Books I Regret Reading

Terrible books that you regret wasting precious time reading and want to bury in some dark corner of your house never to be seen again.
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2,045 books · 3,350 voters · list created April 7th, 2009 by deleted user.
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message 1: by Tahleen (new)

Tahleen Honestly I don't necessarily regret reading any of these... I mean I hate the Twilight series but it was an important part of my reading since it sparked my independent project and made me want to create a website with alternatives. I guess if anything it would be
The Da Vinci Code, but I don't usually regret reading things.


message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

Twilight is a tricky one... I loved the first three books in a guilty pleasure kind of way the first time I read them and I got kind of involved in the fandom and met some awesome people through it, but since I've re-read the first two books I feel kind of silly for liking them at all in the first place. That said, they kind of kick started me reading again after two years of almost nothing and I made some friends through the fandom so while I don't think they're great books I don't really regret reading them. Breaking Dawn I regret though. That book was just... ugh... I have no words.


message 3: by Tahleen (new)

Tahleen Haha Laura I know what you mean... I felt REALLY guilty when I bought a copy, like I was doing something awful. And it was pretty horrible. But still glad I read it so I know how to attack the series haha.


message 4: by Mandee (last edited Jun 15, 2009 01:44AM) (new)

Mandee I agree with both of you...I don't regret reading them because even though they were torture, it was torture with occasional fun mixed in.

Also, Meyer wrote some interesting characters (I thought) so even though she didn't develop, or give enough time to them, I still was interested in reading what little she wrote about them (with the constant hope that she would all of a sudden become a good writer and decide to write more about them, but it's probably good she didn't because she probably would have ruined them for me too).

And I gotta admit, it is so much fun disliking them! So, while they were very irritating reading, I'm not upset I read them.

I haven't read a lot of the other books on the list, so I can't really comment on them...


message 5: by Dagmara (new)

Dagmara Why would you regret reading ¨Anne of Green Gables? :)


message 6: by Russell (new)

Russell I couldn't vote on the other Meyer books because I wasted enough time with three quarters of Twilight. I read it only because many Harry Potter fans flocked to this one. Rowling wrote such great stuff I thought fans would have good taste. I am sorry to say that lack of age and experience does make a difference. I'll just be patient and see when time passes and these Twilight maniacs look back and say "ughhh, what did I see in that!" yet still love Harry Potter. Good Literature lasts.


message 7: by Russell (new)

Russell I added Pamela by Samuel Richardson, knowing many would not have read it. I had to read it for a graduate course, but it was extreme torture. I'm sure it won't travel up this list, but it is indeed horrible.


message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

why would regret readin books at all????


message 9: by Russell (new)

Russell Gabriela wrote: "why would regret readin books at all????"

When there are so many good books to read and you wasted that time reading something poorly written or that went nowhere at all.


message 10: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Well, I can list some books I pitched after a few pages, but regret AFTER the fact ? Tell you want, I'm grateful for this list, it gives me some titles to move to the bottom of the ever-growing slush pile.

QUESTION: Would God let you read a lousy book in Heaven ?


message 11: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn I have searched for books I reviewed years ago--ghastly shlock science fiction fuck books , to put it plainly and accurately...I can't even find the titles. I did put in the hideous Byrdwhistle Option by Robert Rimmer. Ohh ! John Norman.


message 12: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Canary wrote: "Gabriela wrote: "why would regret readin books at all????"

Some books have depressed me so bad I was sorry later I read them.

"

This happens to me more with movies...I sit there and cringe rather than walk out.



Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Ditto here -- and it's the same with me for books. I have precious little spare time as it is; if I find after a few pages (or after a few chapters, at most) that I don't like a given book, I simply stop reading it. A number of books on this list certainly spell "big waste of time" to me, but that's a call I make while I'm reading them, not retroactively. Conversely, while there were things I had to read for school that I'd rather have had a root canal at the time than go on reading that particular book, I can't honestly say any of them was trash; however much I may have hated having to dig through them ...


message 14: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn I walked out on a stage play, a Christian musical starring Debbie Boone . Love the Christian, hate the Christian musical--is my mantra.


message 15: by Emily (new)

Emily  O The Kite Runner - waste of time. The reading challenge was the only reason I finished it.


message 16: by Diana (new)

Diana This might sound weird but there are some books on this list that I might regret reading but don't mind having wasted my time on them.


message 17: by Michele (new)

Michele Payne Some of these books are really good like twilight series. AgentFlames


message 18: by Michele (new)

Michele Payne Diana wrote: "This might sound weird but there are some books on this list that I might regret reading but don't mind having wasted my time on them."
you should try and read the twilight series if so was the series good or bad.



message 19: by Michele (new)

Michele Payne Thom wrote: "Canary wrote: "Gabriela wrote: "why would regret readin books at all????"

