Tuesday, January 9, 2018

What Books are You Afraid to Read?

There's this book I want to read, but I'm afraid to. Not because it's a scary book (I don't want to read scary books, I'm a big ole chicken). It's because this book deals with a topic I'm very knowledgeable about, and I'm afraid to read it in case the author didn't get it right.

This book sounds awesome. It's gotten a lot of buzz, people speak highly about it on Twitter, and from what I know of the author's social media, she seems like a really cool person. So I would love to read this book. But if the book doesn't get this one aspect correct, or worse, doesn't even include it, then it'll be ruined for me and I'll be disappointed.

I don't know what it will take for me to get over my fear and read the book. If I go to the library tomorrow and it's on display, that will be my sign from the book gods that I can read it. I will definitely take that as a sign (hint hint, book gods).

What books are you afraid to read? Why? What helps you give a book a chance? Let me know in the comments!


  1. I get nervous when a book sounds so incredibly awesome that it'll be a let down if I don't like it. I've stalled on reading some new books for months. Luckily, most of them have paid off in the end. :-)

  2. Honestly, I'm not afraid to read anything, but there are some genres I just don't touch--because I KNOW how I've responded in the past. In fact, I was talking to a friend about that today. Stories that center around WWII or slavery are just too much for me. I read for an escape. Entertainment. Not to cry. So I guess the answer is, I don't read crying books.

  3. Books about my tribe, because they're rarely accurate. (Especially fictional ones.) And books where other Native American tribes and people are the antagonists. The subject matter always upsets me, so I suppose that's like being afraid to read them.


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