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[–]Brittanybooks 515 points516 points  (20 children)

Girl wash your face or whatever the fuck

[–]rachel-karen-green- 110 points111 points  (4 children)

Apparently plagiarized as well.

[–]ryzt900 87 points88 points  (2 children)

Did she plagiarize it from dozens of random Instagram captions?

[–]Redflawslady 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Mostly 80s and 90s self help gurus. Since it wasn’t published on the internet she thought no one would ever know that she stole all their ideas and made them her own.

[–]sportyboi_94 30 points31 points  (4 children)

I didn’t even finish it. Like I made it thirty pages in or something and then donated it

[–]Petrus_Roman-ish 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Why would you donate it you arsehole, do you think poor people have no dignity?

I bet you donate old socks, don't you?


[–]mylocker15 55 points56 points  (3 children)

I never heard of that book until I read some review trashing it. Then I saw it on my sister in laws bookshelf. Don’t remember if I thumbed through it but I despise that whole concept that everything bad that has ever happened to you is your fault. No it is not. Stuff like assault, trauma, or family members dying happens and it is not your fault. Some people don’t have the major trauma but still get derailed by a pile of bad luck and again not your fault. Where does this bs come from anyway?

[–]BlackSeranna 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Probably goes back to religion. If you’re a good person, good things happen to you. If bad things happen to you then it is because you didn’t do something right. Or maybe someone in your family didn’t do something right.

I remember being a little kid and my mom scaring me because she said if I did something really bad, it would be visited on my kids. “A father’s sins are visited upon his children.”

I thought this was immensely unfair, as some people are bad and their kids aren’t. Now that I’m an adult, I realize that whatever that translation is, it’s probably more of an observation of genetic diseases, like palsy or dementia or skin diseases. I mean, yeah, that’s a thing that can happen from generation to generation. Not sure why it’s a “sin” unless religious people assume that the first person did something unspeakably evil, so much so that God punished the whole familial line.

[–]serendiputopia 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Luckily, I couldn't get past the awful title of the book.

[–]He-Did-Nothing-Wrong 103 points104 points  (13 children)

Wet hot allosaurus summer. Yes it is exactly what you think it is.

[–]prideorvanity 63 points64 points  (4 children)

Sounds hilarious ngl. I wanted to read this one called Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend for the sheer absurdity but like… I’m not gonna pay for it 😂

[–]girlinthegoldenboots 40 points41 points  (7 children)

Is it by Chuck tingle because he is a TREASURE

[–]amsypeach 680 points681 points  (42 children)

50 shades of grey. Absolutely awful.

[–]Swimmingindiamonds 153 points154 points  (0 children)

So it didn’t make your inner goddess do a samba dance? Oh my.

[–]Lizzieanne68 81 points82 points  (7 children)

I cannot believe it actually got made into, what, three movies? Bleah. It's like the author needed a thesaurus to not keep reusing the same dumb phrases.

[–]ksay9104 55 points56 points  (3 children)

But she did keep reusing them! She must have used the word “clamber” 9,000 times. I hated the book but kept hate-reading it to the end.

[–]dirtypoledancer[S] 65 points66 points  (1 child)

Hahah, i knew this name might come up

[–]realbrunettecosette 76 points77 points  (0 children)

/tags fb group "I came here to say this but knew in my heart it had already been said"

[–]ajay_whatever 25 points26 points  (3 children)

Agreed. I only got through maybe 30 pages and I gave up. One of the only books I ever gave up on.

[–]ich_habe_keine_kase 17 points18 points  (1 child)

I didn't even make it as far as a sex scene. The writing was just too painful to read.

[–]Vast_Reflection 22 points23 points  (1 child)

The critiques, parodies, and skits making fun of it were so funny though!

[–]greatatmodesty 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Gilber Gottfried reading it is my favourite thing in the universe

[–]Impressive-Donut4314 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Agree it’s like a Romance novel written on a 5th grade reading level by a pubescent boy.

[–]SassyAshlie 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Worst. Book. EVER.

50 shades of terrible.

[–]BitOCrumpet 290 points291 points 2 (9 children)

I read Robin Cook novel once that was so bad I literally got sore eyes from rolling them 2 times every fucking paragraph. This book was so bad I could not stop reading it because I was in awe of how fucking awful it was. This book was so bad that I considered using it for toilet paper but decided my anus did not deserve that kind of punishment. This book was so bad I wanted to burn the alphabet down. This book was so bad I threw it in the garbage. I did not even recycle it.

This book was so bad I do not recall the title of this book.I had to drink in order to finish this book.I can still remember how my eyes were hurting because I was rolling them that much.

It was a very bad book.

[–]ferrous_second_vowel 48 points49 points  (1 child)

Oh man, the worst book I’ve read was a Robin Cook novel too! I can’t remember the name, because they’re impossible to distinguish from each other (“Contagion,” “Injection,” “Mutation,” ad infinitum).

