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The 101 Books 5th Anniversary Giveaway!

Last week, 101 Books celebrated its 5 year anniversary–better known as a “blogaversary” in some parts.

Today, let’s take the celebration to the next level by giving a few novels away. How ’bout it?

As usual, I’ll keep this simple.

To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is answer the following question in the comments:

What’s the worst book you ever read? 

If you’re not sure, just name a couple. It can be fiction, nonfiction, whatever you want it to be.

I’ll go with Naked Lunch as my answer. Remember how much I loathed that novel? If you’re interested, here’s my review.

Now, it’s your turn.

I’ll randomly select three winners on Tuesday morning (no post Monday). Each winner will be able to pick one novel from the first 82 I’ve read from the Time list, and I’ll ship it to you via Amazon.

So let’s get going.

What’s the worst book you ever read?

 

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  1. Bataille’s Story of the Eye. Here is my review: http://thereadersroom.org/category/1-star-reviews/

    Twilight (I am embarrassed to admit that I read it. Awful for other reasons then story of an eye.

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    September 4, 2015
  2. Some of the worst books I’ve ever read include:
    The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
    Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
    Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

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    September 4, 2015
  3. Suzi #

    The Last Time They Met by Anita Shreve

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    September 4, 2015
  4. Catherine #

    Twilight
    Also didn’t really enjoy ‘Passage to India’, but perhaps I was too young at the time to appreciate it.

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    September 4, 2015
  5. Reblogged this on oshriradhekrishnabole.

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    September 4, 2015
  6. At Risk by Patricia Cornwell…

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    September 4, 2015
  7. bba #

    The Horse Whisperer

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    September 4, 2015
  8. It’s difficult to say as if a book is particularly bad I’d not bother sticking it out to the end. However, “The Taking” by Dean Koontz was particularly bad. Seemed to be okay to start but the moralising, religious undertone increased during the book and really annoyed me by the end. For example, stuff was better in the old days. Media today is awful. Progress is bad – except for gun manufacture. Scientists are bad as modern problems are caused by technology, yet doctors and architects are good as they help people*, which probably suggests Koontz’s depth of ignorance as doctors and architects can only do what they do due to science. Some quotes: “The mystery of evil is too deep to be illuminated by the light of reason”, “They say God made the universe. The astrophysicists don’t understand it, but perhaps wiser men do.” (Note “wiser men”, no inclusion of women.)

    *So my research as a scientist for treating diabetes is really about turning the world population into crazed, internet zombies

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    September 4, 2015
  9. As of recently, my least favorite is The Vacationers.

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    September 4, 2015
  10. sb2711 #

    There was this book – In My Father’s House by Miranda Seymour. I kept picking the book but just couldn’t go past a few pages. Maybe because it was a portrait. I have given the book away though.

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    September 4, 2015
  11. mee #

    The worst book I’ve ever finished reading: The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. And more recently The Book Thief – I really disliked it (don’t attack me please).

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    September 4, 2015
    • This is not an attack! But I personally love The Book Thief. May I ask why you do not like it?

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      September 5, 2015
      • mee #

        My note says about the book: “A very long melodrama about what is a very little story, with silly gimmicks all over the place.” 😀

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        September 8, 2015
  12. Reblogged this on psychosputnik.

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    September 4, 2015
  13. Heart of Darkness has been on my most hated list since high school, so I’ll give it the honour.

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    September 4, 2015
  14. In all honesty, though I love the premise behind the books, I felt the flatness of character and way it was written made the Hunger Games trilogy one of the worst I’ve ever read. It could have done so much more with a few well placed words. Doesn’t take much to move from ‘eh’ to ‘OH WOW!”

    My absolute least favorite thing I’ve ever read is Romeo and Juliet. I have a large soapbox I stand on and expound about the idiocy and evils of this play and it’s continued use in our schools.

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    September 4, 2015
    • I really like the Hunger Games books. I think certain styles work more for some people than others. I’m convinced that even the typeface can have an effect. The book I’m reading now could do with a larger typeface (and shorter, punchier paragraphs). When I was a 16-year old adolescent, I found Pride and Prejudice not really my thing, and I couldn’t even remember anything from sentence to sentence because of the style of Austen’s writing.

