Tuesday, April 6, 2021

TTT: How About "Sea" You Never?

Thankfully for me, I'm pretty picky about what I read. And by that, I mean, I don't tend to pick up things that I am unlikely to enjoy or at least find okay. It's very rare that I actually hate a book. That brings me to the subject of this week's fun topic from That Artsy Reader Girl's Top Ten Tuesday, which is:

April 6: Books I’d Gladly Throw Into the Ocean (submitted by Beauty & Her Books)

So, that being said, even on this list there are only a handful that I actually hate. Here's what I came up with this week!

1) The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
No, I didn't have to read this for school, I read it voluntarily and still hate it with a passion. Top five most hated books I have read, and I legitimately couldn't find a single redeeming quality in it when I read it. I have heard some people say that it depends at what life stage you read it...but I don't think I ever hit the right one that would have let me appreciate this book.

2) Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
I'm sorry, but when you take out the woman's tampon for her to then have sex...I am so out. No, I have not made it the whole way through this one, but I've read enough of it to want to purge it from my memory.

3) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Perhaps one day I will try this book again, but I highly suspect that I will move on instead to other things that at least inspire some feelings other than extreme boredom and irritation. So frustrating, since some of her poems highly impacted me.

4) Losing Joe's Place by Gordon Korman
Perhaps I hate this book (and I do), or perhaps I just hate that it was read out loud to our class in eighth grade by a teacher I despised when I had a university reading level. Your call on that one ;)

5) The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Do I hate this book? Yes and no. I love the idea of it so much, but I seriously despise Atwood's writing. And not just from this book - I have read some of her essays as well.

6) The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson
This might not be fair to the author, because the book was "okay," but I had to study it to death, and analyze everything, and that destroyed any possible redeeming qualities of it. I can study books generally, but it just didn't feel like there was enough going on it in to justify the level of analysis we were required to do, so it left a sour taste in my mouth.

7) Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
Although this book is supposed to show a girl's descent into the dark world of drugs, I just felt like not only was the writing poor, it didn't feel authentic, and it really wasn't effective. I honestly found it punishing to get through, and got rid of my copy almost immediately after finishing it.

8) Allegiant by Veronica Roth
I know you might be surprised by this one, but honestly, it's mostly because I figured out the ending on...the first page. Literally. Trying not to spoil it for anyone, but yeah...not subtle. And I just felt like this book "diverged" (I'm sorry) so much from where the series started as, that I didn't recognize in it the things I had enjoyed about the series in the first place.

9) Forever in Blue by Ann Brashares
I absolutely adored The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and very much enjoyed the other books in the series as well, but this one damaged the other books for me, and so I like to forget about its existence (let's not even start talking about the books she wrote after). Although there were some choices the author made in this book that I don't agree with, I at least understand, but there are certain characteristics that some authors use in YA fiction that drive me completely insane, and this one not only had a big one, but it overused it as well.

10) Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The reason I've decided to put this book on the list is not because I hate it, but rather because it was such a massive disappointment to me. As a reader of science fiction and dystopias, I really loved the concept of this book and wanted to delve right into it. I just felt like it never was truly developed. Things were shrouded in mystery, but there was never really a proper answer to anything. Now, I understand that we don't get to know all of the answers sometimes, and have to accept that, but it didn't even feel like that was what the author was trying to do...it just felt, flat. I never really cared for the characters or anything, and just wondered really what the point of the book was in general.


Tell me, what are some books you hated, or were some huge disappointments?


  1. Omg I so agree with you on The Catcher in the Rye!!! It was such a boring, pretentious book. Holden was the worst character ever, and I would gladly throw my copy of this book away.

    1. I was tempted to rip it in half, but I donated it a few months after reading it, with no hesitation!

  2. I'm the same way, I'm usually pretty lucky what I p[ick out. But every once in a while a stinker sneaks through lol...

    Allegiant... sigh. I think I started it but not sure how far I got. Heard about how it ended and just... kinda got sidetracked and that was all she wrote.

    "diverged" haha nicely done. :)

    1. I sure don't blame you for giving up on it.
      Thank you ;)

  3. LOL, lovely pun in the title!

    I read The Catcher in the Rye a looooong while ago - I remember checking it from the library as a teen. It didn't leave a lasting impression I guess...since I remember zilch about it. Maybe I did like it, and I think I would remember if I had actively hated it...Back then I thought that classics were classics for a reason, so maybe I just thought it was fine for what it was?

    No one will ever be able to talk me into reading Fifty Shades LOL.

    The Bell Jar is more of a "recent" read, as in, something I read as an adult...decades ago though. I loved it, but then again, it scared me to death with the protagonist's first time account...well, maybe not to death, but...*shrugs*. I don't know if I'm going to read it again at some point though. Also, Plath was a racist? I picked that up on the net, and I thought, maybe I didn't read the book right?

    "Now, I understand that we don't get to know all of the answers sometimes, and have to accept that, but it didn't even feel like that was what the author was trying to do...it just felt, flat."
    I haven't read that particular book, but I get what you're saying. It all boils down to what the author wants to accomplish and if they can convince us of their truth (or lack thereof) sometimes.

    That was a great bunch of minireviews!

    1. Thank you, I was rather proud of it ;)

      I believe I did hear a comment that Plath was racist, and it I believe there was a comment or two of that nature in the book, but unfortunately I can't say that I retained much of the content of the book as a whole to remember any of the finer details. I see different levels of racism in different literature, and I view it very differently based on a lot of factors. Yet, I am a white woman, and my opinion is of course biased by my privilege.

      Yes! The idea can be brilliant, but the execution is crucial.

  4. I loved the beginning of Never Let Me Go, but you're absolutely right about it not being developed the way it should have been. There were so many hints that were outright ignored and so many plot twists that could have been included but weren't.

    My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-books-id-gladly-throw-into-the-ocean/

    1. Thank you! I'm so glad to hear that someone agrees. I know several people that love his work, but it makes me a bit hesitant to pick up another one.