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Those of you who've friended me in the past couple years will know that to do so, you had to answer every reader's fave/least fave ? - Favorite book & why.
I asked this to watch you squirm. (What can I say? It's not a ? I would have EVER answered w/ just 1 book...)
NOW, I'm asking LEAST fave, but since you're already my friends, I can't ask you. So, um...I'm asking you: Least fave thing you've read and why?
Jan 16, 2013 04:05PM

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message 1: by Misty (new)

Misty And the squirming was delightful, folks! So many of you simply PANICKED when I asked it, and were so clearly worried about hurting all the other books' feelings if you didn't list them... ;)


message 2: by Victor (new)

Victor I really didn't like New Moon by Stephenie Meyer. Bella totally overeacted!


message 3: by Laura (new)

Laura This question is so much easier. The Intruders by Olive Peart.


message 4: by Misty (new)

Misty Haha! I'm anticipating a lot of fiery, "I hated _________ soooo much!!" type of answers. ;D


Erlynn (BooksHugBack) Old Man and the Sea. Hemingway


message 6: by Victor (new)

Victor Misty wrote: "Haha! I'm anticipating a lot of fiery, "I hated _________ soooo much!!" type of answers. ;D"

New Moon sucks!!!!!Better?


message 7: by Misty (new)

Misty Oh man. I both liked and didn't like Old Man and the Sea. And I was perhaps a bit bitter, because I had to read something by Hemingway before my Jr year of HS (for an Honors class), and I didn't realize that the "something" was supposed to be a short story. So I read that. Grumblegrubmle. I'm still a little bitter.


message 8: by Misty (new)

Misty Victor wrote: "Misty wrote: "Haha! I'm anticipating a lot of fiery, "I hated _________ soooo much!!" type of answers. ;D"

New Moon sucks!!!!!Better?"


Oh no, I much prefer the first answer. I was talking to Laura, who said this ? was easier - it's also one that gets people worked up, so I'm looking forward to see what all people have to say... ;)


message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

Beautiful Disaster because it glorifies abuse which is absolutely disgusting to me.


message 10: by Amy (new)

Amy There's lots of books I dislike, but the one that I dislike the least is one I actually semi enjoyed: Demon High by Lori Devoti. I looked forward to so much, but it just ended up being so incredibly meh. The writing was mediocre, as were characters. The entire plot was frankly so boring, I skimmed to the ending. Mind you, from what I remember, it was roughly 400-600 pages on my Nook. It was............meh. And that it not necessarily my least favorite thing, but it was a total disappointment.


message 11: by Misty (new)

Misty Bekka - I've heard not a single good things about that book...

Amy - sometimes the meh ones stick in your head the most, and just make you angrier and angrier...


message 12: by Amy (new)

Amy Agreed.


Erlynn (BooksHugBack) Misty wrote: "Oh man. I both liked and didn't like Old Man and the Sea. And I was perhaps a bit bitter, because I had to read something by Hemingway before my Jr year of HS (for an Honors class), and I didn't re..."
I had to read OLD Man and the Sea in 8th grade! I hated it, I remember thinking no book could actually be this bad. Along with The Good Earth.. that was horrible too! Then we read the Hobbit, Great Expectations and Romeo and Juliet and I suppose my teacher was somewhat vindicated.


message 14: by Misty (new)

Misty That is a horrible thing to inflict on middle schoolers...


message 15: by Nilkita (new)

Nilkita I have 3 actually, Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck, The Hunger Games, and the entire Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.


message 16: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Hush Hush is just plain toxic.


message 17: by Dori (new)

Dori Big tie between 50 shades darker, An Abundance of Katherines, and Hamlet . The first two because I hated everything about them from writing style to the characters to the settings... Nothing I liked. Hamlet because I remember falling asleep in homeschool with nothing drawing my interest to it. Even the live plays ..


message 18: by Misty (last edited Jan 16, 2013 05:06PM) (new)

Misty Nikki & Tiffany - you're KILLING me! I love Shakespeare, and I love THG. (Also, I've only read one of the VA books but thought it was pretty fun.) Though I know, I know there are plenty of people who don't like any of the ones you guys mentioned...

Sophie - OH GOD, YES.

