June 8, 2010

What books did you think you'd love but ended up hating?

I have to apologize for totally and completely spacing on this post last week. I had a weird week as far as scheduling and I just completely forgot.



This Week's Topic is the reverse of the previous topic, which was 3 books you thought you'd hate but ended up loving. We got great answers for that one and I know there will be more great answers for this.

IT'S REVERSED!: 3 Books You Thought You'd LOVE But Ended Up Hating

My List:

1. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nifisi
I love reading about other cultures and I love reading about social justice/injustice. But I could not get into this book. It was slow and I found I didn't care that much about the people in the story. I didn't feel empathy or a connection to them at all.



2. The Italian Lover by Robert Hellenga
I was very excited when I won this book from Shelly at Write for a Reader last year. She enjoyed the book and it sounded as if I would like it, too. But I couldn't get into it. I read about halfway in before I just put it down. I can't remember exactly what the problem was now.



3. The Midnight Club by James Patterson
I am a pretty big Patterson fan. I know some people don't like his almost formulaic plots, but to me there is just enough different in each book to satisfy me. I really like his Women's Murder Club series and Maximum Ride series and a couple of stand-alone books. I am not a huge fan of Alex Cross, but he was still okay. However, this one was just a dud for me. I found it boring, really.


So what about you? What books disappointed you when you read them? I'd love to read your list!!
  • Write a post on your blog that is a list of 3 books pertaining to the topic above. It can be super short or long & windy. Choose your own M.O. :)
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25 comments:

  1. So sad about Reading Lolita. I loved that book, but i had a really hard time with it until I took a paper bookmark and wrote down all the characters' names and attributes so I could keep them straight.

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  2. I'm with Amanda, I had a hard time with Reading Lolita at first. It was slow going, but in the end I was glad I read it.

    I've definitely read some bombs from Patterson though. I like some, but others, ugh.

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  3. I haven't heard of the first two books-but I think sometimes our expectations are so high going into a book that it's doomed to disappoint us. I can't wait to do my list!

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  4. I couldn't finish Reading Lolita. Perhaps I should have written down all the character names as Amanda suggested (or read Lolita first!!)

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  5. I haven't read any of those books, but I know how you feel. It sucks when a book seems tailor-made to make you happy and then doesn't.

    Also I'll endeavor to forgive you (if there's cookies involved)!

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  6. I really liked reading Lolita, but I can see how she can be a bit dry. I was really into the way they were interpreting the stories, so I think that got me through until I connected with everyone a little more.

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  7. I didn't love Reading Lolita the first time I read it, but I reread it a little while later, having read Daisy Miller and Lolita in the interim, and that improved the reading experience a LOT. I enjoy it a lot now.

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  8. The Eight. I thought that book would be so awesome BUT IT WAS NOT.

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  9. Ha! A James Patterson book that didn't do it for you??? Imagine that. ; )

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  10. I loved Reading Lolita...and I am a diehard Alex Cross reader!! :)

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  11. Lexie- Of course there are cookies involved!

    Jenners- hahaha

    Staci- Hey, no one's perfect. Haha! Just kidding! ;)

    Everyone's comments on Reading Lolita in Tehran make me think maybe if I read Lolita and then gave the book another try (and perhaps write down the characters' names as an aid) I would like it more. Thanks for the feedback!

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  12. I think we just did this topic in April, didn't we? I was typing the subject line in and it already came up. The strange thing, though, is that I already had a new book in mind that wasn't on my list then. ;)

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  13. Right now, I can only think of one that was much of a disappointment to me. Based on the blurb, and all the posts by the author on his blog, and a couple of reviews, etc. I was really anticipating reading Dead to Me by Anton Strout. It sounded like it was going to be great, a humorous read...

    I couldn't finish it, not even for a challenge. I can't even really put my finger on what was wrong other than nothing matched - the time didn't match with the characters' way of speech. The main character's behaviour and speech didn't match his background....he was a bit too angsty. Could not read the whole book. I think rather than hating it, I was extremely frustrated while trying to read it. I actually was pissed off trying to read it, and finally decided to put it aside.

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  14. I liked Reading Lolita in Tehran - probably not quite as much as I thought I would do, but it was perfectly readable, and it inspired me to try reading some Henry James and of course, Lolita

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  15. Though I haven't read any of your exact picks, I commiserate with you over James Patterson. I too enjoyed his Women's Murder Club books, but have tried to read his other titles and just get bored - but they're so immensely popular I feel left out!

    A book I couldn't get in to despite my great excitement at the onset was MENNONITE IN THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS. I usually love books on unique topics like Mennonites, but was greatly disappointed by Jantzen's memoir.

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  16. When I was looking through my Goodreads list for books that I could use for this topic, I came up with about TEN. I guess bad reading experiences stick with you, yes? I like your list!

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  17. My book club struggled with Reading Lolita in Tehran also. I think for most it was the fact that they hadn't read many of the books that were being referenced (including Lolita).

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  18. I forgot to link yesterday! I have yet to try James Patterson, but I did flip through a few of his books when I worked at a bookstore oh so long ago and found his adult writing style to not really be my cup of tea.

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  19. Kristen- HAHAHAHA! You are absolutely right, we DID do this topic already. I should really check these things since my memory is clearly not reliable.

    I promise to have a better topic next week!!

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  20. Good topic! I agree with Amanda. I loved Reading Lolita, but it was very difficult for me to get into until I took some time just to sort out the characters.

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  21. I just wanted to let you know that whenever I post this meme to my blog, it starts the most amazing discussions both on the blog and also in real life. My friends who wouldn't usually read my blog send me messages and want to talk about books!

    So thank you, and keep it up!

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  22. Hmm...Love in the Time of Cholera and Lord of the Flies come to mind.

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  23. I liked Reading Lolita but know I'd hate James Patterson. I'm not a fan of his

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  24. Lord of the Flies! JT Oldfield? That William Golding book is mindblowing and the behaviour of those castaway choirboys is unfortunately all too believable. True, it isn't an 'enjoyable' book, but it's a very important one, IMHO. What did you find so disappointing about it?

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  25. A little late this time, but here's my list:
    http://paperbackpirate.blogspot.com/2010/06/3-books-you-thought-youd-love-but-ended.html

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