Friday, July 21, 2017

Book Blogger Hop - 7/21 - 7/27

 Question of the Week:

Have you ever read a book or books you would consider 'toxic' because of the effect it(they) had on you? If so, which one(s)? (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)

My Answer:

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris was very tense and upsetting because of the subject matter to the point of being chilling.

The writing was excellent, though.  No criticism of that.

If I am using the word toxic in the sense that it means it stuck with me, gave me nightmares, and was unbelievable that something could and does happen, then I am going with toxic for the story line.

Looking forward to the thoughts on this GREAT question.

19 comments:

  1. That's a tough question. I've read quite a few books that upset me, like Missoula, but I'm not sure I'd call them toxic.

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    1. I don't know that title, but I will steer clear.

      Thanks for stopping, Kathy.

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  2. Awesome answer! I'm trying to think of a book that really left me chilled now! :)

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    1. Chilling reads do stick with me.

      Thanks for stopping, Erica.

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  3. A very difficult question, especially with regards to what someone would consider 'toxic' - I've seen a lot about Behind Closed Doors, is it a book you would recommend?

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    1. It is well written, but the topic of domestic abuse goes to the extreme in the book.

      It had me very upset and worried about people who actually endure it.

      The book is good. Her second book isn't as chilling.

      Thanks for stopping, Tas.

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  4. Yeah, I too thought that toxic was perhaps a difficult word to qualify in this sense.

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    1. That's why I explained my comment the way I did. :)

      Thanks for stopping, Nicki.

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  5. I did "enjoy" this one. It was very chilling and disturbing.

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    1. It was both of those for sure.

      Thanks for stopping, Shannon.

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  6. I've read many books that have haunted me, stalked my dreams and my every waking thought but I'm not sure I'd describe them as toxic. 🤔

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    1. I agree about what you said about the word toxic so that's why I explained how I was defining the word. :)

      Thanks for stopping, Nicola.

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  7. Yes I thought the same thing about the word Toxic in books as well. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog hop and have a great Sunday Elizabeth.

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  8. Sorry for the late comment back, Elizabeth.... :( I had some computer problems, and that really set me behind on blogging AND commenting. Thanks to my resident tech (hubby), things are now rolling again! :) :)

    I totally agree with your use of the word "toxic". To me, if I read a book that gives me VERY negative, unpleasant EVIL feelings, and this effect stays with me for a long time, then I can think of no better word to describe this effect.

    I haven't heard of the book you've mentioned here, but, from your description of it, it would DEFINITELY be toxic -- and highly so, too -- for me!

    Ever since I made the mistake of reading "The Exorcist", I swore to myself that I would NEVER AGAIN read ANY book in the horror genre. I just can't take them!! This goes for some thrillers, as well.

    I don't handle the negative emotion of FEAR very well. Nor can I take the emotion of revulsion. I felt both of these emotions VERY strongly while reading this HORRIBLE book!!

    According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary online, the word "toxic" ca be used in a sense that has nothing whatever to do with physical poison. One's mind and emotions can be poisoned, as well.

    This is part of the Merriam-Webster defintion: ""extremely harsh, malicious, or harmful Example: toxic sarcasm".

    Here's the link to the Merriam-Webster definition:

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toxic

    Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment on my own BBH post! Have an AWESOME week!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

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    1. Thanks, Maria.

      I always learn so much from your comments.

      Thanks for stopping.

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    2. You're more than welcome!! Have a GREAT rest of the week!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

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