Some books have depressed me so bad I was sorry later I read them.

"
This happens to me more with movies...I sit there a..."

I which some of these books would be movies.




message 20: by Michele (new)

Michele Payne Russ wrote: "I couldn't vote on the other Meyer books because I wasted enough time with three quarters of Twilight. I read it only because many Harry Potter fans flocked to this one. Rowling wrote such great ..."

I harry potter books you should finshied the twilight series.


message 21: by Jan (new)

Jan Stephen Donaldson wrote a series about a guy who had leprosy, who raped a girl who loved him, and who traveled through a land that was being systematically destroyed by a demon. I read all three books, waiting for something, anything, to redeem the horror, but it never happened. The entire experience was depressing. Afterward, I put the books in a recycling bin.




Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Sounds like a reasonable thing to do with Lord Foul's Bane.


message 23: by David (new)

David This is not a list of the worst books. It's a list of books that snobs are embarrassed about having read. They are embarrassed because the books have become popular, not because of any inherent qualities of the books themselves.


message 24: by Diana (last edited Dec 09, 2009 12:32PM) (new)

Diana Michele wrote: "you should try and read the twilight series if so was the series good or bad. ..."

I thought about reading them but now that they're so popular I feel like I'm just following the crowd.


message 25: by David (new)

David Just because it's popular doesn't mean it's bad. I can't say I'm putting Twilight on my list. I can read only so many series at one time. Currently I'm trying to read all 50 of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series.

Diana wrote: "Michele wrote: "you should try and read the twilight series if so was the series good or bad. ..."

I thought about reading them but now that they're so popular I feel like I'm just following the c..."





message 26: by Jan (new)

Jan Jan wrote: "Stephen Donaldson wrote a series about a guy who had leprosy, who raped a girl who loved him, and who traveled through a land that was being systematically destroyed by a demon. I read all three b..."

Yes. Lord Foul's Bane. That was the title. I couldn't remember, and I really did leave those books at the recycling center along with the rest of the trash--empty cereal boxes and whatnot.


message 27: by Maya (new)

Maya honestly, anything about vampires is a wast of time. however, i liked Hatchet and loved Flipped. everyone has their own opinion.


message 28: by Steve (new)

Steve Duong Laura wrote: "Twilight is a tricky one... I loved the first three books in a guilty pleasure kind of way the first time I read them and I got kind of involved in the fandom and met some awesome people through it..."

So Twilight does have it's pro's. Such a nice group of people that love twilight, I personally do not like twilight, but stories like this touches me in a way that is appropriate to say, is orgasmic. Thank you for sharing your story. Let's not disregard books, because one man's trash is another ladies social bridge to the fantastic world of books. Too touchy-feely? No, Never too touchy-feely :3



message 29: by John (new)

John Bladek I drop bad books so fast I can't really say that I've read them, but the furthest I've ever gotten into a really terrible read was Foucault's Pendulum, the most pompous, over-written piece of showy junk I've ever seen.


message 30: by Eva (last edited Dec 15, 2009 06:20PM) (new)

Eva Yeah, most of the time, i can tell if a book is bad from the first chapter, but not always, and when i can't (assuming i finished it), i badmouth it and it's author to anyone and everyone.


message 31: by Nichole (new)

Nichole Russ wrote: "Gabriela wrote: "why would regret readin books at all????"

When there are so many good books to read and you wasted that time reading something poorly written or that went nowhere at all."


Then why finish reading them? Surely you had some idea that they weren't appealing to you before you finished them? Life is too short to waste your time reading something you don't like or worse taking the time to create this list.....





message 32: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Nichole wrote: "Russ wrote: "Gabriela wrote: "why would regret readin books at all????"

When there are so many good books to read and you wasted that time reading something poorly written or that went nowhere ..."


I don't. Finish them, that is....Nor do I pitch them. I sit them back on the shelf or leave them down in the couch or under the coffee table and then am embarrassed to come upon them later and have to admit to myself I started them in the first place. Then again there are the OK books that just get WAY way oversold. This "franchise" thing. Did it start with Proust do you think ?


message 33: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn David wrote: "This is not a list of the worst books. It's a list of books that snobs are embarrassed about having read. They are embarrassed because the books have become popular, not because of any inherent qua..."

