Do you Have a Least Favorite Book?

least-favorite_TTT

Photo Credit: Tripping Over Books

Okay guys, most of y’all know I don’t write posts just to bash particular authors for no reason. Don’t worry, I’m not going to start today. But let’s be real, we have all read some pretty bad books. I’m talking books that had no business ever being finished, but somehow we managed to push through and get to the last page. Those are the books I’m talking about.

I’ve decided that I’ll only consider books I’ve actually read all the way through when considering this question. I don’t have a long list to choose from. I used to always finish books once I started them. I just thought they deserved a chance. But then I started reading some pretty awful stories that I just couldn’t finish. So, without taking those stories into account I’d have to say my least favorite book I’ve read was…Hit Man by Lawrence Block. This was the first book I read by Block and I went in with high expectations, because who doesn’t want to read about an assassin? But it didn’t live up. The ┬áchapters were boring and Keller (the MC) gave you no reason to like him at all. Each chapter another person was killed by Keller. Think about that, someone killed every chapter. That’s just too many people. How is the reader supposed to learn about the assassination or who the victim is or anything at all besides the cause of death in such a short amount of time? I don’t know.

Also, my reasoning for choosing this book over a few others is that I can generally read just about any crime novel because I love the genre, but rarely do I start a new crime series and never continue. Oh well.

So tell me about the worst book you can remember reading. I’m quite curious to see your responses.

Literary Characters who Should Die

ImagePhoto Credit: A Book Lover’s Diary

I love books. You love books. We know that. But we’ve also all read characters in books who we just wanted to push off the side of a cliff for any number of reasons. Don’t shake your head. Yes you have. Liar.

Anyway, why don’t I just start listing off the characters I’ve disliked so much that I wanted to dedicate an entire post to them.

Draco Malfoy

I actually have a friend who loves Draco. We used to randomly discuss HP and it was before I’d read any of the books and she banned me from ever having an opinion on the series. So what do you think I did, I only talked about the one character I knew she adored, Draco. Ew. What was she thinking. I HATE Draco. Seriously. Yes, I’ve only read the first book in the series, but I already hate him even more than before! The worst part is that she loves Tom Felton too. Huh? But really, Draco should just die. Like right now. I don’t have anything more to say about him.

Keller

You know those books you’re looking forward to reading and you end up being utterly disappointed? That was me when I read Hit Man by Lawrence Block. If you’re unaware, Lawrence Block is a Grand Master with the Mystery Writers of America. He has a large body of work and he’s won eight Edgar Awards. He’s the real deal. So imagine me when I found his series revolving around an assassin by the name of Keller. I thought I’d found a new author and series to read for years to come. Wrong. The book was so bad. I did finish, but man was it awful. Keller would assassinate a random person pretty much every chapter. He wasn’t funny. Likeable. Or anything but boring. Suffice it to say that I won’t be buying another of Mr. Block’s books and definitely not in the Keller series.

Kinsey Millhone

Do not yell at me for this. I am well aware how popular the alphabet series by Sue Grafton is. And I know that Kinsey is Sue Grafton. There have been 23 books written in the series so far, I’ve read letters A-F and S in the series. There’s a book for every letter through W. I’ve always read such raving reviews about her attention to detail and how great Kinsey is as a character. I just don’t feel the same way. At all. I’ve had the book for G on my TBR shelf for years. Years! I’ve started and stopped it twice! To me, Kinsey is awkward and mediocre at her job as a private investigator. She’s not as funny as she thinks. And she drives, at least in the books I’ve read, a Volkswagon Beetle. I mean, no. Just no. But what do I know, right? Not like her books are consistently #1 NYT bestsellers or anything.

President Snow

All you THG fans better feel the same as I do about this guy. Seriously, look what he puts Katniss and Peeta through. Sure, they defied the capitol in their first Games, but EVERYONE loves them! And then to personally threaten her family before she begins her Victory Tour. No. President Snow, go in the arena and eat some poison berries or shoot a fireball at yourself. That’s about all you deserve. I think Donald Sutherland is great as Snow in the movies. To be fair.

Okay, now I’d LOVE to hear about some of the characters you’ve forced yourself to read who you thought were ugly and disgusting and just bad. Tell me!