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These are books I don’t want to be caught dead with….

There are books with saucy covers which do not justify how much substance the novels actually are. I recall Sputnik Sweetheart and South of the Border and West of the Sun of Haruki Murakami.

But these are books that I really, I stress, really don’t want to be caught dead reading it on the train…. not even at home.


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A bookaholic that went out of control.... I eat, sleep and breathe books. Well, lately I do other stuff.


35 thoughts on “These are books I don’t want to be caught dead with….

  1. There is another series now that is supposed to be better… Bared to You. LOL!! I don’t like the recent trend. I would never be caught with one of them because I refuse to pick them up!

    Posted by Ti | July 10, 2012, 8:05 pm
  2. I read the first of this series and liked it. I’ll be happy to be caught dead with it, just prefer not to be caught dead at all. πŸ™‚

    No, I’m not the sort of person to read these books, but I read the first one especially to be able to make the sort of comments you’re now making. But then informed. Only… I liked it!

    Posted by Leeswammes | July 10, 2012, 8:08 pm
    • Judith,
      Curiousity always kill the cat. lol. I read those Twilight series too, because I was curious but not these. I made these comments because I am dead set in not reading them.

      Posted by JoV | July 10, 2012, 9:06 pm
  3. just awful rewritten fan fiction how dire ,can’t believe how well its sold ,all the best stu

    Posted by winstonsdad | July 10, 2012, 9:01 pm
  4. Me neither! Even at bookstores, I seem to be avoiding shelves stocking these books like the plague!

    Posted by Athira | July 11, 2012, 1:04 am
  5. Oh argh, me too! Like you, I gave in to curiosity about Twilight, but I refuse to have these in my hand. I read an excerpt in someone’s blog and that was quite enough!

    Posted by Amritorupa Kanjilal | July 11, 2012, 7:37 am
  6. My comment got eaten! Can’t reconstruct it all again, but snap, I refuse to know about or have anything to do with these crappy books, or read all the drivel in the newspapers about them.

    Posted by Maxine | July 11, 2012, 9:46 am
  7. Sorry, people. I just don’t understand. Why are you talking about a book that is not in your genre and that you don’t intend to read? You don’t mention the 1,000,000 other erotic fiction books (with half-naked men on the cover) that you don’t want to read either.

    Why do you mention this one? Because of the hype? Isn’t it clear (to others) that this is not your sort of book? Do you have to make a point about it?

    I read this and I had THE SAME prejudices as you guys against the book to start with. But it wasn’t all that bad. It’s not my genre and I don’t intend to read more of this type of book (the series, maybe, I’m not sure). Anyway, if this is not your genre and you don’t want to go to the trouble of reading it, just ignore it. Please. Do not talk about this book if you haven’t read it. You don’t know what you’re talking about.

    #rant over

    Posted by Leeswammes | July 11, 2012, 1:07 pm
  8. I can’t believe the noise that is being made over these books. When things were quieter I heard what they were about and thought not for me to be honest. However they have got a lot of people I know reading, who would generally never read, and I really hope that they continue to read after these books.

    Posted by jessicabookworm | July 11, 2012, 2:38 pm
  9. Why? what’s wrong with the books?

    i don’t want to caught dead with twilight series πŸ˜‰

    Posted by Novroz | July 11, 2012, 4:57 pm
  10. I can’t believe that out of all the books in the world, THESE are the ones that catch people’s attention, how depressing.

    I was really stopping by to say I’d love to set up a plan to motivate us both to read A Suitable Boy, I need encouragement to finally start tackling it. I was going to email you but couldn’t find your address on the site. Mine is s.murray10 (at) yahoo.co.uk, I have the six weeks hols coming up (the perks of being a teacher) but am flexible about reading times. I’m excited, this will be my first ‘group’ read! πŸ™‚

    Posted by Sam (Tiny Library) | July 11, 2012, 6:42 pm
  11. Such an interesting conversation you’re having here…I think the reason I hold these three in abhorrence is because they’ve been such colossal best sellers. That’s the difference, to me, between these and other ‘bodice rippers’ with half naked men on the cover. It seems that so many readers are calling this series literature, or at least turning to it for reading enjoyment, and to people who are literary? These books are pure pornography. I read half of the first one, and I had to turn away in utter conviction that this is not what I should be spending my time on. (“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8)

    On a happier note, I love your new background!

    Posted by Bellezza | July 12, 2012, 12:14 am
    • Bellezza,
      I agree. The thing is that books of this genre usually lurk at a special shelf, the fact that this genre pops into mainstream radar attract such attention, seems out of place. So this was my initial reaction to it.

      Thanks for the compliment. I thought I should alter it to a brighter background instead of the dark one. I have changed the background inspire by your J-Lit 6 challenge and will keep it there for many more months! πŸ™‚

      Posted by JoV | July 12, 2012, 6:55 pm
  12. I agree with you and I’m not going to read them. I do recommend these two highly amusing and informative reviews though: http://www.sponsoredlady.com/product-review-masturbation-to-fifty-shades/ (NSFW) and http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/340987215

    Posted by Chinoiseries | July 12, 2012, 9:53 pm
  13. I loved your new background!! The Chinese/Asian influence………awesome.

    I confess I hadn’t heard of these books – why are they so awful? Sometimes I think the best books are not those that are read…they are the ones that we keep in our hearts. πŸ˜‰

    Posted by Soulmuser | July 15, 2012, 8:27 am
  14. I kept to myself all the spiteful thoughts I have on this book at work. I feel there are better books out there even if people want to peruse the erotica/romance genre. This book is trailblazing through my office and all i can do is rove my eyes!

    Posted by Matthew | July 19, 2012, 2:24 am
  15. *cracks up* I feel this! I have found this to be a substantial benefit of having an e-reader. Now if I am reading something I’m embarrassed of reading (I won’t name names), I can put it on my Nook and nobody knows. For all they know I am reading, like, Kafka.

    Posted by Jenny | July 20, 2012, 3:20 pm
  16. I have to agree with leeswammes, you need to read a book (or at least try) before you say it’s trash. I’ve leafed through the second one in the series at the local bookshop, didn’t find it all that interesting so I put it back. I probably won’t buy it but if it comes my way (=if I can lend it from somebody) I might give it a try.

    Posted by Delia (Postcards from Asia) | July 22, 2012, 12:53 am
    • Delia,
      There is enough sampling and reviews and comments in the web to know that this book is not worth my time. I don’t have a problem for it being an erotica, but please~ it shouldn’t show up in the public radar or claim that they are literature. πŸ™‚

      Posted by JoV | July 22, 2012, 6:53 pm
  17. *I wanted to say “borrow”, not “lend”. πŸ™‚

    Posted by Delia (Postcards from Asia) | July 22, 2012, 12:54 am

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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City

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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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