About a year and a half ago, I led a book-talk at work called “What Not To Read.” Each of us brought a book that we had hated. Then we tried to talk everyone else out of reading it. Some of us had finished our book, some had quit much earlier.
It was fun.
And what we noticed was that, while we had each anticipated an entertaining, lively gripe session, we actually wound up talking more about books we loved than books we hated. (Some people really hated the Dune books).
It’s really hard to talk about the worst books of something without also talking about the best books.
My book that I hated was James Joyce’s Ulysses. I have nothing but admiration for the book today, but wow I hated it back then. My negativity had more to do with the story of how I tried (and failed) to finish the book over a period of ten years. I did finish it eventually.
Now it’s your turn. Tell us about a book you hated, give us the reasons if you can put them into words, convince us never to touch it, and then recommend something good.
It was fun then. I suspect it will be fun now.
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