Booking Through Thursday – Worst Best Book

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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?



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6 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday – Worst Best Book

  1. It's funny — I remember reading LotR as a teenager and just devouring it — LOVED IT!! I then decided to re-read it when I was in my early 30s — I remember being pretty bored and skipping/skipping HUGE sections of exposition. I definitely should have left that in my high-school memory — though I still appreciated it for what it has done to establish an entire genre.

  2. Agh! I feel the exact same way about Twilight! What a piece of crap…but I read the entire series so I'm the sucker! I still get angry that I had to read A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Shoot me now. Those are not good memories and that's a "classic."

  3. I'm still contemplating murdering every member of a book club from years ago over The Book of Ruth.People who were moved by that book have led blessed lives. Unless we're reading A Boy called It, it cannot compare to my childhood and anything that purports to be "horrific" and is not-that-bad and/or people-making-their-own-stupid-mistakes, pisses me off. I'm mean. I also don't get off on reading misery. I've had enough! That's why I'm such a Star Trek freak: it promises a great future where people work together and get over problems.

  4. Divinci code was horrid. I want that time back. I enjoyed lord of the rings although it has been several years. I read it originally when I was in 8th grade.

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