Popular Books I Find Positively Boring


There are books I’ve tried to read that others love, and I just couldn’t get into them. I have my reasons, and I’ll list them below. Maybe you’ll be able to relate!

The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong by Laurence J. Peter

This book was a #1 New York Times bestseller about why people reach their highest level of incompetence after being promoted on the job. I lost interest because the answers in the book were obvious to me, and the book was written during a time when the gig economy was unheard of. Also, Laurence’s voice was just–uninteresting. He used third-person singular to create scenarios that illustrated one professional failure after another. Had Laurence Peter written this book in second person singular, the book would have been more engaging. I think he intended to add humor to the stories as well, but it just didn’t work for me.


Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

Yet another New York Times bestseller that I DNF (did not finish)! This book’s style is based on the Choose Your Own Adventure books, and it’s about Neil’s life. So the entire book is in second person singular. I found it difficult to remember what was happening because of the tense. When I started wondering why I was interested in Neil in the first place. I put the book away and forgot about it. Just recently I found it on my Kindle, started to read it again, and quickly fell into boredom.

The Good Book: A Humanist Bible by A. C. Grayling

Okay. I have to say nice try. This book has humanistic ideals woven between scientific stories, all in the format of a traditional Bible. The prose has a biblical flair, and though it may appeal to people who want to read a religiously secular book, it was just. plain. boring.

Maybe you’d be interested in these books if you haven’t read them, or maybe not.

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