9 Books Readers Wish They Never Picked Up

While the world is filled with millions of amazing books, there are plenty out there that are pretty terrible. But how do you avoid the bad seeds on your hunt for new reads?

Luckily for you, Redditor u/Geotofffmycloud asked the subreddit r/books for avid readers' recommendations of books to stay far away from. Book lovers took to the thread with their ideas.

u/Ok_Grass8702 advised readers to avoid Go Ask Alice. “If you were depressed as a teen,” they explained, “you read this and literally wtf 0/10.”

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

u/NenyaAdfiel said, “I bought the entire Selection series at a used bookstore because they were highly recommended to me, so I figured I’d just buy the entire set. I couldn’t get beyond 20 pages into the first book, due to the vapid writing. It was painfully bad.”

The Selection Series by Kiera Kass

“That book made me afraid of Thought Crimes for so long,” u/Farwaters added. “Imagine convincing someone that bad things will happen to them just because they think about it. The law of attraction is the worst.”

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

“This book romanticized [mental illness] and the show was even worse,” added u/the-willow-witch. “I read the book as a teen and then watched the show when it came out and it put me in a seriously bad place.

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

For u/bookmagik Ugly Love was, “truly horrendous. It makes the current hype all the more confusing.” “I feel like Colleen Hoover is an acceptable answer,” added u/twopiare. “Someone recommended November 9 to me and I wish I could have that time in my life back.”

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Reddit user u/phyrestorm999 is the latter. “I was warned and I read it anyway to see if it was really that bad,” they wrote. “It is.”

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

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