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Books that should come with a warning label

I just finished reading An Untamed State, by Roxane Gay, and it got me thinking about how some books should have warning labels. I was so totally unprepared for how engrossing and emotional that book would be. It tore me to pieces. Would a warning have put me off? I don’t think so, but I might have been better prepared! Movies and TV shows come with ratings and warnings, so here are some proposed warning labels for books:

Warning: Will tear you to pieces
An Untamed State
Kindred
Everything is Illuminated
The Time Traveller’s Wife

Warning: Fun read but overhyped so now you’ll be disappointed
The Da Vinci Code
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Divergent
Actually every other YA trilogy released recently or in the future.

Warning: Will make you sad because you’ll never write a book this good
Everything by Jeffery Eugenides
The Thirteenth Tale
Season of Migration to the North
The Shining Girls

Warning: Awkward to read in public
How to be Black
How to be a Woman

Warning: Start of a series that you will get addicted to then have to wait years for the next book
Storm Front (The Dresden Files)
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicles)
Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth’s Children)
Naked in Death (In Death series)

What warning labels would you like to see? Which books would you put into these categories?

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