Sunday Coffee – All Too Disturbing

IMG_4222Everyone these days seems to be reading You by Caroline Kepnes. Reading it and praising it. And this book…I just can’t read it. I tried. I picked up the audiobook and began to listen, but it wasn’t long before I had to turn it off. I tried the print version, thinking perhaps it was just the audio. Nope. I shut the book. In the end, the narrator was just too disturbing for me to continue.

I admit, I’m kind of a wuss when it comes to certain kinds of disturbing books. I can handle something like Lolita just fine, when I know others have the same squeamish reaction I had to You. But some books are just too much for me. Even when I really want to read them. Like Sandra Brannan’s Liv Bergen mysteries. I love Brannan – she’s an awesome person and I’m super happy to have met her at BEA in 2010 – but every time I’ve tried to read through the first in that series, I’m so disturbed that I have to put it away. Brannan, like Kepnes, just writes so frickin’ well that the creep-factor shudders right through me!

This is totally a recommendation of both the above books, btw, even if I can’t make it through them…

Do y’all have books that are just NO!!! books for you, because they’re disturbing or something similar? What are your creep-boundaries?

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15 Responses to Sunday Coffee – All Too Disturbing

  1. Deepika Ramesh says:

    I see you, Amanda. When it comes to fiction, I read all kinds of books. But, self-help books creep me out. 😉 Like I couldn’t handle ‘Men Are From Mars…’ 🙂


  2. Kailana says:

    Well, I couldn’t get through Lolita… That book creeped me out. lol


  3. Kristilyn says:

    I remember reading Wetlands by Charlotte Roche and I just felt icky the whole way through. Same thing with Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk. I don’t know how I got through both of those, but never again! Surprisingly, Lolita never bugged me, maybe because it didn’t seem like much happened outside of the narrator’s head? I have seen You at the library so I might have to try it one of these days!


  4. Jenn L. says:

    I also couldn’t get through Room. Non-consensual/violent sex scenes are quite triggering/traumatizing for me. It’s a deal breaker if children or animals are abused/killed.


    • Amanda says:

      Totally makes sense. I have dealbreakers that are traumatizing to me, too, though they’re kind of odd, and not the same as the disturbing factor from these books.


  5. Ceri says:

    I have to be honest, I don’t think I’ve actually ever put a book down because it was too much. Not that I can remember anyway. I know when I was reading Lolita last month there were a few times I thought to myself, ‘This is making me feel funny. I’m not sure I’m going to get through this’ but I pushed through. I actually haven’t heard of You until now so maybe I’ll give it a go sometime.


  6. gricel says:

    I can’t do anything with violence to animals. I feel the same way about TV shows. Also have issues with descriptions of violence towards women, or detailed descriptions of murder/mutilation/torture. Just can’t.


  7. Michelle says:

    Honestly, my NO books are ones involving adultery as instigated by the female in the relationship. When a girl will do anything to sleep with a married man, I just cannot read about it. Give me the grossest, most disturbing passage in the world, and I have no problems. A woman sleeping with another woman’s man? NOPE!


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