My Most Disliked Books
I don’t tend to be negative on my blog – or if I do it’s unintentional or meant in humour – but today I thought I would do a book list about my most disliked books.
This is not a dislike of the author or me saying that they should’t read the books or boycott the authors, it’s simply that these books were not to my tastes. Plus I’ll share what I had an issue with.
I would be interested to hear if you disliked any of these books, or indeed liked them. I like to discuss book tastes.
No surprise here, one of my most disliked books was The Secret History. I recently read and finished this and honestly I kind of wished I had DNF’d it (did-not-finish) because it just wasn’t for me. I found the story over-written and with very little plot throughout. It could have been cut down by about 250 pages and then it might have been quite gripping, but unfortunately for me it was dull and very difficult to connect with the characters.
We all have that book that you read at school that you hated, and this was the book for me. I did not finish it and I found it exceedingly frustrating to read. My teacher adored it after spending a year in American South, but sadly I did not connect with the story, the characters or the writing style.
I want to love Jeffrey Eugenides writing, as I think the premise’s of his stories are great. Yet, whenever I start a book of his I find myself unable to finish them. The stories are not deep enough for me, they’re very top-layer simple but at the same time they’re complicated. It’s such a juxtaposition that with The Virgin Suicides specifically, I just couldn’t get into the book.
I read the first four books in this series, as my dad had bought me the boxset for Christmas when I was going through my Twilight/Hunger Games phase. However, these books were dreadful – sorry dad. Very low-grade, YA fiction with paranormal aspects and bad teenage romances and no-adult supervision. So many tropes it was roll-your-eyes unbelievable.
I quite enjoy the odd autobiography from ‘celebrities’ and I thought Drew Barrymore had a life worthy of an autobiography. Yet, if you’re looking for a warts and all biography you will not get it here. Wildflower seemingly focuses on boosting Drew’s career as a producer and her other side-hustles. It was barely even about her. I did not connect with her or enjoy the writing style, it felt well to capitalist for me. Kind of like a Goop book.
What are your most disliked books? Did you not get on with the writing style, or the stories? What was it that didn’t gel with you? Let me know in the comments below.