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My Least Favorite Reads (ever)

June 11, 2014

Okay. So on Monday I did my list of most favorite books ever. It has made me want to go back and re-read some of them! I thought before I share my list of books that are on my bucket list to read that I should share my least favorite books.

Yes. I have a list if least favorite books. It is actually pretty short. I don’t know if that is because I love to read, so it takes a lot to make me dislike a book or if I just have some awful association with it. The first four were also books I was forced to read for classes. I like to read, so I usually have liked assigned readings. These are the ones that just stuck out. Now, there are also books that I have just not liked, or maybe lost interest in and didn’t finish… but those have not risen to actually making my official list of most disliked books!

  1. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy.- Word cannot describe how much I despise this book. To this day I still hate the name Arabella.
  2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kessey– It took me two months to finish it. I read a nearly 600 page book in a day and a half, but this little book took TWO MONTHS!
  3. Lord of the Flies by William Golding– I had nightmares about pigs for months.
  4. 1984 by George Orwell– Eh, I just didn’t love it
  5. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer– He DIES! I mean, we follow along on this whole journey and he freaking dies?! Alone in the wilderness? Ugh. Still pisses me off five years later.
  6. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon– It wasn’t even the manner in which the narrator told the tale, which is from the point of view of a kid with Aspergers Syndrome, it was more the plot line that bored me to tears.
  7. Siddartha by Herman Hesse– I read it so long ago I don’t even remember. I just remember it staying high on my list of disliked books!
  8. Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem– Just blah
  9. New Moon by Stephanie Meyer– I actually likes the Twilight saga. My issues with this book is probably the same issue a lot of people have with the book… how totally pathetic Bella becomes over a failed relationship. It is just so far off the continuum it makes the book difficult to read, in my opinion.
  10. 4 Blondes by Candace Bushnell– Perhaps I just had too high of a set of expectations because I loved Sex and the City so much, but I just disliked everything about this.

OK, that is my brief list of my least favorite books, ever. Agree? Disagree? Do you have a list of books you never want to hear about again?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 11, 2014 10:20 pm

    I agree with practically all of these. The only one I could dispute as being a good book would be number six. I like that book soli because I have worked with children with Aspergers. I suppose it made me FEEL like I could understand them better. However, I feel like that wasn’t the cause. Though it did make me feel better.

    However, numbers two & three I could not agree more on! Such horrible books written in (I believe) similar time periods? Long reads and probably the most boring books I’ve read.
    As towards the Twilight series….the grammar that was used was horrible. I’m not sure is Meyer was going that on purpose or if her writing is really that bad….

    • June 11, 2014 10:27 pm

      I agree with you about the Curious Incident book. I also tried to keep it in mind when I have worked with students who have had Aspergers! I don’t know if it really helped me, but I tried to keep it in my mind!

  2. June 12, 2014 8:26 pm

    I find it hilarious that most of the books you dislike were senior AP English reads. I thought you also hated “Catch 22.”

  3. June 12, 2014 8:27 pm

    And don’t go stealing my fear of pigs 🙂

    • June 12, 2014 9:15 pm

      Don’t worry, you can keep your fear of pigs. I like them other than in that book. Catch 22 was not a fave… too long, but it had some funny moments, so it doesn’t make the most hated list. However, two of my favorite books (as noted earlier in the week) were from AP English. 15 years later and it has still left a lasting impression… that is good teaching

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