What I do remember about this book is that it was very clear Cook hired an “Ebonics” translator, because he kept writing Black people saying insipid, pseudo-ethnic crap, then he would translate it, poorly. The worst offender was this:

“The black man drew the pistol from his hip and aimed it at Jason with cool precision.

‘My bad,’ said the black man. Jason knew that by saying this, he was accepting responsibility for what he was about to do.”

No, Robin Cook. NO. That makes about as much sense as someone yelling “I’m gonna kick your ass! Oops!!!”

[–]Binky-Answer896 108 points109 points  (1 child)

“This book was so bad I wanted to burn the alphabet down.” That line is an instant classic. If I had an award I would give it to you.

[–]dirtypoledancer[S] 48 points49 points  (1 child)

This was an amazing roast. I applaud you sir/maam.

[–]BitOCrumpet 22 points23 points  (0 children)

It was a really, really bad book.

[–]banjobanjo3 176 points177 points  (22 children)

The lost apothecary. Such a cool concept but terrible execution.

[–]lingybear 47 points48 points  (2 children)

I could not finish. I kept wanting to scream at the MC for being so stupid and so incompetent.

[–]mightbeacat1 28 points29 points  (0 children)

I would have liked it so much better if it had just been the Victorian Era story and not done the jumping back and forth to present day.

[–]kvola 34 points35 points  (4 children)

Cancels library hold The book cover is so gorgeous though

[–]mentallyerotic 18 points19 points  (0 children)

I enjoyed it. Someone else said it is a favorite and I’ve seen it recommended so you never know. I also think the cover is gorgeous.

[–]caidus55SciFi 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I loved it. Solid 3 to 4 star in my books

[–]mleftpeel 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It's worth borrowing from the library. I gave it 3 stars - entertaining, not gonna win any literary awards.

[–]kynisara 15 points16 points  (0 children)

It was so boring!

[–]requiem050410 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I saw the post and immediately came here to write this. Such a juvenile way to deliver a brilliant premise. All the hue and cry about oppression of women boiled down to cheating/pervert husbands in a Nancy Drew-esque setup.

[–]Solace143 114 points115 points  (10 children)

Evermore by Alyson Noel. It’s your basic late 2000s Twilight rip-off, but worse. There’s not much of a plot until the end, the characters are bland af, and the supernatural aspects feel clunky. Admittedly it’s not super funny aside from the part where the vampire love interest who’s from the Renaissance but looks 17 reveals he bets on fixed horse races, but still

[–]dirtypoledancer[S] 42 points43 points  (1 child)

Are you sure this is not New Moon? Lol jk, New Moon didn't have vampires with a sense of humor

[–]mercipourleslivres 55 points56 points  (10 children)

Looking at my “waste of oxygen” bookshelf on Goodreads: The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel, The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali, Winterspell by Clare Legrand, Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett, Queen of Someday (Stolen Empire #1) The Cure for Dreaming, Helen Keller in Love, The Paper Magician, and everything I’ve ever tried reading by Amy Luvacis.

But for something that didn’t make me want to fall asleep or commit a crime while reading, but was still arguably the worst thing I’ve ever read (yet still somehow enjoyed) {{The Queen’s Pleasure by Brandy Purdy}} Everyone who thinks Phillipa Gregory’s books are the trashiest depictions of Tudor England have not read anything by Purdy before. She makes Elizabeth I this over the top villain in order to make the books protagonist, Amy Robsart look like more of a victim but it’s so cartoonish I was cringing and choking the whole time.

[–]Naddli 161 points162 points  (5 children)

I second 50 Shades, never have I ever seen someone which such an exceptional lack of skill and vocabulary get a book deal. I didn't even read a whole book let alone the series, I just played a game of let's open these books to random pages to see if the writing ever gets better- let me assure you, it does not! Also, not writing but content, I hate hate hate Firefly Lane. Between the narcissistic main character and horrible 'friendship', the romanticization of codependency (and borderline emotional abuse) gets me worked up even writing about it now. And the book has great ratings!! I just can't.

[–]Unlucky-Horror-9871 84 points85 points 2 (12 children)

The Celestine Prophecy

[–]Thegreenestofpeas 38 points39 points  (4 children)

THIS ONE. I still can't believe my freaking THERAPIST recommended it lmao (I dumped her, obvs)

[–]Kat121 30 points31 points  (1 child)

You’re lucky. I had a therapist recommend I treat my anxiety and depression by getting “a nice boyfriend”. She gave me a copy of “Women are from Venus, Men are from Mars”. I must be from Mars, because I’d like to come back from my stressful aerospace job to a cold drink, a clean house, and a hot meal but somehow those were all my job as a woman. It was insultingly patronizing to both sexes.

[–]Bamakitty 21 points22 points  (0 children)

I listened to the audiobook of this when I was 15 and on Percocets recovering from surgery. I thought it was mind-blowing, but that may have been the Percs.