      My wife rails against Othello (“Why did he just talk to her!?!”) while I find “Twelfth Night” and “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” silly rather than actually funny. I also think plays should be seen (or scene?) not read, as it’s very much based on interpretation of the script.

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      September 4, 2015
      • I love watching plays! I still hate Romeo and Juliet :/ Othello is my favorite, but i do agree that it is all definitely subjective. I also think that he may have meant “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” to be more silly than hilarious.

        Like I said, I actually enjoy the Hunger Games premise but the way it was formatted, including the presentation of the characters, bothered me sufficiently that I may not read the books again (That being said, I adored Cenna and felt like that character had more put into him than most of the others).. I honestly have the same issues with Twilight, though I felt the main supporting characters filled in the depth I look for from my fictional friends. You also won’t see me carting that one around again any time soon.

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        September 4, 2015
    • Hi Estyree!

      I’m just going to hop in here and say that I started the Hunger Games after all the hype commenced, but found the characters and writing style kind of flat and bland too, so I didn’t even get through the first book, but, oh well…That’s just me 🙂

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      September 5, 2015
      • I read the trilogy completely, but it took vast amounts of effort! Thanks for letting me know I’m not alone.

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        September 5, 2015
        • 😉 I guess I’m not as tough as you are when it comes to powering through books!

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          September 6, 2015
          • Oh I’ve quit plenty! I just knew that I HAD to finish or endure all of the taunts of book loving friends and family who had read (and enjoyed) the series. I don’t know how I did it 😉

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            September 6, 2015
          • same here! Thankfully my family raved about books like ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘The Great Gatsby’, and I’m glad they did, or else I would have MISSED OUT 🙂 .

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            September 6, 2015
          • Agreed!

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            September 6, 2015
  15. Fifty Shades of Grey is probably the worst one I’ve read, with lines like ‘His voice is warm and husky like dark melted chocolate fudge caramel’, ‘Holy crap! He’s wearing a white shirt’, and ‘The orange juice tastes divine’. I had no comments when reading it.

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    September 4, 2015
    • Makes you hope he doesn’t get that melted chocolate fudge caramel on that white shirt. Then again, maybe that would be a great plot twist.

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      September 4, 2015
  16. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. There was absolutely nothing about that book that I liked.

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    September 4, 2015
  17. Oh, it’s hard to pick. I’ve hated All the Kings Men ever since we were forced to study it in high school, but I still try to read it every once in a while because it’s a “classic” and I feel like I should at least finish the dang thing (no luck so far). In more recent years, I’ve really hated some particularly stupid nonfiction books like House of Havoc by Marni Jameson (sexist and otherwise unhelpful housekeeping bullshit) and The Duggars: 20 and Counting (preachy, disorganized, plus really terrible recipes that don’t make any dang sense — just putting bbq sauce on tuna is not a recipe, nor is it actually edible).

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    September 4, 2015
  18. E #

    Oh God, A Streetcat Named Bob. Oh my god. Terrible. Don’t read it.

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    September 4, 2015
    • What a horribly boring and predictable title!

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      September 7, 2015
  19. Definitely Twilight and the three other books that follow it. The entire time was me rolling my eyes and constantly face palming myself (thanks Meyer!)

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    September 4, 2015
  20. A Gronking to Remember. We read it as a joke and I wouldn’t even call it a book but it was by far the worst thing I’ve ever read.

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    September 4, 2015
  21. The worst book I ever read has to be The List.

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    September 4, 2015
  22. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult – emotional manipulation to the nth degree.

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    September 4, 2015
  23. Harsh #

    Three Men in a boat. The only book I couldn’t complete.

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    September 4, 2015
  24. Charlie #

    In college, I had to read Jacques Lacan’s “The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis.” What I could understand (which wasn’t much) was incredibly pretentious, as I recall.

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    September 4, 2015
  25. The answer to this one is easy: Elizabeth Kostova’s “The Historian.” It’s supposed to be a vampire story — a Dracula yarn, in fact –but most of the overlong narrative is taken up with European travelogue. And then, when the vampire finally appears near the end, the first words he speaks are “Good evening,” in Bela Lugosi fashion. Unbelievably bad!

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    September 4, 2015
    • This is what happens when literary types tackle genre novels for the big bucks. Lots of motivation, just no understanding of the genre.

