Four famous book series I’ve never read

I have been dreading to actually write about this because I’m ashamed that I have never read these series.

It feels like everybody has read these books and I feel weird because I know I will not enjoy them. Even though I really, really like reading and these series have sold millions of copies which mean they might be good I just don’t feel they are they kind of books that would engage my attention.

Also I should admit that the series I will be mentioning have been made into major motion pictures or TV shows and sadly against my own rule I have watched them.

I know, I know, I’m a terrible person.

Please don’t hate or you know citizen me for not reading these books and claiming to be an avid reader. I do read a lot and there are just certain kinds of books and/or stories that just don’t appeal to me. But if they are movies or TV shows I will probably watch them.

Here are the series I don’t think I’ll ever read or finish.

Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

With Game of Thrones I have not either read or watched the show, but I know for sure I will not be reading the books. The show seems interesting and I know sooner or later I will be watching it, but the kind of story and the plot of the book just doesn’t appeal to me.

I know that it goes against reader’s “rules” that you watch a show or a movie before you read the book because you know the motion picture will never do justice to the plot and detail of the book.

But like I said, Game of Thrones is not something that is up my alley or that I would ever bother picking up and reading. It might be wonderful for people who like violence and that romance is nowhere near the plot of the story, but for me, this one just doesn’t cut it. Besides the books are huge and my limit is close to 600 pages I don’t think a book that is over that could be that interesting.

Again just the way my brain works, not that I judge or think that is bad, it’s just me.

George R. R. Martin website

George R. R. Martin website

Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

With this series, I’ve tried. God have I tried. Once I watched the first movie it got me intrigued as to where the series could be going and what was omitted from the film, but I just couldn’t.

The kind of story this series tells is not something that got me excited to read. I just felt bored and I skipped through the pages and ended up not finishing the book. For some reason it didn’t appeal to me. I felt like I was losing my love for books and reading, but then I realized that it was just not my type of book.

I’ve seen all the films and I can say I liked them, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to watch them again or own the film. They were okay but even after seeing all the films I just know that this kind of story is not something I like. Maybe I’m wrong and maybe later on I will dive into the story, but as of now I just don’t see it happening.

Buttonwood Books website

Buttonwood Books website

 Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Well this series I’ll admit I did read the first and second book but I just couldn’t get past that. When I went to watch the film I got very excited for the book and I wanted to see why the fans had hated the movie.

Yes the film didn’t do the first book justice at all, and well let’s not even talk about the TV show. The same thing happened like with the other series when I tried to read this one. It just wasn’t my kind of story, I found myself skipping through pages and just not wanting to go continue to read the story.

I thought it was going to be like when I read Twilight. I watched the film and then I read the stories and I loved them, but no, that didn’t happen with the Mortal Instruments.

Everybody seems to love this series, even my roommate and she doesn’t really read much, so it blows that this story is just not for me.

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

I saved this one for last because, well everybody knows about the boy who lived and the books are so popular and the films are one of the most successful franchise of all time and I just… ugh, I wish I could get into the books, honestly.

Being completely honest with you guys, when I was in high school and the Harry Potter movies were still being produced I tried to read them. There was just one little problem, my native language is not English and I felt like it was going to be more of a painful task than what it was supposed to be for fun.

So when I wanted to actually read it and when I know I was in the mood to read the books I didn’t, and now that I’m older and I know I can take on the challenge the story just doesn’t appeal to me anymore.

I know that reading the books would be amazing and it would love the series even more, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. I’ve tried seriously, I even checked out Philosopher’s Stone and the Chamber of Secrets from the library and I thought it would be motivation enough, to have them on my shelf staring at my begging me to read them, but I just couldn’t.

It makes me sad that such a wonderful book cannot attract my attention because if the films were amazing, I can just imagine how wonderful the books are. But like I said, I just can’t.

Barns & Nobel

Barns & Nobel

Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.

Now that you know my deep darkest secret, what do you think? Have you read any of these series?

What are the book series you have not read?

Which ones are you ashamed of not reading?

Let me know!

Read you guys later


One thought on “Four famous book series I’ve never read

  1. Sara Giboney says:

    I was obsessed with the Hunger Games, but Harry Potter never appealed to me. I also tried to read Twilight (I know, so old!), but I couldn’t get into it. And no, you are not a terrible person for not reading books, but watching the TV/movie adaptation ; )

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