Life’s Too Short to Read Bad Books

It was inevitable. I had the same algebra teacher for three versions of the subject in as many years of high school. An uninformed student asked the question every year. The rest of us just shook our heads and waited for the answer.

Naive student: “Mrs. Poplin, I don’t know why we have to learn this anyway. We’re never going to use it.”

Mrs. Poplin: “Because if you don’t pass, you won’t graduate. If you don’t graduate, you’ll spend the rest of your life slinging tacos at Taco Tico.”

I had never eaten at Taco Tico, but I knew for damn sure I didn’t want to work there. The knowledge got this word nerd through algebras one, two and three. It also taught me a lesson—sometimes you’ve just got to get through it.

IMG_6906A bad book is an exception to this lesson.

You should quit reading bad books. It doesn’t matter if your friends think the book is great or the general public accepts that it’s a classic. If you hate it, drop it. If it’s required reading, say for a college course, power skim and move on.

Life is too short to read bad books.

A friend and fellow book club member, Kelly, can’t leave a book unfinished. It breaks my heart to see her waste her time. So much so that when our book club decided to read The Casual Vacancy, a poorly written epic waste of time, I texted her and told her not to pick it up.

Yes, I understand The Casual Vacancy is in the Top 10 on most best seller lists, but I couldn’t even get through the free sample.

If reading doesn’t enlighten you and/or entertain you, it’s not worth the time.

Bad books waste your time, bore and frustrate you, make reading a chore instead of a pleasure, and suck up the time you could spend reading things you enjoy.

There are simply too many options to devote your time to something that doesn’t fulfill you.

Just say no to bad books!

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I hated The Casual Vacancy! I could not get into it no matter how much I tried to force myself to enjoy it. 


I still get most of my books from the Library. I cruise around with both the Amazon and GoodReads apps up-n-running. I scan the books to see what other readers thought before I check them out.

I'm not good at putting down a bad book. I will trudge through it. These apps mitigate my risk of wasting time on bad books!


I've been reading a lot more lately, but 100 books in a year would take the fun out of it! I agree that life is too short to read bad books. That is why I give them 50 pages to capture my attention or down it goes... or sooner if 50 pages feel like torture.

Some of my enjoyable reads lately have been:

Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut

Citizen Vince by Jess Walter

and Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis 


Love it & I agree totally!!!  No bad book reading here!!! Preach on Prof!!!!