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      September 4, 2015
  26. Guh. Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. It’s a play, but I loathed it both times I read it. Also, I tried to read A Clockwork Orange but could in no way connect with it, couldn’t stand it. Even books I didn’t like that I finished, I wouldn’t say they were the WORST book I ever read. But for some reason, I truly loathe this play.

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    September 4, 2015
  27. I went through a phase of intense binge-reading of everything Agatha Christie a couple months ago. That phase stopped after I finished reading her novel Passenger to Frankfurt. God, what an awfully long two-hundred pages that was. I think that in the dictionary, beside the word “uneventful” is a picture of this book.

    I think I read about half of it before skimming through it in hope of finding a point where the story picks up. As you can probably guess, I never found it.

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    September 4, 2015
  28. I despised The Canterbury Tales and The Divine Comedy. I don’t know if I had bad translations or just couldn’t do the old/middle English style, but I barely made it through them.

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    September 4, 2015
  29. Obsession by A.S. Byatt. This won a Booker prize. Read this many years ago. My problem with it was it was much too long and I don’t like books that are much too long and then I can’t detect a reason for it all being so long. The writing style I found dull.

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    September 4, 2015
  30. Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Just bad. I have yet to read Naked Lunch, but somehow in spite of your reviews I still want to.

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    September 4, 2015
  31. Half girlfriend, Lolita

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    September 4, 2015
  32. Carly #

    Finnegans Wake. Did not make it very far before throwing it across the room.

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    September 4, 2015
  33. The Mulberry Empire- i still have no idea where the plot was supposed to go, and got stuck in tedious long descriptions of characters that then were never seen again. took a serious amount of will power to finish it in the hope it’d get better. it didn’t…..

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    September 4, 2015
  34. A couple of the worst books i’ve read
    are : the evil guest
    and the black box by michael connelly :/

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    September 4, 2015
  35. “Pirate” by Fabio is far and away the biggest load of excrement I’ve ever read, but really, a romance novel by Fabio was always going to be awful. I only read it for a joke, but it ended up being rather unfunny and misogynistic.
    As for a book I thought I’d love, “I Capture the Castle” by Dodie Smith is my most LOATHED book ever. I absolutely hated the characters and was livid when the only character I did like (Stephen) turned out to be an egotistical man whore. I had to get a friend to take the book away from me before I threw it in the bin!

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    September 4, 2015
  36. Back Roads by Tawni O’Dell.

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    September 4, 2015
  37. One of the worst books I have ever read does have to be of mice and men. Being forced to read this book in school about twenty times and then having to do an exam on it has put a bad taste in my mouth

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    September 4, 2015
  38. Jasmin #

    The worst book I’ve ever read is Christmastime 1942. I knew what I was getting into when I started, but I was still shocked by how horrible it was. I felt a responsibility to read it since I won the book in a Goodreads giveaway and the author sent a very kind note along with the book.

    Anyway, thank you for doing this! Congrats on five years!

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    September 4, 2015
  39. Emily Lail #

    I really hate Jane Austen. I’ve been forced to read her so many times in college. I think sense and sensibility is my least favorite though. It was just brutal getting through

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    September 4, 2015
  40. I like some of the books mentioned above, which makes me feel better about hating ‘Love in The Time of Cholera.’ Not enough love. Not enough cholera.

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    September 4, 2015
  41. I also hated “Love in the Time of Cholera.” A fifty year love affair– it felt like it took me fifty years to reach the end of the book. And although I loved “The Name of the Rose,” Eco wrote another book called “The Island of the Day Before.” It was just awful.

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    September 4, 2015
  42. I know this isn’t going to make me a popular guy but I totally did not enjoy “Catcher in the Rye”. Holden Caulfield seemed like a selfish brat to me. I’m 16 and my mother was struggling to keep us above water. I read the book and I go, “Man, who do you think you are?”

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    September 4, 2015
    • J.E. Fountain #

      I’m with you on Catcher in the Rye.

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      September 5, 2015
  43. I loathe the Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu. Everyone else loves it, and I really wanted to like it, but the characters are awful. I hate-read the whole series, because I bought it and kind of wanted to see what happened, even though the more I read, the angrier it made me.

