I do not want to see the Stories To Read cards in Google now. Is there any way to turn this feature off? I can only see an option to turn it off for particular websites.
Since Google's redesigned Feed as a replacement of Google Now on July 19, 2017, there's no easy way to remove Stories to read but to block every single source/topic.
I was able to defeat the "Stories to read" section by blocking every single source using "Not interested in stories from ..." on each card. The stories section is now gone from my Google Now feed. There are hundreds of sources, so it took a while.
However they also mentioned,
The only addition worth mentioning is that Google matches additional story sources over time, so the Stories section tends to reappear, requiring more manual blocking. It may not be such a great solution after all.
(Note: not tested personally)
It appears as though you can't turn off stories to read without turning on Web & App Activity, which saves (and presumably allows google to see) all of your searches and browsing history.
So you can either (a) not use Google Now (b) be annoyed with trashy clickbait "stories" (c) allow Google to see, save, and track all of your searches and browsing history or (d) start a class-action lawsuit.
See google reply here. https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/2824784?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&hl=en
Steps 1. Open Google app. 2. Goto "Settings" 3. Select "Your feed" 4. Either turn off notifications by diaabling "Feed" option or first "Delete Card preferences" and then disabling "Feed" toggle.