Scandalous books you STILL can't believe your parents let you read

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155 books · 352 voters · list created October 28th, 2010 by Kristina (votes) .
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message 1: by Laura (new)

Laura Lawless Who said my parents "let" me read them. I always read exactly what I wanted to read. I only hid them from my parents if they had risque covers.


message 2: by Drea (new)

Drea My mom actually recommended It from King to me. :)


message 3: by Danna (new)

Danna My mom insisted that I read Flowers In The Attic, and I love her for that.


message 4: by Niccola (last edited Nov 29, 2011 04:08PM) (new)

Niccola Similar to Laura my parents never checked over the books I read to make sure they were 'age-appropriate'. They were just happy I was reading a book! My dad was the reader, but mostly history books and biographies while I stuck to the fiction novels I snatched from the back of my grandma's closet and off her floorboards... She is a reading machine with books scattered and shoved throughout her house so sneaking them by was easy. Hell if I knew what I was grabbing, just that there was a good shot it was filled with violence and suspense. Funny thing is back then I didn't so much as blush at the sex scenes as flip through them, I was nine and reading Interview with the Vampire groaning because there was too much pointless sex and I had raised my expectations after reading the Exorcist. Then I read the Silver Devil and knew sex and violence was all downhill from there... wow that book probably ruined me for relationships for life. I had read Requiem for a Dream, I Am Legend, and most of Stephen King's more popular titles before I was a teen so I'm pretty sure I built up a cast iron stomach for high school angst. The only books I remember really getting to me were the Hannibal Lector series by Thomas Harris. But for me books about serial killers have always been the scariest, whereas the Poltergeist didn't really bother me (as much anyway- as a kid my imagination could terrorize me more than any book).

I remember dad looking at my book one day and asking if Trainspotting (Irvine Welsh) was a school book about trains! I just agreed with him and acted like it was an assignment for class. So smooth. I'd try to blame a scary movie I'd watched on why I couldn't sleep the nights I'd read books like Primal Fear, From Hell, and The Day of the Jackal. Those puppies had me on the edge of my bed reading by night light with my Little Mermaid comforter bunched around me like a shield! Then there were books like Bastard out of Carolina which just kept me up with a gross rotting feeling in my stomach rather than the nervous slasher-film jitters. Wow. Good times. Thanks for the one way ticket down memory lane! If only my mother knew... she'd be so devastated at the damage I've done, all those years she forgot to protect me from myself!


message 5: by Cheishrie (new)

Cheishrie My mum was cool with 'Lady Chatterley', but apparently 'The Fountainhead' deserved disapproving looks, sighs of regret, and extra forced listening to Christian radio. Ah... I can't wait to be a parent. :)


Loveliest Evaris My Mom is a smart woman, she usually knows what books I dare show to her are about .. I don't really like discussing what I read since I'm a very introverted person, even to my family, but my Mom has never said "don't read that" .. The only thing she has ever said, "Do not watch/read" was 'A Clockwork Orange' and it does indeed look kind of demented.. But I couldn't even get past page 3 of the book because the stupid slang really made my brain melt from confusion...

Why the hell is "The Giving Tree' on here?


message 7: by Danna (new)

Danna Talyn wrote: "My Mom is a smart woman, she usually knows what books I dare show to her are about .. I don't really like discussing what I read since I'm a very introverted person, even to my family, but my Mom h..."

Yeah, what's it doing here? It's a fine book


message 8: by Kristina (new)

Kristina Barzano My parents never censored what I read. I was once sent to the principal for reading an "inappropriate book" during SSR. It was 4th grade and I was reading "The Shining" When they called my mother she told them I'd read all of the books on their list years ago and that they needed more challenging material. GO MOM!


message 9: by Brittany B. (new)

Brittany B. Greatest List! It is nice to know I'm not the only person who read VC Andrews way before it was appropriate!!

