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34 Books People Refuse To Read That Will Surprise You

"If you put a gun to my head and ordered me to read Twilight, it would still take me a couple of seconds to think it over."

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1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling


"I’m in the like 5% that hasn’t read Harry Potter, and I don’t plan to. I’m sure they’re good, but I just would find biographies more interesting." —basilleaves

"The fans are just so obnoxious." —geocallie

2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Back Bay Books

"Every pretentious, boring 18- to 30-year-old guy says it is their favorite book. It just seems like a whiny, first-world problems, entitled kid bitching." —kylas408c8f2bd


3. It by Stephen King


"My mom read it when it originally came out, and now has a deathly fear of clowns. She can barely look at Ronald McDonald, and refuses to ever read another Stephen King novel. Scared me away for life!" —amandam4a4ceffe6

"I have no interest in reading an entire chapter dedicated to a group of preteens having a gangbang as a 'bonding' exercise. Both movie adaptations left it out for a reason." —Nicky Kathryn, Facebook

5. Nicholas Sparks' books

Grand Central Publishing

"Those sappy Nicholas Sparks books. Ugh! Gag me with a spoon! If I wanted to be pumped full of sap, I'd hook an IV up to a maple tree and do it that way." —Jacki Demchak, Facebook

6. John Green's books

Dutton Books

"I know he isn't trendy anymore, but every time I would hear his work described, it just seemed overly pretentious; like it was something you read because you thought it made you look 'smart' or 'worldly' or 'deep' rather than reading it because you enjoyed the writing." —Kathy Garner, Facebook


10. YA books

"By this point I've pretty much written off YA books entirely, and I'm slightly annoyed by the overemphasis the media puts on telling us we MUST read books written for tweens and teenagers or be called 'elitist' for holding back...because evidently reading at one's age level is considered 'elitist' now. In a good faith effort to see what the hype is about, I've given several of them a try (at least enough to give them a skim read) and have been disappointed in every one without exception.

And whenever someone recommends to me a YA book, I can usually think of at least one equivalent book for adults that I've liked better. I'm not saying that every single YA book is inferior, but I'm just not interested in spending the time it would take to find the good ones that may exist when I've got so many books that are more in line with my interests clamoring for attention." —Kevin Gassaway, Facebook


11. The Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth

Katherine Tegen Books

"I will never read the Divergent series, ever, because too many people kept telling me that I 'had to read it' and that I was 'missing out.' It ended up pissing me off so much that I declared that I would never read it. I refuse to even watch the movies now." —mowliberty

14. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad


"I hate Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad with a burning hatred rivaling only that of my hatred for Donald Trump and racism. That book is pure racist imperialist bullshit. We were supposed to read it my senior year, and I only made it 10 pages in before I quit in a rage. I railed against that book the whole time we went over it. Still feel the same way now." —catalinac45fdaaef9


17. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin


"I haven't seen the show. I'm sure I'd like it. I'm sure I'd enjoy at least some of the books but I'm also sure that I can't make that kind of commitment, holy shit." —akerkhoff

18. Victorian novels

"For me, it's Victorian novels and other novels along similar lines that are written with different English. I read a couple of those books in high school (Great Expectations, for example) and it was hard to read. I love reading but those books and their writing style just make it hard to understand the plot and boring to read." —Dominecc Martin, Facebook


19. Charles Dickens' books


"I refuse to read anything by Dickens. I get that he was paid by the word and all, but his books are just so dry and monotonous — not to mention he barely writes likeable characters." —natashar4eb7d02d0

22. The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien


"I just can’t bring myself to do it. I see them, I see how many pages there are, I just can’t wrap my head around actually being able to focus on the same story for that long. The whole fantasy realm just doesn’t grab my attention at all." —frenzicartist


24. Contemporary books

"Basically any contemporary novel/book. I just can't be bothered with that genre. I feel like I can get everything that is in a contemporary novel and more in a fantasy novel, or a science fiction one, or a mystery or a historical fiction novel." —n48a45f676

25. Watership Down by Richard Adams


"It's one of my best friend's most recommended books, but I don't care if it's important or significant metaphorically, I don't want to read animal snuff/torture." —Stephanie Creede, Facebook

26. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher


"The whole book has no delicacy and care when it comes to the subject of suicide and depression. It gives a bad idea to a potentially vulnerable age group. And it inspired the disgusting TV adaptation." —Fuzzzballl


27. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess


"It’s a favorite for most, but I will probably never read A Clockwork Orange. Sorry, but I have no desire in delving into a mind of a rapist and actually rooting for him." —Reynee D Rainey, Facebook

28. John Steinbeck's books


"I refuse to read anything by John Steinbeck now. Everything I was forced to read of his in school was ridiculously depressing. The 'Red Pony' dies in like the first two chapters, the 'Pearl' ruins everyone's lives and ends up causing a baby's death, and Grapes of Wrath is just a saga of painful things to think about. NO MORE." —amalialynnh

29. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins


"I won’t lie, I’ve seen the movies, I’ve also attempted the first novel twice. I just couldn’t get into the writing style or the idea of the whole thing." —samanthaf470a6bef1

30. William Faulkner's books


"He writes in dialect which makes it incredibly difficult to read unless you're proficient in deep, Southern, half-word slang. I'm from Arkansas but Faulkner is just too much." —lsanders2016


31. Autobiographies

"I refuse to read autobiographies in general, just because I feel like although the person can bring unique insight on their life, their own judgment/memory can cloud some of the details or make them more biased." —thatfandomtrash

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