Content warning: abusive relationships. Scroll past my first answer if you’d rather not read about that topic for any reason.
I’m a patient and forgiving reader in general. There are very few books out there that I have no patience for and will not provide links to here.
The Books: The Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer
Why I’d Toss It: I was in an abusive relationship when I was a teenager, and it was really painful. There were so many red flags in Bella and Edward’s relationship that I couldn’t keep reading and can’t recommend this series to anyone.
The Book: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Why I’d Toss It: Look,I completely agree that having a positive and optimistic attitude is a good thing in general. Anyone who follows me on Twitter will see how perky I usually am! Unfortunately, I’ve observed a lot of ugly victim blaming coming from the idea that terrible things happen to people because they entertained the wrong thoughts. Not every tragedy in life can be prevented. I believe in loving and supporting people when they’re at their lowest points instead of coming up with reasons why they deserved it.
The Book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Why I’d Toss It: All of the characters were awful human beings. They all had the time and money to become better people and yet refused to do so. I do not have the patience to read about folks like that, but I won’t judge anyone who does. This was simply a case of my moral code clashing so strongly with theirs that I couldn’t get into the plot at all.
The Book: Anything written by Donald J. Trump
Why I’d Toss It: He’s Trump.
The Book: The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel
Why I’d Toss It: I loved the Earth’s Children series, but the final book in it was nonsensical at best. It destroyed character arcs, ignored thousands of pages of foreshadowing and plot development, and refused to answer the majority of the questions the audience had been carrying around for years.