Friday, April 23, 2010
Top Ten Picks: Worst Books You've Ever Read
Random Ramblings topic of the week is "Worst Books You've Ever Read." She's asking us to list our top ten worst books. The list isn't about being mean. Because reading is completely subjective. And just because I hate the book doesn't mean that you will hate the book.
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy.
Oh. How. I. HATE. HATE. HATE. This book. The good news is that if I ever for a moment question why I hate this one, I have a good friend who will take the time to remind me just why this is one of the worst books ever.
The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs by Jack Gantos
Part of me is surprised that I actually finished this one. It's not so much that this one is so horrible, so awful. It's not the writing I find fault with. More this book was so not for me. Not at all. Not even a little bit. I do think if you've got a very dark, very wicked, very twisted sense of humor, you might enjoy this one.
Foundation and Earth by Isaac Asimov
I regret reading the later Foundation novels. I do. I wish I could have just been happy reading the original Foundation trilogy. But this one, the last Foundation novel, really soured me on Isaac Asimov. I hate how this series ended. The writing (at least for me) just isn't as good as it should have been, could have been.
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
I really didn't expect this series to end the way I wanted because I was Team Jacob. But I didn't expect it to end the way it did either. I wanted it to make some sense. Where do I start?!
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
I don't exactly hate this one. It's one I love to hate, and hate to love. In some ways, this one could be described as beautiful. But. It could also be described as awful. I think I just find it so very manipulative.
Animal Farm by George Orwell.
I really hate this one. I wish I could unread this book.
The Book of Everything by Guus Kuijer
I found The Book of Everything to be extremely offensive.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
I have reread this one as an adult. But I still don't like it. Still don't understand how anyone could think this one is a love story. There is nothing romantic about this one. Nothing likable about these characters.
Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare
I have NEVER liked this one. And it's not because it's Shakespeare. It's not because the language is tricky. It's not because it ends badly for everyone. I do like some Shakespeare. (In fact, I love, love, love Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night's Dream.) I even like some of Shakespeare's tragedies. But this one, not so much.
Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews.
Can a book be so bad that you just have to keep reading? I think it can!
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