Hold on there, Holmes ! Are you saying All book-pitchers are snobs ?


message 34: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Russ wrote: "I added Pamela by Samuel Richardson, knowing many would not have read it. I had to read it for a graduate course, but it was extreme torture. I'm sure it won't travel up this list, but it is inde..."

See you and raise you Clarissa.


message 35: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Dec 17, 2009 11:55AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Snort!

(Never read Clarissa and don't want to. Pamela I found funny - I took it as satire.)


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message 37: by Kelly (new)

Kelly The Lovely Bones - what a disappointing ending. Who wants to read about a child getting raped and murdered and her murderer getting away with it? How is this satisfying?


message 38: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Some pretty awful books in this bunch (where is The Bridges of Madison County, btw?), but my vote would have to go to Twilight, which reads like it was written by a nine-year-old. The writing is pitiful, the characters are one-dimensional and incredibly tedious, and the plot is so absurd I found myself shaking my head in wonder at Stepahine Meyer's adolescent fantasies. And don't even get me started on the messages it sends to young girls.


message 39: by Maddie (new)

Maddie Kelly wrote: "The Lovely Bones - what a disappointing ending. Who wants to read about a child getting raped and murdered and her murderer getting away with it? How is this satisfying? "

I agree 100% Books like The Lovely Bones are just a waste of my time, so sorry I read this one. AND now the wizards of taste, fashion and all this is intelligent have made it into a MOVIE.


message 40: by Kira4Inu (new)

Kira4Inu Kira4Inu A lot of these books I haven't even heard of. I absolutely regret reading the Twilight Series on account of how America blew it out of proportion. I mean, sure read it once and it has the potential to be a good series but when people obsess over it and make it a movie and make little pins and bags and stickers, then it becomes too much and the series loses any and all of my interest. Then there are other books on this list that I've read that are pretty good and I don't see why someone would regret reading them. Take Eragon for example. Sure, they ruined the story with the screwed up movie but I love that series and I can't wait for the fourth book.


Heidi (Yup. Still here.) Kira4inu wrote: "A lot of these books I haven't even heard of. I absolutely regret reading the Twilight Series on account of how America blew it out of proportion. I mean, sure read it once and it has the potential..."

I agree. I was just wondering who on earth would think Pride and Prejudice should be on this list!


message 42: by Kira4Inu (new)

Kira4Inu Kira4Inu Heidi wrote: "Kira4inu wrote: "A lot of these books I haven't even heard of. I absolutely regret reading the Twilight Series on account of how America blew it out of proportion. I mean, sure read it once and it ..."

I've never read Pride and Prejudice but I'm sure that it doesn't deserve to be on this list. ^_^


message 43: by Chris (last edited Mar 21, 2010 12:22AM) (new)

Chris Allan It's hard to regret reading books really, unless of course you'll pick up anything. If you choose carefully you can avoid the duff ones, but there will always be some that, no matter what, refuse to sink in. These might be hard classics that you feel you should read but just can't. Maybe it's the wrong time,maybe it's you. Even the Da Vinci Code wasn't a total waste, nearly, but over quickly, and I wanted to know what the masses were wanting, rubbish really and that goes for everything else-music, theatre, tv, films, art, design, architecture, the plebs don't want exciting and diverse, they want to read The Da Vinci code. I don't regret reading it except for the sad realization that there are more people happy to settle for this shit, and seeing them all reading it simultaneously on the tube is just scary.


message 44: by Toni (new)

Toni Reynolds i dont know how The House of night series got up there that is a great series...


message 45: by Molly (new)

Molly Don't take this the wrong way, but this list is pretty extensive. Do you regret reading every book you ever read?


message 46: by [deleted user] (new)

Why on earth is Pride and Prejudice on the list?


message 47: by A (new)

A i love to read books butt my lil sister make a it so hard


message 48: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Matteson As much as I love Wicked--the Broadway play, I have no idea how I finished the book. I think it was a political satire, however, it was just damn boring. So, needless to say, when I picked up Son of a Witch, I couldn't get through the first 20 pages. Something about an elephant really threw me for a loop! There's some really bad writing (don't get me started on Twilight; only read the first one) out there. All of us critics should write our own books! :)


message 49: by [deleted user] (new)

Gabriela wrote: "why would regret readin books at all????"

I agree, this is a very strange list. I learn something even from bad disgusting books. Some can make a person ill tho.


message 50: by Hayley (new)

Hayley I thought A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius was excellent!


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