Good morning my fellow bookish peoples!
I’ve missed the past few Top Ten Tuesdays (hosted by the lovely gals at The Broke and The Bookish), but I’m back! This week is a freebie week, and the topic I came up with is my Top Ten Favorite Books to Hate On.
Here’s the dealio – Books that are awesome are always the hardest for me to talk about, because I want to convey all the wonderfulness and get everyone else to read them, and that’s a lot of pressure, especially while trying to avoid spoilers. Books that are “meh”… well, you don’t have much to say on them, do you? Books that suck, however, can be super fun to talk about because there’s no pressure to get everyone else to read it and agree with you on how awesome it is. Plus books that suck can lead to fun discussions. So here we are – my favorite books to bash 🙂
1. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton – Suicide by sled? Are you freaking kidding me? I don’t even think I need to say more than that.
2. A Visit From the Good Squad by Jennifer Egan – A bunch of skanky, drug-addicted loser hipsters reflect on how these choices could have possibly led them down the wrong roads in life. PASS.
3. Norweigan Wood by Haruki Murakami – If you went by this book, you’d think everyone in Japan was depressed (if not downright suidical), promiscuous, and had a weird affinity for ears and handjobs.
4. Lord of the Flies by William Golding – This is supposed to be a look at how humanity would regress to barbarians in the absence of civilization’s rules, but leaves out females, adults, family members, and in the end, actually seems to cheer for the barbarian way of doing things. Also, Golding was a wannabe rapist, which I found out recently and feel like more people should know.
5. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison – The main character was SO annoying that I couldn’t continue on with the series, despite solid world-building and great secondary characters.
6. The Magicians by Lev Grossman – My dislike for this book grows with time. Grossman stole ideas from classics like Narnia and Harry Potter and threw in drugged-up angsty teenagers. Lame.
7. The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan – Oh, hello Pretentiousness with a capital “P”.
8. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker – What could have been a really cool look at how one girl struggles to survive in a world where Earth has literally stopped spinning, it ends up just being a story of a girl coming into her teen years with some end-of-the-world going on in the background. Snore.
9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre starts off as an interesting, feisty child and then ends up being Mr. Rochester’s doormat. Not my idea of a good heroine or good start to a romance.
10. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green – I know everyone loves this dude as the best YA author ever, but this book was rough. It was very “teen existential crisis” which is getting old these days, and the constant use of the word “fug” instead of “fuck” drove me INSANE.
So, those are my picks! See, wasn’t that fun? Feel free to agree or disagree with me in the comments 🙂 And tell me, what are books that you can’t stand and love to hate on? Let your inner mean side out!