I am a committed reader. It’s really rare that I do not finish what I start, so it’s not a surprise that I can come up with ten books that I really should have given up on (as hosted by The Broke and the Bookish). They added nothing to my reading history except for loathing and the loss of satisfying reading time.
10. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I feel like this is a cop out answer, but it is what it is. And it was terrible.
09. A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley. Grueling. Not bad, and I don’t need to finish a book smiling, but good grief.
08. The Pact by Jodi Picoult. This book broke my heart. I haven’t picked up anything by her since then.
07. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Hated it.
06. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Want to see me avoid you like the plague? Tell me your favorite book is Atlas Shrugged.
05. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. I will join the masses in voting this one of the most overrated books of all time.
04. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. As it is a classic, I’ve read it twice, but I still can’t stand it. And every time someone quotes this book at their wedding, I laugh. Unless you quoted it as your wedding. You are, of course, the exception.
03. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. I feel like this book is an exercise in an author’s vanity. I don’t dislike Faulkner, just start with Light in August or Sanctuary.
02. Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. Pynchon is tiring. I will side eye you on public transit if you’re reading this just to see if you look confused…
01. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper. How many of us tried to read this after seeing the movie and were sorely disappointed? I’m not ashamed to admit that it is a clunky, pretentious slog.
What book did you finish that you wish you hadn’t?
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