What are the worst books you've finished?

@movicont (495)
United States
April 23, 2009 6:57pm CST
What are the worst books that you've actually managed to finish? For me it would probably be Eragon, as I thought the plot was extremely overused and ill-defined. In general though, I don't finish books that deem bad, so my "bad books" list is usually pretty short.
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• United States
24 Apr 09
There aren't many books that I've read completely and haven't liked, but I have to say, Catcher in the Rye was one of the WORST. When people hear that, they usually scoff at me, but I read this book well out of the typical high school reading period, as it was never assigned to me in school, and I couldn't stand Holden Caulfield, the main character. I thought he was a whiny, dishonest, spoiled kid who didn't appreciate the value of anything and just liked to make himself out to be a martyr. I didn't feel sorry for him, and I'm actually surprised I bothered to finish reading the book. I guess I expected him to change by the end - but no such luck!
@movicont (495)
• United States
24 Apr 09
Yeah, I think a lot of people who read Catcher in the Rye outside of their teenage years tend to find Holden Caulfield to be very annoying. I met lots of people who've read the book when they were younger and loved it, only to despise it when they went back and revisited it when they were older. I actually thought Holden was pretty annoying too, but I didn't really view the book as necessarily bad because of an annoying character, only that it was interesting to see it from his perspective.
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• United States
24 Apr 09
It's good to hear I'm not the only one :) Part of me thought I was just an unforgiving reader!
@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
24 Apr 09
i only pretty much read non fiction because i really like history and i guess the last book like that was a biography of f scott fritzgerald's wife zelda. i found it to be quite boring in the way it was written, so i read some bits and pieces and stopped. my time is too valuable to read books that i just cant get into.
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@ElicBxn (61039)
• United States
25 Apr 09
Lord of the Flies and Animal Farm, both required reading for school.
@ElicBxn (61039)
• United States
25 Apr 09
oh yea, Catcher in the Rye - another required book - HATE those young men growing up sort of books - maybe because I'm NOT a young man... even when I was young....
@micpie94 (358)
• United States
24 Apr 09
th lord of the flies was so boring
@Shawchert (1040)
• United States
24 Apr 09
Anne Mcaffrey's books mostly because I read one of her short stories, it was awesome, and then suddenly... it STOPPED there was no ending, nothing to say hey it's done it didn't tell me what happened to the girl in the story or anything whatsoever, I hate drop off endings unless it's going to be finished. I loved Eragon and the other books, I'm not sure what you mean by over used and ill-defined, could you elaborate on that? (is curious not wanting to make you like the book)
@sergedan (768)
• Romania
24 Apr 09
Hmmm...I just wish I would finish the books I find really good, by Dumas and Karl May. If the first 30 pages don't spark any interest in me, I simply don't do it.
@maybebaby (1231)
• Canada
24 Apr 09
I usually don't finish a book if it is really bad, so it was hard to think of one. One of the worst book I have finished was The Birth House. It's on lots of bestsellers lists so I thought I would give it a read but I was so bored by it. Nothing really happened. There wasn't even a climax to it. It was just a boring read. I read to the end thinking that something must happen seeing as it was a bestseller but nothing did. I appologize if you liked this book but it wasn't for me.