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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.”

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

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

Scholastic

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

“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

Back Bay Books

It by Stephen King

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

Scribner

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

“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.” —Beverley Carry, Facebook

Little Brown

Nicholas Sparks’ books

Nicholas Sparks' books

“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

Grand Central Publishing

John Green’s books

John Green's 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

Dutton Books

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

“It’s John Green’s most loathed book and I trust his judgment.” —LindsayAriel

Signet

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

“Everyone I’ve ever met that says this is their favorite book is always a pretentious douche.” —kthomas8836

Penguin

Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

“Literally would rather watch paint dry. Or follow a snail across a tarmac. Or put together an all-black puzzle.” —jessieowenp

Vintage

“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

The Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth

The Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth

“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

Katherine Tegen Books

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

“It’s like 500 words about short people that don’t exist.” —olivias4cb608226

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

“My mom became a vegetarian for 15 years after reading it and I have no intention of finding out why.” —Acacia Martin

Penguin

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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

Penguin

The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump

The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump

“I’m not about to read something by Trump.” —amtrakaround

Random House

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

“I’m turned off by the premise. No fat guy/gal books for this well-padded reader.” —Lana Creer-Harris, Facebook

Grove Weidenfeld

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

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

Bantam

“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

Charles Dickens’ books

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

Bantam

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

“So many books and I just can’t. It just seems so boring omg.” —zcamargov

Margaret K. McElderry Books

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

“I wouldn’t ever read Lolita. I have so much contempt for the subject of the story. Never.” —Roberta TMS

Vintage

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

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

HarperCollins

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

“Everyone’s told me to push through the first few chapters but — why? If I can’t make it through that part why should I keep reading?” —kellyd4b83ad08c

Broadway 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

Watership Down by Richard Adams

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

Penguin

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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

Razorbill

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

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

Penguin

John Steinbeck’s books

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

Penguin

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

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

Scholastic

William Faulkner’s books

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

Vintage

“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

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

“I don’t want to read it because I know I’ll be disappointed and can’t feel that way for Queen Rowling.” —ashima1606

Little, Brown and Company

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

“This book holds a lot of problems like cheating and slut-shaming and I’m not going to read a book that holds these topics I’m against.” —sophiekleinheerenbrink

Speak

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

“What a bunch of nonsense.” —MrsH810

Atria Books

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