Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Reading Poorly Written Books For Educational Purposes?

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?