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Books I’d Gladly Throw Into the Ocean
I hate when I don’t like a book. When I DNF, I don’t write a review because I feel like I can’t judge that book in its entirety since I didn’t actually read the whole thing. When I do read the whole book, I feel bad giving low ratings. I make sure to include in my review that just because I didn’t like the book, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a shot. It’s all about personal preference, and though I want to be honest, I don’t want to diminish a writer’s work. So while I’m going to list ten books that I either DNFed or read and disliked, don’t immediately count them out — just be warned.
10 Books I’d Gladly Throw Into the Ocean
1. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
This was a DNF for me. I just thought it was horribly boring and not really funny at all. I’m not much of a nonfiction reader, so maybe I’m just not the right audience for this book.
2. The Sandcastle Empire
I received this in an OwlCrate box a few years ago, and after two years of it sitting on my shelf, I finally read it. I was super disappointed. The writing was really bad, the plot was crazy in a bad way, and the ending was rushed. A sad case of interesting premise but a failed execution.
After the beautiful novel that is The Martian, Weir’s Artemis was just plain awful. Even without having read and loved The Martian and not having had those high expectations, Artemis would have fallen flat regardless. The main character is a 26-year-old Arabian female who’s supposedly really smart and witty, but she’s written like a 19-year-old white boy with an ego problem. I’ve read many novels written by white men with female protagonists that I’ve enjoyed or even loved. Artemis is not one of them. Add in the bad dialogue and boring plot, and you’ve got a big flop.
4. The Woman in the Window
Another DNF. I was really hoping to love this because I wanted to watch the film adaptation, but it was slow and boring, and I hated the main character, and I just wanted it to end so I stopped reading it. I assume other people loved it, else it wouldn’t have been made into a film, but it just wasn’t for me.
5. Die for Me
This entire series was painful to read, but I did it for my fiancé. If books 1 and 2 were tolerable, book 3 was just unbearable. The dialogue is crap. The characters are both unrealistic and ridiculous. And the plot is just so unbelievably bad. Also, where books 1 and 2 are in third-person POV, and suddenly book 3 switches to first-person. Why? I don’t understand anything about this book. It’s just bad.
6. Donald Duk
Oh boy. This is an oldie. I read this book in college for my Asian-American lit class and wow was it painful. This was definitely the worst book I’d read in my life at that point (might still be? Not sure).
7. Just One Year
I didn’t want book 1 from Willem’s POV… I wanted a legit sequel. (I thought I did, at least… because Just One Night is no better.) But I didn’t want to read what happened to Willem all that year. It wasn’t necessarily a bad book, it just wasn’t for me, nor was it what I wanted. I don’t know how I didn’t DNF it… I was so bored.
8. In the House in the Dark of the Woods
I love strange books. I love ambiguous stories. But In the House in the Dark of the Woods might have been too strange and too ambiguous for me. I found it to be extremely boring and I never knew what was going on. It felt like one of those crappy B-movie Netflix horror films that are gory and weird and creepy but altogether awful. Did not enjoy it at all.
9. The Catcher in the Rye
I love classic literature, but this one didn’t do it for me. As a huge fan of John Green, I know this is one of his favorite books, so I was like, hell yeah, I’m going to devour this. No. I almost DNFed so many times. It is so boring. I know there’s a point to it all, but I didn’t care enough for it to affect me at all. It’s borderline stream of consciousness from a 16-year-old boy. There’s hardly a plot, and because I hated the main character so much, it’s now one of my least favorite classics.
This story is supposed to be loosely based on the Manson family murders. It’s told in verse, but why? I don’t know. I hated it. Words were repeated over and over, the punctuation was weird, and it was very boring. I read it when I was seventeen and am positive I’d hate it even more now as an adult.
So, though I’d never literally throw a book into the ocean, I’d probably seriously consider it for these ten books. What are some books you’d metaphorically toss into the abyss? Let me know in the Comments, or share the link to your own post!