Anne Bogel’s excellent summer reading list over at Modern Mrs. Darcy got me thinking about books that should never be on anyone’s reading list. Not that any of these have a chance of being read; they haven’t even been written. But if they were, I’d advise against.
1983 – George Orwell’s little known prequel to 1984, where society is full of not nice people, but better than it will be the following year
Stan of Green Gables – The adventures and travails of a young orphan boy who wanders Prince Edward Island distressed that no one – including himself – can figure out how to spell his name with an E on the end.
Julius’s Caesar – How one ancient Roman invented the salad … and then got stabbed by a hungry friend, prompting the dying Julius to ask, “You ate too, Brutus?”
Jane’s Heir – After a poor governess inherits a windfall, she tries to find a suitable heir herself, but ends up blowing the whole wad rebuilding her blind ex-boss’s burned down wreck of a house.
The Agony and the Ambivalence – Michelangelo Buonarroti can’t decide whether to paint the ceiling or the walls. It’s agonizing.
Which books would you add to the list?
At long last, here is the long-awaited sequel: Books I Refuse to Read, vol. 2.