What's The Worst Book You've Ever Read and Did You Finish It Anyhow?

@gtargirl (5376)
United States
November 13, 2011 12:28pm CST
Authors love reviews, unless they're bad. Sometimes bad reviews are just someone's opinion though. Have you read an awful, badly written book? Was the author well-known? What made it so un-enjoyable? Do you enjoy a book that is character driven or plot driven? Too many questions? Okay, so what was the worst book (in your opinion) and did you finish the book?
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@bounce58 (17392)
• Canada
20 Nov 11
I once took a cross country flight which was about 4 hours. I grabbed a book at the airport which I took would help pass the time. I couldn't remember what the title was, and who was the author, but it was about an american football quarterback who was down on his luck. He was playing in Italy after failing miserably in the NFL and the CFL. Anyway, the plot of the book really sucked, but I didn't have any choice so I decided to read it until at least we touched down. But when I got to the middle of the book and found that a few pages were missing, I finally threw it.
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@gtargirl (5376)
• United States
21 Nov 11
A book about an NFL player who couldn't make it? I can't imagine what the possible plot would be. And, zralte, if it was really written by John Grisham, I guess even the best can have one "bomb." That's another shocker for me though. And that title is really bad.
@bounce58 (17392)
• Canada
21 Nov 11
I think it was! And because it was by John Grisham, why I took the book in the first place.
@zralte (4178)
• India
20 Nov 11
Sounds like 'Playing for Pizza' by John Grisham.
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• Philippines
14 Nov 11
I might draw flack here (sorry!) but Twilight is the worst book I've ever encountered. This is not to say that I'm trying to devalue the book's success -- Meyer must have raked in millions by now -- but its writing style doesn't really rest well with me. You see it's hard for me to read anything that's related to romance and since this book oozes with it, it definitely would be a challenge for me to read. I did finish it though, since I really want to know what's the fuss, but I never ever touched anything about the series again.
@gtargirl (5376)
• United States
20 Nov 11
I hear ya. This book never interested me and I never picked it up. I love vampire stories, any speculative fiction actually, but this seemed so high school and I'm so not into the high school romance thing. Plus my daughter had pretty much the same review as you both did. She and her brother make so much fun of that movie. They mute the television and make up their own dialogue. It's a hoot! Of course, they can't finish watching the movie.
@zralte (4178)
• India
20 Nov 11
Amen to that!!! I don't know what the hype is about. I read the first book, I think. Can't even remember the title anymore, except the Twilight part. When the movie came out, everyone was crazy about it. I told my friends that the book is not even good, and the movie are usually worse than the book. So why the hype?
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@Aja103654 (5649)
• Philippines
14 Nov 11
I second this! I managed to finish the book, albeit frustrated. It was pretty boring having to read everything about Bella's thoughts and feelings. -yawn- But i finished it anyway, just so that i can compare it to the movie. Both weren't good. haha!
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@carmelanirel (20942)
• United States
14 Nov 11
I can'r remember the name of the book or the author, but the absolutely worse book ever, I barely got to the second page before I quit. It is one thing to have bad grammar or punctuation, but this book also had misused words..Misused as in he wrote, "there" when he should have written "their" and other bad writing. I only got it out of the library because it was someone we knew, but only as an acquaintance, not anyone close and I never told him I even got his book out to read.
@gtargirl (5376)
• United States
20 Nov 11
Oh how sad. If you can remember the name of the book or author I would love to have that information.
• United States
20 Nov 11
Oh the title is beyond my memory, but if I can't remember the author's name, I will ask my daughter, because what I failed to mention is he is local and his wife works for the senior citizens center. The only reason we know him is because he wrote two plays the center put on, and in both my daughter was the lead actress, and that is why we both wanted to read his published book. Good thing neither one of us mentioned that we tried to read his book...Remind me again in a few days or weeks, I will ask my daughter what his name is..
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@celticeagle (142444)
• Boise, Idaho
14 Nov 11
I am so curious I certain did finish the book. It was one of the true crime books that I read about a man that had this huge house. He had his wife and family on the top level and his daughter and his insectual family on the basement level. They finally caught him and the insectual family had alot of medical problems. They couldn't see, they had spine problems because the basement wasn't very big and they all had to stoop to walk. They all had emotional and psychological problems because of being shut away for so many years. It was a very sad story.
@gtargirl (5376)
• United States
20 Nov 11
That is a sad story. So, you did finish the book and you did like it though? Just that the story was sad, right?
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@celticeagle (142444)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Nov 11
Yes, I liked the story. It was entertaining. But very sad.
@BCRMike (355)
• Vanderhoof, British Columbia
14 Nov 11
It was the Diary of Ann Frank. I know she suffered terribly, but I got to chapter two and forgot everything in one. I did that eight times, eventually making it to three, and gave up. I went to my teacher during class, put it on her desk, and said "ZERO." I told her what had happened and sat quietly in the class while everyone struggled with it. It was mandatory reading. But that book wasn't just dry... It was dehydrated.
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@gtargirl (5376)
• United States
20 Nov 11
You really do have to read that book slowly and get into a certain mindset. After all the book takes place in one attic . . . or most of the book anyhow. I'm not quite sure if I read the book or watched the movie only. I know I have the book on my shelf.
@BCRMike (355)
• Vanderhoof, British Columbia
20 Nov 11
I'm not a read as is, and if it does grab my attention right away, I'm lost. I really got lost with that book.
@zralte (4178)
• India
20 Nov 11
I have to say 'Atlas Shrugged' by Ayn Rand. My college roommate told me it is very good, blah blah blah...so I started reading it.She said her sister, all her friends and her sister's friends liked it. I thought I was stupid not to find anything likeable. I remember, as I read, I tried to see what makes it interesting and thinking 'It's just not my taste'.
