Sunday, July 23, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] Reading Toxic Books

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another. 

For this week's question, Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books asks:
Have you ever read a book or books you would consider 'toxic' because of the effect it (they) had on you? If so, which one(s)?

My answer:
Oh! What a great question!! In the past year, I have been making more of an effort to DNF books that I really don't like or have a really bad reaction to (for a full list of my DNF's on Goodreads, feel free to click here). With the help of my DNF Policy, it has been going pretty well!

However, when reading this question, there were two books that I DNFed this year that immediately came to mind.

The first book that really got to me recently was The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I had a number of issues with this book, most of which were simply about the flow of the storyline, and other such things. However, I decided to DNF this book because of the depression and suicide related content. I know many people that struggle with depression that found this book more readable, but for me personally, this book was toxic. One scene in particular hit too close to home and I felt physically ill over it.

The second book that was toxic to me was Liefdom: A Tale from Perilisc by Jesse Teller. There were so many very unnecessary rape scenes! Needless to say, I didn't make it very far into this book.

Thanks for reading!
What books did you personally find to be toxic?


  1. Oh gosh! These books do sound so toxic!! Thanks for letting me know. :/

  2. Ohh great answer I've been wanted too read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath for a long time, because I suffer from mental illness. But I think I will pass if it has toxic scene in the book that will make you physical ill than that's a complete no for me too read the book. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog hop and have a great Sunday Erica.

    1. Yeah... that specific scene wasn't too graphic or anything, but it hit way too close to what I had been through.

  3. Great answer, Erica! So glad you liked the question!! Other participants objected to the use of the word "toxic", but I think it's entirely appropriate, when a book can actually make you feel physically ill!

    I've never read "The Bell Jar" for the reasons you state. As for the other book, it sounds totally nauseating. Besides, it seems that the author might have taken some sadistic pleasure in writing all those rape scenes. UGH.

    A book won't literally kill you, but it can indeed poison your mind and emotions. Sometimes it can even affect your body! Good for you for DNFing those books!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Have a great week! <3 :)

    1. Definitely, this is such a great question! I know a lot of people in my personal bookish life that have certain genres that are totally toxic to them. For example, I have a friend with an alcoholic parent. She cannot read anything about alcoholism mixed with parenting. It immediately puts her in a bad place.

      And yeah, DNFing is so important! It makes me so sad to see readers push through a book even though it's giving them an horrible experience.

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

  4. I wouldn't like those books either. I DNF books that I don't like or can't get into.

    1. Same here! I used to be so stubborn and never DNF books. I'm so glad I let that go! I've DNFed so many this year!