I Think I’m Hate-Reading a Book Series

I’m hate-reading and I need an intervention or something.

I have a friend who hate-watches TV shows and I have never understood why he does it. There are so many other good shows to waste our idle time on.

And it’s not that I haven’t done it before. Twilight and Fifty Shades come to mind. But, with those, I read them just to see what everyone else was going crazy over. Can’t form an opinion about something without reading it first.

I still don’t get it.

But, with this series (no, I’m not telling you what it is), I don’t have former students or colleagues to blame. I chose this book of my own free will. Though I was unimpressed, that hasn’t stopped me from reserving the remaining books in the series from the library. I need to know how it all ends, though I know I’m just going to be pissed about the ginormous plot holes, contrived plot devices, the unbalanced narrative that feels like it’s all filler for the lackluster sex scenes (it’s romantic suspense, btw), and a heroine who’s kind of stupid. And I don’t say that lightly. Naive is one thing, but flat out dumb is another. This chick is head-scratching dumb. That would be me scratching my head wondering WTF she’s thinking most of the time.

And what’s worse is that I keep giving them 3-star ratings, though with all the harrumphing and side-eyeing and wondering “how in the hell did we get to that conclusion?!” I’ve been doing, they likely deserve 2 stars. But, I keep reading them.

So, I’m hate-reading.

Why am I doing this to myself? I make it a point to DNF books that I don’t like. I have enough in my TBR pile that I will never want for something to read. And time is not on my side.

Is it possible that bad books can still draw you in? Something you can’t turn away from, like a car accident on the highway?

I’ve been reading more self-published books lately, and it actually angers me that those authors are not getting the opportunities from traditional publishers that this author did, for books, in my opinion, of lesser quality. We’re talking NYT and USA Today best sellers here! How????

And why can’t I just give them up?! It’s like an awesomely bad 80s movie or something.

What’s your experience with hate-reading? Any books you absolutely did not like, but couldn’t resist their pull?


2 thoughts on “I Think I’m Hate-Reading a Book Series

  1. Zina says:

    I know how easy it is to get sucked into the cycle of hate-reading. I just forced myself to give up on the Anita Blake series because I haven’t enjoyed one of LKH’s books since like 2010. But I would go to the library and pick up her new books when they came out because I’d been reading them since I was in middle school. I’d get these books and then spend days on twitter or tumblr just tearing into them.

    I just had to sit back and go “okay so I know I hate these books and my friends know I hate these books, so why am I still trying to read them?” That’s what it took for me to stop hate-reading that series and it’s sad but I still have a couple other series that I hate read on the regular even after all of this drama.

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    • I’ve been disappointed with Anita Blake for a while, but I don’t yet hate it like I do this series. But I’m in no hurry to read them anymore either. One of the more recent ones was pretty good. There was an actual plot. Anita actual raised zombies like a real necromancer. It felt like the earlier books. But I haven’t read anything after that.


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