Top Ten Tuesday #13: Books I Didn’t Think I’d Ever Read

Posted May 5, 2015

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This week the topic is…

 10 Books I Will Probably Never Read

However, I’m not really a fan of ruling out books. If you’d suggested to me 10 years ago that my favourite genre now would be fantasy I wouldn’t have believed you. Equally I can’t imagine myself picking up many of the books today that I read 10 years ago. So I’m changing this up a bit. I’m going back in time to my early 20s and thinking of those books that my 20 year old self NEVER thought I’d read, but I have done and I’ve loved them.

So my version of the topic is…

 10 Books I Thought I’d Never Read… But I Did!

So here, we go. What’s weird is that many of these books are actually my all-time favourites now!



The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien. I know, I know. Back in my teenage years all my friends were reading this classic and I just didn’t feel like I’d ever be interested in reading it!


2Harry Potter series, JK Rowling. I had absolutely no interest in reading these books. The world was going crazy for them and I just wasn’t bothered!


3The Alchemist, Paul Coelho. I know this book often divides opinion. I enjoyed it, didn’t love it, but enjoyed it. However it’s not a book I ever thought I’d read!


4The Riftwar Saga, Raymond E Feist. I wouldn’t even have given this series a second glance. In fact I wouldn’t even have been standing in the fantasy section of the bookshop in the first place!


5Casino Royale, Ian Fleming. As much as I loved Bond films, it didn’t ever occur to me to pick up one of the books.


6Angels & Demons, Dan Brown. I never thought I’d read, never mind enjoy, Dan Brown’s books. Wrong again.


7A Game of Thrones, George RR Martin. A book in one of my all-time favourite series. If you’d put this in my hand 10 years ago I would have read the back, then tucked it at the back of the shelf. *blushes*


8The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien. Again, my friends were all reading this and I just had no interest whatsoever in joining them.


9Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen. School had really dampened my love of reading. I associated Jane Austen with English in school – hard work and not interested.


10Emperor series, Conn Iggulden. Historical fiction? The Roman Empire? Nah, again, too much like hard work.


So you see, I’ve learned that I’ve no idea where my bookish tastes may lie in the future. I would never have imagined reading these 10 books/series. They just didn’t appeal to me. Looking back, I can’t believe I ruled these books out. Equally I can’t believe some of the drivel (in my opinion) I read back then…but who knows, maybe in another 10 years I’ll be back to the drivel, though I really hope not!


What books did you think you’d never read? Are there books you think you’ll never read?