Least favorite?

@lillake (1633)
United States
March 1, 2007 12:34am CST
What is the worst book you have ever read? Why did you read it? What about it made it so bad?
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• United States
1 Mar 07
Tess of the Durbervilles It was a class assignment. It was about this girl who has all these bad things happen to her that it's almost predictable. She get's raped, loses the baby from a fever, works at a farm after as a milkmaid after leaving the home, gets married, gets left on her wedding night because he found out she wasn't a virgin (even if he wasn't), goes back to the guy who raped her, kills him and gets hung.
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@lillake (1633)
• United States
1 Mar 07
Wow, what a depressing book.
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• United States
2 Mar 07
Yeah, all of Thomas Hardy's books are pretty rough to read.
• United States
2 Mar 07
The worst book I have ever read was "On Becoming BabyWise" by Gary Ezzo. I received it as a baby shower gift from my sister in law. I started reading it, but quickly found the book repulsing. It went against all my instincts as a soon to be mother. Then later, I found out there was a lot of controversy surrounding the book. I decided to read it in full so that I could better understand the debate regarding the book. What made the book so bad is that it used scare tactics that border on attempted brain washing to try to get parents to think becoming attached to their children would cause them to become spoiled unruly brats. The book talks as if children are huge inconveniences and how to teach them to succumb to your every desire instead of nurturing them to become their own person with love. The main point of the book was to teach mothers how to put their children on a feeding schedule that goes against all recommendations and is actually dangerous.
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@lillake (1633)
• United States
2 Mar 07
Ugh Baby Wise. Worst book ever! Luckily I had never even heard of it until after my first child, and then it was only from the people ranting about how bad it was. My best friend is the wife of a pastor and they were taken in by Baby Wise with their first because it claimed to be Christian. Her husband, the pastor, said everything is taken so far out of context and twisted around that they really have no place claiming to be Christian.
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• India
1 Mar 07
Well, the least favorite book would be my school history books. Other books I read are interesting enough for one to finish it.
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@lillake (1633)
• United States
1 Mar 07
LOL Yeah, bland school books are probably my least favorite too.
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@blee92 (581)
• United States
2 Mar 07
i don't remember what it was called because the book was SOOO boring and horrible! i was in grade school and i was in a group where everyone in my group didn't want to read the book, so i ended up reading it.....it was like i was FORCED to read it! i didn't finish, only about 50 pages left but it was horrible!
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@seamonkey (1979)
• Ireland
1 Mar 07
For Tolkien fans, I know you will find this hard to believe, but I just can't handle The Hobbit. I have tried to read it on more than one occassion and just can't get through it. I find it terribly dull.
• India
1 Mar 07
I haven't read any book which i dont like. Because if i start getting bored on any page of the book i stop reading it then and there.
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• United States
2 Mar 07
I recently read and posted a discussion on Stephen King's "The Stationary Bike". That's the worst book that I can remember. I'm sure I've read something worse than that, but I don't remember.
@lillake (1633)
• United States
2 Mar 07
I haven't read that, but I generally like Stephen King. What made it so bad?
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• United States
2 Mar 07
It was mostly the storyline. A lot of his work is very suspenseful and sometimes scarey. But, there was little of that in this one.
@astroo13 (964)
• India
1 Mar 07
The worst book I ever read was Pride and Prejudice and to make matters worse I had to study the book for my class. Oh how I wish I got my time back from reading a book which I felt had absolutely nothing in it other than ridiculous story set in England. Regards
• United States
1 Mar 07
oh! I love p&p.... but secretly at heart I am a prissy british girl... trapped in a loud american woman's body :)
@lillake (1633)
• United States
2 Mar 07
I really like Pride and Oredjudice, but I think most people don't.
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• United States
3 Mar 07
Tie between "Like Water for Chocolate" and "Heart of Darkness." Both were required for school, and both were awful. Heart of Darkness I hardly remember. I'd read a paragraph and forget what it said as soon as I finished. It was so boring that I actually found myself watching the grass grow instead of reading it. I'd read a page, and glance out the window, only to find that my glance was 10 minutes long. Like Water for Chocolate was just waaaay to feminist for my likings. It read like it had been written by an Oprah Books committee. Like every movie that's ever been on the Lifetime network. It was just too cliche-filled, too predictable.
@lillake (1633)
• United States
3 Mar 07
Oh Heart of Darkness, I hated that! My senior year we were required to read it and write a 10 page paper on the book. It killed me because I just hated the book so much!
@jesusica (38)
• United States
1 Mar 07
i had to read middle march in high school. it is the longest, most boring book i've ever had to get through. then we had to watch the movie!
• United States
1 Mar 07
gasp! I love middlemarch as well!
• United States
2 Mar 07
"A Separate Peace" by John Knowles. I had to read it in 8th grade, it wasn't a bad book, just boring. Which, I guess, is a bad book.
@prestocaro (1253)
• United States
1 Mar 07
I have a hard time just putting a book down, no matter how bad it is, so I've read my share of bad, bad books. The worst, though, of all time must be "flowers in the attic" by VC Andrews. (s)he is the worst writer of all time, full of trite adverbs and uninventive plot twists. I read the book on a trip from houston to new orleans (back in the good old days of pre-katrina nawlins) and by the time I got to the big easy, I just wanted to drink away all memories of the book. The sad thing is I had seen the movie many years before and sort of expected the book to be bad. Unfortunately, I have this (very texan) love of the underdog and I have a difficult time abandoning a book. For some reason, I always hope that the godawful writer will make up for it with a stellar ending or some insightful character growth or something along those lines. It almost never happens.