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    September 5, 2015
  44. The worst book that I have ever read is called THE THREE MISTAKES OF MY LIFE by Chetan Bhagat. The thing about the book was that it kept me sort of interested till the last 10 pages. And I utterly loathed it when i finished it. I dont know what happened but it was so weird the way he ended it and the political violence was too much in it!

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    September 5, 2015
  45. Ryan #

    Off hand, I’d say Summer by Edith Wharton. I just could not get into it.

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    September 5, 2015
  46. Twilight series and Atlas Shrugged; didn’t get characters and the ending of the latter book. I was really disappointed after having high exceptions as my friends were raving about it.

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    September 5, 2015
  47. So far, the absolute worst book I’ve ever read – the one I consider without any redeeming quality whatsoever – has been A Confederacy of Dunces.

    And now, I shall run for cover.

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    September 5, 2015
    • Sandy Lamson #

      I despised everything about A Confederacy of Dunces, from the obese protagonist who reminded me of no one but my ex-husband, to – well – everything about the goddamned thing. I felt conned, too, by the author’s suicide so that his long-suffering mother had to market his book for him. If he had lived, I believe it would never have been published.

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      September 7, 2015
  48. First and foremost, Happy Anniversary! Congratulations on five years!

    Now for your question, just as I cannot select a single favourite book, it is impossible to select the a single hated book. Here are some of the books I hate:

    The Twilight Series – This is a no-brainer. The characters are flat, the storyline “borrowed” and the writing style had me itching to throw it across the room.

    The Hunger Games Trilogy – Another suggestion from friends, this was worse than the Twilight series as it had the potential to be good which was frustrating. People have been calling Katniss a feminist icon whereas I find her to be very dull and helpless. I especially hate the ending.

    Two States – This book is the reason I never read another Chetan Bhagat book in my life. It is a stereotypical depiction of the values, mores and lifestyle of two different communities and the writing style seems to assume that the reader cannot understand the English language and needs to be led by the hand.

    The Fault in Our Stars- Another no-brainer and friend suggestion. I was pulled into reading it because of the craze about it when the movie came out. There is too much wrong with it for me to elaborate on it here.

    and lastly, To Kill a Mockingbird – (yes, I will pick up my shield in just a moment) I find this book to be incredibly racist and sexist. Despite being famous for shedding light on racism in America, the book’s protagonist Scout can be seen observing the smell of “clean negro” and Scout, despite being hailed as a feminist icon by the world due to her tomboyish behaviour, is soon socialised into a feminine role by her Aunt Alexandra.

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    September 5, 2015
  49. J.E. Fountain #

    I’m reluctant to say it, as it will seem like I’m trying to show how aloof and sophisticated I am by hating the “Greatest Novel of All Time” but I hate Ulysses. Dishonorable mention to On the Road.

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    September 5, 2015
  50. Oh god, I have a few. Atonement was probably one of the first books I read that genuinely made me angry, that genuinely made me feel cheated and manipulated by the author. Then there’s All the Bright Places, a book so stunningly offensive about depression and mental illness that it honestly beggars belief. Also the insipidly stupid One Day.

    I tend to be generous about books – of the 500 or so I’ve logged as read on Goodreads, only sixteen have earned the old one-star review, but those were the memorable ones… for all the wrong reasons.

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    September 5, 2015
  51. Lies of Silence by Brian Moore bored me to tears and the only reason I had to read it through was due to it being on my curriculum at school. It’s meant to be an exciting thriller but the characters are so bland you don’t care what happens to them. And it is fairly poorly written also. Dishonourable mention goes to the philosophical work Ethics by Benedict De Spinoza in which a fairly basic philosophical concept is presented in an awful convoluted fashion and although it is a short book it seems never-ending as you read it.

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    September 5, 2015
  52. sushrita #

    Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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    September 6, 2015
  53. The fault in our stars – John green and the mortal instruments series, absolute garbage!!

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    September 6, 2015
  54. Robinson Crusoe – I had to study it as part of my degree because it is recognised as the first novel ever written in English, though there were some European novels already in publication which Defoe largely ignored. This means that Daniel Defoe had few influences from which he could learn the craft of style: most of it is taken up with Crusoe listing every item he owns when he reaches the island. It is like going on holiday with an accountant!