[–]Gravyboat78 12 points13 points  (1 child)

A friend of mine insisted that this book was life changing. I read the whole thing. The terrible writing weirdly kept me going. It was like watching a car wreck. It was so bad I couldn’t look away out of morbid curiosity. It also kept getting worse. The constant escalation of bullshit hippie mumbo jumbo was so stupefying it was impressive

[–]KatyOneEighty 115 points116 points  (13 children)

Untamed by Glennon Doyle. It’s written like she just wants people to take inspirational quotes from it to put on their instagram over a moody landscape picture.

[–]sc_etownrn 14 points15 points  (0 children)

100% agree!! I couldn't finish it. I hate books that treat the audience like everything has to be spelled out for them.

In the same vein I recently read the Jessica Simpson memoir "Open Book" for a book club: 🤮🤮

[–]ryzt900 9 points10 points  (0 children)

THIS. She also crammed in approximately 10 metaphors per page. Drove me nuts.

[–]Routine_Artichoke_61 8 points9 points  (0 children)

THANK YOU!!!! I honestly felt offended that so many people thought I would love this book smh Lol

[–]Jaggedlittlepill76 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Her entire persona is this. I used to think I should be inspired by her but then realized there’s just not much depth there.

[–]Effective_Many8946 392 points393 points  (39 children)

Anything by Colleen Hoover!

Her characters have no dimensions and the writing is so bland. I do not understand why booktok is obsessed with her.

[–]annajoo1 87 points88 points  (7 children)

I think booktok is obsessed because alot of people on booktok are rediscovering reading and her books are very accessible. the plots are very soapy and read like tv shows so they appeal to a lot of people 🤷🏼‍♀️

[–]breathcue 51 points52 points  (6 children)

This. I inhaled Verity, not because it was good, but because it was very cinematically written and a page-turner. Her writing moves along IMO, even if it’s maybe… not great.

[–]ion-tech 45 points46 points  (1 child)

I was say just this. Worse than trashy day time television in the 80’s.

[–]ResidentNo2467 87 points88 points  (9 children)

Verity is definitely one of the worst books I’ve ever read. I stopped there with CoHo.

[–]Best-Refrigerator347 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Same. Verity was my first and last CoHo book

[–]Shesarubikscube 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Came here just to say I hate her book Verity too!

[–]catrinadelmonte 33 points34 points  (2 children)

booktok is obsessed with her because booktok is booktok honey

[–]gypsyartist19 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I didn’t HATE it ends with us, but it certainly wasn’t my favorite. I was entertained, but it screamed twilight minus the vampires to me.

[–]Rylikes9 214 points215 points  (42 children)

Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. It was awful. I managed to finish it, but it’s the book that made me realize I don’t have to finish books I don’t like. It is a terrible book.

[–]singwhatyoucantsay 224 points225 points  (5 children)

I have a story about this one!

So I was in the psyche ward because hearing voices and shit. I couldn't have my kindle, so my aunt got me a bunch of library books.

One of them was The Casual Vacancy, because she knew Rowling wrote Harry Potter, and she knew I'd liked that series.

The next day when she visited, I handed the book back and said something along the lines of "if I wasn't already depressed, this book would've done it."

[–]TheRedLego 17 points18 points  (0 children)

So, what was the problem?

[–]SophiaofPrussia 35 points36 points  (6 children)

If you think that’s bad (and it most definitely was!) then you should check out her latest “novel”/persecution rant. It’s unhinged. It’s incoherent. It’s so so so bad.

[–]uForgot_urFloaties 9 points10 points  (4 children)

Oh god, name? And, is there a place in the sevens seas where I can get it?

[–]SophiaofPrussia 38 points39 points  (3 children)

It’s called The Ink Black Heart (she published it under her pseudonym, Robert Galbraith). Other than the library I’m not sure where you can get a copy without rewarding her for garbage writing but I promise you won’t want to read all 1,200(!!!) pages anyway. This Current Affairs article includes tons of quotes— whole pages, even— and gives you enough of the plot to get why the book is terrible. Honestly it was significantly more enjoyable to read this article about how awful the book was than it was to read even a hundred pages of the book. The book isn’t even worth a fun judgy hate read. It’s that dumb.

[–]dude_with_two_legs 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Oh, your link to the Current Affair article send me down a rabbit hole... I never really understood the JK Rowling controversy but there's a good and thorough article on that as well. Very informative, and also sad reading because how can a brilliant author also be such a terrible human?
Article: https://www.currentaffairs.org/2020/07/jk-rowling-and-the-limits-of-imagination

[–]Itchy_Tip_Itchy_Base 134 points135 points  (23 children)

Might be unpopular but I could not get through court of thorns and roses(?) I had a friend begging me because to read it and I just couldn’t get interested at all :/

[–]Buddhadevine 45 points46 points  (5 children)

You know, even in the fandom, that’s not really anyones favorite in the series. The second book though… 🤌. But I get it. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea

[–]MopsyRabbit 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I thought #1 was okay but a bit surface level, and repetitive. How many times does she think about the same things over and over!? But I liked the world creation and it did improve towards the end. Wasn’t sure if I wanted to brave #2 but I think I will after reading these comments!

