Have you ever put off reading a book because you know it will get you right in the feels? You know they’ll make you cry and hurt to the point that you can’t handle them? I can think of two such books, right off the top of my head.
The book I think of immediately is Everybody Has Everything by Katrina Onstad. I actually have this book, and I keep looking at it, but putting it down. I’m afraid it’s going to hurt too much too read.
I know the main premise of the book is that a couple become guardians of a little boy, and the woman in particular struggles with being a parent. This is what scares me because I have constant doubts and worries that I don’t like being a parent. I’m afraid I’ll connect too much with the character, and it will make me bawl the whole way through the book. And so I keep putting it down, and putting it off.
The other book that immediately comes to mind is The Bear by Claire Cameron. A new hit this year, the book has follows the 5-year old narration of a little girl who is alone in the woods with her little brother after a bear kills their parents.
The reason I can’t read this is because my son just turned 5. To even think of him being alone in the woods is enough to make me cry. I don’t want a clear image of what goes on in a child’s head if they suffer a brutal experience at that age. Maybe when he’s a little older, and he’s not the same age as the narrator. Maybe then I could read it, but if I tried now, I know I’d bawl from page 1 to the end.
Those are my two immediate “can’t read” books. Do you have any “can’t read” books?