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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Booking Through Thursday...Worst 'Best' Book

Today's Booking Through Thursday question:

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?”

This one is fairly easy if you're looking at contemporary books: the entire Twilight series. Hello? Still don't get it. Twilight and New Moon were just painful to get through, Eclipse wasn't bad and I thought Breaking Dawn was the best of the bunch. But, the series as a whole? Didn't care for it. Don't get the hype. It's like really bad fan fiction.

I'd heard rave things about Going Down South, A Walk with Jane Austen, and The Jane Austen Book Club, but didn't like any of them. And what's up with Memoirs of a Geisha? I still don't get the appeal of that one. I don't really care for Nicholas Sparks or James Patterson either: the stories are sad, depressing and all the same. As far as classics go? I've always hated Catcher in the Rye, which is heralded as a great 'coming of age' novel. Maybe so, but I didn't like it.

It's always interesting to read reviews and find that someone adores a book you hated or hates a book you think is terrific. What 'best' book did you find difficult to read?

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  1. I think everyone who answered this question is very brave - people can be so passionate about their favorite books!

  2. I can pretty much tell without reading them that the Twilight books aren't anything I'd like. I don't really understand the whole Vampire cult thing, I guess.

  3. I'm with you on the Twilight books! Although I only read the first one, I gather they go downhill from there.

  4. Thank you.. I didnt like Catcher in the Rye either and it makes me suspicious of the "classics"

    But I do like Nicholas Sparks. I dont know why its not the kind of stuff I usually read. But I love them anyway.

    I'm still scratching my head over why everyone loves The Graveyard by Neil Gaimen and Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznik. Not my taste.

  5. I liked the first three Twilight series books.
    *gasp* Memoirs of a Geisha is one of my favorites!

    Its interesting seeing everyones answers to this question.

  6. This post cracks me up. I'm usually the same way about books people rave about that are considered classics or must reads.

  7. I still haven't read the Twilight books, and don't know if I ever will. I really liked Memoirs of a Geisha though, and if I'm in the right mood (wanting to read a sappy tearjerker) then I'll read Nicholas Sparks.