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Which was your least favorite required read in high school/college?

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  593 votes, 21.1%

 
  359 votes, 12.8%

 
  304 votes, 10.8%

 
  300 votes, 10.7%

 
  227 votes, 8.1%

 
  221 votes, 7.9%

 
  216 votes, 7.7%

 
  174 votes, 6.2%

 
  173 votes, 6.1%

 
  157 votes, 5.6%

 
  91 votes, 3.2%


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message 451: by Lindsay (new)

Lindsay Across Five Aprils. Jesus, that was painful.


message 452: by Kamas (new)

Kamas Kirian Moby Dick


message 453: by Ellese (new)

Ellese It's kind of a tie...but I would say Chinese Cinderella or Night...why do they make us read such depressing "literature" for school? To build character or something?? Geez...


message 454: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer The Sun Also Rises - Hemingway. Ugh. Can I get an adjective and a compound sentence, please?


message 455: by Angela (new)

Angela The Knight's Tale by Chaucer - we spent 6 months translating it!


message 456: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Angela wrote: "The Knight's Tale by Chaucer - we spent 6 months translating it!"

Oh no! Tedious translation for six moths could ruin a much better tale!


message 457: by Imogen (new)

Imogen I've enjoyed most of what school has given me to read, but my least favourite would have to be To Kill A Mockingbird. There wasn't enough intensity to keep me interested. But critically thinking, it was a great, classic book.


message 458: by Nikki (new)

Nikki I really didn't like The Great Gatsby. There was something about it that made it the only book that I have ever resorted to skimming and reading online synopses.

I also didn't like I am the Cheese.

I found it very confusing and hard to follow at the time. I also hated the teacher that assigned it, so that could have something to do with it too.


message 459: by Brittany (new)

Brittany The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner


message 460: by [deleted user] (new)

Haven't been to college yet, so I can't vote! :)


message 461: by Jonetta (new)

Jonetta Cat wrote: "Haven't been to college yet, so I can't vote! :)"

It's high school or college.


message 462: by [deleted user] (new)

Got it.


message 463: by Serene (new)

Serene The Great Gatsby because it was a character focused novel with characters I hated. Don't get me wrong, I love anti-heroes and flawed characters far more than perfect ones. But I couldn't stand most of these characters. Nick was a personality-less stand in for the reader, Tom was a racist hypocrite, Daisy was selfish and materialistic, and Gatsby was annoyingly naive.


message 464: by Whitney (new)

Whitney St-Marseille Anything Shakespeare


message 465: by Laurie (new)

Laurie Bowling Alone


message 466: by Tamara (new)

Tamara Bennett 1984 & ALL Shakespeare. yuck !


message 467: by Taylor (new)

Taylor How could you not love "The Outsiders"?!?!!?!?!?!!?!?!!?!?


message 468: by Cassidy (new)

Cassidy Washburn I chose the Scarlet Letter but Great Expectations was also brutal >.<


message 469: by Kristina (new)

Kristina The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. One of the most difficult times of my life reading-wise.


message 470: by Seph (new)

Seph Pratt I just started a facebook group for YA readers to discuss the books they love and love to hate. If anyone is interested, drop me a message and I'll add you! :) Hoping to create a huge family of readers, so we have a place to discuss our favorite books. Don't miss out. ^_^


message 471: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey About A Boy by Nick Hornby. Still possibly my least favorite book I've ever read. Although that was off an independent reading list.

Of the absolute required readings, Milton's Paradise Lost.


message 472: by Claire (new)

Claire Of Mice and Men was the first book I really hated, I had Kafka's Metamorphosis and Camus' The Outsider inflicted on me as well and I hated both of those even more but Of Mice and Men wins it because I read it first, I didn't even know I could dislike a book that much until I read it.


message 473: by Mark (new)

Mark None of those were required in my high school. My favorite was Dracula.


message 474: by Catya (new)

Catya The Trial by Franz Kafka.... ugh I hated it!
I know there are many people who worship this book, but I just think it's a waste of time!


message 475: by Kayla (last edited Nov 29, 2012 10:02PM) (new)

Kayla Great Expectations


message 476: by Wendy (new)

Wendy A Tale of Two Cities


message 477: by Jean (new)

Jean I too enjoyed reading in high school. For the most part. Required readings did take the joy out of it sometimes.
I wholeheartedly agree with the current #1 pick. The Scarlet Letter made me want to pull out my hair, one follicle by painful follicle, than finish that book. Never did make it to the end. Did they hang her? Oh wait, I just remembered that I don't care.


message 478: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Easily Animal Farm. The Scarlet Letter and The Great Gatsby weren't that bad!


message 479: by Snicky (new)

Snicky Any book by Dickens ... god!!!


message 480: by Lela (new)

Lela Madame Bovary!


message 481: by Liz (new)

Liz ALL of those listed, EXCEPT for 'To Kill A Mockingbird' were books I either disliked or was disinterested in reading.


message 482: by Jaycee (new)

Jaycee Othello. ...yawn...


message 483: by Melainebooks (new)

Melainebooks Lela wrote: "Madame Bovary!"

So do I.


message 484: by Skylar (new)

Skylar Burris A Jounral of the Plague Year - Defoe
followed by
Robinson Crusoe - Defoe
followed by
Madam Bovary


message 485: by Brenda (last edited Apr 05, 2013 12:54PM) (new)

Brenda  Adams JULIUS CAESAR by Shakespeare; we had to re-write it in our own words! Talk about laborious and time-intensive!!


message 486: by Ellen (new)

Ellen Anything by Charles Dickens. Things Fall Apart.


message 488: by Georgia (new)

Georgia Anne Frank


message 489: by Summer (new)

Summer Seeds Okay so this list has all of my FAVORITE school reads on it... That's rather upsetting.

However, my freshman year I had to read Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. I was ready to ram a pencil through my eye by the time I was done with that book. Oh god, never again. I've disliked several books I've had to read for class over the years, but I have never hated anything as much as Siddhartha.


message 490: by Lostshadows (last edited Apr 16, 2013 05:57PM) (new)

Lostshadows A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. Pointless, pretentious drivel.

"Honorable" mentions to Catcher in the Rye, The Pearl (Had to read it twice.), and Ethan Frome (After having a second book by her inflicted on me in college, I swear the only person who hates Edith Wharton's characters more than me, is Edith Wharton.)


message 491: by Renee (new)

Renee Picture of Dorian Grey


message 492: by Rebekah (new)

Rebekah Smith Definitely either Frankenstein (Dr. Frankenstein is a whiny, arrogant, selfish little man), or Don Quixote. I enjoyed A Tale of Two Cities, however!


message 493: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa Fahrenheit 451


message 494: by Sydney (new)

Sydney Slaughterhouse-Five


message 495: by Mady (new)

Mady Dreamspeaker by Cam Hubert...ughhh, this book annoyed me to the point where I barely read it at all.


message 496: by Asura (new)

Asura Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Gah! That was horrible! I felt like like shooting myself throughout the entire play.


message 497: by Slmstanley (new)

Slmstanley It's a toss-up between Tess of the D'Urbevilles (UGH.) and Portrait of a Lady. Note: both by the same author.


message 498: by Yamilé (new)

Yamilé Crónica de una Muerte Anunciada, by Gabriel García Márquez. The guy is one of the greatests writers, but I just don't like his stories...


message 499: by Heather (new)

Heather Hewitt The Tempest, William Shakespeare
I'm sure it's a great book but the teacher made it suck!


message 500: by Ty (new)

Ty Evans Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison... Terrible.


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