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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Worst Best Book?

Weekly event from Booking Through Thursday :

“What’s the worst ‘best’ book you’ve ever read — the one everyone says is so great, but you can’t figure out why?”

The Catcher in the Rye. I hated it. I wanted to give it to my dog as a chew toy. I can’t understand why people love it. I had to sit through it because I had to read it in high school but I will never touch it again.

Anything by Steinbeck. I can understand why people love him. He was an excellent writer. But he is just not for me. Too gritty. Maybe if I read him again someday I will like him but, for now, he is on that list.

DAN BROWN. I have no idea why his books were so popular. They were airport reads at best. It must of been the religious intrigue. The writing was enough to turn me off of best sellers for a couple of years.


  1. I agree with you on Dan Brown, but Steinbeck
    is one of my favorites ;-)

  2. I shall have to try him again. Maybe I was too young when I first read his books?

  3. Cannot agree more about Dan brown. I did an entire post on him today.

  4. I did not like The Catcher in the Rye either. I have it in my BTT post, too. It was so anti-climatic I thought.

  5. haven't read the books you mentioned and only read The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown, and although I liked it it was very tough to read and took me forever to finish..

  6. Rebecca:

    I agree. It was also that Holden was such an obnoxious character. I don't understand people's attraction to him.

    Desert Rose:

    I only got about halfway through it before I lumped it in with my annual donation to the local shelter.


    It was the opposite for me. I liked The Grapes of Wrath better than Of Mice and Men. I think I am going to go back to Steinbeck when I get through my TBR pile.

    About Dan Brown, I could not find anything redeemable about anything in his books. I didn't like the writing or the story. I respect that people like his books but they are not for me.

  7. I agree with you on The Catcher in the Rye! I couldn't finish it. And well, about Dan Brown, the less said, the better!

  8. avisannschild-
    I agree. I just dread when the next book in that series is released. It's going to be all over the place.

  9. Oh dear, are there more coming? Preserve us!

  10. Yep. It's called The Solomon Key. I'm dreading it. Whenever he releases a new book or another movie comes out, my friends barrage me with recommendations.

  11. Agree with you on Dan Brown and *definitely* Steinbeck, but I did enjoy Catcher in the Rye. I wouldn't call it one of the best, but as classics go, it was pretty much the only one I enjoyed.

  12. It was a long time ago, but I recall liking Catcher in the Rye.

    Interesting to see everyone's tastes.

  13. Oh, I tried reading Catcher twice in my life and could not stomach that young man. So glad you said it first, lol. I can't believe how many people name this as their favourite book. I enjoyed Brown's Angels and Demons but he really is a third rate writer. I read his four novels just to please my son.
    The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen is my personal choice for the one I couldn't stand and everyone else thought was so good. I finished it but it was painful. Funny how different we all are.

  14. Sandra:

    I have The Corrections in my shelf and I haven't picked it up yet. I just haven't had the chance yet.

  15. Even though I am not American, I absolutely love John Steinbeck. So much so, that I actually made a trip to Monterey and a round of the central California when I visited there (in reality, the place is very different from his books)

    I think an author I absolutely hate would be James Patterson. I loathe his novels, and his style of writing.

    On a general note, I loathe authors who out-source the writing work to others, and just include their names on the book covers to boost sales.

  16. I think Steinbeck has been polluted for me because I was forced to read him in high school.

    I don't like most James Patterson but Sundays at Tiffany's was good.

    I don't like authors who do that either. It keeps lesser known authors from gaining success of their own.



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