Dori - Only one I've read is Hamlet, and see above... ;)

Sean - Sean wrote: "http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34...

Economics, 12th grade. Basically two econ. professors came together (under the pseudonym Marshall Jevons) and decided to write an "economic mystery story" to tell what they thought would be a neat murder mystery story and sneak in some economics lessons on the way..."


THAT is the f*cking funniest thing I've ever heard.
Or the saddest. Not sure which... ;P


message 19: by Jodi (new)

Jodi Lamm Like a lot of people here, my least favorite book was one I was forced to read in high school. It was Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. I HATED that book. There was just no end to the awfulness in it. It made me sick, which I suppose is a testament to how well the author did what he was trying to do. Didn't stop me from hating it, though.


message 20: by Misty (new)

Misty Ahh, high school. Is there anything better at killing the pleasure of an otherwise good book than making it "required" reading?


message 21: by Mariama (new)

Mariama Great Expectations.... was forced to read it!!


message 22: by Sam (new)

Sam Ridge Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer. I wanted a big fight scene and for someone to die! Nothing....


message 23: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten "Ten Days in the Hills" by Jane Smiley. It was vulgar, it was boring, it was overly wordy, no plot....about the only thing it had was great characterization (that's all the book was!), but unfortunately the characters are all despicable and I wanted to strangle them. I slogged through it for the fun of trashing it with my book club friends.


message 24: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Oh did I mention how pretentious "Ten Days in the Hills" was? Couldn't forget that....Smiley sure loves to name drop and reference great works of literature til I want to throw up just a tiny bit...sorry I have a lot of hate stored for this particular book! :)


message 25: by Cristina (new)

Cristina Fallen by Lauren Kate. Biggest waste of time.Ever.


message 26: by Tessa (new)

Tessa Misty wrote: "Ahh, high school. Is there anything better at killing the pleasure of an otherwise good book than making it "required" reading?"

Misty and everyone else in the discussion, how would you propose fixing this problem? I ask as a future English teacher and agree that the whole class reading one novel doesn't work. Three kids will like the book, seven will hate it and the rest just won't care. But I'm not sure what to do instead. What would you suggest to make reading more meaningful and enjoyable in the classroom?


message 27: by Tessa (new)

Tessa And one of my least favorite books is The Scarlet Letter. Hawthorne should have stuck to short stories.


message 28: by [deleted user] (new)

Tessa wrote: "Misty wrote: "Ahh, high school. Is there anything better at killing the pleasure of an otherwise good book than making it "required" reading?"

Misty and everyone else in the discussion, how would ..."


I would give them choices. My senior year my English teacher gave us a list of about 40 novels to pick from. No two students could read the same book. I ended up reading The Children of Men by PD James and fell in love with required reading for the first time (except the Crucible which was amazing.)

I think giving kids a choice would be the best option.


message 29: by Michelle (new)

Michelle I just read "The Blessed" by Tonya Hurley and j couldn't stand it. It was just awful.


message 30: by Kay (new)

Kay Well, I have a list of books that bothered me and are my least favorite: Willow by Julian Hoban, Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers, and Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison. The first one approached an issue in an unrealistic and harmful way. The second one hated the main character. The third book had awful dialogue that ruined the book for me.


message 31: by Misty (new)

Misty I was going to say choices too, Tessa. I think 1 or 2 group reads through out the year, and then more individualized reads is a good option. (Now, I'm one of the weird ones that loved *almost* everything that was assigned to me, but I know most people don't.) Choice takes away some of the dread of "required" anything...
I would also maybe ask the students to nominate books as options, so they feel more involved and like they can relate, and like English is just "stuffy" classics - you can't think the books are out of touch with modern kids if modern kids are picking them, you know?


message 32: by Misty (new)

Misty And YES on The Scarlet Letter. And would you know, I've had that damn thing assigned to me three f*cking times?!?!.

