all of it), or if I picked it up because I thought I ought to own a copy. Maybe it was both. In any case, of all the classics I own, I want to read this one the least. From what I understand, the writing is a lot to digest and it is loooong. No, thank you.


When Lightning Strikes

I chose the book above at random. I wouldn’t rule out reading romances entirely, but it’s not a genre I go for. I can’t actually think of a book I’ve read that would qualify as a romance before anything else, either. Nevertheless, what I’m certain I’ve never read are the flavour of romance that Harlequin Romance and others have produced. No judgment if that’s your thing, I just have virtually zero interest in it.


Sorry it’s not a great photo, but this was fairly impromptu.

I suppose Ulysses would count for this, as I’ve said I own it, but I don’t want to cheat. I usually don’t buy books I don’t intend to read at some point, but in perusing my bookshelf I have realized that back when I started collecting books more earnestly I was often gifted with random second-hand books, many of them musty old paperbacks. A lot of those I won’t read. I also have a bunch of homogeneous hardcover copies of other classics like Gone with the Wind, Mutiny on the Bounty, Rebecca, and more that I don’t think I’ll ever read. Somebody gave them to me after retrieving them from an abandoned house (I think???), so with any luck at least one of them is haunted.

And there you have it! I invite anybody else interested to participate in the tag as well, or just let me know in the comments if there are any particular books or series that you don’t think you’ll ever read.

Thank you for reading!

10 thoughts on “Books I’ll (Probably) Never Read Tag

  1. I owned the Six of Crows duology for a long time, never read it and never will. I know is super popular but I just have no interest /hides/
    I see that Harlequin romance cover <3, my favorite genre – but I also understand why others have no interest in it whatsoever 😂

  2. Wheel of Time is great. It absolutely doesn’t take until book 3 to pick up. Book one is full of action and great energy between the characters. The series is long and I haven’t finished it myself. But I actually think Book one works well as a standalone, if you want to read that one just to test the waters and see if you like it

    • That’s the most favourable thing I’ve heard about the series in a while, and my partner has at least the first one, so I do actually have a copy in my home. Perhaps I will read it one day after all.

  3. Holy moly, I love you answered to this Tag!! You are not missing anything at all by skipping Ready Player One….it is not just nostalgia it is ONLY nostalgia. It would only be worth while if you wanted to compile a list of 80s games and movies to go and consume.

    Love your hardcover classics. I feel like every enthusiastic book lover has been given copies that look similar to this at one point from a friend or distant family member.

    • Thank you! Even though I may never read those hardcovers, I still want to hold on to them. The only one I have read among them (hidden in the picture), which doesn’t match the pictured set, is a copy of Adam Bede by George Eliot. I saved it from my grandparents’ house after we cleared it out following their passing. I think by chance it ended up on a syllabus, so I actually wound up reading it too. Really good book.

    • It’s rare that I aggressively don’t like a book, so I’m sure I wouldn’t hate reading it, I just have no sense of urgency to get to it. I may some day.

  4. I never really felt the interest to continue Harry Potter either! I surprisingly didn’t gravitate towards fantasy at all as a kid, even though everyone pretty much assumed everyone had read Harry Potter. But I know what you mean about that one book that broadens your reading – I didn’t find that until I was much older, but my experiences with reading and trying new books got so much better after that point!

    • I find my case especially weird because I was all about the books for a while there, I just suddenly stopped caring. I didn’t go for too much fantasy either; I think the only other book I read was The Hobbit, whereas the same friend I mentioned was into reading all the LOTR books too. I didn’t even try with those back then.

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