Books That Are Not For Me

Even though I enjoy reading most books, the honest truth is that certain books are just not for me. Honestly, I do tend to read books a little bit less since I discovered the world of online writing. The print that we read does not always have to be in the form of a newspaper of book we can hold, but I still set aside time each day to read books because I will always consider that important nourishment for my soul. I have never been a rush, rush rat race kind of gal, and I actually enjoy the leisure time I have spent reading. For years people have gushed about certain books and book series that I do not plan on reading, but this is mostly because I just find the subject matter boring. Most of the time I try to be polite and say "oh that is nice" when people gush about the books they love, but often these same people do not spare me their opinion when I share one of my favorite books that they personally detest. There are many great books out there that I never plan on reading, and yes I am okay with finally admitting this.

I Do Not Listen To Audio Books

Many people who commute enjoy audio books because these keep their minds engaged during a long drive. Other people tell me they love to listen to the audio book because of the way the reader describes the text, but I would feel deprived of eye balling the words myself. Personally sometimes I read books while I am watching TV or listening to music, so listening to an audio book is just not my cup of tea. When people ask me if I have listened to a certain audio book I have finally mustered up the courage to admit I do not like these. There is nothing wrong with audio books and these are great resources for those who love them, but I personally find these bulky and would rather carry around a small volume instead.

Lord of The Rings Bores Me

Back in 2002 I thought I would get closer to my boyfriend by trying read one of his favorite books, which happened to be Lord of the Rings. After page one hundred I was bored to tears during the description of Fodor taking a bath, and I just wanted to put the book away. I also learned at that time you can never feign interest in a book that you find completely boring, and that it is imperative to meet people you have more in common with.

Another friend was excited about the movie Lord of the Rings and we watched the film adaption, but I was extremely bored during the entire movie. She thought it was cool that I look sort of like Liv Tyler, although personally I do not think I look like her. The whole time I was so numby skull bored ( a phrase I made up), and was staring at the clock waiting for the movie to end. I know now I will never read the series or watch the trilogy, but it is hard to share my real feelings when people gush about this classic. Just because it is a classic does not mean I have to love it, and there are many classic novels such as Mutiny on the Bounty that many people grimace at when I declare that this is my favorite. Honestly I was a little happy when the obsession with the Lord of the Rings began to die down because I no longer had to feign interest in a series I find absolutely sleep inducing.

Harry Potter Is Way Too Long For Me

I have read many long books in my day, but I have no plans on reading Harry Potter. Some people are disappointed when I reveal I have not read the series, and others start sharing how they do not agree with the subject matter when I share I do not like the series. Personally I believe parents need to decide if they think a book is appropriate for their kids and this is a personal choice completely. J.K. Rowlings is a creative and brilliant woman that I highly respect, but I just do not find the premise of a boy warlock at private school exciting. In the eighties I used to love the movie The Worst Witch, which came out way before Harry Potter even went to the printing press. This story is similar to Harry Potter because it is about a girl name Mildred who is studying to become a witch, but unlike her male counterpart she is failing miserably. It was a cute and short movie, but I would probably not have read the books it was based upon either.

Personally I do not think a book about witchcraft is evil because this book carries positive messages messages for those who read it.  Halloween is also about witches and goblins, so if people dress up for this holiday I do not see the harm in Harry. Harry Potter is very is very popular even now, but personally I just do not want to spend hours reading about it. Do not get me started on the audio version of Harry Potter because I have no plans on listening to this as I clean my house. When I was in college and graduate school I had to spend the majority of my spare time reading texts that I did choose, so now I am out of school and free to read what I like. I am always true to my convictions and read what I find fascinating. From the age of eleven I have wanted to read stories about Polynesia and the South Pacific, so that is the fan club I belong too and often I am out of step with the masses who love Harry. The more I delve into the books I am not interested in I discover we all have our hits and misses.

I Was Not Mesmerized By The Twilight Series

One thing I think that is wonderful about the Twilight series is how it is getting teens to start reading. However, I have to admit this is just not my top ten favorite of all time. I got bored reading about vampires after awhile, and I thought Bela idealized Edward a bit too much. Even though I am not excited about the Twilight series, I am tired of hearing people gossiping about Kristen Stewart on every celebrity blog these days. Sometimes I wonder if some of the hardcore fans think Stewart needs to be with Robert Pattenson because they played Edward and Bela in the movie. Often you hear people complaining about how an actor is nothing like the character they portrayed in a movie, and in what universe are they supposed to be? So Twilight was an okay series I suppose, but sometimes devoted fans get a bit too over the top about it. Please relax and maybe try reading some other books now that the Twilight mania is coming to an end.

