I try not to look at my reviews, really I do. I want to either (a) have the strength not to look in the first place, or (b) have the strength not to care. However, since I don’t possess those strengths at all times, occasionally I fall back on one of my default coping strategies: misery loves company. So, I took a little stroll around Goodreads, checked in on some of my favorite books, and took a gander at their greatest detractors.
I really do feel better!
What it lacks in is an actual story.
ANGLE OF REPOSE
I have no idea why I hated this book so much.
I’d like to give this book ZERO stars, but it’s not an option. This is hands down the worst book that I’ve ever read. I will never say that again in a review, because this one wins that prize.
It very nearly put me off reading anything ever again.
CRIME & PUNISHMENT
Okay, I know I’m supposed to appreciate this book, but all I can do is hate, hate, hate it.
DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY
First of all, I’ve never liked Chicago.
DUKE AND I
This book was quite boring.
One of my least favorite novels of all time.
FLOWERS FROM THE STORM
It was torture to read these tortured characters.
GOD OF SMALL THINGS
This is, without a doubt, the single worst book ever written.
HONEY IS BITTER
On the bright side, it made me realize that even I could write a book that was good enough to be published by someone.
LORD OF SCOUNDRELS
Absolutely the worst romance novel ever!
ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY
Some people just shouldn’t write memoirs.
Everytime I see this book in stores, it makes me cringe. I absolutely loathe it.
This book was like the song that wouldn’t end- it just goes on and on.
One of the worst examples of self-indulgence by a writer it has ever been my misfortune to read.
But when I wasn’t curling my lip in disgust, I was banging my head against the wall in frustration and boredom.
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
This book is quite possibly the most insipid novel I have ever read in my life.
REMAINS OF THE DAY
I’ve had more fun reading the encyclopedia.
One of the most horrible books I’ve ever read in my life.
SUN ALSO RISES
Wow, this book was a dud.
WHITNEY, MY LOVE
What a horrible book!
What a disappointment this book turned out to be. which is a shame because it was very expensive!