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Thu Sep 09, 2010 4:09 am
emoinpink says...

Wait, Eragon? I loved that book! Then again, I read it three years ago. (Maybe I should read it again?) Oh, and I used to love Twilight.

Enough said.

Anyway, I was looking through the comments, and the weird thing is most of these books have been recommended to me as great books (that I haven't read yet.) Except How I Live Now-my best friend (at the time) read it and was constantly lamenting about how 'retarded' it was. Oh, and I loved the Artemis Fowl series. Still do-maybe that's because I first read it aged ten, and reading it again has that 'slipping into comfy old pyjamas' feeling.

I read Lord of the Rings when I was ten, and had basically no idea what it was about, but I ploughed through anyway. I tried to read it again this year, y'know, now that I'm all mature and stuff, and I put it down after, oh three chapters? I could understand what was going on that time, but Good God it was boring. I now have a LOT more respect for my ten-year-old self.

The Lovely Bones, I read when I was-yes, ten,(I had this whole "I'm-mature-enough-for-BIG-kids-books thing going on) and I loved it, then I read it again last year and ended it bored and quite possibly scarred for life.

I'm waffling about all this because I'm trying desperately to think of a book I didn't like... Oh, The House of Night series by Kristin Cast and P.C. Cast. They went on and on and on without any kind of conclusion to ANY problem, and the writers were trying so hard to relate to teenagers that all the characters were disgustingly shallow and cliched, never taking anything seriously, until the writing made sudden switches to purple prose and cheesy dramatic scenes straight from Hollywood's most terrible films. Avoid. Them. Like. The. Plague.

Maximum Ride, I loved the first one, but when I got to the seventh one and nothing had happened except non-stop action, no conclusions and no explanations, I seem to remember throwing it against the wall. It was like, "Hmm, something else strange and unexplainable has happened, I've got a new magic power, hahaha, let's go to Disneyland, oh no more guys with guns! Fly like the wind!" Over and over and over again.

The Princess Bride would have been good if he hadn't added all that BS about Simon Morgenstern.

When We Were Saints by Han Nolan. Noooo idea what the author was on about there.

I was going to end this by saying I can't really remember any books that I hate, I usually block them from my memory. Then I looked up at alllll those paragraphs and went, "Ohhhhhhh...." :smt003
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Sat Sep 11, 2010 7:14 pm
Crimsona says...

Redwall. Really dull...
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Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:51 pm
Tigersprite says...

Eragon (and two following books).


And a more recently read book about a lawyer being accused of murduring his former lover, which he didn't do. Innocent Unit Guilty, or something like that. Anyway, absolute rubbish.

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Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:08 pm
TheGreatIthy says...

I know it's a classic, but I didn't enjoy Lord of the Flies that much. Mainly because I didn't feel anything when something bad happened to one of the characters. My thought process just went 'Oh, that's nice... And tragic I guess.'
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Where the Red Fern Grows, but only because it made me cry so hard. :)

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Thu Oct 07, 2010 2:59 am
imaginemymind says...

Personally, I really found Tuesdays with Morrie BORING! I began to read it because 1.) it was on this list my english teacher gave the class and 2.) my friend recommended it. I didn't get past page fifty before i decided it just wasn't for me.

Also, The House of Night Series , like someone has all ready mentioned. It was just so . . . Blah is the word that comes to mind. I really liked the whole goddess thing with Nyx, lol especially when I figured out that she was actually considered a real goddess for the Romans - thank you Latin class- but that still does not make up for its dullness !
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Wed Oct 13, 2010 5:15 pm
FromtheHeart says...

This is going to seem blasphemous seeing as this book is considered a pure classic, but I really couldn't stand "The Last of the Mohicans." It isn't that the concept wasn't fantastic. That wasn't the case at all. Heck, I thought the movie was fantastic! The very thing that brought the novel down was the writing. It was probably some of the driest writing I had ever seen. Despite the imagery and metaphors, it felt like a textbook to me. I couldn't get through a good portion of it. Perhaps if the concept/story itself was worded differently, I would think otherwise. Unfortunately, my opinion is set in stone. :(
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Thu Oct 14, 2010 1:26 am
Hydey says...

Invisible Man. Yeah, it suggested moral value and our literature class thinks it was geared towards the civil rights movement. I thought it was hard to get into. Our advance placement literature teacher admitted to falling asleep while attempting to read it, so she was behind a section. The idea of the book wasn't bad, it was just so dull I found it hard to even want to read it.
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Thu Oct 14, 2010 11:14 am
GhostlyImpressions says...

