Friday, August 27, 2010

Top Five Friday: Books You Wish You Never Read

Top Five Friday

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Some books have no redeeming qualities and are an utter waste of time. Others put ideas and images in your brain that you wish were not there. This week we are listing five books we wish we'd never read! Want to play? Post your top five books you wish you never read list in your blog! You can also link back here and comment to get your link posted here.

Top Five Friday: Top Five Books You Wish You Never Read

Emma's List:
1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. See review.

2. The Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind. This book and its sequels are full of rip-offs of better stories, terrible writing, inane characters and way too much sexual violence. They are both a waste of time, and contain can't-unsee imagery.

3. Hitch 22 by Christopher Hitchens. I liked Hitchens just fine when I read his other books, now I sort of dislike him. This autobiography is boring, full of name dropping, and makes Hitchens appear to be an pompous asshole.

4. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. See review.

5. Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler. This book was recommended to me when I was complaining that I couldn't find fantasy or science fiction novels without egregious amounts of rape in them. Other than my friend who recommended it apparently, anyone who knows this series understands that the setting is all about egregious amounts of rape. I mostly didn't enjoy this book because of the brutality and sexual violence, but I also couldn't really get excited about the story in general. It didn't help that for whatever reason I accidentally started reading the second book of the series before the first. Meh. This book sticks in my brain like a virus and I wish it would go away.

Emily's List
1. Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer. I don't care if some people think the book/movie were the BEST THING EVER, the fact remains that it's the true story of a kid who died because he was a dumb-ass. And since he died alone in the Alaskan wilderness because he knew absolutely nothing about wilderness survival, what do we do? We come up with a book and movie talking about how great this kid is. I have never seen the movie, but the whole time I read the book, I was mostly wanting to reach into the page and punch the kid for being stupid.

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. All those years and years and years of waiting, and that's the best JK Rowling could come up with?

3. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston. Not that I had a choice about reading this, as it was assigned reading for my 10th grade accelerated English class. I just profoundly did not enjoy it, and having to do all of the related writing assignments didn't help.

4. Solitude, by Robert Kull. See review.

5. Empress, by Karen Miller. I'd heard good things about this author and series from authors I respect in the fantasy genre. Unfortunately, the plot is boring, and none of the characters are particularly people you want to care for. Just because you had an awful, awful childhood doesn't mean you can storm around and make everyone else suffer in terrible ways.


  1. I can't remember the name of it right now, but a long time ago I read a book that I think was supposed to be inspired by Native American folklore or something. A section of the story was about a woman with goat hooves who trampled men's testicles. Needless to say, I was a bit young when I read it and found it rather disturbing.

  2. P.S. - I second Emily on Their Eyes Were Watching God.

  3. Remember how we had to write down everytime the main character (Janie, was it? something like that?) walked through a door or gate? It's "symbolic".


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