This week's Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie, so I picked an easy one for me.
1. Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by E.L. James
I work in a bookstore and it almost makes me cry how many women buy this. I've read a page and just had to laugh at the awful writing. As for the subject matter, I'm not really sure what this means for society-are we more liberated because we can talk about this openly or more constrained because this aggressively enforces traditional gender roles? Anyway, just say no.
2. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
I read Angels and Demons. Never again.
3. The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
Sorry, Pynchon fans out there. I'm not doing this to myself.
4. Finnegan's Wake by James Joyce
I may actually get to Ulysses. But I will not go this far.
5. The Twilight books
I read the first chapter of the first book. Thanks to friends, students, and reviews, I know basically everything that happens and I don't need to suffer through it to make fun of it.
6. The Pretty Little Liars series
7. Anything by James Patterson
8. Why Men Love Bitches, Why Men Marry Bitches, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, He's Just Not That Into You, Men Are from Mars, Women Are From Venus and any other self-improvement book that enforces gender stereotypes
9. One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf
My mom read it recently and thought it was awful.
10. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
I'm just never going to finish it. I've accepted that.
*Disclaimer* I am a book snob. I admit it. I recognize that some of these books are fun and enjoyable reads for people who don't want to have to work at their reading. I do get that and I'm not judging you (too much). On the flip side, some of these are for people who like to work at their reading far more than I do. I may be a snob, but I am not up to the more esoteric offerings of twentieth century modernism. Don't judge me (too much)!
Really though, especially in terms of reading, I believe this:
To each, their own.