Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Books to Hate On

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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.

haters gonna hate

 

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!

~Sarah

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31 comments

  1. That’s a fun topic 😀

    I’ve read Jane Eyre and Norwegian Wood from this list. Even though I love Jane, I had issues with how this book ended. I think considering the time and everything, she was a pretty good heroine, still. But the ending was wayyy too convenient and somehow not that believable. I do love Murakami, but Norwegian Wood is not my favourite book of his. It is true though that some elements (this depression/loneliness/suicides, sexuality, especially his interpretation of women in that sense can be hilarious at times) are repetitive in his books. But I still like his stuff for all the magic it can bring to seeminly everyday life. Levithan and Green seem to be those popular young adult authors in whose case I don’t know whether to give them a go or not, but I already excluded The Lover’s Dictionary for the very reason you mention there.

    I am curious about suicide by the sled now, though, I think it sounds hilarious 🙂

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    1. The ending of Jane Eyre bugged me… I actually had to kind of backtrack to make sure I was reading it right.

      If you do kind of want to try John Green or David Levithan, they wrote Will Grayson, Will Grayson together and it was okay. It gives a good idea at both of their writing styles (I hated the character that Levithan wrote.)

      I had MANY issues with Ethan Frome (the whole plot was kind of ridiculous to me) but if you read it I’ll be curious to see what you think! It’s a really short book, so that’s a plus.

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  2. Ha ha, great topic! It’s nice to meet someone who isn’t drooling all over Good Squad. When I read it I was mostly thinking, “HUH???”

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  3. LOL, I love your TTT! And I love to hate on The Magician too! That book was BAAAAAD! Seriously, I think it’s the only time I’ve ever been tempted to just throw a book away, or burn it. I still haven’t though…
    I am kinda sad that Jane Eyre is on the list, I so love that book… Oh well.

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    1. HAHAHAHA, I can’t picture you actually burning a book! I did end up giving my copy away immediately when I finished it, lol.

      And yeah, a lot of people love Jane Eyre, it’s alright 🙂

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    1. 🙂 That Snow White GIF cracks me up, and honestly I’ve been looking for a reason to use it for a while!

      I’ve never read any Faulkner, but I think I might have him on my Classics Club list!

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  4. I loved so many of the books you listed…haha. But I definitely understand how others could find them obnoxious and laugh inducing. I have the same reaction to such popular books as Little Women and Beautiful Creatures. Yuck.

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  5. I’m now going to be smiling all day just thinking ‘suicide by sled!’

    I hate Ethan Frome with a passion, so it’s nice to know I’m not the only one!

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  6. A great list and I’m so glad that someone out there understands how much I hate Ms. Jane Eyre. I want to rattle her brains out. I can feel my blood pressure rising just thinking about her and that dumb, long, dreadful book of hers.

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  7. “Golding was a wannabe rapist” Oh dear. Oo

    “Grossman stole ideas from classics like Narnia and Harry Potter” How so? Was hoping to read this one some time.

    And thank god I’m not the only one who doesn’t adore Jane Eyre!! It was alright.. but.. I didn’t see the appeal of Rochester at all which I fear is the main part? And she wasn’t an entirely loveable heroine either.

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    1. I totally don’t get the Mr. Rochester love. He was such an ass! But not in a great way, like Mr. Darcy.

      Okay so I have blocked out the specifics, but I remember in The Magicians there was travelling to a magical realm called Fillory, and it was VERY reminiscent of Narnia to me. I don’t remember what reminded me of HP, I think maybe it was the magic school? Not sure. I just looked back over my review and I was so much nicer than I should have been. Just thinking about the book makes me roll my eyes now, lol.

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