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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.

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.


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?

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