Feb 13 2017 9:13am

What Book Have You Put Off Reading and Why?

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There are many classics I have put off reading because I know it'll tear me apart. Much like TV shows and movies, that I can only watch once (I'm looking at you, The Notebook), there are some books that have proven too intense for a first read, let alone a reread. Is there a book that is too intense, but you want to read? Have thought about reading it and put it off? 

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Heather Waters
1. HeatherWaters
Sometimes I put things off for no good reason other than...I have to be in the right mood.
2. lauralee1912
Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman. To Kill a Mockingbird is a family favorite and after reading the early reviews of the second book, I have been hesitant to read it.
3. KristaH
OMG I have so many. I have put off reading "Gus" by Kim Holden because "Bright Side" almost killed me. I have put off reading "Outlander" because I don't know if I can slog through all the history stuff (I'm not into historicals, but I love the show). But mostly I put off books I know are going to make me cry.
4. Janga
I don't think I put off reading books. There are books I know I will never read. Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman is one. I canceled my preorder after reading about the book. I spent too many years reading essays in which undergraduates wrote movingly about why To Kill a Mockingbird was their favorite book to willingly read a book that changed the character of Atticus Finch. There are also books that I have started (some several times) and never finished. War and Peace, Finnegans Wake, and Outlander all fall in that category. There are others, such as Flowers from the Storm (Laura Kinsale) and Cry No More (Linda Howard) that I read once but am unlikely to reread--even though I am a devoted rereader--because the first read was too intense to bear repeating.
5. ashnesbitt
I have recently put off reading Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo because of how the previous series ended and I fear this will be the same. They were GREAT books (Grisha Trilogy) BUT they ending reminded me of the end of The Hunger Games where everyone was happy...but not reeaaally happy. I think I am just looking for a real happy ending right now!
Jennifer Proffitt
6. JenniferProffitt
@Janga, I think I'm more in your camp of just agreeing to never read it, knowing it may ruin/put me off the overall experience. Oh, but I'll disagree on Flowers from the storm--I LOVE that book and have reread it several times, even though I put off reading it for so long!
7. TanyaLK
@KristaH, I've also put off finishing the Outlander series because they're sooo long. Though they're always amazing, so I just need to get my butt in gear, suck up, and catch up on the series.
8. nihcki
I put off reading MOST popular series, because I hate having to wait for the next book, sometimes a year between them. By then I've moved on to other authors or genres. So I wait until I've finished a current (usually lengthy) series before starting a new one. I've limited myself to two series at a time (Charlie Cochet's Thirds and Larissa Ione's Demonica right now) to speed-up the process, lol. Next up for me are Santino Hassell's Five Boroughs and Cyberlove series, Kit Rocha's Beyond series, and a few waiting between books!
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