Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Saddest Book I’ve Ever Read

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black and white photo of slumped over man reading a book while sitting on a park bench outdoors The saddest book I’ve ever read was The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

It was a dystopian horror tale about a man who was trying to keep his young son alive in a post-apocalyptic version of Earth in which every plant and animal they found had died.

The writing itself was decent, but there were so many awful things that happened during the course of the plot that I really struggled to finish it.

If you decide to read it, I strongly recommend reading some spoiler-y reviews first or asking someone who has already read it to warn you in advance about certain scenes. Some of them were pretty disturbing, and that’s coming from someone who read horror for years.

I don’t read books like this one anymore. My tastes have since shifted to require more hope in plots and endings, but kudos to those of you who enjoy this type of horror.

14 Responses to Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Saddest Book I’ve Ever Read

  1. I have read The Road with my book club and while I totally agree that it is really sad and horrific, I believe everyone should read it because they might be inclined to do more for our environment. These books are there to wake us up before it is too late.

  2. I’ve seen this book on many lists and we considered it, but passed for now, at book club. Hmm… I want to read for pleasure, not for sadness, though. You know? Still, might have to check it out.

  3. I had definitely seen a few spolier-ific reviews of the movie version — and those were enough to warn me off both book and movie. Nah, I don’t want to read too much apocalyptic stuff — not after Contagion and the pandemic.

  4. I generally avoid sad/depressing books (though I enjoy both horror and certain kinds of post-apocalyptic things), so I’ve always been torn about whether or not to read The Road. So far, the answer has been “not”…

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