Suggested by Janet:
How about, “What’s the worst ‘best’ book you’ve ever read — the one everyone says is so great, but you can’t figure out why?”
Just one? Because people's tastes are so different, it's hard to say that you'll love something just because it's really popular. Also, in my reading from the various "Best of 2008" lists, I haven't loved one yet.
Some notable "best" books I didn't like that I actually felt like I was "supposed" to like and felt guilty for not liking:
- Lord of the Rings – I was halfway through Fellowship when I realized that nothing was going to really happen. They just kept walking and walking and walking.
- One Hundred Years of Solitude
- Silas Marner – OK, so maybe I don't feel that guilty. This was just plain boring.
Some popular books that I didn't like, but I thought the writing was crap so I didn't feel guilty:
- The DaVinci Code – This was just a poorly written mystery that was popular because it made unpopular claims about the church. Want really good fiction that pokes fun at the church? Read Daniel Silva.
- The Twilight Saga – Why oh why did I read the whole series? If I didn't give Tolkein the benefit of the doubt, why did I give it to Meyer?