What books Don't you like?

This has come up a few times, and we all have personal preferences when it come to books. What books cant you stand?

For me, The Diary of Anne Frank was not friendly, and I just didn't like it. I think because so many teachers assign it thinking that because of the age group of the writer, students will feel a connection to the piece. I think the play version is interesting, but I still don't feel much when it come to that piece.

Maybe you guys can get me into them but the only novel of the bronte sisters that I like (or have actually finished, I should say) is Jane eyre. I have yet to read Wurthering heights (even though I've been told that I will get into it, it just wasn't happening and I moved onto another book)

The lord of the flies. I really liked the book actually, but then the teacher who assigned it just mauled the interpretation, and it still upsets me to think about it, because she tried to say I was incorrect in my interpretation of the symbolism of the glasses and conch.

Ummm.... The same teacher had us read 2 Richard wright books, and they were a little overbearing for me in the context she taught them... It seems I have less issues with books than how they were taught doesn't it, lol :)

So, your turn!
Posted on May 17, 2011 at 6:43 am
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Almost consistently...I dislike historical books. LOL....so...it was interesting to find out that our first book was just that.


Generally, when I read, I want to get lost in another world...not the real life or what has happened, or what might happen. I like to imagine I am in that place, with those people, and experiencing those same things. When it comes to most historical(non-fiction) books...those just don't seem like places, people, or experiences I want to be around! lol.


 

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm
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I'm not a big of fan of science-fiction in general, the little I have read has been hard to get into. Also not a fan of John Steinbeck, I've only read The Grapes of Wrath and The Red Pony, but both were hard to read and The Red Pony in particular was traumatic. I read it in 7th or 8th grade for class...not good!


I know he's a classic, so I hope one day I'll be able to try again and maybe change my mind.

Posted on July 27, 2011 at 4:17 am
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Hmm, interesting question.  It's harder for me to find books I like than dislike, so my list would be very long.


If I narrow the question to "recent reads of popular books that were disappointing", I have one book - Water for Elephants.  I hated that book, every minute of it.  If it didn't come so highly recommended by so many people, I wouldn't have hated this book.  But the characters were so unbelievably cliche, the plot was too predictable, it just baffled me how it became this popular.  I think it'll make a beautiful movie, but as a book it was an awful read.


I spent hours reading almost all the reviews on amazon and audible, trying to understand why people love it.  All the bad reviewers hold the same view as me, predictable, cliche and could not understand its popularity.


I understand that books are subjective, but it's probably the only highly acclaimed book I read that I do not find one single enjoyable element.  I can even undertsand the charm of the Twilight saga, and that says a lot!


No offense to anyone who enjoys this book. All my friends that read it LOVE it.

Posted on July 28, 2011 at 6:02 am
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I can't think of a category of books that I don't much care for, however one novel sticks out in my mind. Watership Down by Richard Adams, I was assigned this book in fifth grade and I could not for the life of me get into it. I have since read it and still found it just as dry as I did when I was younger.

Posted on August 6, 2011 at 5:14 am
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I tried to read The Hobbit when I was in 7th or 8th grade.  I couldn't get past the first chapter.  Anything dealing with space is usually a turn off for me.  I recently read Confessions of a Shopaholic and wanted to hurl it across the room.  The main character just made me so mad!  I also read the very first Sookie Stackhouse book and couldn't read anymore.  Anything that has a very stilted writing style is hard for me to read as well.

Posted on November 5, 2011 at 12:41 pm
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Lately I can't even find it in my to pick up a Nicholas Sparks book. The last couple I read were so predicable and so overly romantic I didn't even bother trying to read anymore.


The last book I read was Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson. Though the main characters were so romantic it made me sick I stuck it out due to how to book was written (switching back and forth between two characters that didn't know each other). I was so disappointed once I finished the book I haven't hat interest to pick up something else... 


 

Posted on November 14, 2011 at 8:23 am
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I generally love reading anything I can get my hands on. The only book I ever had to trudge through was The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. I mean, there's only so much you can do with a story about an old dude and a big fish. Ten pages would've been quite enough. (So sorry, I apologize to anyone who might have this on their "favorites" shelf.)

Posted on January 5, 2012 at 7:18 pm
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Once I pick up a book I tend to see it through. DH always asks why I torture myself. I told him I've read some books thats started real slow but ended rather nicely. I'll see it through and if it still sucks at the end, bet your buttons I won't be reading the sequil. 


I'm with milkgal. I cannot even look at Nicholas Sparks. Every now and then if I want to read something and have to do absolutely no thinking I may pick one up though.


 

Posted on January 6, 2012 at 3:14 am
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Snow Falling on Cedars is the only book I haven't finished, and it still bugs me!! I'm considering buying it again and seeing if I do any better.
Posted on January 7, 2012 at 3:37 am

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