Sadly, I'm an avid reader, and I have a few for this list.

- Romulus, My Father by Raimond Gaita.
This book, is by far the worst book I have ever had to read. It's so dull. It numbs the mind for weeks to come.

- Finikin Of The Rock by Melina Marchetta.
I absolutely adore her work, but this does my head in to the point that I loved it at one point, and I hated it the next. I barely got through it.

- New Moon by Stephenie Meyer.
While I know you said no Twilight, and this technically is part of the saga I just think that it went on for far too long and it bored me to tears.

I could think of more, but those are my top three picks for worst books that I have ever read.
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Fri Oct 29, 2010 7:52 am
IgnisandGlacialis says...

Whoever said that they were tempted to say Lord of the Rings and the fifth Harry Potter book ... I would just like to agree with the person who said 'TAKE IT BACK, TAKE IT BACK, TAKE IT BACK!!!'
Glad I got that out of my system.
Twilight. All of them. I know that I'm forbidden to say that, and I know that when anyone does it makes the poor reader want to head-desk. But really - gross. Terrible writing, terrible plotline, terrible characters. If I had my way, I'd round up every single copy and burn them on a pyre whilst quoting Harry Potter.
Also, Salt, by Maurice Gee. It was depressing, even though I suppose it had the potential to be a good book.
I really just dislike books with no moral warmth. They show up the authors for someone they might not actually be, and degrade every other story of their genre.
Books that I like partly because of astonishing moral warmth are: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Artemis Fowl (the cold, calcuating boy who finds a spark of warmth inside him), and Watership Down. That book was sad.
And to the person who said Redwall - I would like to beg to differ! Although the actual book 'Redwall' is not the best one, the series is brilliant, despite the repitition of plot.
Enough rambling.

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Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:05 pm
twiggers says...

Okay, this is worst as in sad, not worst as in a I've-read-the first chapter-and-it-is-so-boring-that-i-want-to-put-it through-the-paper-shredder-even-though-it's-a-library-book book. This book was sad. I cried the whole thing. it's called 'Mick Hart was here'. It's about a girl name Pheobe, and she has a brother named Mick. Mick was at his friends house riding bikes, and Pheobe walks by. Mick askes her to take his bike home, but she says no. It ends up that a truck comes by, and he accedentilly gets hit and dies. This story is through the eyes of Pheobe, and how she gets over Mick's death. It was so depressing. The last line was...
I never wanted to make you cry, so if you did, I'm sorry. I only wanted to share the story of my brother. My brother Mick Hart.
I cried like a baby.
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Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:17 pm
Moon9x says...

The worst book I've ever read was "Midnight Fox" we had to read it as a class in English when I was in first year, and it was so boring, pretty much about a boy going to his aunts for the summer and seeing a fox which was black ---> I have to say our whole class pretty much fell asleep, it was so boring, there was nothing exciting in it and at the end we didn't even finish it.

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Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:23 pm
Loreena says...

I have not really read a bad book. Well, that is a lie I forgot the title just because it was that bad, and I would never want to remember it. The book was rather predictable and there were no twists and very little detail. It rather felt like it was a child's book when it was not. So lets will never reach my bookshelf again.
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Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:44 pm
borntobeawriter says...

I'm going to be really original and say I liked Twilight. Period.

That being said, I disliked The TIme Traveler's wife. I refuse to even watch the movie. To make the characters go through so much crap and not even let them end together? Sucks. But I'm a sucker for happy endings.

Also, I really, really disliked the Tairen Soul series by C.L. Wilson. It was so long and tedious. I made myself read the first one, then half way through the second I dropped the book. The plot was good but the in-between was a snore.

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Sat Nov 27, 2010 6:43 pm
skermitz says...

I must say, I'm rather shocked about some of the books people hate (Slaughter-House Five, To Kill a Mockingbird, His Dark Materials, Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies).

I completely and totally agree! Although I haven't read Slaughter-House Five before, I absolutely loved the other 4 books mentioned above.
His Dark Materials is one of my all time faves and To Kill a Mockingbird was just too heartbreaking...And, HELLO,HP is great!
Of course it's not very deep, but come on, it's a children story! And an amazing one at that.
But this isn't what this page is about, so lets get to the point!
I'd have to say the worst book I've ever read is.... (oooh the tension)...Before I die. by someone whose name I don't bother to remember.
It's plot is quite good. About a girl who has cancer and know's that she'll die and kinda makes a list of all the things she wants do before she kicks the bucket... Well, it could of been good.. but, trust me, it WASN'T.
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