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@gtargirl (5376)
• United States
21 Nov 11
I haven't read anything by Ayn Rand. But even though that's a very familiar name I don't even know if this author is male or female. Anyhow, I agree, we all have different tastes. Thank goodness for that.
@Sillychick (3276)
• United States
14 Nov 11
the worst book i ever read was called criminal justice (i'm pretty sure) and I don't remember who the author was, but i think he was pretty well known. It was poorly written because it just didn't flow, very hokey, unrealistic dialogue. the story line was ok, but very predictable. i finished it because i have this thing about finishing books i start. i have only not finished a book i started one time, and it bothered me.
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@gtargirl (5376)
• United States
20 Nov 11
I think I have that same problem, it's annoying not to finish a book even though you really don't like it. Maybe we're trying to see if it gets any better in the middle chapters. I think next time I'll just finish it by reading the last chapter. Who knows.
@thaMARKER (2503)
• Philippines
14 Nov 11
i lot actually that i can no longer remember them. i don't read books because it was recommended by many. i read books because i know the author and his style. im not gonna name names though cause thats just sad hehehe.. but some people who loves to read fiction sometimes tell me to read heavy romantic stuff and im really not into it. but sometimes i try and it disappoints me cause for me its shallow when it comes to the entirety of the love story. anyway, maybe because im into spy novels.
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@gtargirl (5376)
• United States
21 Nov 11
Maybe there's a book out there that has romance with action adventure and spies. Hard to write and find an audience though.
@Porcospino (31485)
• Denmark
17 Nov 11
I when I think about the worst book that I have read there are two books that I especially remember. One of the them was a Norwegian book, I don't remember the name of the author or the title of the book, but the author used no punctuation whatsoever and there were no chapters or paragraphs either. It was really hard to read the book, and sometimes I just couldn't figure out where one sentence ended and the next one started. I fineshed the book, because I liked the story, but I don't feel like reading more books by that author, because I find his writingstyle very annoying. Thr other book is a Danish book by an author called Bent Haller. It seemed like a nice story at first and I enjoyed reading the first chapters. The novel was full of comments about something terrible that happened, but we the author didn't reveal what actually happened. I got more and curious as I read the book and I thought that the author was going to reveal the background of the story in the last chapters, but he never did. I didn't like the book, because there were just too many loose ends and the reader never gets a proper explanation.
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@gtargirl (5376)
• United States
20 Nov 11
Wow! A book without punctuation, no chapters no paragraphs? How did you manage to finish that. I would have given up on the first page. And with your second book, I so don't like a book without a satisfying ending. Anyhow, thanks for stopping by.
• Indonesia
14 Nov 11
The worst book I've ever read is "As I Wake" by Elizabeth Scott. Seriously, nothing happened in that book, but the author insisted turning it into a novel. I cannot tell you how desperate I was with that book! It is full of line breaks, repetitive words. The main character keeps on saying "I don't know what's going on?" and the story is first person point of view, so we the readers also have no clue of what's going on! I wanted to throw that book onto the wall! Too bad it's an ebook format, so I couldn't do it. Anne of Green Gables is also boring. I don't know why people love it, I think it's boring, flat and just blah...
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@gtargirl (5376)
• United States
20 Nov 11
Yeah, I'm glad you didn't throw that ebook against the wall. That would have caused some major damage to that trusty computer. I think Anne of Green Gables is a classic because . . . well, I'm not sure why. It's just a sappy girl book.
@magtibaygom (4858)
• Philippines
14 Nov 11
I remember reading a book about Atheism. It's the worst book that I've ever seen. I wasn't able to finish it. I don't know if it is because of my prejudice of that book, or I don't really like what the book was saying, that I don't recall now what's the particular title of that book!
@gtargirl (5376)
• United States
20 Nov 11
Yeah, I might have some prejudices reading a book on Atheism.
@Kalyni2011 (3496)
• India
21 Nov 11
It was a hindi book, an autobiography, named 'meri kahaniyana', by Ashok Panda, but presentation was so poor, guess it was some thing fake.. Happy posting, cheers. Kalyani
@gtargirl (5376)
• United States
7 Dec 11
A badly written autobiography? That's tragic.
• United States
13 Nov 11
Jane Eyre has to be the worst book I've ever read in my life, and no I did not finish it. It was like $15.00 and it was boring and it was long and it was so lame! I wasted my money on the piece of crap and another book I read that was terrible was Ms. Dalloway! It was like a chick flick novel and it sucked tremendously!
@gtargirl (5376)
• United States
13 Nov 11
Okay then. No chick books for you. Charlotte Brante, right? Jane Eyre is probably considered a classical but it's all about a strong female character coming of age, likely not appreciated in 1847. But it probably has no action, lots of drama I would assume. Can't say I've ever heard of Ms Dalloway. Thanks for the heads up on that one.
@besweet (9458)
• Greece
13 Nov 11
The worst book I've ever read was a greek one called "I dream that I walked out". It was not from a famous author and I bought it in a book excibition. It is basically comprised of some indepentent stories that have no common parts or characters and they are also not complete. They don't have a specific starting point or a clear ending. The stories are well written, but I was waiting to read it until the last page to find out that they actually had nothing in common and they were just pages from a diary that were supposedly found ripped in the street. I did finish the book with the hope to find an explanation for those unconnected stories and I was dissapointed to read this ending.
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@gtargirl (5376)
• United States
20 Nov 11
So they were short stories from the same author. Yeah, that doesn't make sense. No beginning and no end? That's a double no no for a book. Sounds like a disappointing book to me.
@Lakota12 (42605)
• United States
13 Nov 11
been quite awhile and so moring I can even think of the name of it was really dry