Of course if parents are concerned about exposing their children to these books I do respect that as every family should do what they feel is best. When I was younger I used to read some books from the Sweet Valley Twins series, but my friend's mom balked when I gave her one as a birthday present. She said these books were unacceptable in her household because the twin sister Jessica was a twelve year old girl who had pretended to be fourteen so she could date a sixteen year old boy in The Older Boy. I had that particular book and my mom had even bought it for me in a group of book order books, but to be quite frank I do not even remember really reading that one. My friend's mom agree that she could read the book after she previewed it, which is always a good move for parents that have concerns about certain books or movies.

My mom and I looked at the book The Older Boy and laughed because we thought it was one of the more ridiculous books in the Sweet Valley Twins series. However, my friend's mom did not even think her daughter could even read any books from the Sweet Valley Twins series just because in one volume Jessica had lied about her age to go out with an older boy. Later on my friend's mom allowed her to read the book I had given her, even though it was not he one about dating, but told her how the part of the story about stealing a tennis racket was wrong and that made the book somewhat inappropriate. Personally I thought this was a little stringent as in the Sweet Valley Twins series the girls were never did anything outlandish, but every family has their own preferences and decides what is appropriate to read.

By the time I was in seventh grade I was already reading adult literature and decided to peruse Dances With Wolves. I wrote a comparison and contrast of the film and the movie, which highly appealed to me because it was about Native Americans and I am part Kansa Indian. As a teenager I was always a good kid and well behaved even though my parents had allowed me to read some books and watch movies that had adult situations. Interestingly many of my friends who were not allowed to read certain books or watch certain movies did so anyway when their parents were not around. I respect a parent's decision to keep their children away from material that they find objectionable, but sometimes it is more realistic and far easier to allow teenagers to choose. Honestly your kids will still be good people, but maybe this is just my point of view. Sometimes people are more tempted to do what is considered restricted, but I am only speaking from my experience of what I saw other teenagers do when I was that age.

Update: I did read the Twilight books this year just to see what these were all about, and the series was not as dull as I thought it would be. The storyline is okay, but not my favorite. If this book had came out when I was a teenager I would probably have thought Edward was not the man for Bella. I still think she should have chose Jacob instead, but that is just my take on it.

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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

Great hub. Having one's own point of view is one of the great benefits of being well-read. I HAVE thrown books against the wall, out windows, and once, out of a moving car. (I went back to get it, though.) I've also walked out of movies and plays, or fallen asleep.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Yes, I agree with walking out of a bad movie. I only stayed when my friends were still there, but if I was there alone I would definitley go :).


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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

Ok, so I'm not the first to pop in here -- big news, story of my life :)  Still, I'm here to tell you good for you for not feigning interest, and loved the hub :-)  Adding to what Teresa said about being well-read providing good basis for "choosing", I'll say reading is a very personal activity, and I don't care one bit about what's supposed to be "in", "out", "good" or "bad".  One should read as one pleases :-)


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Elena,

You are completely correct, reading is completely a personal experience. In the past I think I was too overly sensitive about telling people I did not like certain books lol. I always appreciate your comments.


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

SweetiePie you sound a lot like me...thank heavens someone shares my views about Lord of the Rings! I do admit however to having read all the Harry Potter books. :P

I tend to shock people because I don't seem to like what most people are reading, but with so many books out there and so little time, I'm going to read what I like, and not what someone deems it necessary for me to!


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

SweetiePie you sound a lot like me...thank heavens someone shares my views about Lord of the Rings! I do admit however to having read all the Harry Potter books. :P

I tend to shock people because I don't seem to like what most people are reading, but with so many books out there and so little time, I'm going to read what I like, and not what someone deems it necessary for me to!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Feline Prophet,

I just never could get into Lord of the Rings. I understand Tolkein is a brilliant writer, but I just do not plan on reading any more of his books. Many people love Harry Potter and that is perfectly understandable, I just really have no interest. Finally decided to write about some of the books I really do not seem to be as exciting about as many people, but of course these are great books. It is possible not to like a good movie or book if the subject matter does not appeal to us.


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kerryg 7 years ago from USA

To each her own, in books and life! I think a lot of fantasy and sci-fi fans (especially female fantasy and sci-fi fans) tend to feel a little bit persecuted because we're seen as weird and geeky if we like fantasy beyond the age of about 12, so I think when a fantasy book or movie hits the mainstream people tend to take it a bit overboard with the "You haven't read this? How can you not have read this?" sort of behavior. So, er, sorry.

