Today I tlked to a friend about books and she mentioned a few were I thought, that almost everybody I know has read this one or the other one or both - except me. It got me thinking, I've never read 'Lord Of The Rings', the Harry Potter books or even a James Patterson book. It never occured to me to read 'The Kite Runner' or 'Water For Elephants'. The topics just weren't interesting enough for me and I usually don't expect much of authors who publish more then one book a year. Sometimes people ask me why I am willingly missing those books and I always tell them that just because a book is on the NYT bestsellerlist it doesn't have to be good. I probably would be crucified to mention the word favoritism. However, which "mainstream" books did you pass ? Are you planning to read one of those books ? If 'yes', why and which one ? Do you have those books on your shelf but always prefered to choose another book and than another book ? I'm admitting here, I've got 'Lord of the rings' and the Harry Potter books on my shelf but never touched them.