Booking Through Thursday: Worst books

btt2This week’s Booking Through Thursday question comes to us from Janet: What’s the worst ‘best’ book you’ve ever read — the one everyone says is so great, but you can’t figure out why?

This is a tough one. Mostly, if I’m really not enjoying a book, after awhile I put it down. This may be a different direction than most people have taken this, but oh well. So, without further ado, some really great books (I’m told) that I didn’t finish when I’ve tried reading them:

Wuthering Heights (I started this one more than once)
Jane Eyre
The Importance of Being Earnest (this was probably before high school)

I guess now is when I hang my head in shame? I may still try again on these; it’s been a long time, really, since I attempted any of them.

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17 responses to “Booking Through Thursday: Worst books

  1. UGH. I CAN’T STAND Steinbeck. I had a terrible experience with The Grapes of Wrath in high school, and that turned me off of the guy ever since.

    I’m not especially fond of Great Expectations, and I’ll add Robinson Crusoe to the list of books I’ve read… ONCE.

  2. I haven’t read any of your mentions. I started Wuthering Heights once, but only got about 2 pages in before I set it aside. I just wasn’t in the mood for it.

  3. Really, Jane Eyre? Omg I loved that book…or was it only cos I had read the horrible James Joyce book first. Which was my choice at my blog 😉

  4. Infact the first two are my all time favourite reads. The third, I have not heard of that!

    Here is what I wrote

  5. I read Jane Eyre back in high school and loved it! It was my first real experience with an enjoyable work of “classic literature,” and it’s one of the books I credit with pushing me toward getting my degree in English! 🙂 I can see where it could be pretty dense and strange, though, and I’m not honestly sure how I would feel about it were I to re-read it now. But maybe you’ll pick it up again someday? 🙂 I love the build-up of the love story!

  6. I liked Jane Eyre, not so much Wuthering Heights Saw the play (Ernest) and liked it.

  7. Interesting choices of hated books. I can’t say anything, because I have never read any of them because of pure intimidation. I hated A Million Little Pieces. But so far that is the only one I couldn’t finish.

  8. OMG…Jane Eyre??? I enjoyed the book and thought it was the best from the Bronte sisters! I guess it’s really different strokes for different folks. 🙂

    Da Vinci Code for me. It doesn’t have any competitor.

  9. Yes! Da Vinci Code….or maybe Mrs Dalloway, which I loathed. I’m the only person though on the planet who doesn’t like it. Fun question, Wordlily!

  10. I think I was around 15 when I never finished Wuthering Heights. Years later, I’d kind of like to give it a second chance.

  11. I read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights when I was younger and did not like them. Read them again when older and liked both of them.

  12. I enjoyed Jane Eyre, but Wuthering Heights was painful. Beautifully written but about the most wretched people.

  13. Wow! You and I would have very different lists – I love Wuthering Heights – but then those differences are what make us all beautiful. Thanks.

    By the way, I gave you a blog award this morning – http://www.andilit.com/?p=411 Thanks for what you do.

  14. “Classic”-wise: Moby Dick. Blerk–I’ll call you boring, rather than Ishmael. I also don’t love Faulkner, esp. As I Lay Dying.

    I agree with the vote for Da Vinci Code, as far as more contemporary books go, as well as The Shack. Oh my word, I hated that book–the writing was just plain awful. I have college Freshman who construct “What I Did Last Summer” essays that are more enjoyable to read than that thing.

  15. I could not get into Utopia—decided to give up on it after just a few chapters. The writing just did not grab my heart and mind.

    I just finished Gulliver’s Travels—so glad that one is done too. It was short (what a blessing!), but the story annoyed me. I’ll soon post my review if you want to know some of the irritants.

  16. I would have to say Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank was probably one of the most boring books I’ve ever read, I know lots of people that disagree with me on that but I just was not drawn into it and if I hadn’t had to finish it for school I would not have. I agree with you about your choices too, not impressed, good writing mostly but the stories were not intriguing, Portrait of Dorian Grey was also not one of my favorites but I had to read it for class. Those are some of the ones that are apparently “Amazing” or whatever but I couldn’t stand.

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