I have just finished reading a book. It was so boring that sometimes I fell asleep. I will never buy such "put-to-sleep" books like that anymore.

I would like to know if the adjective put-to-sleep makes sense, and if the sentence above is correct.

  • Using both "such" beforehand and "like that" afterwards is a little redundant, so you might consider eliminating one or the other. Commented Aug 13, 2013 at 19:46
  • Personally, I'm a fan of "soporific", but "tranquilizing" is more common, not to mention "sedative" which doesn't get much use as an adjective, but would be perfectly fine as well. Commented Aug 13, 2013 at 19:50
  • Yes Tyler, you're right. "Like that" is redundant. I'll delete it. Thank you.
    – jeysmith
    Commented Aug 13, 2013 at 20:02
  • As long as you're still working on it, I might also suggest choosing between "I will never buy such a... book again" and "I never buy such... books anymore" constructions, depending on the desired timeframe and generality (I recommend the former). You currently have a mix of the two that, while perfectly intelligible (and technically correct), sounds slightly out of tune. Commented Aug 13, 2013 at 20:13

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The word we would use in this context would be boring. The previous sentence has already informed the reader that the book was so bad it almost put them to sleep; that doesn't need to be repeated (plus we don't really have a common word that describes that.) I'd write your sentence like this:

I will never buy such a boring book again.

If you really wanted a word that explicitly calls out the fact that it put you to sleep several times, you could try this:

I will never buy such a sleep-inducing book again.

This would be understood, though I'd expect boring to be much more common.

  • Thanks Wendi. I know that the word boring is much more common. I just wanted an ironic adjective that conveyed better my meaning.
    – jeysmith
    Commented Aug 13, 2013 at 18:41
  • @jeysmith Sleep-inducing will work well if humor is your goal :) Glad to help!
    – WendiKidd
    Commented Aug 13, 2013 at 19:01

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