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Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:48 pm
pony123 says...

Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander. I couldn't even read the first chapter without internally throwing up! I think the author wasn't used to writing middle-grade books, because I love the rest of his novels.
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Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:56 pm
Craz says...

The Selection - This book honestly wasn't that bad out first, but then as I kept reading it kept getting worse. The female lead character was too weak for me, and depended too much on the two main male characters and couldn't for the life of her have a true original thought as the book progressed. The book ended up being very materialistic and predictable.

Eighth Grade Bites - I never finished this. It was like looking at what those out-of-touch parents thought a kid's life was like, complete with lame jokes and stereotypical bullies that are both unintelligent and give out wedgies. Is it bad that I took out a pen and began to correct the errors I found?

James Patterson - This is actually an author, which is also one of those out-of-touch people. All the books that I have glanced at by him seem to start out well, and then deteriorate into the most stereotypical 'villains' I have ever read, petty drama and supposed 'humor'. And he claims to write for the older young adults, not elementary kids. It baffles me how this guy makes any money.

I know I have more to list, I'm sure. These are just the first ones I've thought up.
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Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:47 am
Seraphinaxx says...

Worst book I've ever aside from the obvious one featuring sparkly vampires I'm going to have to say.
4. Jane Eyre. I liked the start, but once she got that job I got bored. I'm just not a fan of romance.
3. Pretty little liars. I had it recommended to me. It got really repetitive and all doom, gloom and angst. And yeah sure I get that those were things they didn't want people to know, but I'm not so bothered with what people think of me, unless they're lying so by the end I was thinking "seriously just deal with it. There are other people in the world who won't care about that teen stuff" (before you ask no I'm not human, I'm a Time Lord from Gallifrey)
2. Alright I have to say it; the Twilight series. Honestly her characters were so stereotypical and the parts that weren't were all negative qualities. Oh and btw Stephanie Meyer it helps if you make your narrator likeable beneath the angst.
1. My first ever story. I couldn't write plot, character, dialogue or description so it was largely random action scenes, that became extremely repetitive, with even worse writing linking them. Even worse I filled an entire school work book and then guilted one of my friends into reading the whole thing (at the time I thought it was brilliant). No it is not on this site.

Honourable Mentions (or should I say dishonourable)
-Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (worst in the series I loved the rest)
-I am not Esther (read it in school)
-Great Expectations (overly long and dense)
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Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:48 pm
Auxiira says...

*skims over hates of Eragon and Artemis Fowl and Harry Potter and TMI* Eh, you're all entitled to your own views...

My problem is that once I've started reading a book, I refuse to put it down...
I really do have to say the Hunger Games trilogy. I hated Katniss, and for me, she ruined the whole book.

The Abhorsen series was hard for me to read too (though I did read all of them >.>)
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Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:57 pm
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Pompadour says...

I actually have a list of books I read but didn't like. I wouldn't say they're terrible, exactly, but I think I'm inclined towards my own opinion.

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. My English teacher assigned this book to me as holiday homework -- and only me from the entire class. Why??? ;_; I. Did. Not. Like. It. I ended up with a massive headache and a brain that felt like mashed potatoes.

Wuthering Heights. I actually haven't read this book for a really long time. Sure, it's a fantastic piece of "literature," but I cannot forget the fact that it gave me nightmares when I read it six years ago. It's too depressing for my taste.

Spoiler! :

Then there's Twilight. *shudders* I couldn't get past the first two pages without retching. Let's leave it at that.

I also didn't like The Lost by Gillian Cross. It was another school assignment, but the book itself was very flat and bland. Meh.

And don't kill me for this, but I don't like Romeo and Juliet either. I like the more violent or funny ones. (How desensitized is that? XD)

That is all. *bows out*
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Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:01 am
Spotswood says...

My first book, Gentlemen of Fortune.

Mind you, I DID write it at ten, and I had the writing level of a fourteen year old, but still, it was too unrealistic, fast paced, and nobody actually died. Everyone got kidnapped and it turned out that the blacksmith was the main characters, who was of nobility, godfather. Plus it was a rip off of the AMAZING game, Sid Meiers Pirates.

I had a pretty decent plot though, aside from it being like the game (which it was loosely based off of). It was about revenge. I recently salvaged it and made it more gritty and intriguing, plus my writing is much better now. Instead of his family being kidnapped, they have now been killed.

I also did not much care for Gulliver, disliking its lack of dialouge. I may try it again since I am older.

I absolutely hated Far From the Madding Crowd. Hardy's style was almost as boring as the plot. The title should have tipped me off. The madding crowd of the city is far more exciting. Thats why I love Dickens.
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Tue May 27, 2014 6:19 am
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GoldFlame says...

It really irks me to hear people obsessing over Eragon.

All they're obsessing over is a combination of Anne McCaffrey, Lord of the Rings, the Belgariad, and countless other fantasy novels. There wasn't one original idea in there. I guess, yeah, I can't argue that Chris Paolini's not talented, not precocious, but he stole too much of the Belgariad for my comfort. He got off scot-free because the Belgariad's not as famous as his books. But it has everything from the gedwey ignasia to a mysterious storyteller who turns out to be a magician, and what's more, directly related to the protagonist. Argh!

