We've all had those books we read, hug to our chest and then being pushing on all our friends. In contrast, we've had books that we read that are so dreadful we want to scream out a warning and throw our bodies between it and anyone even considering it. (Emphasis added.)Her sister wanted to know which books she thought so dreadful, she would want to scream out a warning and throw her body between it and anyone even considering it. Hence, Jenny's post...which has inspired me to post my own list. We all have a list like this. Here's mine. If I catch you in the store with any of the following books in your hand...be prepared for what may come next. ;)
The 14 Worst Books I Have Read
Disclaimer: Please remember that this is my own opinion, and yours may differ. No feelings were meant to be harmed in the making of this post--although I deliberately left it at 14 books, to annoy potential haters. :D
14. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (DNF)
Okay, so I don't hate this one, so much as roll my eyes every time I look at it. I was enthralled...for the first two hundred pages, which was when I realized absolutely nothing had happened.
13. The Game by Diana Wynne Jones (review)
There is almost nothing more frustrating than lots of action happening in a book, that isn't being described. This book was underdeveloped, and all sorts of confusing.
12. The Luxe by Anna Godberson
This book is not for people who enjoy accurate historical fiction, and societies who are properly scandalized when girls go off with alone at night with boys.
11. Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik (review)
This is the book that successfully butchered Pride & Prejudice. Yes, I belong to the legions of women who adore Jane Austen's work, and enjoy retellings of it...but not like this. Not like this at all.
10. Blood by K.J. Wignall (review)
Same reason as The Historian, only this one was even more boring.
9. Wolves, Boys, and Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler (review)
It's like this book was made just for the sake of telling people about the problems we make for the environment. The message was stronger than the story line. Plus, no one in the story acted like normal people would. A public shooting had no consequences, and raised no alarms. 'Nuff said.
8. Wildefire by Karsten Knight (review)
This book had so much potential that was wasted with flat characters, unnecessary (and often perplexing) actions from the main character, and consequences that didn't match the situations.
7. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz (review)
I actually really liked this book, until I re-read it last year. I hadn't noticed until then, how similar this book is to reality tv: fake, and focusing more on the fashion, drugs, drinking, and fights, than an actual story. Somewhere in these pages is a vampire story; let me know if you find it.
6. Romeo & Juliet by Shakespeare
It's not technically a book, but seeing as how it's been made into book form, and how English teachers across the country deem it superb teaching material for their students, I'm counting it as one.
This is not a love story. This is a child infatuated with another child; both of whom think of nothing but themselves. It's definitely a tragedy...one that seems to be the bane of my existence (I cannot escape talk of this story, no matter where I go).
5. Bumped by Megan McCafferty (review)
While I found a lot of this book hilarious, I was infuriated to find that the message it was attempting to make, wasn't as strong as the message it was trying NOT to make. It also vilified and made fun of the Christian religion (something I hate to come across in a book) to an extreme point.
4. First Love & Forever by Anita Stansfield
This is an LDS fiction novel; one that was highly recommended to me, but I was extremely disappointed with the plot. The book can be summed up like this:
The MC's relationship with her husband hasn't been going very well, when she runs into an old boyfriend/fiance (who would have been her husband, if she hadn't picked the other guy). She wants to leave her husband for him, but can't bring herself to leave him. She spends the entire book going back and forth on the decision to leave her husband for him. She finds out her hubby has been cheating on HER, then gets extremely close to cheating on/leaving him...but stops herself, deciding that she'll be a good wife and stay with her husband. But it's all okay, because her husband conveniently dies in a car accident the very next day, and now she's free to have the guy she wanted all along.
And somehow, this is all supposed to be Heavenly Father's plan for her. Psh!! I don't think so.
3. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (review)
This is one of those books that I initially liked--to a point--when I first read it. Heck, I even reviewed it and gave it 3 stars. But at the risk of having the Cassie Clare army storm down on me, I must admit that after further consideration, this book is a piece of crap. I can't even think about it anymore, without getting angry.
After three books of being dragged around on the Clary/Jace roller coaster, and after finally having our hopes confirmed, and after finally being given a semi-happy ending, I believe we, as fans, deserved better than to be dragged around on a twin roller coaster once again--only with added character drama. It was this book that confirmed my suspicions that the storyline of all the CC books I have read are exactly the same:
Sexy boy + sexy girl in need of help + sexy other boy + lots of sexy time + no hope for a real relationship - an actual original plot + more sexy time = money in the bank.
2. Tris & Izzy by Mette Ivie Harrison (review)
Insta-love like never before. Multiple cases of this insta-love. People who act as if they've never lived in society before or learned proper friendship etiquette, and a magical world that doesn't make sense. And on top of all that, one of my favorite tales--Tristan & Iseult--is butchered.
1. Legacy by Cayla Kluver (review)
This is one of two books that I disliked this much, that I actually finished. I found the story to be so horrible, that I was fascinated. I had to finish it just to experience the horrible characters, awkward discussions, and never-ending, overly wordy, unnecessarily descriptive descriptions (see what I did there?), through to the end. Read this if you like main characters who do the exact opposite of what they say they want to do, or who claim to be a rebel but have no backbone. Read this if you don't care about character growth, or resolution of any kind.
Have YOU read any of these books? What did you think of them?