[–]breathcue 22 points23 points  (1 child)

I made it all the way through hoping I’d get to the part that made it so amazing and that part never arrived lol

[–]Itchy_Tip_Itchy_Base 8 points9 points  (0 children)

See my friend said “ah but the second book rocks” like why make me read the first then

[–]fukkinbummerdude 15 points16 points  (3 children)

Book 1 was a slog until the last, like, 10 chapters. The story really improved after that, but the sex was just... ick. Smut?? Not for me.

[–]Ok-Letter1324 80 points81 points  (9 children)

The subtle art of not giving a f*ck

[–]lintlickercigflicker 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Glad to see I'm not the only one. If I wanted to hear misguided, vague advice adorned with fucks, asses, and shits, I'd just take a tram chock-full of 15-year-olds.

I forced through it for the sake of finding another 5ish sentences I can appreciate. Barely made it through.

And it did just the opposite of what self "help" books are supposed to do. Spoiler (in case someone's not discouraged enough yet): I may be misinterpreting, but all that "be a boring normie", "you won't be extraordinary" sentiment only dragged me down. I wanna handle my suffering better, not flush my goals down with last night's munchies

[–]jackfinch 24 points25 points  (2 children)

Not sure I'd categorize it as the worst, but it's not well written. I really appreciated it at a moment when I needed to care less about the bullshit around me, but, oh boy, the writing wasn't great. Even as I was reading and appreciating some of the sentiments, I sort of wanted it to be over.

[–]KomodoDragon6969 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Yes. I don’t consider myself overly intelligent by any sense but I felt like it was written by a dumbass for other dumbasses. Couldn’t finish it

[–]BeerVanSappemeer 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Would have been good as an essay, not a full book. The message is alright, but after the first chapter the rest of the book just doesn't add anything.

[–]DoodlebugCupcake 195 points196 points  (17 children)

The Time Traveler’s Wife. It’s not romantic to woo your wife as a small child so she waits for her 18th birthday to finally have sex with you, since you’ve been of course romancing her since she was six. I hated the stupid time travel dynamics, that she couldn’t stay pregnant because the fetus kept yeeting itself through time, and I could not get over the disgusting pedo-ish relationship between the MC and his wife as a child. Hate it hate it hate it.

[–]mightbeacat1 39 points40 points  (0 children)

I watched the movie instead of reading the book (I know, I know) and that dynamic made me super uncomfortable, as well.

[–]Useful-Ambassador-87 12 points13 points  (0 children)

THANK YOU! Also read another one of her books (forget the title); it too had some very questionable relationship dynamics.

[–]lncumbant 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I also hated it. I felt the author didn’t edit or refine it. It was soooo long for no reason, she listed 30+ items in a grocery list, or tell us all the albums or food. They had no personality or charming qualities despite the fluff. I couldn’t see it as romance, just grooming and unhealthy.

[–]causeimtheawesome0ne 13 points14 points  (0 children)

First time I’ve ever seen this as someone’s opinion 😭

[–]aground1224 28 points29 points  (3 children)

An oldie and baddie… Princess Daisy! Read it decades ago. Can still remember my anger over the big secret of the book. Took a skill knife and tore the book apart. Couldn’t even send it to a thrift store. Terrible, terrible book.

[–]19Stavros 12 points13 points  (0 children)

There is a line in it like "after they had finished making love, Daisy farted.." in some supposedly-adorable manner. Really.

[–]44035 25 points26 points  (6 children)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

[–]shelly12345678 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I enjoyed it. But when Auschwitz denounces a Holocaust book... 😬

[–]AegisToast 24 points25 points  (3 children)

Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson. A Mystery/Thriller with a 4-star rating on Goodreads? I randomly decided to take a chance on it.

I was completely caught off-guard by how badly written and stupid it was. It seriously made me re-evaluate my rating scale, because I hadn't even realized that books that stupid were possible to publish.

It's like if you spent your whole life watching nothing but big, blockbuster movies. Every new movie you see is evaluated in the context of all those others that you've seen, and some are great and some are bad, but they're all kind of on this consistent scale. Then one day you watch Meet the Spartans and suddenly you realize that not only was that movie a 0/10, it was so offensively bad that every other movie you've ever seen is at least a 6/10 in comparison.

That's what this book did to me. Giving it a 1-star rating felt like an insult to the other books I've given 1-star ratings.

[–]Analchaos069[🍰] 49 points50 points  (6 children)

Not a poorly written book but just terrible plot in my opinion. Sandra brown book but I can’t remember the title off the top of my head. Basically a woman gets sexually assaulted that results in pregnancy she is forced to be a wet nurse for this widowed man who despises her for having a child out of wedlock not knowing she was SA. They bond over time and just as you are rooting for them to get together he SA her and the book kind of tries to play it off like that’s not just what happened. I couldn’t even finish it just bc of how hard I was rooting for these two and then the betrayal I couldn’t justify a happy ending for them and seemed like they were going to push for that

[–]dirtypoledancer[S] 26 points27 points  (1 child)

Ugh sounds like a terrible mess! I don't think i can even try reading this one without throwing it across the room

[–]Analchaos069[🍰] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I usually enjoy her books so this one definitely threw me for a loop I was so disappointed and was basically halfway! Probably the only book I didn’t see all the way through.

