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Date Posted: 7/18/2006 11:43 AM ET
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The worst book I've ever read was a self published book about this lady who is kidnapped by indians and then goes crazy, and I think it was supposed to be an Indian romance.  My mom had checked it out from the library, then returned it.  They lost it, and we told them they were much better without it. 
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Date Posted: 7/18/2006 12:54 PM ET
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What?? Prodigal Summer was the best book I have read in a long time! Ha. I really liked it. I think you have to have a real appreciation for nature and possibly some previous knowledge about how animals work on a biological level but I found it very interesting. I hated reading Things Fall Apart and Heart of Darkness in High School but I bet if I went back now and tried again I would like them.
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Date Posted: 7/18/2006 12:59 PM ET
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The Catcher in the Rye - I was forced to read that horrible thing in high school and loathed every second of it.  Even as a teenager I wanted to tell that stupid kid to Get Over Yourself!
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I hear you, Adrienne, on Heart of Darkness - I hated that in high school and I just haven't been able to look at a Joseph Conrad since. Can't even make myself watch "Apocalypse Now."

Don't know what it is about Prodigal Summer - I certainly know about nature and animals and appreciate them both - I just couldn't stand her writing or the way she unfolded the stories- or the actual stories in the book, for that matter.

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Date Posted: 7/18/2006 1:43 PM ET
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Worst book that I finished was "Citizen Girl" by the same authors as "The Nanny Diaries".  I loved Nanny Diaries but could not stand "Citizen Girl", horrible horrible book!
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Date Posted: 7/18/2006 1:55 PM ET
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4 Blondes by Candace Bushnell

What empty-headed people!!

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The book was so bad, I can't remember it!
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Date Posted: 7/18/2006 2:43 PM ET
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Something Happened by Joseph Heller.  One of the very few books I ever started that I just could not finish.  B-o-r-i-n-g!
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Date Posted: 7/18/2006 2:52 PM ET
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Silas Marner.  Good God how I hated that book.  I had to read it in high school.  Since then if a book is bad, I don't finish it.

Oh, House of Seven Gables also.  Couldn't stand that one either.  Felt like reading thousands of pages instead of only the 200 or so that it actually was.

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Date Posted: 7/18/2006 2:56 PM ET
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Worst I've ever read... oh dangit.  Too hard to pick the worst of the worst, but a few worthy nominees:

  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  • Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
  • Sex & The City by Candace Bushnell
  • Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre (or something like that, I forgotten)
  • Tall Poppies by Louise Bagshawe (utter dreck!)
  • The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Banks (more dreck!)
  • The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman (finished it b/c I thought it would get better)
  • Close Quarters by Marissa someone (I want those two hours of my life back)
  • The Broke Diaries by Angela Nissel (was supposed to be funny but I found it stooopid!)
  • The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon (she could use and editor or five!  Although I am enjoying A Breath of Snow and Ashes. The story is more engaging, but I still think she could use an editor on it as well.)
  • The Sexual Life of Catherine M. by Catherine Millet (something must have been lost in translation from the original French.  It's beyond boring, it's just stupid.)
  • The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost
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Date Posted: 7/18/2006 3:23 PM ET
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I second "Citizen Girl" That is by far the WORST book, I can't even believe it was published or that I finished reading it, but I was on this "finish what I start" kick. 

I really liked The Broke Diaries though!



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I didn't like the style which Bridget Jones Diary was written - the journal format.  But I love the movie and story.

 The new email format writting is not good for me either.  Very similiar to the jornal type.

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Yes, yes, yes, Marci!! As I Lay Dying just sucked sewer water, didn't it? Holy crow, how could anyone tell what was going on in that book? I am not a fan of stream-of-consciousness. Shame. I really liked A Light in August by Faulkner.
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Date Posted: 7/18/2006 3:48 PM ET
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I know it's a classic but I couldn't stand "To Kill a Mockingbird".  More recently, "Holy Fools" by Joanne Harris.  I loved her book "Chocolat"!  Holy Fools had me so confused that I dumped it after about the 4th chapter.
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Worst book EVER:

"The Corrections".  It was an Oprah book, but then the author was a smart *** saying he didn't want to be an Oprah book so she pulled her endorsement.  I thought, wow, it must be something.....but it was nothing but a waste of paper!


Other unworthy reads:  "Staggering Work of Hearbreaking Genius" (more like a staggering drag of very little brains);   "The Position" (a book all about a sexual position????);  "The Emperor of Ocean Park" (too long for what the story was...could have cut out about 250 pages and said the same thing).

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Every book I ever tried by E. Hemingway or J. Michener, closely followed by Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie, which was apparently supposed to be funny - yawn......
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Hmm worst books...Dark Prince by Christine Feehan, The Virgin Suicides...I can't remember the author. I also hated She's Come Undone, but I know I am in the minority there. I couldn't stand the main character. Also The Picture of Dorian Gray, I couldn't even finish it.
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Outlander by Diana Galbadon.  I just don't get it.  As a historical novel it starts out interesting but quickly grows tedious.  The heroine is unappealingly dry but the hero is even more undesirable what with his rape, which he appeared not to fight at all.  The heroines "cure" for his issues was the most ludicrious and insulting dreck i've ever read.  I was turned completely off the series.


The Sun Also Rise while well written was full of unappealing navel-gazing young drunks.  I remember wanting to travel to Spain and Paris and thinking how unappreciative the characters were.  They were so self-involved and aimless.  Granted I was young and self-involved and aimless when I read it, so maybe I didn't like looking in the mirror.

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Date Posted: 7/18/2006 7:13 PM ET
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I really didn't like why girls are weird.  I just could not get into it.  It started out okay and then just lost my interest.  I heard my self saying blah blah blah, so I stopped reading it.
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Date Posted: 7/18/2006 8:48 PM ET
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The Bridges of Madison County

The Celestine Prophecy 

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Date Posted: 7/18/2006 10:00 PM ET
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Oh, I totally agree with 2 of you!! I came in here to say the worst was Citizen Girl and 2 other people beat me to it! I was also on the "it might be a great ending so you better finish it especially because you actually bought this one at Borders" kick. I finished it and was so mad that I did! It was horrible!

I have to agree that I LOVED The Broke Diaries, also!!

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It's so interesting to me how many book that make one person's "best " list make another's "worst". It's wonderful when a group of people can appreciate each other in spite of their differing opinions.

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Date Posted: 7/19/2006 1:10 AM ET
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chalkymountain I agree with you...Something Happened is actually the opposite of that book...nothing happens!!

I also agree that The Corrections was bad...another boring, pointless book. 

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Date Posted: 7/19/2006 2:33 AM ET
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The Mermaid Chair - Sue Monk Kidd - BORING
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