My mom doesn't like fantasy either and she grinned and bore it for years during read-aloud sessions with her three fantasy-loving kids, but now that we're all grown up I think she is quite enjoying being able to tell us that she has no idea what we're talking about when we're discussing the ins and outs of the latest fantasy novels we're reading. :)


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Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

Sweetie Pie, it's a good idea never to feign interest in something you're not interested in. I applaud your honesty.

None of the books you mentioned made it to my top ten list, and many I have not read at all. (Twilight and Harry Potter -- they came out so recently and I've been busy.)

I liked The Hobbit, but never really got excited about Lord of the Rings, though I did read the whole trilogy. What I liked about the Hobbit was the cozy domesticity and love of comfort that Bilbo displayed. The problem with the trilogy is that it had an uncritical attitude to the labels of good and evil. Anyway, that was my analysis of why it wasn't nearly as interesting.

I had a similar reaction to the Star Wars movies. I like SF/fantasy, but there should be more to the fight between good and evil than people dressed in white battling people dressed in black.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

kerryg,

When I am around kids I try to never tell them I do not like certain books, but with adults I am a little bit more honest.  It is just hard to say a book is not your cup of tea when everyone else is gushing about it, but I have noticed many of the same people I am afraid of telling I do not like certain books do not spare me when I say I love Little House on the Prairie, Anne of Green, and Mutiny on the Bounty.  To me it is more important that we each love our favorite books and not worry what others think. 

Aya,

I am glad you enjoy SF/Fantasy books.  I have heard many people say the Hobbit is better than Lord of the Rings, but honestly I probably will not read that one either.  My interests are way more along the line of fiction historical fiction, and history texts.  Your observations about Star Wars make a lot of sense to me because I never would have thought about this.  Perhaps that would be an interesting hub topic.


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

I always go by the top rule of reading what I feel compelled to read! and this rule has stuck with me for a long time...I've read the Lord of the rings and the Hobbit and find these books are great for the imagination, but I do understand that for some the detailed descriptions do bore and thinking about them I might just yawn, but I think it is the overall story that appeals and if you like it then you do, but if if it doesn't interest then that is okay too, as there are different books for everyone.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

waynet,

I feel even odd here sometime admitting I am not a fan of these books because so many love these. I think we each love certain books, but I do agree with you that Tolkien was a very gifted and creative writer.


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weblog 7 years ago from 1India

Nice hub. I think I seriously have to start reading good books, internet is addictive!!!


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Julie-Ann Amos 7 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

well done. I have a vaguely similar hub coming soon on books. not as personal though but strangely enough twilight is in mine too!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

weblog,

If you go to google books you can read many volumes online for free.

Julie,

I love books, so I end up thinking about these quite a bit. I will definitely be interested in reading your hub when it is published.


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

My mother loves audio books when she's driving - they annoy me, though, it's too slow. I'd rather have the radio on.

I can't warm to Harry Potter, either.


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Eldritch Elegy 7 years ago

If I were a busier person (and sometimes I wish I were) I think I'd invest in some audio books. As it is, I'm like you -- I love to read actual, paper books. My poor book collection is so battered.

I too have gotten angry at books... I admit I mangled one once due to a character grating on one of my pet peeves. Why don't us helpless, hopeless females ever thank the menfolk for being so big and strong and capable and helping us eke out our meaningless existences here on Earth (I don't know if you share your character's point of view, Mr. King, but I sincerely hope not (especially given that your wife is a feminist))?

I don't like Twilight or Harry Potter. However, they're written for younger audiences, and it annoys me when adults say they "just can't get into them". They're not supposed to be strikingly mature and intelligent.


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

I quite enjoy reading some books for younger audiences even at this ripe old age! :)


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

LondonGirl,

That is the thing I do not like about audio books, these are very slow.

Eldritch,

Nice to hear some other people prefer actually books with paper still. I have no problems with reading classic childrens' books from time to time, but would not assume these are sophisticated literature either. After working with books for so many years I have learned everyone has different tastes, and age does not have to be a barrier to what we read.

Feline Prophet,

I am completely with you about how some childrens' books never go out of style. I have read some erudite history texts that are built up to be ivory towers, whereas a simple child's history text would have done a better job at explaining the facts.