I was really young when my "nanny" gave me the first few books of the Flowers in the Attic series for a present. After I read those, she she gave me the Heaven (Casteel) series, which was very creepy and dirty to my 10 year old brain. (Not positive of the age)

My parents saw the movie Flowers in the Attic, so they assumed the book was harmless. (Flowers in the Attic was my favorite scary movie as a kid.)

Eventually, my mother caught on that the books weren't appropriate. By then, any damage was done, and I had quit reading them anyway. I admit that I was ashamed of reading VC Andrews. I can't remember what happens, except abuse and incest, especially in Heaven series. I thought I was so bad for reading the books.

I wonder what I would think now, at 33, if I read Heaven. Was it really as creepy as I remember?


message 10: by Jack (new)

Jack Hi everyone,

I have created a new group called Goodreads All Sorts and I'd love for people to join it or just even just give it a look. It's a group that discusses anything and everything. There will be monthly group reads, movies, and music. There is a folder for everything you could think of. I'd really like if people could spread the word because I'd love for the group to be a success. Here is the link to the group:

http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/9...

Thanks very much,
Jack :-)


message 11: by [deleted user] (new)

Laura wrote: "Who said my parents "let" me read them. I always read exactly what I wanted to read. I only hid them from my parents if they had risque covers."

I FEEL YOU BRO HAHAHA :))


message 12: by Liz (new)

Liz I love the series by VC Andrews. She is the only author I read. I started reading her books about 1978 when a friend let me borrow Flowers in the attic. I have collected quite a few of her books. I go to the used book stores to get them cheaper and I also can get books that aren't sold in stores anymore.


message 13: by RachelvlehcaR (last edited Apr 21, 2014 11:36PM) (new)

RachelvlehcaR @ Talyn, Hercina, and anyone wondering why The Giving Tree is on here.

The Giving Tree is on here because the boy the tree (female) form a bond. At first he his relationship is very loving and cute but then he stops coming around and only comes around when he wants something, she gives and gives even to the point of her death. It's all about self sacrificing to someone. The wrong image to be giving a child. Many feminists (and non-feminists) are against the book because of the messages it sends.


message 14: by BookLovingLady (last edited Jan 11, 2015 08:36AM) (new)

BookLovingLady Laura wrote: "Who said my parents "let" me read them. I always read exactly what I wanted to read. I only hid them from my parents if they had risque covers."

There's no 'let' me read them here either; I doubt very much if they knew :-)


message 15: by Apple (new)

Apple Adding Joyce Carol Oates' "Zombie" to the list. That book terrified me as a kid.


message 16: by [deleted user] (new)

Why isn't We Need To Talk About Kevin on here? That was horrifying.


message 17: by BookLovingLady (new)

BookLovingLady Lorenzo wrote: "Why isn't We Need To Talk About Kevin on here? That was horrifying."

The book was first published in 2003, so who might the parents be who didn't let one read it....?


message 18: by Penny (new)

Penny 'Let'...hmmm...more like 'didn't know'...except for Shirley Conran's 'Lace' which Mum also read before me - now that was a surprise!


message 19: by BookLovingLady (last edited Jul 23, 2017 10:27PM) (new)

BookLovingLady Penny wrote: "'Let'...hmmm...more like 'didn't know'...except for Shirley Conran's 'Lace' which Mum also read before me - now that was a surprise!"

As I said, the book was published in 2003, which means 'parents' are just not possible at this time in life, as they would be only 14 in 2017... :-)


message 20: by Penny (new)

Penny Booklovinglady wrote: "Penny wrote: "'Let'...hmmm...more like 'didn't know'...except for Shirley Conran's 'Lace' which Mum also read before me - now that was a surprise!"

As I said, the book was published in 2003, which..."


I was talking about Shirley Conran's 'Lace' - came out in the 80s? I hadn't been following the person's comment from before me ;D


message 21: by [deleted user] (last edited Jan 23, 2018 11:38AM) (new)

high-rise, fight club, dhalgren... I had an interesting time in high-scool (although I did skip the YA phase of reading and went straight to the adult books in middle school)


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