Top Ten Tuesday: Books I wouldn’t Recommend

May 15, 2012 Meme, Top Ten Tuesday 25

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and Bookish.

Top Ten Freebie!

This week wasn’t originally a freebie but now it is and I’m excited!  Last week Jenny at Alternate Readality did a post on the top ten books she wouldn’t recommend and I thought it was a great idea so that’s my list for today. 
1. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
2. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Worst.  Books.  Ever.  These were the only two books that were required reading in high school that I didn’t actually read.  I don’t remember much about As I Lay Dying other than Cliff and I became BFF’s during this time, without him I would not have survived this book.  I was actually looking forward to reading The Grapes of Wrath because I enjoyed Of Mice and Men.  Boy was I disappointed!  The Grapes of Wrath was way to long, way to boring and way to much symbolism (I like to be entertained thank you very much).  Plus there is an entire chapter devoted to a turtle crossing the road! 

3. Reliquary by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
I read Relic for book club and while it wasn’t the most fabulous book ever I did enjoy it so I thought I would continue on with the series.  Reliquary was weird.  I mean really weird.  Like way far out in outer space weird.  And it just didn’t make any sense.

4. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
A lot of people loved this book.  I was not one of them.  It was repetitive and easily could have been much, much shorter and I would have gotten the same point.

5. The Innocent Man by John Grisham
I love John Grisham’s books.  His first non-fiction book was a very painful read and lacked his usual charming characters and plot.  It just didn’t feel very suspenseful and I was not particularly interested in finding out what happened.


6. Matched by Ally Condie
Sorry, but in the dystopian world of books this one fell short.  There are so many other dystopian novels that have more action and better character development that I would recommend before this one. 

7. Sweet Valley Confidential by Francine Pascal
This probably should have been number one on my list.  If you enjoyed the Sweet Valley books as a kid stay away from this book.  Far, far, away.  This is not the fun Sweet Valley that you remember, things are different and NOT in a good way.  I heard there might be another one and that makes me want to cry.

8. What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
I’ve heard some good things about Laura Lippman, and I’ll probably give her another try someday but this was a DNF for me.  I was seriously bored and not at all intrigued by any of the characters.

9. Zone One by Colson Whitehead
I’ve never enjoyed zombies, but I thought I would give this book a shot because it looked fairly interesting.  This book was a DNF for me and confirmed that I do not like zombies, but that’s not why the book is on my list.  Zone One makes my list for two reason.  1.  The main character, Mark Spitz, is always referred to as Mark Spitz.  Drove me nuts!  It’s not like there are other Marks out there.  2. There are only three chapters.  Three!!!  That’s like 90 pages a chapter!   I would much rather have James Patterson’s 150 chapters.  At least it gives me a place to stop.

10. Blindness by Jose Saramago
It’s critically acclaimed and all that jazz, but it was very tedious and difficult to get into.  It was originally written in Portuguese so problems with translation could account for some of the problems with they way it was written, but not the tediousness of it all.


25 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I wouldn’t Recommend”

  1. Ashley R

    Fun topic, I like this one! And my goodness TOTALLY AGREE ON SWEET VALLEY CONFIDENTIAL!! (i apologize for the all caps, but it’s necessary haha) I cannot even tell you how ANGRY i was reading that book…as you can see, I can’t talk about it still without getting enraged. I love love love Sweet Valley and this just ruined EVERYTHING. I literally pretend it does not exist in the series, because it is dead. to. me.

    Anyway. The only other one I’ve read here is Matched, and while I thought it was good (I like Ky!), I definitely agree that it’s not the best Dystopian. There’s such an abundance out there now, I would recommend dozens more in front of it.

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    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      Anger is totally ok in regards to SV Confidential! It was completely ruining!

      That’s exactly how I feel about Matched. It wasn’t awful but I would recommend so many other dystopians before it.

  2. ....Petty Witter

    The Grapes Of Wrath is a bit of a let down after Of Mice And Men. I can’t comment on the rest as I haven’t read any of them.

  3. fakesteph

    I totally loooooved this week’s topic. so fun!!!! My post was more of an extended punchline, though, so I can see why some people weren’t drawn to it. I definitely did not enjoy The Grapes of Wrath… it depressed me, but I loved Matched. I looooved the quiet storyline that was so different from all the action packed fighting dystopians. I haven’t been able to finish Crossed though, but I plan to.

  4. Bittner

    I will be sure to stay away from a lot of those picks, mostly because I hadn’t heard of most of them. But I do still plan on reading Sweet Valley and Matched. I’m not going into them with my hopes too high though so if it turns out I don’t like them then I wont be too disappointed.

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      Matched wasn’t awful and a lot of other people really loved it, I would just recommend other dystopians first.

      If you must read Sweet Valley (and I get where you are coming from here) promise me that you will not spend any money on it! Get it from the Library, borrow it from a friend. Just save yourself the money, ok?

  5. Jenny

    Phew! I’ve only read one of these, Matched and I agree it wasn’t THAT great. I do have The Alchemist sitting on my shelf. I’m not in much of a hurry to get to it, though.

  6. Keri

    An interesting list. I have not read any of these and haven’t even heard of most of them.

  7. Lori

    I love your topic! I’m always hearing things about The Alchemist…I’ll definitely keep your thoughts in mind if I ever get too curious. I liked Matched but I still haven’t read the sequel so I must not have love it too much. ;)
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  8. Erin

    An entier chapter dedicated to a turtle crossing the road?!?!?! Wow, it kind of irritates me just thinking about it. lol As for matched, I agree with your assessment. Not much action and the world development was kind of flat. What drew me in what Condie’s writing. She has a beautiful prose and you can tell her poetry influence. I loved it. Crossed? Not so much. I think it was my biggest disappointment of last year. I had such high hope.

  9. Darlene

    Oh man, this is a great topic! I definitely can understand your dislike of Grapes of Wrath and The Alchemist. Both of those fell flat for me as well. Unlike you, I did really like Matched but thought the sequel was terrible. I can see why you didn’t like it though, and I have several friends who also weren’t fans.

    Darlene @ Leather Bound and Lovely

  10. Hollie

    The worse thing about Blindness for me was the fact that there was barely any punctuation in the book! I liked the plot well enough, but I found it so difficult to read and get through!

    Thanks for stopping by! :)

  11. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    I like your topic! And I really hated The Grapes of Wrath as well. Boring book, boring movie. But then again, I didn’t like a lot of the books I had to read in high school… I just got Matched this weekend, so I’m sad to hear you didn’t like it. But I got it at Half Price Books so if I don’t enjoy it I’m not out too much money.

    And I’ve heard bad things about Sweet Valley Confidential, but before I heard those things, Courtney and I decided that we needed to reread the SVH books, so I got on eBay and got like 32 of them for $35. I read about half of them last year, and they’re really not as great as I remembered. But I’m determined to read all of them, but then I’ll probably sell them or donate them. I still want to read Sweet Valley Confidential but I’ll be getting it from the library!