Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, in which we all talk about a bookish topic and have fun making lists. This week, I’m going rogue. It happens.
I began drafting this post rather than talking about authors I was dying to meet (as an introvert I tend to like the idea of meeting authors more than the near-crippling anxiety of actually doing so – although shout out to Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman, who are just the most delightful human beans and made it terribly easy to just sit and sip tea). But, err, life etc, so instead you’re getting in place of musings on fandom, which I don’t really know what to do with. So brace yourselves: time for an old prompt, calling out books that everyone but me has read already.
I’ll start with books that I’ve never even been tempted to read (and it’s highly unlikely I ever will be). Unreasonable? Probably. Irrational? That too.
Harry Potter and… J K Rowling
Yep, it’s true. I’ve not read a single Harry Potter. I enjoyed the films – they are comfort food go-to movies – but I have never felt the motivation to pick up a children’s book that wasn’t a book I read as a child (if you follow me). I’m sure there’s excellent world-building and more nuance, but… I don’t feel like I’ve missed out.
Dragonriders of Pern – Anne McCaffrey
These have been on bookshelves my whole life, and neither the blurb nor the covers ever called to me. Having had them described to me recently, I now actively don’t want to go anywhere near them as they include things that wouldn’t have bothered me as a teen but would trigger rant mode now. I’d rather stumble into rants by accident.
Discworld – Terry Pratchett
In what may be a classic case of nose, cutting, face and spite, I’ve never read any Pratchett in part because various friends have tried to push me into it. I have a stubborn, and it has only got more entrenched over the years (I can see you’re not shocked). However, it’s also true that I rarely enjoy comic novels – with an almost 100% strike rate on comic fantasy. I did once read a snippet – but it confirmed this is Not For Me.
Twilight – Stephanie Meyer
If you’re a regular visitor, you probably know me well enough to imagine the rant that might ensue if I read Twilight. I do love a vampire novel. But not like this. Not like this. Most of my most hated romance tropes with a side of several more tropes that I find distasteful. Oh, and werewolves. I’m not saying I can’t like werewolves, but it takes a special book to convince me. The other kind of special.
Fifty Shades… – E L James
Quite apart from the rumour that Fifty Shades started out as Twilight fanfic, I’m sure it will surprise nobody that this is another book I never need to read.
Thankfully, I can also think of plenty of books that I am so excited to finally catch up on, because being among the last to get to them (among my reading buddies) has a way of semi-regularly reminding me that I am missing out.
Greatcoats – Sebastian de Castell
Swashbuckling. Disgraced heroes. Troubled times. Unbreakable vows. It’s the Musketeers in a new set of swishy coats, and I am RIGHT HERE for that. Blame Faye Dunaway. Or maybe Oliver Platt. We won’t mention more recent outings. I just like men with swords who have a point to prove, okay?
Planetfall / After Atlas – Emma Newman
Haunting personal stories in a space diaspora? Yes, this too sounds Right Up My Street, and Newman’s full frontal assault on sexism in the Split Worlds is sufficient for me to give any of her work consideration.
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
Any book that manages to be nominated for literary prizes and genre prizes deserves my attention, not least because I loved other works by Mitchell. I’m prepared to pretend I never tried to watch the Wachowski’s attempt at a film.
The Craft Sequence – Max Gladstone
I hear nothing but good things about these books – and will you just look at those covers? Yes, yes, don’t judge, whatever, these covers scream pick me up and love me and I really need to get round to doing just that. To be honest, Gladstone had me at magical lawyers and dead gods.
Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire
I’ve left this so long there’s a sequel. I have no excuses. I’m dying to find out what happens to the children who survive their trips to portal fantasies and have to come to terms with being returned to their own world. Just the concept has me breaking out in rounds of applause. Bravo. Bravo.
What do you feel you everyone but you has read (and do you care)?