That's why Goodreads has come out with an infographic to help budding book editors and readers alike tell trash from "Treasure Island."
Readers surveyed from the database said they jumped ship for a number of reasons, among them a little literary snobbery was more than evident, while others simply found some novels "boring," "immoral" or "extremely stupid."
And while E L James' infamous "Fifty Shades of Grey," has topped bestseller lists around the world, it seems that the 70 million or so who went out to buy the book (and a blank dust jacket to hide their shame with) agreed with the one reader who announced: "I am embarrassed for all of us."
Liz Fields is an Australian freelance journalist based in New York who has previously scribbled for Slate, ABC News, Sydney Morning Herald and more. Follow her on Twitter @lianzifields