I'll have to throw in Divergent, too. People are saying it's original; it's really not. It's just a combination of lesser-known dystopias, like Paolini's Eragon is a combination of lesser-known fantasies. The world's also unrealistic, poorly crafted, and just doesn't make sense. Yes, people, I'll say it; I hated it more than I hated Twilight.
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Tue May 27, 2014 7:09 am
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Apricity says...

Oh gods, Divergent yes. No offense to those who say is original, but they have obviously been living under a rock. Divergent is the most cliche and overused dystopian books you can get, want some original ones?

Go read A Brave New World or The Handmaid's Tale, now those are original. Or as close to it as possible.

The worst series I have ever encountered is either Fallen by Lauren Kate or Hush Hush by (forgot the author's name). Their characters were literally angst Mary Sues and Patch and Nora in Hush Hush just frustrates me to no end. They are completely idiotic and cliche characters..I can't even...ugh.
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Tue May 27, 2014 7:17 am
Snowery says...

So far?

The Killables (by goodness knows who), hands down. A weak attempt at dystopian and please don't be fooled by the somewhat violent title.

I picked it up because the fact that the author tried to inject science into it intrigue me.

All i got was a main character(Evie) who doesn't deserve to be called a character but rather a unformed essence. Raffy her love interest who was so angsty and moody that... urgh. Just. Don't.

Put that together and you basically get a story about nothing and hence I did not finish the book.

It was terribly written, poor plot, almost no research done on the main idea of the novel and too many midnight rendezvous in trees.

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Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:04 pm
MarbleToast says...

I do not like Garth Nix. Like, really not. I gave him a try with Sabriel, and got dangerously close to nodding off. I found it way too slow, just... not to my taste. Then I gave Lirael a shot. I thought it had my personal flaws of the original, but because I didn't like the first one, I was more prepared to dislike Lirael, which I did.

Then I read... Lord Monday? That one, I physically did fall asleep. That sums up my feelings on it.
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Thu May 14, 2015 3:47 am
comrie says...

Off the top of my head, the worst books I've read would be Marked by the Casts, Evermore by Alyson Noel, Fallen by Lauren Kate, and Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I try really hard to find the goods in all that I read, but I just couldn't with these books.

I actually couldn't get past chapter five for Marked. Not much else to say there. Same with Evermore. I couldn't take Mafi's writing style in Shatter Me. Some of the lines made no sense and I couldn't stand it. Also, the characters fell flat when they really could have been awesome folks.

The main problem I had with Lauren Kate's book is the characters. I didn't like any of them, and that's big for me because I usually can find at least one character I'm okay with. Not here.

I'm gonna go ahead and throw Holly Black's The Coldest Girl in Coldtown in as well. Not the worst book I've read, but man. I forced myself to finish it and I really wanted to like it. The writing style was okay, but it didn't make up for the characters. Okay, fine, I didn't like any of it. It's on the list.

I'm realizing a lot of the reason I don't like a book has to do with characterization...

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Thu May 14, 2015 5:19 am
Kanome says...

To be honest? I know everyone has probably said this, but Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James..

I mean, I can't take this book seriously. I am already half-way through the book (Trying to finish it so I can see the movie) and I can't handle the things that happens in that book.. Lol.
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Zolen says...

I have a number I would call worse then that I will say in bold later, but as I can't really consider it a properly 'read' unless I finished it, Pride and Prejudice, the most boring book I have ever been forced to finish.

by the way to anyone who cares to read my rant on something relatively unrelated, but still about books:
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Kanome wrote:To be honest? I know everyone has probably said this, but Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James..

I mean, I can't take this book seriously. I am already half-way through the book (Trying to finish it so I can see the movie) and I can't handle the things that happens in that book.. Lol.

This whole Fifty Shades of Grey obsession has been the weirdest thing for me to get my head around. It's a porn book (am I allowed to say that word?), that is being sold not only online, or in some adult lit book store, but in places like Walmart, barns and noble. Places I don't really expect to see much adult lit sitting next to finding nemo (yes I saw a finding nemo childrens book next to Fifty Shades of Grey).

Someone explain to me this obsession.
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Sat Aug 01, 2015 12:30 pm
Mysticalxx says...

The Fault in Our Stars. No offence to anybody's interests, but I think that book is the worst thing that happened to this planet since algebra and geometry.
I mean, seriously, all that 'fate and stars and finding your soul' is just a bunch of sour ickiness.
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Sun Oct 18, 2015 12:58 pm
steampowered says...

I'm going to say the Morganville Vampires series. I started reading them after the disappointment that was Twilight, because on the back of the first book it said something along the lines of "dump Twilight and replace it with this".

No. Just no. Those books were so atrociously written (at least in my opinion) that by the end of it I was seriously considering a return to Twilight. The main character was irritating and the whole thing was just so bizarre I never read beyond about the second book.

Those were the last vampire books I ever read. I like to think I grew up.
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