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message 51: by Carla (new)

Carla I am surprised by how much some of the people here hate the Time Traveler's Wife. Someone said it was the worst they'd ever read. I think that they are lucky to not have been exposed to that many bad books.
I am a big book nerd, and I thought it was solid. Slow in the first portion, dragging through the pregnancy problems, but very human. I remember finding the way the characters interacted very true to reality.
It is not my favorite book, but really (and this goes for other gripes here too) instead of getting angry about people liking a book you don't like, why don't you just encourage people to read one that you think is awesome? I think that would be more fun, don't you?


message 52: by AnnSecret (new)

AnnSecret Carla wrote: "I am surprised by how much some of the people here hate the Time Traveler's Wife. Someone said it was the worst they'd ever read. I think that they are lucky to not have been exposed to that many..."

I'm new here, but a lot of people here hate The Time Traveler's Wife? But I LOVE that book. It's so brilliant. It's actually one of my favorite books ever. I love Clare and I love Henry for all his imperfections. Henry's not your average male-protagonist, but you can't help but to like him -- he's cute like an adorable abandoned puppy kind of way.

Audrey Nieffenegger really put in a lot into this novel.

I completely agree with you though. Everyone has their own opinions I guess.


message 53: by Amy (new)

Amy Norman I am having a hard time getting through the girl who kicked a hornet's nest! It makes me sad that I love this author and cannot finish the book


message 54: by Amy (new)

Amy Norman


message 55: by Tina (new)

Tina Solvang How is Neil Gaiman's American Gods ranked under Stephanie Meyer's Twilight Saga? How does a prime example of great modern fantasy rank beneath a romanticized vampire angstfest?


message 56: by Amy (new)

Amy Norman I have not read American Gods so I do not think that I can compare. However, if you are interested in a vampife saga that is much better than Twilight, I suggest the Blue Bloods series.


message 57: by Tina (new)

Tina Solvang Amy wrote: "I have not read American Gods so I do not think that I can compare. However, if you are interested in a vampife saga that is much better than Twilight, I suggest the Blue Bloods series."

I have been searching for something to redeem my feelings towards vampires in literature, so I'll definitely look into it. Thank you for the recommendation!


message 58: by Amy (new)

Amy Norman asbsolutely. I think that Ann Rice was so overrated when she wrote Lestat, I did not love her books, but I did like the Blue Bloods series.


message 59: by Arya (new)

Arya Lacy wrote: "Twilight wasn't the a great book. I will admit that I fell into the hype of it all, but then again I was a freshman in high school when I began the series. Looking back, the Twilight Saga definitel..."

I completely agree. They are fun, exciting and overall very enjoyable, but they are not well written, nor can they be considered the "best" book of the century!

I would say though that Harry Potter seven was one of the most intricate and epic books I have ever read. I definitely think it should be on this list.

Probably the best book of the century has not even been written yet. Come to me in a hundred years and we'll talk.


message 60: by Amy (new)

Amy Norman I would have to agree. I loved Harry Potter, but I am not sure what will come next. The Girl Who books are pretty awesome, but I am not even sure those are the best. I keep reading though it is tough for me to get any recreational reading done. I am getting a kindle for christmas so that will hep me have an excuse to read all the time!!!


message 61: by Arya (new)

Arya YAY!!! Have fun with your (non-surprise) of a Kindle! :D


message 62: by Amy (new)

Amy Norman yeah I bought it for my daughter and then she got one from her paternal grandfather for her birthday.....not a happy camper, so my man said he would pay for it and I could have it!!! lol.


message 63: by Arya (last edited Dec 03, 2010 01:59PM) (new)

Arya GREAT!! It's a good thing you got your daughter something you would like!! LOL


message 64: by Jackie (new)

Jackie Posek Christina wrote: "Oh dear, someone tell me why "A Million Little Pieces" is on this list."

