A dear friend of mine suggested that I start getting involved in this type of thing to bring more traffic to my blog. I have no idea how many people actually read this, but I figure I could use more visitors. As my biggest passion is reading (I know it doesn’t really seem like it with all the Twilight stuff but it is), I figure anything that can showcase my love of reading is worth blogging, so here goes!
This week’s topic: “Is there a book that you wish you could “unread”? One that you disliked so thoroughly you wish you could just forget that you ever read it?”
This is a tough one because I can usually find some redeeming value in any book. Ask my friends at my book club. I’m known as the one person who finishes and pretty much likes everything we’ve read in five years. Out of everything I’ve read over the years, there is only one book that I disliked so much that I truly regret ever opening the book. My senior year English class (high school, not college) required us to read Gulliver’s Travels. Horrible. Seriously – Worst. Book. Ever.
I get the point that it isn’t actually a novel, but really? Horses and giants and little people and is there really a point? It isn’t the genre either. I like action and adventure and fantasy. I’m a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I just found nothing redeeming about this one. It just may be the only book where I wish I could scrub my brain.
I liked <>Sons and Lovers<>, most likely because I kept thinking of it as an Impressionist painting – very pretty but not many sharp details. I re-read <>Lord of the Flies<> last summer and remained horrified but glued to the pages. That’s why there are SO many books out there, right?
English class brought be Lord of the Flies. I don't know why I hated it so much, because on the surface, it should be the type of thing I would love. But I really hated that book!!
Sons & Lovers would probably be next. I was definitely in the “I hate this book!” Camp.
Oh yeah…The Sea by John Banville. I read it because it won the Booker. Thought it couldn't be that bad. Wins awards. Read the whole thing waiting for it to get better. Never did.