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

great hub, great title - reading is actually a physical thing, curled up with a cup of tea in just the right spot - tho my husband, son and I listened to some audio books on a long trip and it made getting back into the car more tolerable but they are hard to get a grip on, i can't focus on them, nothing like a good book


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Dolores,

I agree with you about how reading is a physical interaction with the book. I have this tick where I like to smooth down the pages of a book, and you just cannot do that with an audio book or a kindle. I can understand how audio books are good for long drives, but I would prefer conversation if I were with other people, or music if I were alone.


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Lena M. 7 years ago from Toronto

I put audiobooks into my iPod, so when I'm on the bus and tremendously bored and tremendously sick of my music, I can listen to them. (Reading a book on the bus isn't my thing)

What annoys me is that with audiobooks, the person who reads them is so important! A bad reading style or a thick accent will turn me off from good writing, which is really unfortunate.

And to your comment about Twilight, I'll admit, I read the books despite all the criticism I've been faced for it. The main audience is preteens and teens, and while it's good to get them reading, in my opinion, the last book isn't all that appropriate for children. No detailed descriptions, but there's intense sex...


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

SweetiePie - my niece introduced me to a writer called Terry Pratchett yesterday and I am hugely enjoying his book 'The Wee Free Men'. He writes a sort of comic fantasy...satire actually...and even if you didn't like Harry Potter you might want to check out his Discworld series. :)


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Lena M,

I work extensively with books, so when I wrote this I was just thinking about some of the books I feel the pressure to feign interest in. People look disappointed when I do not say I love an audio book or Harry Potter, but since I wrote this I am actually becoming more assertive. Yesterday I was able to admit to someone that I really do not like the Twilight series, but I am sure it is a great book if you like that sort of thing. Thanks for sharing your observation about how Twilight is not appropriate for kids. To me I suppose it depends on the family because many parents do not believe in restricting what children read.

Each family has to do what works best for them, but I must say I turned out just fine even though I read some books that had sex in them at a young age. I read Dances With Wolves in the seventh grade and there were several adults scenes, but I by no means went and acted these out. I just do not believe in restricting reading material, but as I said each person has to do what is best for their family.

Feline,

I enjoy satirical books, so perhaps I will check out your suggestion. Thanks for sharing.


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

HI sweetiepie, it feels good...freeing actually to be able to speak of one's truth. And I love your honesty and candidness. :-) And if there is a particular movie or book that I like and you don't, that is fine with me...and we would still be friends. (chuckles) :-)


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Ripplemaker,

I can definitely always be friends with people who love different books and movies than I do :). What I will not do anymore is sit through movies I think are boring. I just cannot do it :).


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

My husband has to attend various meetings and drives quite a bit. He listens to audio books sometimes. Anyway you don't have to like what others like and vice versa. Each individual has a choice/preference and it is perfectly fine when you don't like something that is universally popular. In my office some folks when they talk about some latest games(& sports) and I don't join those conversations since I have little knowledge about it and also lesser interest in those games/sports. Don't worry when you are true to yourself then you will find company with those who appreciate this unique "you". Thumbs up for a thought provoking article. 


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dingdong 7 years ago from South India

Nice thoughts. Thumbs up, Sweetie!


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hahahahah okay, deal!


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H.D.Cyr 6 years ago

I have read the Hobit as well as the "Lord of the Ring" trilogy, and while I enjoyed them, they are not books I will ever read again.

As for Harry Potter, I'd rather see the movies.

Twilight I did try to read, but halfway through I became bored and gave the book away (the person tried to give it back but I would not take it).


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

H.D. Cyr,

You know I tried to read the first Twilight book, and I just could not get into it. I love how these hit books are encouraging kids to read over the years, but I often find I am not interested in some of the popular books that become popular movies. That being said my interest in fiction is more international, and some people hate how I read stories about people in India, or Iran, and say oh that is said. However, I am interested in history or historical fiction, so that is what engrossing me. Life is too short, and we should devote it to reading books we find interesting.


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H.D.Cyr 6 years ago

If you like historical fiction try Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series. Phenomenal.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for the recommendations HD!


ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

I tried reading fellowship of the rings. Got to the story about a man eating tree and read no farther. It was BORING. I seen all three movies. Worst thing about them was in the middle of an exciting battle the scene suddenly went to the fat hobbit and his skinny friend wandering around. So frustrating.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

ruffridyer,

I really do not enjoy the Lord of the Rings series, and cannot even try to watch it. Actually, I did watch it with a friend once, but I was so bored that I daydreamed through most of the movie. Today I really could not tell you much of what it was about, except I thought Liv Tyler was beautiful in the movie.

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