The Worst "Best" Books I Have Ever Read
Highly Acclaimed Books
Being the book lover that I am, I still find myself excited when I get my hands on a book that people have been raving about. Bestsellers, must-reads, and page turners always grab my attention. However, these titles do not promise value. I cannot count how many times I have been thoroughly disappointed with an "amazing" book. Sometimes labels get the best of us and disable our judgment towards literature.
Great Books That are Horrible
Note: this is my opinion, but I am trying to be unbiased and judge solely on the quality of the books listed. Also, these are not listed in any certain order.
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. My love for suspenseful thrillers is infinite. That is why I was very disappointed in Flynn's work. While I appreciate the fast pace and small-town Missouri references, the characters are horrid. Not even in the unlikeable for a reason way; they were just painful to read the entire time. Also, the twist was not as mind-boggling then what I hoped for. If you want to read an amazing murder mystery, try The Woman in The Window by A.J Finn.
- Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare. Now I am not saying that Shakespeare was in any way a poor writer. I think the opposite. But, I still do not understand why this piece is his most famous one. Again with the characters being unlikeable in almost every way (I do not know who bothered me the most honestly). The quick pacing decreases the quality as well. I am not saying Romeo and Juliet did not impact future literature; I just do not believe it deserves the amount of praise it has accumulated other the years.
- The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games was a pretty huge franchise at one point. I read each book in the trilogy and enjoyed the plot lines along with Collin's writing. However, the third book in the series did not impress me. I just felt that the third book lost the feeling that the first novels possessed. However, I did enjoy The Hunger Games and it holds a special place in my heart.
- Hatchet by Gary Paulson. This was responsible for some of my pre-teen PTSD. The idea of being alone in the woods and having to survive on your own is very terrifying. That being said, Hatchet was so very dry. The plot was slow moving and there were many times while reading that I did not wish to continue. The end also leaves you not even somewhat joyous that the main character, Brian, made it home safely. Paulson is a cool guy, but I did not enjoy this particular piece.
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I am pretty sure most everyone agrees on this one.
- Every book that is not in the Percy Jackson series written by Rick Riordan. While I did not even love The Lightning Theif, I understand why there was as much positive feedback as there was. Books like The Trials of Apollo and The Kane Chronicles seemed to be lacking the creativity that was present in Riordan's other work. The Kane Chronicles in particular felt like they were aimed towards a much younger audience (and the writing, in my opinion, was very poor).
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I can almost guarantee every hormonal teenager that was obsessed with these books will realize this was not a very good book. I really hope so.
Books That I Think Deserve The Love
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- The Catcher in The Rye by J.D Salinger
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
- They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera
- The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling (even though I do not believe it is the best series I have ever read)
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