12 Books I Refuse To Read


I ran the idea for this post by a few of my bookish friends. One said she was curious to read my post because she doesn’t think there’s any book she’d refuse to read.

I chose the phrase “refuse to read” over “will never read” because I don’t like using the word never. Our tastes change over time, and life experiences change our opinions so maybe someday I’ll decide to read one or more of these books. For now, though, I’m not interested.



I  tried it twice because I thought I “should” read it. Nope. I couldn’t get past a few pages either time.




A Fine Balance 

This is one of the several books on this list I’m avoiding at the advice of someone who knows me well. In this case, it’s my husband. I’ve mentioned before that he felt it was one of the heaviest books he’s ever read, and that’s saying a lot! I can handle a book that’s a downer, but I don’t want to be wallowing in despair the entire time. He and I are both empathic, so although this is fiction, it’s based on actual historical events, and those can be extra tough for someone who feels a lot.



The Road 

Same as above. I had this on my TBR list for years, and removed it after my husband told me about his experience reading it. He doesn’t think I’d like it at all.






Go Set A Watchman 

This one is a matter of principle. I’m not convinced Harper Lee wanted this book published. As a writer, I can’t bring myself to even have any interest in it.






When this book first became popular, I read the description and was curious. Then a  friend who read it (and loved it) said would be difficult for me, and advised I avoid it. Fair enough!






Still Alice    

I started this one and found it so upsetting I had to stop (at the advice of my life coach.) When a friend in my book club suggested it, I talked her out of it, which I have never done before and wouldn’t think I’d ever do. I feel like it’s sad just for the sake of being sad. No thanks.




The Nightingale  

My lovely friends watch out for me and knowing I dislike WWII era fiction, have advised I avoid this one. After reading the description, I think I would have come to that conclusion on my own!






The Giver    

I’ve never been interested in this book, and once the movie came out and I saw The Dude is in it, I swore it off for good (because I don’t want to see him in something sad).  I’m not a fan of dystopian worlds anyway, and this one sounds heartbreaking.





The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Even when this series was all the craze, it never appealed to me. Once the movie came out and I heard it was super graphic, I knew I wouldn’t tackle it.






A Little Life 

I don’t even know much about this book except it’s supposed to be gutwrenching.  Most reviews I’ve read have been one star or five star, and use words like misery, suffering, and heartbreak. At 720+ pages, that’s a bit much to tackle!





The End of Your Life Book Club 

That title tells me everything I need to know! I have friends who have read it and enjoyed it, and I believe them. I can’t get past the concept.





Son of a Witch   

I read Wicked over a decade ago, before the musical and before the rest of the books in the series came out. At the time, I was the only person I knew who didn’t like the book. I have absolutely no interest in continuing the story.





Are there any books you intentionally avoid? 



  1. Doree Weller

    August 30, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Funny that I’ve read about half of the books on this list… but we know I like dark fiction. 🙂 I tried Lolita once and couldn’t get into it, but I’ll probably try it again at some point. I’m with you on Go Set a Watchman. I feel terrible about the idea that the book was published abasing her wishes. That being said, it was published, and I probably will break down and read it at some point. I did think of one book I refuse to read: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. As far as I’m concerned, the universe is done. I read the description of it, and it annoyed me. So that’s a nope.

  2. Sara

    September 3, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    I loved, and I mean LOVED the nightingale. I also bawled which I hate to do.

    Also, the giver is so overrated. I thought it was kinda dumb.

    I started reading the Didymus Conspiracy and felt duped. It is highly rated and it wasn’t until I was about 25% through that I realized it was a “Prove that Christ is the son of God” kind of story. I’m a Christian and I was still annoyed with the author, the reviewers, and the story. I’ll never pick it up again.

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