1. Kim
    September 19, 2012 @ 9:16 am

    You mentioned me in your blog! 🙂 I read emotionally abusive books all the time. I love the Song of Ice and Fire books so far. I have the 4th one on reserve at the library and can’t wait for it to come in. Yes, they are rough reads, but he’s also an incredible writer. If you had a hard time with The Hunger Games, I don’t know if you’d make it through the Game of Thrones books. The second book was brutal! I can’t tell you how many times I put down the book and said, “I can’t believe he just did that…he’s an evil, evil writer.” Evil, but brilliant.

    I was just wondering last week why I read the medieval historical fiction because it’s almost always tragic. I guess I just gravitate towards the dark.


    • alicamckennajohnson
      September 21, 2012 @ 7:14 am

      Hey you say some pretty awesome things of course you’ll wind up in my blog 🙂 I can’t wait until I’m promoting your book here! See I did have a hard time with Hunger Games, I want to read Game of Thrones but I’m afraid I just spend days obsessing and crying over what evil things he’s done.
      Sometimes I wonder if I would be able to read those types of books if I did a different job- I don;t remember shying away from them as a teenager.


  2. Sheila Seabrook
    September 19, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

    Alica, I don’t like that deep-dark-sick feeling that I get when I read an emotionally abusive book, so I generally avoid them and read happy, fun books. But every once in awhile, I can’t resist and I go for it and am glad I did. But then I won’t touch one for another very long time. I figure there’s enough pain in the world without bringing it into the books I read. 🙂

    I’m picturing your husband trying to pull a book out of your grip while you’re ranting and raving. LOL!


    • alicamckennajohnson
      September 21, 2012 @ 7:18 am

      That’s pretty accurate Shelia! I’ve learned to set my book down then go find Rod and rant LOL!
      I agree, there is a lot of pain in the world I have troubling adding more, but the temptation of a great book sometimes is too much to resist.


  3. prudencemacleod
    September 20, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    Hi Alica, I guess I’m a bit different here. Once I start the book I am most likely to finish it, but I won’t buy the second. If an author wants to beat me up emotionally, fine, but he/she had better give me something hopeful in there and especially at the end. I’ve started a lot of series over the years and tossed them. Terry Brooks is an example of a writer who keeps me coming back for more. I gave up on JK Rowling at about book three of Harry Potter.


    • alicamckennajohnson
      September 21, 2012 @ 7:19 am

      If I have hope there will be that happy ending I’ll get the next book. If I know it’ll just be more suffering I’ll most likely not get another unless the writing is just too amazing to resist.


  4. Bill Jones, Jr.
    October 1, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

    Oh, I’ll quit a book in a second. It doesn’t take much. In fact, often I’ll stop reading a book I like, because it prompted some idea that was wholly unrelated to the book, which I have to run and write. I suppose most books find me to be emotionally abusive.


    • alicamckennajohnson
      October 3, 2012 @ 8:06 am

      LOL- I never thought of my stopping read a books as emotionally abusive towards them! Oh well only so much time in the day.


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