Here is my list of Books I Will Probably Never Read But Might Try One Day If I Break My Leg Or Something. Mostly these are books which look either too long or too scary or too difficult to tackle (or in some cases all three). I can’t say I feel particularly guilty about not having read any of these books – I’m just painfully aware of their presence…
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
This book is a staple of pretty much every major reading list and is supposedly considered a masterpiece yet most people I know either didn’t finish it and the ones who did finish it didn’t really enjoy it. At the moment, it just doesn’t seem like it is worth my time.
A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
I picked up a cheap copy of this book ages ago. It is an absolute monster of a novel (nearly 900 pages) set during the French Revolution. I managed ‘Wolf Hall’ probably because I have a reasonable amount of background knowledge about the Tudors but even though I get through books relatively quickly, I don’t think I would have the concentration to finish this one unless I was bedridden and seriously bored of daytime television.
The Children’s Book by A. S. Byatt
I am intrigued by the initial scenario behind this novel but I have not enjoyed Byatt’s other work much. I ended up skimming most of the second half of ‘Possession’ which I found very tedious to read. I then tried the first of the Frederica Potter novels, ‘The Virgin in the Garden’, which I thought might be easier to get into but that one also defeated me. Will ‘The Children’s Book’ turn out to be third time lucky?
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
I have seen so many people turn worryingly pale when they talk about this book that I am already terrified by it. If it is any more disturbing than ‘Crash’ by J. G. Ballard, then I think I might give this one a miss. Please let me know what you think.
Which books will you probably never read? Should I give these books a go or continue to ignore them forever?