Kirsten - your answer was exactly what I was anticipating! Not the book, but the vehement bitterness... lol!


message 33: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Glad my hatred didn't disappoint! Haha!


message 34: by Cristina (new)

Cristina Thurston Impossible by Nancy Werlin. I loved the idea of it, the cover I was just soo eager to read it and then it sucks. It's HORRIBLE! I hated it soo much! And it's soo creepy too! The whole thing of "IM TAKING YOUR BABY MUAHAHAHA" just freaks me out! So much! And that the dude can control the other dude and he gets killed and arghhh. (I hope you've read it so that you know what I'm talking about)


message 35: by Misty (new)

Misty I have, and I do. I didn't hate it, but I was definitely disappointed in it.


message 36: by Tessa (new)

Tessa Misty wrote: "I would also maybe ask the students to nominate books as options, so they feel more involved and like they can relate, and like English is just "stuffy" classics - you can't think the books are out of touch with modern kids if modern kids are picking them, you know?..."

That's a great idea! Thanks.


message 37: by Ebony (new)

Ebony I really did not like beautiful creatures. I really, really wanted to. Everyone else loved it and it was set in the south. However, I just couldn't get into it.


message 38: by Heather (new)

Heather I think mine would have to be the luxe series, the covers were so pretty and it just sounded good, and it wasn't. It was absolutely horrible... At least to me. And I remember hating Lord of the Flies while reading it in high school.


message 39: by Misty (new)

Misty I loved Lord of the Flies, but whole-heartedly agree on The Luxe. Ugh.


message 40: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn There's a few but the one that tops the list would have to be War and Peace. It. was. SO. DRY. Every page of that over 1000 page monster was like a slog through the deep mud pits of reading. In a way I feel bad for saying it since it is considered a classic but I just can't give it an excuse just because of that.


message 41: by Gregory A (last edited Jan 16, 2013 08:07PM) (new)

Gregory A *WARNING DON'T READ THIS BOOK* Illuminated By Erica Orloff. Insta-love happen in this, which I couldn't understand because they only meet one another that day and they both were like "I love you" blaah, the leading girl was annoying and same goes for the leading boy. Which is strange because usually if the girl is being an annoying. Then the guy would be over shadowing that right? This book clearly made sure I was wrong on that point. But man I've never ever been so angry at a book in my life until I read this one. OMFG!! don't get me start on Me, Earl and The Dying Girl By Jesse Andrews. I could go on for days about that book. Phewwww, I feel better now. Thank you Misty, you always know the right things to say and do when it book related. (and dr who related.)


message 42: by Misty (new)

Misty Uh oh, I bought a copy of Illuminated not that long ago...
And not trying to get you started, but I've heard consistently GREAT things about Me, Earl and the Dying Girl. To the point that I've been wanting to pick up a copy. Hmm...


message 43: by Diana (new)

Diana Carrizo The Magicians by Lev gGrossman. I felt like I was reading a horribly written mash up of the Harry Potter & Narnia series. :/ sorry


message 44: by Book Bunny (new)

Book Bunny Incendiary by Chris Cleave. I had read and enjoyed little bee by the same author.....but this managed to make me depressed and angry .... Hated it!


message 45: by Incitanemxx (new)

Incitanemxx entwined by heather dixon. soooo bad :D


Crystal (VanillaHearts62) the Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo (or whatever). I understand what the point of the book was, but I still thought it was stupid and a huge disappointment. So many people think it is so deep and meaningful, and I can see where they are coming from but it didn't make me feel touched or anything. I already knew the "lesson" of the story.


message 47: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer, and Halo by Alexandra Adornetto were terrible books.


message 48: by Sofia (new)

Sofia Digital Fortress by Dan Brown was predictable to the point of extreme annoyance and I didn't connect with the characters. Painfull...
Bad Karma by David Safier was one of my biggest book disappointments ever... If you read the synopsis it sounds really good and hilarious but.... It just wasn't. I kept turning pages expecting it to suddenly become good or funny, but it just didn't happen.
About assigned school reads, I guess I was one of the weird ones as well... Apart from one book, I enjoyed most of them.


message 49: by [deleted user] (new)

The historian bored me to DEATH!!


message 50: by Sara (new)

Sara I remember hating Pierre et Jean by Guy de Maupassant in high school...I might reread it someday, just because I also hated Le Parfum by Patrick Süskind when I read it for school but a few years later I had a new appreciation for it. I also HATED Breaking Dawn...I was in NYC when it came out and I bought it to read on our way back to Québec. We were stuck at customs for hours and I still wasn't bored enough to keep reading it. Ugh.


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