Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (as always, hosted by the inimitable Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl) is a really interesting idea – what are the top ten books you’ve read and disliked, but are ultimately glad you read anyway? Unfortunately for me and purposes of today’s TTT prompt, if I hate a book, I generally put it down because life is just too short to read books that you hate.
I decided to not include required reading for school on here, and so I could only come up with 5 books for this prompt – I likely could have done 10 if I’d been able to include books I hated in school, but I feel dishonest saying I’m ultimately glad I read them because I am not, and will never be, grateful for A Separate Peace.
So, being a Ravenclaw who is also a not-so-closeted book snob, I decided to go with my own take on the theme: Top 5 Books I Read Just So I Can Intelligently Explain Why They Suck.
- Twilight: do I have to explain this? I don’t think I should have to, but just in case … if you want your kids to enjoy a nice, wholesome story about glorified stalking and teen angst with teenage vampires who set unrealistic boyfriend expectations by sparkling like pavement in the sunlight, look no further.
- 50 Shades: This is Twilight for adults. I cannot even dignify giving it more space on this page.
- Catcher in the Rye: The proto-hipster, Holden Caulfield himself! Possibly the first young adult character to be a Nice Guy, definitely the first YA character to decide he has been friend-zoned, I give you Asshole In A Red Plaid Hat.
- The Fault in Our Stars: I really don’t like John Green’s writing. There, I said it. I did at one point, but the older I’ve gotten, the more he rubs me the wrong way. He writes teenagers with the vocabulary of a 50 year old, and there are plenty out there who do talk like that – myself included, 15 years ago or so – but damn, I can only take so much glorification of illness and Lurlene McDaniel-esque “we’re soulmates 5ever even though I have a horrible disease that will kill me any day now,” ugh. And the thing about the unlit cigarettes? Oh come on.
- Eat, Pray, Love: This is like Wild, but bad. I will always secretly despise anything or anyone that suggests the way to fix your problems is to go find yourself in another country. Some of us have debt, Karen. Anyway, this woman goes on a journey to discover herself and ultimately does so by … finding a man. I feel like that’s the opposite of what should have happened.
Is this controversial? Probably! Do you hate me now? Let me know in the comments!