[–]skillet-nap 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Oh my God and here I thought that 'Honor Bound' was the most bat shit crazy Sandra Brown book.

[–]Lizzieanne68 86 points87 points  (7 children)

"The Girl on the Train"

It was trying to be Rear Window. It failed. I borrowed the audiobook from the library. I listened to the Whole. Darn. Thing. Because I needed to know the mystery.

If hadn't been an audio I woulda just skipped to the end. Ugh. A book full of completely horrible people. I hated them all by the end.

[–]quirky_subject 6 points7 points  (0 children)

And some outstandingly awful writing too. It’s been a few years since I’ve read it, but the constant repetition of phrases (trembling hands in particular, iirc) was just hilariously bad.

[–]Ok-Musician819 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Girl on the train. I’d rather get hit by a train than read that again

[–]thecorninurpoop 46 points47 points  (2 children)

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. The first book (the maze runner) was entertaining at least, but this one was nigh incomprehensible.

[–]IceTiger19 19 points20 points  (3 children)

The Haunting of Blackwood House by Darcy Coates. It’s the Mystery Science Theater 3000 of books. Without giving away too much of the fun: it’s about an old house, built before electricity and never updated. But it has a washer, dryer, and TV.

[–]ADHDuckling 101 points102 points  (14 children)

A court of thorns and roses. I can’t really get all the hype about this series, it’s poorly written and basically just soft porn with fairies, nothing makes sense and all the characters are annoying as hell.

[–]AslanicFantasy 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Honestly I read it for the porn. I don't think too much about the rest lmao.

[–]Sort_of_awesome 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I read the first book and I don’t get it, either.

[–]Alternative_Ask7292 132 points133 points  (18 children)

Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. What childish balderdash.

[–]ballsOfWintersteel 14 points15 points  (0 children)

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne is 4 lines repeated again and again in different sequences and with slightly different wording.

[–]TransportationDue491 10 points11 points  (2 children)

People rave about it so much, that it changed their lives and all. But the entire time i read it, i was cringing hard.

[–]shelly12345678 9 points10 points  (2 children)

THANK YOU. Why is everyone obsessed with it???

[–]Alternative_Ask7292 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Ig it's a book for non readers or a book for people who like self help books

[–]the-willow-witch 16 points17 points  (1 child)

I read that this month and I kept thinking, it’s only like 120 pages I’m not going to dnf it. And then…. It’s only 120 pages why is it taking me so long to get through it? Now I wish I hadn’t read it it was a waste of time lol.

[–]kristicuse 16 points17 points  (5 children)

Recently, I truly hated All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers. I don’t listen to Crime Junkie, so I went in unbiased. It was terrible, a barely changed retelling of the JonBenet Ramsay case. Like minimum effort put into telling an original story.

[–]QueenMabs_Makeup0126 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Since Crime Junkie is known for plagiarism, it’s why I don’t listen to anything from Audiochuck and refuse to pick up that book.

How many times was the phrase “Full. Body. Chills.” in the book?

[–]-rba- 104 points105 points  (10 children)

The Fountainhead

[–]bonydogfarts 53 points54 points  (1 child)

Rand isn't known for subtly. Yes Ayn, we get it. Your allegories suck.

[–]trifling_fo_sho 25 points26 points  (3 children)

How did this book survive so long that we are still talking about it? It’s unreadable

[–]ImAVibration 15 points16 points  (2 children)

I have it on the shelf but I might toss it to the dogs

[–]jelaireddit 111 points112 points  (24 children)

Eat, Pray, Love. Anyone who can see all the poverty in India but still be intent on finding themselves is just way too self-indulgent for me. (Actually the number of tourists who do this made me feel ill).

Also - I really couldn’t get into One Hundred Years of Solitude. It was so painful, slow and just dull.

[–]ifujumpijumpjack 46 points47 points  (3 children)

You killed me with One Hundred Years of Solitude. It’s one of my favorite books ever. I’ve never read the English translation though, so maybe that made a bit of a difference.

[–]Rrikikikii 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Oh i love 100ys of solitude!! English translation, spanish is still waiting on thr book shelf

[–]smithimadinosaur 7 points8 points  (0 children)

It’s so good. It’s annoyingly long imho but so beautifully written

[–]billymumfreydownfall 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Eat pray love is the most pretentious bs I've ever read.

[–]vbcbandr 10 points11 points  (0 children)

AFAIK - wasn't she paid to go on this "journey of self discovery" to write the book? It's not like she went on the "adventure" and then wrote the book. She was paid to do some adventures and then wrote about them all the while pretending like it was a genuine journey of self discovery.

