For whatever reason, sometimes a book just doesn’t connect with readers. Maybe it’s a recycled story that has been done to death. Maybe unrealistic characterization is to blame. Maybe, just maybe, readers love a book so much that they feel cheated, despondent and contract a case of the “post-book devouring” blues. In any case, not all reading experiences are good ones. This week’s LitStaff pick concerns the books we’ve regretted reading. Let us know what you think, LitStackers. What books do you wish you hadn’t read? We want to hear from you!

*The opinions expressed in our weekly LitStaff Picks are, respectfully, those of the individual contributors and may not reflect the opinions of the Editors.*

5 thoughts on “Staff Pick: Books I Wish I Hadn't Read”

  1. Interesting choices and ideas! I think the book I would most like to erase from my memory would be Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go. Not because it's a bad book, but because I was completely not expecting how emotionally drained it would make me feel! I have read depressing books before. The Road is a good example, but I was ready for that! All my brother said to me before handing me Never Let Me Go was, 'there's a bit of a twist but I don't want to give it away'. This was just as I was leaving to go on a romantic, relaxing weekend away in the sunny countryside. It certainly wasn't a sunny holiday for my mood!

  2. On Eat, Pray Love: I loved the first half of that book, but no matter what–I couldn't get myself to read the second half. I guess right now I'm stuk more in the physical world, I can't yet wrestle the spiritual side of things…

    On Bag of Bones: I've heard so many wonderful things about this book lately. I'm not a fan of a lot of King's stuff (Insomnia comes to mind), but I loved Salem's Lot. Maybe this is a read that'll keep me up at night.

    On American Psycho: I read his Less Than Zero about ten yrs ago, and just can't fathom why the man has a cult following. I must be missing something here…

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