I was trying to convert my mom into my Jasper Fforde loving cult and I mentioned his book Shades of Grey. My mom thought that I was talking about 50 Shades of Grey by EL James and was disgusted that I would even mention such a book. She has never read the book. All she knew was that is was about sex; she didn't even know it was about BDSM.

Approximately 60% of the books I read are written for YA or children, so I don't have the most 'highbrow' literary interests and I often feel judged for reading the books I like. I think this is why I get upset when people hate on 'bad' books, and especially when people judge the people who read 'bad' books. Expressing an opinion on why you didn't like a book is fine, but ranting on and on (and on) about how stupid Twilight is when you've never read it is aggravating.

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I've been listening to lots of new book podcasts recently; I'm trying to find a new one to become addicted to. One I episode I listened to was about The Fault in Our Stars by John Green; the podcasters didn't like it. One of the guys was actively mad at John Green for writing such a bad book. This was a respected book podcast guys.

I'm okay with people hating a book or hating their teacher for assigning a book, but don't hate the author for writing it or a reader for enjoying it. I often hear this kind of dislike for readers in regards to Twilight. I like vampires and I like large fandoms. Twilight wasn't my favorite, but I know a lot of people like it.

So I thought I would list out some "bad" books that I have read, and finished.

  • 50 Shades of Grey by EL James
  • 50 Shades Darker by EL James
  • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  • New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
  • Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max
  • Assholes Finish First by Tucker Max
  • Everything by Nicholas Sparks

And guess what? I read all those books and I am still a fully functioning adult. So lay off. Sometimes I want to enjoy a fluffy predictable Nicholas Sparks novel after I finish a more serious book.

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What "bad" books have you read? What made you read them? Did you like them? Are there any books you are embarrassed to read in public?