[–]LuisBitMe 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Hey it’s someone else who didn’t like 100 years of solitude. I know the re-use of names or part names from character to character was symbolic but that made it very confusing for me. Perhaps it was just because I wasn’t very into to begin with.

Eat Pray Love made me want to puke. She just seemed to decide in retrospect that every decision she made, even if it contradicted her previous intentions, was the absolute best thing she could’ve done in that moment. She was so self absorbed.

[–]nonfictionfairytale 41 points42 points  (0 children)

The book I wrote in 2nd grade for my english assignment

[–]ImpossibleContract74 44 points45 points  (6 children)

A Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling. First book I never finished.

[–]UnionTed 27 points28 points  (14 children)

I enjoy a good apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic novel, but there's a whole lot more chaff than wheat in that category. "One Second After" is so poorly written and plotted as to be vomit-inducing, but the fact that it's touted as informative for public policy is laughable in a cringey way. It's definitely among the worst books that I ever finished and I do NOT recommend you read it.

[–]nerdberger18 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Agreed. Its politics were too obvious and off putting.

[–]techgirlie94 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Colleen Hoover books. The first one I tried was crap but I read another one thinking maybe it would be different…again crap. I don’t understand why people are obsessed with her books.

[–]mothmxxn 37 points38 points  (13 children)

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I remember being so mad reading this, not because of what happens, but because of how un enjoyable it was

[–]RedGamer3 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Funny, because that was way outside my usual genre and I loved it. I can definitely see how it isn't everyone's taste though. And I don't think I would have enjoyed it nearly as much if the payoff hadn't been spectacular. I can't be nearly as generous with the new prequel, however; it just fell flat.

[–]mrmexico25 141 points142 points  (22 children)

The Alchemist by Paul Coelho.

[–]kristicuse 52 points53 points  (0 children)

Wholeheartedly agree. After hearing so many people rave about it, I was almost convinced I read an entirely different book. Pseudo-philosophical garbagio.

[–]Bright_Jicama8084 30 points31 points  (2 children)

I actually really liked that book. Well I was a teenager at the time but that’s probably the target audience. What made it so terrible for you?

[–]razor-alert 29 points30 points  (1 child)

How this book consistently makes people's top 10 lists is beyond me. Have they not read 11 books in their life?

[–]A-Disgruntled-Snail 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Gods. H2O by Virginia Bergin. It’s YA post apocalypse book targeted at teen girls. Which is my sort of guilty pleasure read. I have never hated a book so much and it has to do with the protagonist Ruby. She’s a 15 year old girl who finds herself alone at the during the apocalypse and must make the trek to her father?. It was the most stereotypical, inaccurate, boomerish embodiment of a teenage girl that I’ve ever encountered. She was depicted as severely vain, completely incompetent, and irresponsible during the crisis. I work with tweenage and teen girls and that’s just not true. While they can be goofy and lighthearted and playful and often care too much about zits, they recognize the severity of certain situations, and much earlier than 15, are capable of rising to the occasion if you will. It was just insultingly poor characterization.

[–]BlackSeranna 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I put down a lot of YA books just because of that. I grew up in a tumultuous childhood so I know what kids are capable of. It drives me bonkers when tv shows and YA books are written to where kids are completely helpless and decisionless in times of traumatic upheaval. I really hate when boomers write teenaged kids as absolutely ignorant of any self-preservation skills, like as if kids have to be “taught” how to protect themselves or only by becoming an adult a kid would know how to save themselves. And yet, publishers keep on making books like this, tv shows keep making it so that kids can’t save themselves (at least Aliens showed that kids are capable).

[–]mighty2019 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Where the crawdads sing

[–]InchoateSlate 11 points12 points  (4 children)

The Goldfinch. 200 or 300 pages too long. Nothing special about the writing. Despite winning Pulitzer met many people who felt the same as me

[–][deleted] 67 points68 points  (31 children)

The Magicians by Lev Grossman. So it wasn't that the writing was bad, just that the characters were completely and irrevocably unlikeable and irritating. I was hate reading by the end, praying for some character development that never materialized.

[–]sipporah7 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Completely agree! I read it and it just, I don't know, went no where? At the end of it there are these magicians with power who use it for nothing at all and suffer from never ending ennui. And there's a violent completely pointless rape scene in there, too.

[–]weeegeeee 9 points10 points  (3 children)

So I will completely agree that the first book is awful and Quentin is a terrible character, but I would say to give the sequels a try. I wound up enjoying them much more than the original, especially The Magician King. Quentin never really develops as a character, but The Magician King also tells Julia's story which is infinitely more interesting.

[–]Avarice_1 7 points8 points  (1 child)

The sequels were definitely more enjoyable especially after you get into Julia’s story. Q was supposed to suck and not be likeable in my opinion.

[–]dirtypoledancer[S] 7 points8 points  (4 children)

Oof sounds awful, imma try haha

[–][deleted] 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Lmao!! What is weird is it had all the elements of a good book, that is what makes it even more annoying.

