5.15.2012

The 14 Worst Books I Have Read

Jenny from Alternate Readality posted a list a couple days ago, of the top 10 worst books she had read. It was a response to a question from her sister on a previous blog post about book recommendations. In it, Jenny said:
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:
*Spoiler alert* 
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?

29 comments:

  1. Im happy to say I have not nor do I intend to read 13 of these books. Looks like I should bother. There's nothing I love more than listening to a good rant. Im so happy you decided to do this post. Everyone has different opinions and I for one love to hear what they are.

    If you're wondering what book I did read it was The Historian and I did like it. ;) Maybe a reread would change my mind, though.

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    1. Me too! I love hearing the books people like, but I love hearing the ones they DIDN'T like even more. Sometimes it makes me want to read them just to see what they're talking about. *shrug*

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  2. I meant shouldn't bother. Argh!

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  3. Wow, I actually agree with you on a handful of these books. I'm also a little sad to see some books on there that I have somewhere on my TBR pile. I guess I won't be rushing out to read those...

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    1. I'm glad you agree on some of them! I'd love to hear what you think of the ones on your TBR though, if you end up reading them.

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  4. I haven't read any of these books. None of them really catch my eye either, which is a shame because the covers for some of them are gorgeous!

    Great post though! :-)

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    1. I agree. Some of these covers are awesome! Too bad the books inside weren't as good. :(

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  5. I did Romeo and Juliet in year 10 English. I've never been that huge a fan of it. It's never struck me as romantic. But I wouldn't go so far as to say it's terrible. You have to give Shakespeare credit for nailing how a 15 year old and a 13 year old would act under those circumstances - melodrama aplenty!!

    I've also read The Historian. I really enjoyed it, but it's been a few years since I read it, so maybe I just glossed over the whole nothing's happening thing! :)

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    1. I agree; he does get credit for nailing the 15/13 year-old melodrama. I read it in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade English though, and hated it more and more each time. I can't stand it, especially when I hear things like: "Romeo & Juliet, the ultimate love story." *shudder*

      As for The Historian, I enjoyed it when I read it as well. I was actually very into it. But then it just kept going on and on, and the daughter hadn't made any progress, and I just gave up and never picked it up again.

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  6. I remember LOVING The Historian. I read it back in 2006 when I was in Europe and devoured it in maybe 4 days. I'd have to reread it to see if I still felt the same way. I didn't even get past the first book in that Cassandra Clare series, City of Bones, is it? Blech. It just read like overwrot fanfiction to me.

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    1. Haha, I loved the first three in that series...now I can't think about them, without thinking of how much I, as a reader, have been jerked around by CC. As for The Historian: I think it's probably a great book. I enjoyed it for the most part. I just wish something had actually happened.

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  7. The only one I've read is Romeo and Juliet. I guess that is a good thing. I don't hate it, but I do think it is overrated, and it definitely wasn't my favorite Shakespeare play.

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    1. It definitely is overrated. There are much better plays by Shakespeare, like The Taming Of The Shrew!

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  8. I'm a fan of these lists, though don't think I'd ever make one myself (the wussy I am). I felt pretty much the same about City of Fallen Angels - except I didn't even like it enough to read all of it - I skimmed the last hundred or so pages. I think you're right about her formula for $$.

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    1. Woot! Someone who agrees. The last hundred pages were where all the action was, but it only made me angry (especially the last few pages).

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  9. I agree with The Game by Diana Wynne Jones - I loved the sound of it from the blurb, but the actual story really wasn't that good. On the contrary, I did quite enjoy The Luxe however...
    I agree that The Mortal Instruments doesn't really need to be dragged out for a further three books - a trilogy would have been just fine, but, still, I do enjoy them *shrugs* :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Catherine! I haven't talked with a lot of other people who have read The Game. I'm glad to hear you feel the same way about it. As for TMI, I agree. I think the third book had a fantastic and epic ending, and it should have ended there. As for The Luxe, I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

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  10. Love it! What a great list. I haven't tried these but I can relate.

    Time Traveler's Wife would be on my list.

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    1. Oh no, I loved The Time Traveler's Wife! Lol, it's one of my favorites. But this is what I love about book blogging: getting all the different opinions. :) Thanks for stopping by, Juju!

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  11. I actually really liked quite a few of these because sometimes a good story makes up for irritating characters or meh writing. But I wholeheartedly agree with you on Romeo and Juliet and The Historian. Romeo and Juliet made me really distrust Shakespeare. So far I've read 4 more of his plays and concluded that the characters in his tragedies piss me off, but I enjoy his comedy. A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of the few plays I've ever enjoyed.

    And The Historian! I think I made it like 60 pages and gave up because I was so bored. I thought I was insane because it seemed like I was the only person on the planet who couldn't love this book.

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  12. aww, some of those books u listed I either loved (Blue Bloods), or want to read!

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  13. I love posts like this, just because I think it gives great insight into your reading psyche. :) The only book I can think of off of the top of my head that inspired such venom in me is WUTHERING HEIGHTS, but I haven't yet thrown my body between it and other reads because I know other people love it. There's no accounting for taste. :)

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  14. I actually don't have a list like this, but I'm sure I'll come across books eventually that I feel this way about.

    I do, however, get absolutely enraged over the abominable travesty that is the Robert Zemeckis vision of Beowulf. I was sorry to have wasted a free movie coupon on this, but the fact that it was a Movie Tavern softened the blow a bit. I'm a little surprised my friend and I weren't thrown out, though, with all our angry yelling at the screen, helped along by the alcohol we had to consume just to sit through it. -_-

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  15. I read Wildefire, and I felt like I was the only person who didn't like it. I mean, I really didn't like it! This post was fun, and informative! Thanks for sharing :)

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  16. I haven't read any of these but I'm planning to read City of Fallen Angels. I don't expect much from it though. I've seen mixed reviews on most of these books.

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  17. Whooops. I am staying away from all of this books. I wouldn't really like getting in your bad side. ;) I actually read the first 2 books in the Mortal Instrument series and even though I really liked the first one, the 2nd book was so...untolerable I didn't make it to the 3rd book. :D

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  18. Wahoo! What a fun post. I LOVED The Historian! :) And I'm sad about Tris and Izzie because I'm hearing this everywhere and like you, the Tristan/Isolde story is one of my favorites. :( Hmmmm.... I'm wondering if I could come up with books I hate in order to even make a list such as this.....

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  19. Oh my gosh, I love this list and I wish would see more of them around. Honesty is so refreshing. I too rate a book and sometime later say...what was I thinking, that was crap. Oopppsy! I disagree about R&J mostly because I think it has to be taken in context with its time and limitations. Plus 13 then is like 23 now right?

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  20. Aw, too bad to hear about The Historian.

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