I read the first book in A Song of Ice and Fire and started the second but ended up throwing it across the room since it was so violent. I feel like I'm missing out since everybody seems to love these books so much and the TV show is pretty popular...but I can't seem to get into it. The violence and sexual violence was just too prominent for me - it all felt too real and it used to give me nightmares.

I'm not sure why these books used to freak me out so much - I used to read a bunch of horror all the time! Does this happen to anyone else? Any books out there that you just can't read?