Because it's self-obsessed crap.


message 65: by Baneen (new)

Baneen I agree Lacy. AND WHY THE HELL DOES THIS LIST NOT HAVE EVEN A SINGLE VAMPIRE ACADEMY BOOK??????????? That's probably the best book ever...........


message 66: by Roger D (new)

Roger D Montgomery I agree with Kate L. from the USA. The best new book is A Taste for Green Tangerines by Barbara Bisco. Kate was right: hilarious and intelligent! Roger


message 67: by Nichole (new)

Nichole Boultas I have seen the many trailers and ads for all of the Twilight films. And I must admit, it's got me interested in wanting to see all the films and read the books or the other way around.


message 68: by Inam (new)

Inam Eat pray Love......31!! no way. It is a much better book than that.......at least better than.....Harry potter or....twilight series


message 69: by Amy (new)

Amy Norman I have heard that it is an excellent book.


message 70: by Lisa (last edited Jan 07, 2011 10:13AM) (new)

Lisa The 21st century did not start until January 1st 2001. I will place my vote at the end of the century, December 31, 2100 ;)
Is there a place to vote for best books of the decade?


message 72: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn Yaste It's amazing how easily people lose sight of this one particular fact:
Just because YOU don't like something does not make it garbage.


message 73: by Anneet (new)

Anneet Please consider reading "The Time of our Singing" by Richard Powers. This book is beautifully written. There is much on the 21st Century list which is popular, but not good. Do yourselves a favor!


message 74: by Halimah (new)

Halimah Michael wrote: "Really!? Twilight? and Harry Potter? Greatest books of the 21st Century? Maybe most popular, flavor of the week books, but definitely not the best. Both those series' are very poorly written, the..."


I love harry potter get some real taste ever read Brisinger


message 75: by Halimah (new)

Halimah Morgan wrote: "Thejage wrote: "Let's just say, "these are the most popular books, but certainly not the best" - except, of course, Ian McEwan."

I agree. David Sedaris? Harry Potter? Though H.P. will go down..."

I love harry potter and dan brown listened to and read them evey since i was little


message 76: by Logophile (new)

Logophile Bonnie wrote: "Why can't I vote for The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood? It was first published in 2000 and yet when I try to vote for it, it says "not published in this century.""

Yes, it would have been one of my first picks too, since the list purports to include 2000 in this century. Also, The Cave by José Saramago.


message 77: by Dita (new)

Dita I would not call this list the best books of the century - I'll say recently read and liked ones. Dita

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message 78: by carolyn (new)

carolyn Donna wrote: "where is TCBoyle"

I am with you. His latest have been a disappointed but I love his treatment of social issues in a novel. Talk, Talk and Tortilla Curtain are my fav.


message 79: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Euugghh. :/
Harry Potter ruins all the lists. >.>


message 80: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Imani ♥ ☮ wrote: "i am so tired of twilight being on every list. the only list it should be on is the "worst book of the decade". that goes for new moon and all those other books :/"

I say the same for Harry Potter and Vampire Diaries.
Those books are a load of crap.
Especially Harry Potter. :/
Its a piece of utter pathetic shit.
Twilight is OKAY.
But thats all it is.
I don`t think it belongs in this list, but it doesn`t belong in ''Worst Books of the Decade'' either.


message 81: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Axisa Killthepopular wrote: "I have about 170 books on my read shelf. The time travellers wife is unquestionably the worst book i have ever read.

We're only 10 years in and people who read all the current bestsellers are ge..."



message 82: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Axisa Are you kidding? It's a such a wonderfully clever love story.


message 83: by Beatrice (new)

Beatrice Kennedy Truthfully I think that it's wrong to criticize another author whether they're terrible or not. I'm not saying not to criticize them but...books are books. You can hate them as much as you want but it won't change the fact that someone out there is still reading it and that there will always be conflicting opinions whether it's a work of art or a complete disaster.


message 84: by Mary (new)

Mary The Mortal Instruments series needs to be moved up, and, even though I will admit that I used to like Twilight- take notice of "I USED TO LIKE"- Twilight should not even be on this list.


message 85: by Kenya (new)

Kenya O'Neill I personally love HP but I can understand why a lot of people would think those books don't belong on this list. HP is my favorite series, but I'm willing to admit that there are books that are better written. What I don't understand is how anyone could think that the Twilight books belong on this list. They might be entertaining (although I never really understood that either), but they're badly written, and the characters aren't even likable.
I'm not voting in this list yet because the 21st century has barely even begun, and I feel like I have a lot of reading to do before I pick out my favorites :)


message 86: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Tutti wrote: "twilight is th best of the best. but i don't think that kid with those round glasses and his stupid adventures belong to this list. harry potter and j k rowling must go andkill themselves for this ..."

