With college graduation behind me and the resurrection of my free time, I've started reading books I've had on my to-read list since last summer. One of these books, Imperfect Bliss by Susan Fales-Hill was just (please know that I hate to say this) an absolute disaster. After forcing myself to read past the first eight pages, the only way I was able to get through the whole thing was by skimming through many of the longer paragraphs which were mostly perfect examples of "telling and not showing." I tried as hard as I could to like the book. It has a strong, confident female MC, mocks reality television, and criticizes sexism, materialism, and other unfortunate parts of society--all major pluses in my opinion--but is, unfortunately, terribly written. Still, there's a part of me that believes the book was worth the read if only to remind me of what not to do. Now I can look for the same mistakes in my own writing.
What do you think? Is it good to read poorly written books every once in a while to remind yourself what not to do?