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A list of despised books.
I haven't read anything in quite a while that's made me want to strangle anyone. Boy in Striped Pajamas is still pretty high on the list, but I didn't make it even close to all the way through and that was well over a year ago.
23 June 2008 in Books | Permalink
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Perfect timing, Leila! I had just that thought yesterday when I was scanning the YA shelves at my local bookstore. Right now, my most despised book is Aidan Chambers' This is All: The Pillowbook of Cordelia Kenn. !!!! I don 't have words enough to describe how I HATE THIS BOOK!!!! I"ve never met another person who read it. . .does anybody else have strong feelings either way about that book?
Kim McCollum-Clark |
23 June 2008 at 09:22 AM
I haven't read that one (yet), but I'm absolutely positive that I've read some rants about it...
23 June 2008 at 09:38 AM
Leila: I was amused that two people on the list chose Patricia Cornwell. She's got her rabid fans but she's also got legions of people who would rather endure anal surgery at the hands of a near-sighted protologist armed with a chainsaw than read a single word she's committed to the page. I have very few books I've hated to this degree. Mostly, I'm disgusted by "movie books" and blatant disregard for writing in favor of waiting for someone to call for the movie rights. I tend to get more offended by authors who, in my opinion, are vaunted for no apparently good reason.
Kim: You should chat with Liz over at A Chair, A Fireplace, and A Tea Cozy about THIS IS ALL. I think you'd have much to share. :-)
Brian F. |
23 June 2008 at 10:01 AM
I knew you'd bring up the movie books, Brian! I noticed the two Cornwell picks, too -- her legions of fans seem to be split the same way that the LKH fans are split. You know, lots of people who adore her earlier books but feel that the more recent ones are... not so good. And then there are the people who just hate 'em all! I still haven't tried her. I keep meaning to, as I really do find forensics way interesting.
23 June 2008 at 10:09 AM
Am I becoming that transparent?
Brian F. |
23 June 2008 at 10:19 AM
No, just predictable.
MU Ha ha aaaaaa...
(That was my evil laugh.)
23 June 2008 at 10:22 AM
My despised book is The Catcher in the Rye (I vividly remember once standing in a subway station with it and imagining how it would look if I threw it down upon the tracks), but I can't go around telling people because it's a deal-breaker for many.
I love having a "didn't finish" shelf on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/415014), because now it's much easier for me to give up a book. It's OK, I can just put it on the shelf!
23 June 2008 at 10:51 AM
I am going to go against the tide here (and risk being banned) by stating I was about 100 pps. into the second book of a Very Popular YA trilogy when I threw it across the room and shouted if I had to read the main protagonist's thoughts any more I was going to become a mid-life cutter. No, I'm not talking about the Twilight series (about which I have much darker thoughts).
23 June 2008 at 11:23 AM
Thanks for the tip, Brian. Will do. I hate that book so much I wonder if I've gone around the bend or something! It will be good to hear from someone else!
Kim McCollum-Clark |
23 June 2008 at 12:15 PM
Diana, was it Rebel Angels? C'mon, you can tell us!
23 June 2008 at 12:29 PM
Anyone ever read the adult chick-lit-ty novel THE THIN PINK LINE? Stupid woman thinks she might be pregnant, but isn't, but wants attention, so she pretends for nine months that she is. But she's too stupid to know anything or, I don't know, do any research about pregnancy, so continues to smoke and drink and be an asshat and wonders why people give her dirty looks. Then when the jig is up and she either has to tell the truth or produce a baby, SHE FINDS AN ABANDONED BABY ON A DOORSTEP and everything is hunky-dory. Kill. KILL. KIIIIIILLLLL. (Granted, I was about six months pregnant when I read this, so I may have been a little sensitive.)
Diana, if it is the Libba Bray trilogy, I couldn't get through it either.
23 June 2008 at 12:43 PM
And, obviously, New Moon and Eclipse. And inevitably Breaking Dawn.
23 June 2008 at 05:58 PM
Leila and EM - Not Libba Bray (though I do agree with you on that one as well). This one has the word Magic in the title of each book (going to hide now...), though I tend to believe it's a bit more popular with adult YA fantasy readers than with actual young adults.
24 June 2008 at 10:39 AM
The Larbalestier books?? Shocking!
24 June 2008 at 10:49 AM
I totally butchered the spelling of her last name, I think.
24 June 2008 at 11:11 AM
Truly? No one else wanted to slap Reason back to Australia? I guess it's just me. Oh well. If I buy another t-shirt can I stay?
24 June 2008 at 11:29 AM
I am working my way through the ALA Banned and Challenged list. I forced myself to read all of Slaughterhouse 5. HATED IT. And I have liked other Vonnegut books.
I also have a bookshelf where I can put books I didn't finish. I called it Abandoned. The only book I have on it right now is Shakespeare: The Biography. I try to finish every book I start.
Lady in a Smalltown |
24 June 2008 at 11:26 PM
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