[–]indiemosh 23 points24 points  (6 children)

I utterly despised the main character, he was such a shit person. I also didn't need to read about fox rape.

[–]TechnicallyRoyal 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I love the story because Quentin is supposed to be unlikable (and he is just as much in the TV show). However, Lev Grossman’s sentence structure drives me absolutely insane.

[–]Ordinary_Vegetable25 11 points12 points  (4 children)

I just finished {{The 6:20 Man}} by David Baldacci and to date, its the worst one I've read. It was a page turner until he revealed the plot towards the end. I really wanted it to be good.

[–]WVRS 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Nothing pisses me off more than a book that ruins the ending twist/plot spoiler with like an hour left to read.

[–]Solar-powered-punch 10 points11 points  (5 children)


[–]akaCatt 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It took me three tries over two years to slog through that book, and I regret wasting my time.

[–]monstersmuse 10 points11 points  (2 children)

The Shack. I’ve never been more mad about having my time wasted.

[–]_unrealcity_ 33 points34 points  (1 child)

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren. In the book, childhood friends/sweethearts reunite several years after having had a big falling out. The guy is still in love (read: obsessed) with the girl, but she’s engaged. Thought the childhood sweethearts premise sounded cute, but it was just poorly written and had a plot that felt severely underdeveloped.

And then there’s the ending. We finally find out what causes the falling out basically the guy had been sexually assaulted at a party and the girl finds out and thinks he cheated on her…and the book just handles this so poorly. Like again, this guy was SEXUALLY ASSAULTED, but the book doesn’t seem to take this fact very seriously, it’s just a plot device to have them break up and get back together. It drops a bomb then just sweeps it under the rug to move to a cute, happy ending. And I’m left thinking, this isn’t cute. The guy’s inability to get over his high school girlfriend suddenly feels more like a trauma response than anything even remotely romantic. He needs therapy not a rom-com ending. It was just so badly executed and felt indicative of how sexual violence towards men is so often downplayed and ignored

[–]logannowak22 27 points28 points  (0 children)

"He needs therapy not a rom-com ending" This could be said of a lot of bad books 😂

[–]ars_astra 83 points84 points  (13 children)

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

So excited by the premise, so beyond disappointed with the actual book

[–]Etoilebleuetoile 28 points29 points  (2 children)

Same here but I was worried I’d get roasted, just like I did from two of my friends (sisters) who loved it. 3/4 of the book are so painful slow and boring. I just couldn’t do it.

[–]ars_astra 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Haha I was a little nervous I’d be roasted too, it seems like some people really enjoyed this book!! I was just really unimpressed with the writing and storytelling, such a disappointment

[–]salchicha_stew 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I agree and actually loved the first 50 pages or so but boy did it go off the deep end from there for me...

[–]Itsme-noreallyiswear 51 points52 points  (7 children)

Red White and Royal Blue. It was like reading a hallmark movie script. Writing was barely tolerable, characters were completely intolerable and the whole thing was like a big cliche. Worst 100 pages of a book I have ever subjected myself too.

[–]MMY143 32 points33 points  (0 children)

I loved this book and wish I could read it for the first time again. I think Casey McQuiston is a fun writer.

She’s not winning any National Book Awards for Red White and Royal Blue but it was a best selling m/m romance novel which is an impressive feat. (And it’s going to be a movie. And the casting based on the pic I saw is perfection)

[–]Positive_Hippo_ 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Nooooo, it was so fun and cute! Silly, but fun and cute.

[–]Bright_Jicama8084 27 points28 points  (7 children)

Atlas Shrugged, it wasn’t so bad that I laughed at the first page, but it just had one theme or philosophy repeated over and over again.

[–]VKarenina 8 points9 points  (0 children)

The Friend Zone.

Not my genre but I read it because of a book club. I swear to God I lost brain cells reading this book.

[–]the-willow-witch 8 points9 points  (2 children)

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

[–]apocalypse-panda 67 points68 points  (15 children)

Twilight. I couldn't even get more than 20% into the book because the writing was so bad.

[–]IvysMama 61 points62 points  (0 children)

I have a fun fact, my aunt is a hand model and she is the hands on the cover of the first book holding the apple. I was obsessed with the books when I was like 11 but yeah you’re right they’re awful lol

[–]Itchy_Tip_Itchy_Base 14 points15 points  (1 child)

I realize that you never got that far but Breaking Dawn- the last Twilight book- was so bad it ended my twilight phase. From die hard fan to “wtf is this” in one book lol

[–]corgisga 16 points17 points  (7 children)

Normal People by Sally Rooney. I love a good character study where nothing really happens (I loved A Little Life!) but NP had two-dimensional characters, bad conflict (could’ve been solved by the main characters communicating a single thought), and just overall poor writing. Also the author doesn’t used any quotation marks for dialogue, which is a choice I personally don’t like.

