The online magazine Salon has celebrated Banned Books Week by musing about books that should be banned, but not from the shelves and not for the usual reasons.
Books make this list not because they are morally reprehensible but because people are made to read them at school and university and they can put a reader off an author for life.
1984, Lord of the flies and Animal farm are mentioned by Salon, all books I read and liked at school (well maybe appreciated is a better word than liked with regard to 1984). But Cranford in the third form saw me estranged from Mrs Gaskell for years until Judi Dench in the television series brought us back together. All that wasted time when I could have been wallowing in the work of a consummate prose stylist.
What books at the wrong time, in the wrong place and with the wrong teacher put you off?