Happy Thursday, bloggers. I don’t know about all of you, but I am ready for the weekend to be here! I have quite a bit of homework to catch up on because I took on a lot of extra hours this week to help cover the desk at work. Everyone and their children have been getting sick!
For today’s Thoughtful Thursday, I’m interested in what books you refuse to read and/or what keeps you from giving any particular book a chance. There are always books that get a lot of hate from one side, but are acclaimed on another.
For me, it’s mostly content-based. No matter how well-written a book might be, if it covers something that makes me way too uncomfortable, I’ll avoid it. There are some books that make me uncomfortable because I’m personally sensitive to those topics, but I may continue to read them anyway if I think they offer good representation of an underappreciated or underrepresented group or identity.
One book that I absolutely refuse to read is All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood. I won’t go into too much detail about its story, but it does focus on the desperate and apparently romantic relationship between an adolescent and a significantly older gentleman. Many have praised this book for its beautiful writing which has undoubtedly swayed them into “rooting” for the main characters. But many are not at all pleased or tempted to pick this one up because of the “unconventional” relationship it seems to justify.
No judgment and no shame permitted here. What’s a book that you would never read OR what kinds of books do you refuse to pick up?