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    Default Worst books you've ever read

    Or tried to read, if you can't get through.

    Sense and Sensibility. I fell asleep on page 19 and called it quits.

    Centennial by James Michner (I think). My mom insisted that I read it. I gave up after 100 pages because NOTHING was happening.

    Bittersweet by Nevada Barr. I finished it by some miracle. Maybe I was hoping it would get better. It's about some young woman in the 1800s who marries a nasty old guy because her parents want her to. She has a kid and is friends with the town schoolteacher, a kind of butch lady. Someone gets mad at her and tells everyone that the two women were kissing, and she's shunned. And so they leave and randomly decide to be lesbians. Pointless book.



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    Outrageous Fortune. I don't know who wrote it, but it had an interesting futuristic premise that dissolved into the main character whining about his dead friend. Not that that's not sad, but I bought the book thinking it would be a fun adventure, not depressing and randomly about mountain climbing accidents.

    Also, anything by Stephanie Meyer. Reads like bad Harry Potter fanfiction, worse yet that it's hailed as a modern masterpiece or some crap.
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    summer people by brian groh

    literally ridiculous
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    A Confederacy of Dunces

    Brave New World--I had to teach it when I was student teaching. I swore I would never again try to interest young people in something I don't love.

    Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez
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    American Psycho - hands down! The only book I ever literally threw in the trash can.



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    Some book by Dorothy Eden. GAG. Don't even bother.



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    House of Night series by PC and Kristen Cast. Young adult vampire fiction, had a friend rave about it. I've since learned that she has horrendous taste in books. I read it aloud to my roommate so we could both get a laugh. An honest to god quote: "oh my goodness, that was so romantic I almost peed myself." Personally, I don't lose control of my bladder in romantic situations. You?
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    A book called "Correction" which we had to read for post modernist fiction back in college. My husband and I kept a copy because it is such a piece of shit. It exemplifies EVERYTHING I hate about "important" literature.

    It's about a guy who builds a huge metal cone in a forest. It also has no punctuation or paragraph structure.

    ABOUT A GUY WHO BUILDS A CONE IN A FOREST.

    http://www.amazon.com/Correction-Vin...1798431&sr=1-2

    It is nothing more then self-important "aren't I sophisticated and meaningful and if you don't like it you just aren't SOPHISTICATED because you don't UNDERSTAND it" drivel.

    The people on Amazon who gave it 5 stars are clearly the type of people who think if they don't like this book they're not smart. Sort of like if someone flings poo on the wall of an art gallery it's art, but if it's in an alley it's filth. Yeah. Like that.
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    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. The ONLY school book I never read, I just could NOT get through it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by littleum View Post
    A book called "Correction" which we had to read for post modernist fiction back in college. My husband and I kept a copy because it is such a piece of shit. It exemplifies EVERYTHING I hate about "important" literature.

    It's about a guy who builds a huge metal cone in a forest. It also has no punctuation or paragraph structure.

    ABOUT A GUY WHO BUILDS A CONE IN A FOREST.

    http://www.amazon.com/Correction-Vin...1798431&sr=1-2

    It is nothing more then self-important "aren't I sophisticated and meaningful and if you don't like it you just aren't SOPHISTICATED because you don't UNDERSTAND it" drivel.

    The people on Amazon who gave it 5 stars are clearly the type of people who think if they don't like this book they're not smart. Sort of like if someone flings poo on the wall of an art gallery it's art, but if it's in an alley it's filth. Yeah. Like that.
    No punctuation? Call me uncouth, but that sounds MISERABLE!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Grey_hunter View Post
    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. The ONLY school book I never read, I just could NOT get through it.
    LOL, I got through it, I just didn't get it. What were the expectations, and why were they so great?



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    Barnblind. The mother was so hateful, I just couldn't keep reading. In High School, we had to read 'I Never Promised You a Rose Garden' and 'Member Of The Wedding' which were both awful. It always seemed such a shame when there are so many great books out there.


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    Riding Lessons by Sara Gruen. Couldn't get through it. People say Water for Elephants is better. I'll let them be the judge.

    My SO says The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Ties with Ulysses (by James Joyce) as two books he couldn't get through and couldn't understand the hype.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kateh View Post
    No punctuation? Call me uncouth, but that sounds MISERABLE!
    it was Wall of Text crits you for +100000000.

    The prof said "this is my favorite book. Ever."

    After class finished book and everyone was vomiting over it he said "You know, it's not as good as I remember..."
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    I thought of one more: USA by John DosPassos, the king of the run on sentence. It was for a college class and it was torture.



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    Catcher in the Rye. Sorry I just couldn't get into the whole thing. Holden b!tched like a whiny 15 year old girl on her period through out the entire book.



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    Smilla's Sence of Snow. I have no idea why I kept reading, but I made it to the end.



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    Just finished Absalom, Absalom! by Faulkner in my english class -- I thank God for the amazing professor I have......otherwise, I'd have been SOL.

    Still don't like Faulkner though....as my prof put it..."Faulkner was an ass....and he knew it"
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheHorseProblem View Post
    A Confederacy of Dunces
    What IS IT with that book? Everyone thinks it's so funny and so great and I thought it was awful!! Talk about an unsympathetic main character!


    Quote Originally Posted by Kryswyn View Post
    Riding Lessons by Sara Gruen. Couldn't get through it. People say Water for Elephants is better. I'll let them be the judge.
    It is excellent. Hard to believe the same person wrote both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 00Jumper View Post
    Also, anything by Stephanie Meyer. Reads like bad Harry Potter fanfiction, worse yet that it's hailed as a modern masterpiece or some crap.
    And I thought I was the only person that wasn't seduced by "Twilight". I threw the book away; absolutely the worst, gag-inducing, cringe-making crap I've ever read.

    Only thing worse was a book I read in junior high, because it was banned. "Candy" is the most juvenile, wanna-be-pornographic abortion of a novel that has ever been published. I could understand, even at age 13, why it had been banned; because no reasonable person could read it and not think it the most stupid, worthless waste of reading time ever published.
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