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    September 6, 2015
  55. komal #

    I think The Time Traveler’s Wife was the worst book for me. I just couldn’t stand it! And yet (miraculously) I finished reading it.
    God of Small Things follows it closely in terms of being bad (for me, at least!)

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    September 6, 2015
  56. Ana #

    Fifty Shades of Grey!!! Yeah I read it. No comments please. I think it’s the worst book I’ve ever read, because I literaly lost time, precious time to read other books. And I didn’t like the Anastacia character… Have other oppinions about women…all these plus the sexuality described . .oh phew.

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    September 6, 2015
  57. Toss-up between Woolf’s “To the Lighthouse” and Faulkner’s “Intruder in the Dust.” Stream-of-consciousness makes me irrationally angry.

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    September 6, 2015
  58. I know everyone will hate me but I hated “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austin… I could not finish it… Then any and of the “50 Shades of Gray” books and another award winner that I swear is actually a graduate research paper not a novel at all “Bold Spirit” by Linda Lawrence Hunt.

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    September 6, 2015
  59. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. Didn’t live up to the hype at all. Depressing, and poorly written.

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    September 6, 2015
  60. Playing For Pizza by John Grisham. I’m sure it’s fine if you like football (which I don’t).

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    September 7, 2015
  61. Its hard because what might be a bad book to me might be fantastic to someone else and vice versa but if I had to choose it would be Divergent by Veronica Roth. I got it due to the adverts for the films looking good and my younger sister raving about it and giving it to me, so I thought might be worth a read but I soon found for me anyway it was a hard book to get into. You are thrown into a world with some explanation but I just didn’t get it. I read the first three chapters and had no clue what I was reading and went back and read them again but still could not get into it. I don’t know if it was just me though as it was a little off from my normal genre and maybe I’ve become too accustomed to what I like to divert from one genre to another.

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    September 7, 2015
  62. Some books I just couldn’t get into were Hold On by Alan Gibbons, Hate by Aland Gibbons and Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison

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    September 7, 2015
  63. The very worst was Will the Real William Shakespeare Please Step Forward. It was supposed to be a work of fiction based on the oft debated question of whether the Bard really did write all those plays. It was so badly written it was painful but I felt I had to finish it because it was a review copy.

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    September 7, 2015
  64. “Little Women” by Louise May Alcott. I tried several different times but could not ever finish it.

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    September 7, 2015
  65. Neuromancer by William Gibson. I didn’t understand a thing that was going on. I even had to ask help for only study guides but to no avail. I wonder why it made it to Time’s list. Perhaps it was Lev Grossman who pushed for it?

    Happy birthday to your blog! I’ve been “stalking” here since I stumbled upon it (when it was Freshly Pressed for the first time) and I’ve been reading past posts particularly when I’m reading a book from the list.

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    September 8, 2015
  66. I agree! The Bones was awful. As was A Million Little Pieces by James Frey!!

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    September 8, 2015
  67. oops! That should have read The LOVELY Bones.

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    September 8, 2015
  68. The English translation of my own short novel THE GOLD SYNDICATE.I was the translator.
    http://www.bookrix.com/_ebook-ravi-ranjan-goswami-the-gold-syndicate/ RAVI RANJAN GOSWAMI: THE GOLD SYNDICATE

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    September 10, 2015
  69. There are several books I found difficult to read, but went ahead and finished them hoping for some redeeming quality. “On the Road” was one I just could not like. It seemed like a story of two deadbeat guys schlepping across America, sponging off others, staying drunk and high and having indiscriminate sex with women they didn’t even like. Pointless. Another book I struggled through, which won a Pulitzer, was “The Mambo KIngs Play Songs of Love.” Again, indiscriminate sex does not equal “love.”
    (I’m weighing in after the giveaway, but just now reading this post in my reader.)
    Congratulations on your blogoversary!

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    September 11, 2015
  70. Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon!

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    September 25, 2015
  71. I am embarrassed to admit that I read a certain book, which is by far the worst written and most useless novel I think ever written, even though it has several sequels, has spawned a movie, and was at the top of the bestsellers list forever. So, the second worst book I ever read was Europe Central, by William Vollmann. I thought I knew a little about history, but apparently not. I have no idea what he is talking about. Maybe that is a prerequisite for getting great reviews and book awards from book critics.

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    September 30, 2015
  72. interesting

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    October 1, 2015

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