Most of the stuff on my list I just consider to be a waste of time. I spend a lot of time reading things that I disagree with, probably more than stuff I think might have it down a little more. I will never understand the "ostrich mindset", where people refuse to read something because they dislike the source.....I feel like if there is something that I believe in or support, and it can be threatened by another human's words on a page, then I was ignorant in that belief or set of ideas to begin with.
-- Harry Potter books. Read one. It ain't literary genius folks; It's a cute kids story. Read some TC Boyle like an adult.
-- Mainstream Christian pulp fiction: I.E. The Shack, Heaven is for Real, or other assorted brain droppings. If I need a story about God appearing to someone in the woods, I would join a cult or something. Same here as with above; there are more stimulating things in this genre. TS Eliot anyone?
-- Wheat belly, Engine 2 diet, Grain brain, etc. I don't have much use for these fad books either. I read Lustig's book and was highly unimpressed as well. I expected it to be more, well, sounding like it was written by a f-ing medical doctor. A first year nutrition student could've written that tripe.
-- Hemingway.....sorry. Raed 3 of his books, and I still don't see what the acclaim is about. Done with them. Boring, melancholy, 1-dimensional characters, just bland for me.
-- About 95% of political books, from any mainstream author, right or left. Hannity, O'Reilly, Schultz, or anyone else that makes a living talking about politics on TV....TV is owned by corporations, so the opinions of these puppets are almost always completely contrived, small-minded, and partisan. Reading a mainstream political book is a little bit like only reading nutrition books written by the American Restaurant Lobby. You will only be getting a slightly different spin on the same set of failed assumptions and disproved ideas....yet for some reason, most people are blind to it. When I get into any serious discussion, one of my main lookouts is when I say to myself "This person gets their ideas off the TV => They are BS."
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