May 28, 2009

Booking Through Thursday: Unread

Is there a book that you wish you could 'unread'?  One that you disliked so thoroughly that you wish you could just forget that you read it?  

There was a book I read when I first started accepting advanced copies that I really didn't care for. That was back when I'd accept any type of book.  I had high hopes for it at first, but it didn't take long for me to realize it wasn't my cup 'o tea!  It was called THE WENTWORTHS by Katie Arnoldi.  It was described to me as a dark satire about a dysfunctional, wealthy west coast family.  Truthfully, it was borderline erotica, which I have no problem with, but the characters were very disturbing.  I didn't like ANY of them.  I did read the whole book, but afterwards I sat and asked myself, Why did I just waste my time on that?  I didn't come away from it with anything redeaming.  Granted, there were other reviewers who liked the book and thought it was funny.  But in my case, I didn't see any humor in it at all.  

Fortunately, I haven't had any other similiar experiences.   I don't always love all the books I read, but I can usually find something about them that I like.  

Is there a book you wish you could 'unread'?  


  1. This is a great topic. I hope others don't find this blasphemous, but if I could "unread" any book it would be Pat Conroy's Prince of Tides. I found the whole rape scene so disturbing that I actually threw the book out the window, because it freaked me out just to have it in the house. I've been much more careful about what I read ever since

  2. Oh my goodness...this doesn't sound like one that I would appreciate either! lol

  3. Kathy that sounds awful. I don't really like graphic sex scenes in books much less rape.

    I have to say that I would really like to unread A Confederacy of Dunces. The main character was just too gross for my tastes.

  4. Sounds dreadful Lisa!! If I had to "unread" a book it would be Wicked. Hated it...hated it...hated it. And like you when I got to the end I had to ask myself why in the world did I bother to finish this?

  5. That does sound pretty bad.

    The one that stays with me, in my nightmares that is, is Nobody True which I blogged about here:

    My book club still laughs over this one and the guy that suggested it admitted to it being the worst book we've ever chosen in the 12 years of the group's existence. That's pretty bad. I DARE anyone to read it just so we can laugh together.


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