I must know, have you ever read an actual book?
Like, a real one, not the fanfiction of a lonely woman who was feeling lonely--because that's what Twilight was. Some lonely chick's fanfiction.
As for Harry Potter, at least the characters in that series had some form of substance. The book is iconic to children everywhere, Twilight is the icon of lonely teenage girls.
There are AT LEAST one-hundred books on this list that could illustrate for you what character development, proper grammar, and decent writing are. I think you should invest some time in actually reading.


message 87: by Breanne (new)

Breanne Tiger saga all the way :)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed:

The Alchemist (1988)


message 89: by Huma (new)

Huma Bonnie wrote: "Why can't I vote for The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood? It was first published in 2000 and yet when I try to vote for it, it says "not published in this century.""

I'm getting the same problem. So annoying. And such a shame The Blind Assassin isn't on the list, it's just such an amazing piece of literature.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Strange.

The only way I can think of to vote for it is in a combination volume with a couple of other Atwood novels.


message 91: by Joe (new)

Joe Palmer I was begining to forget what a dire state modern literature was in, this list is a good reminder. Theres a couple of nice little time killers for when you're young there, namely Neil Gaiman, Curious Incident etc. I think theres only one author there who is really worth calling a contemporary classic author, Cormac McCarthy but I have only read Blood Meridian by him. I guess The God Delusion is worth while but it seems so late to me, preaching about things the majority of people should already know.


message 92: by Lynne (new)

Lynne Williams LOL! These things happen to all of us.


message 93: by Adia (new)

Adia Wilde Where are all the margaret petterson haddix books at ??!!they should be on this list too!!!!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You could add them; it's easy to add books to lists - at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes."


message 95: by Adia (new)

Adia Wilde Susanna wrote: "You could add them; it's easy to add books to lists - at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes.""

oh, cool...thanx!


message 96: by Samir (new)

Samir Parmar Carla wrote: "I am surprised by how much some of the people here hate the Time Traveler's Wife. Someone said it was the worst they'd ever read. I think that they are lucky to not have been exposed to that many..."

Awesome


message 97: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Robin wrote: "If these were the best books, I would give up reading. I tried reading Twighlight the other day. It was hard to comprehend how such a poorly written book could impress so many people. Then again, ..."

Lol, I think you should write that book.


message 98: by Angelique (new)

Angelique Andreea wrote: "I have to defend Dan Brown. People in most of North America and a big chunk of Europe say that his writing is so false and blah blah blah, but HELLO PEOPLE it is called FICTION. (it's on the back c..."

Dan Brown's story line may be intriguing, but his rhetorical abilities leave much to be desired. Conspiracy interests people, and I fell prey to it, but let's face it, the man cannot write and I wouldn't touch another piece of his fiction for anything. On the best list? Really?


message 99: by Angelique (new)

Angelique Kathryn wrote: "It's amazing how easily people lose sight of this one particular fact:
Just because YOU don't like something does not make it garbage."


and just because you were thoroughly entertained doesn't make it great literature either.


message 100: by Tyrone (new)

Tyrone Matt wrote: "Elissa wrote: "I can't add How to Tran Your Dragon. =(
It was published February 15, 2000"

Technically I don't think the 21st century began until 2001."


Er Matt, try reading the criteria for the list...it clearly states from 1st January 2000.

This list has made me lose my faith in humanity. THREE people voted Dreamcatcher as one of the 'Best Books of the 21st Century'? Really?! It is not only one of the worst books i have read but it was made into one of the worst film adaptation i have seen. I'm never getting that time back!


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