Let’s be honest, this list is far heftier than the limited amount I’m going to include because it’s so easy to overload a post. The title is pretty self-explanatory, however, I’ll just go over exactly what I’m doing. So, I bought some new books a few days ago (if you follow me on Instagram you’d know what I’m talking about) and I realized the space for them was limited, therefore there were books spewed all around the room
In consequence (old school transition), I was forced to clean out my shelves and, surprisingly, found a few books I knew for certain I was never going to read. Now I’m going to list said novels in this post. Doesn’t that sound fun!
The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger
Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, lands the job “a million girls would die for.” Hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the high-profile, fabulously successful editor of “Runway “magazine, Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts “Prada! Armani! Versace!” at every turn, a world populated by impossibly thin, heart-wrenchingly stylish women and beautiful men clad in fine-ribbed turtlenecks and tight leather pants that show off their lifelong dedication to the gym. With breathtaking ease, Miranda can turn each and every one of these hip sophisticates into a scared, whimpering child.
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA gives a rich and hilarious new meaning to complaints about “The Boss from Hell.” Narrated in Andrea’s smart, refreshingly disarming voice, it traces a deep, dark, devilish view of life at the top only hinted at in gossip columns and over Cosmopolitans at the trendiest cocktail parties. From sending the latest, not-yet-in-stores Harry Potter to Miranda’s children in Paris by private jet, to locating an unnamed antique store where Miranda had at some point admired a vintage dresser, to serving lattes to Miranda at precisely the piping hot temperature she prefers, Andrea is sorely tested each and every day—and often late into the night with orders barked over the phone. She puts up with it all by keeping her eyes on the prize: a recommendation from Miranda that will get Andrea a top job at any magazine of her choosing. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, however, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether or not the job is worth the price of her soul.
First of all, that summary:
Now that we’ve commented on that; my reasoning for not reading this one: After watching the movie, I can honestly say I have no interest in reading the written version. The movie was boring (to me anyway), not to mention, it wasn’t something I’d normally watch, but I gave it a chance and wasted my time. The whole naive girl turns devil woman is just snooze worthy and I’m not interested in fashion or reading about someone being treated like shit for a JOB, nope I’m out.
Something Borrowed – Emily Giffin
Rachel has always been the consummate good girl—until her thirtieth birthday, when her best friend, Darcy, throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy’s fiancé. Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for the one guy she should run from. As the September wedding date nears, Rachel knows she has to make a choice. In doing so, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren’t always neat, and sometimes you have to risk all to win true happiness.
I didn’t mind the movie. It was cliche and mushy with a huge side of cheesy, but I didn’t hate it, however, I got a strong feeling I would hate the book. Surprisingly (or not) I don’t enjoy reading Chick Lit. The narration always ends up sounding ranty without substance. Something Borrowed is the quintessential Chick Lit novel and I don’t see the point in reading it – sometimes the movie is enough.
How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff
Fifteen-year-old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she’s never met: three boys near her age, and their little sister. Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives. The next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy.
As power fails, and systems fail, the farm becomes more isolated. Despite the war, it’s a kind of Eden, with no adults in charge and no rules, a place where Daisy’s uncanny bond with her cousins grows into something rare and extraordinary. But the war is everywhere, and Daisy and her cousins must lead each other into a world that is unknown in the scariest, most elemental way.
The explanation for this is quite simple: I read some very incriminating reviews for this book from reviewers I trust, so nah, I’ll just leave this be.
One Day – David Nicholls
It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another.
Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.
Twenty years, two people, one day.
I couldn’t make it through the movie. I also read the first chapter and wasn’t feeling it. Besides, it seems sickly romantic – I’ll pass.
Confessions of a Shopaholic – Sophie Kinsella
MEET BECKY BLOOMWOOD, AN IRRESISTIBLE HEROINE WITH A BIG HEART, BIG DREAMS — AND JUST ONE LITTLE WEAKNESS …
Becky Bloomwood has what most twenty-five-year-olds only dream of: a flat in London’s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season’s must-haves. The only trouble is, she can’t actually afford it — not any of it. Her job writing at Successful Savingmagazine not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. Still, how can she resist that perfect pair of shoes? Or the divine silk blouse in the window of that ultra-trendy boutique? But lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from Visa and the Endwich Bank — letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read — and they’re getting ever harder to ignore. She tries cutting back; she even tries making more money. But none of her efforts succeeds. Her only consolation is to buy herself something … just a little something …
Finally, a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life — and the lives of those around her — forever.
Another Chick Lit novel with a bad movie adaptation, since I’ve already mentioned my lack of interest in that genre I’m just going to explain that the idea of this novel makes me cringe something serious. To be honest, I don’t even remember why it was on my TBR.
So that concludes my list of books previously on my TBR after coming to the realization that I was never going to read them. Do you have any novels on your virtual TBR or real TBR shelf that you realized you’d never read? Leave a comment to share yours!