Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tuesday Thingers

This Week's Question:

What is your least-favorite book(s)? Is your least-favorite book listed in your LT library? If it is listed, do you have anything special in the tags or comments section? How have others rated your least-favorite book?

My Answer:

I had to give this some thought and I really couldn't remember, so I went to my handy dandy Excel spreadsheet to see what I didn't like and the one book that I really had a problem with was The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. It's the one time I really wanted to stop reading, which is something I never do. I finish everything I start, even if I don't like it. The only reason I kept reading was because it was part of a discussion group for a Yahoo reading group I used to have. Since I was the owner of the group, I felt obligated to read the entire book regardless of how I felt about it. I think my problem with it was that it was too much of a fantasy combined with real life. I don't know why that bothers me since I love vampires, paranormal, ghosts, etc. I guess this one just didn't grab me. There were others in my group that felt the same way. It turns out I was the only one who completed the book. LOL

However, looking at the reviews on Amazon.com, this is a very popular group and rated highly by most of the reviewers. It had a 4 1/2 star rating. So, maybe it just wasn't my type of story. I don't have this listed in my LT library as I think I read it before I joined LT.


  1. I read this book and it was nothing like I expected ... I ended up liking it but it was kind of a very odd book with a lot violence. Almost like a kid's book but I would never give it to a kid to read! So different from his other "thriller" books!

  2. This was a book I liked, but one I could see wouldn't be for everyone. It certainly doesn't help when you feel obliged to persist with a book you haven't taken to.

  3. I liked it too, but I like dark fairy tales.

    Here's my review: The Book of Lost Things.

  4. I absolutely hated The River by Kate Grenville - I found it really slow and monotonous - yet so many people absolutely love it. I just couldn't see the fuss!

  5. I'm often the odd gal out. I've stopped feeling guilty about not liking what my group does. And kudos to you for getting through it. I rarely finish a book I clearly dislike. There are simply too many books I do want to read.

  6. I have this one on my shelf (it was a gift from my husband) so I hope I like it. My choice this week is one that everyone else seems to love too.

    Here's my post.

  7. Jenners - Very true! It felt like a kid's book that you couldn't give to a kid.

    fleurfisher - If I didn't feel obligated to read it as part of the group, I might have had a different reaction to the group. Sometimes outside circumstances can color my opinion of a book.

    Lenore - It's odd because I do enjoy dark stories and I do like some fantasy type of books, but yet this didn't do it for me.

    Scrap girl - I know that feeling. I'll read something and not like it, yet read how most people loved a book. I start wondering, what am I missing? It's just that we all have different tastes.

    Susan - Unfortunately, when I finished the book, I was so angry with myself because I felt like I wasted my time and could have read something I really liked. It didn't help that nobody in the group got through it and I was the only one discussing it. I was lonely :)

    Naida - I'd probably enjoy John Connolly's other work better than this. I'm more of a suspense/ thriller reader. If it wasn't for the discussion, I wouldn't have chosen this book.

    Alyce - I guess there are quite a few of us who don't like a book that everyone else seems to have loved.

  8. Interesting. I've heard so many glowing reports about this book, it's almost a relief to find out there's someone who didn't like it! I've got it on my TBR list for this year, so I'm hoping my reaction isn't similar, but I often have problems with these types of fantasy novels, too.

  9. I never read it,but I love the cover. ;-)

  10. I was tempted by the title, hoping it was about books but I cannot stand fantasty let alone when it's mixed with reality so I know it's not the book for me.

  11. I haven't read this book, but have had similar situations in a few of the book clubs I'm in, where we are reading a book, and it is my turn to host, and I just can't quite enjoy the book . . .

    Thanks for stopping by and participating in Thingers last week! I've got the post up for this week, have you seen the new customizable widgets on LT? ~ Wendi

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