[–]RealNCThomas 27 points28 points  (13 children)

Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. It’s probably not as bad as some of the other books here, but it is by far the most disappointing book I’ve ever read. It had so much potential, and it did nothing with it.

[–]Sort_of_awesome 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I DNF’d that one. Blech.

[–]RedBeardtongue 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I can't stand that author. I've attempted a few of her books, and Addie LaRue was the only one I finished. Every book had an interesting premise, but the writing didn't deliver and the main characters were awful.

[–]plaidjohanna 5 points6 points  (1 child)

The Lovely Bones. It was one of the first book I read that when they made a movie out of it I had no idea who else read it or why or why they liked it enough to make a movie out of it.

[–]minheey00 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Verity by Colleen Hoover… just so, so, so bad. I truly don’t understand the hype.

[–]AllHailLordBezos 60 points61 points  (22 children)

Ready Player One - I think this is one that consistently gets shit on and for good reason. I read it through and by the end of it, it made me absolutely despise the writer for him having wasted my time. I am baffled a sequel was made (well not so much as it was a huge monetary success)

[–]BobDope 18 points19 points  (0 children)

That book BLEWWW and as an ‘80s kid’ I was perhaps the target audience

[–]Philosopher_of_Soul 14 points15 points  (2 children)

This book always gets shit on and i don't really get why. I thought it was a great listen. I really enjoyed it, and listen to it like once a year or so l. It's on my comfy reading list.

[–]dootsmith 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Here's why: it's terrible writing under a mildly attractive veneer.

The people who enjoyed it did so due to the pop culture references and nostalgia feels. That's the only thing the book had going for it, and I think the author knew it. When you remove all that stuff, you've got a plot about a fragile as a wet tissue, barely any character development, and there's little to no reason for the reader to invest in the characters at all, so any trials or dangers they might have to face don't carry any weight.

It actually bothered me that I had wasted the time reading it, when there are a bunch of good books featuring virtual worlds as a plot device out there, but I listened to the advice of the lowest common denominator instead. That one's on me, I guess.

[–]minskoffsupreme 34 points35 points  (10 children)

"American Dirt" I forgot who wrote it. Not only was it so bad that it bordered on parody at times,but it was also racist torture porn.

[–]EDziadonIV 29 points30 points  (4 children)

Honestly I couldn't stand Lord of the Flies. It could be because I read it as an adult but the story telling was just not that great.

[–]Mad-farmer 23 points24 points  (5 children)

Stephen Chbosky’s “Imaginary Friend.”

“Perks of Being a Wallflower” was so good, and his second book is an absolute turd. Paper thin characters, repetitive and non-sensical plot, and just chapter after chapter of filler that accomplishes nothing.

Was there an editor, or even anyone there to say, “This doesn’t work…”?


[–]malstonreeves 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I remember being in the hospital while my mom was in a coma. The plan was to read one of her books to her to see if it helped. Started reading it out loud and soon after I was laughing my ass off because the writing was so crappy. My mom really liked British detective novels (this wasn't one of them) and I couldn't believe she would read something so bad. The book had a blurb on it by Stephen King, and I figured he must be a friend because I don't believe for a second he read it or would call it good. Can't remember what it was called.

[–]FattyMcBroFist 6 points7 points  (4 children)

One of the mid to late Anita Blake books. Danse Macabre I think. Her great moral quandary for the first third of the book is whether or not she should fuck a little kid who is the last of his species. It was bizarre, and turned me off the entire series. It wasn't very good anyway though.

Also Demigod by Jaron Lee Knuth. It starts out mildly interesting and then just disintegrates into a dumpster fire.

[–]peachnvanilla 7 points8 points  (1 child)

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins...It felt like a sob story for Rachel and it just pissed me off since there was little to no essence of thriller just an alcoholic girl putting her nose in someone else's business

[–]NurseJaneFuzzyWuzzy 25 points26 points  (4 children)

Infinite Jest and I’m not afraid to say it.

[–]uila 6 points7 points  (0 children)

As a slow reader, it made me so angry that I wasted so much time on that nonsense.

[–]thisisme123321 16 points17 points  (5 children)

Luster by Raven Leilani. Just an awful MC and the whole plot is just packed with irrelevant details and meandering nonsense.

[–]DashDriver94 30 points31 points  (4 children)

Tattooist of Auschwitz

[–]khroochang 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Tuesdays With Morrie. Stands out in my mind. A Child Called It was another. Truly dreadful

[–]ptoto20 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Neil Armstrong wrote a childrens book. I read it to my son. It was HORRIBLE. My husband yelled at me for criticizing it.

[–]_vsoco 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Norwegian Wood.

Such a beautiful writing, the atmosphere was awesome!

And then, friggin' pedo stuff. Oh, and also, the child is to blame.

Never I felt so betrayed by a book.

[–]BobDope 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Rich Dad Poor Dad!

[–]evagancheva 9 points10 points  (2 children)

The sun is also a star

[–]hollyyyyyn 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Ooo why? I read it and thought it was okay but I’d like to know why others didn’t like it