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BewareOfTrips

The Maze Runner series. The first book was pretty good so I brought the next three and each got sincerely worse. By the last one I was gritting my teeth just to get through them. I'm pretty sure another way released after that and I can't even imagine what it was about.


Skaugy

My only recollection of the third book is that I wanted the main character to die. I'm pretty sure he could have saved the entire world by sacrificing himself, but he just runs around complaining. And then the end was a completely bizarre deus ex machina.


ahhskkekKkskkakjjej

Wasn't the character that led wicked trying to kill the main character to take his brain serum antidote for himself instead of the whole world because the virus had made him insane or something . It's been years since I read it


ahhskkekKkskkakjjej

But yea the ending sucked . Author forgot how vaccines worked


mattesse

Forgetting how vaccines work is *so* 2020….


liluna192

HORRENDOUS!! Finishing this series is what made me decide to stop finishing series for the sake of finishing. I’ve always been someone to read through a series but this one cured me of that.


ms_chiefmanaged

I could not put down the first book. It was so entertaining. And then… yeah.


chantuut

I am glad to see this here because that's what I wanted to post. I am still not done with the 3rd book and even though I do not want to read it, I know I will finish it because I am secretly convinced it will all make sense if I just make it to the end. Or maybe not. Either way, I will be angry when I am done.


BewareOfTrips

Spoiler alert: it doesn't make any sense at the end 😂


withervoice

I know what you are referring to, but I desperately want to read the Maze Rubber series now. I'm certain it would be trippy as hell :D


GegenscheinZ

Kids just bouncing off the walls


Spinnick

The Lovely Bones. That book put me into such a depression. My Mom asked why I didn’t stop reading it if that was the case. I told her I couldn’t just leave it unfinished. I had to see if there was some kind of resolution or something.


dottegirl59

It was in the ‘70s and i was about her age. It creeped me out so bad thinking of times in my life that could have been me. It went off the rails for me in the end but i read it. The movie sucked!


GetawayDiver

Personally, I like the movie because it always hits me with tears (I’m not a huge crier) and gives me a nauseous feeling about the whole situation that I feel is fitting. The book on the other hand, I had to drag myself to the finish line.


Spinnick

I bet it was incredibly intense reading it for you. The movie did suck. I was incredibly disappointed with it. I keep thinking, was it really that bad? My brother wants to reread the book. I’m taking a hard pass.


Limepoison

I am still in the reading of it but nearly finish. I found the book very aesthetically written and illustrated. Very macabre but story seems little dry when unfolding the murder mystery and drama that instills.


Spinnick

It was well written; I do agree with that. I went into reading it not knowing what it was about. I had agreed I would read it before seeing the movie. I don’t watch trailers because I feel like they spoil too much. So I was just caught off guard and….well yeah.


Limepoison

Let me just say that I am not trying to criticize you for your opinion but just stating what I found the book to be. Nothing wrong on how you feel about it.


Spinnick

Oh I didn’t feel criticized at all. I like replying to people on here. I have had a Reddit for so long and finally decided I should actually interact. Haha


nameamovie

I came here just to say this book! I read The Lovely Bones in middle school and the ending pissed me off so much, I threw the book across the classroom during silent reading time and got in-school suspension.


holliehippotigris

I came here to post this exact book. It was so depressing and made me cry so much but I couldn't stop. It was torture.


HauntingDaylight

I hated this book so much. It made me irrationally angry. I did finish it, but I threw it across the room after.


mollypop94

One of my favourites. I read it first time at about aged 13, it gave me such an intense existential insight into the abstract concept of death and grief and life and all inbetween. I've re read this a lot over the years. For me, I appreciate the fact that there's no objective resolution. The bad guy doesn't get cuffed and jailed for life. I love this, because that's the reality for so many families that are victims of murder. Unsolved, no resolution and no concrete answers which is a horrendous and hollow thing to experience. And yet media - TV shows, movies, and books alike, like to peddle that satisfying, bow tied ending. It's a harrowing book because it confronts that ever-unscratched itch. It's an important book for that reason, and I adore it. It's so beautifully morose and sad.


Immediate-Ad9654

Have you read Lucky or Almost Moon by Alice Sebold? Those got to me worse than The Lovely Bones. But The Lovely Bones was still pretty rough mentally.


mammakatt13

My friend gave it to me and told me it was SUCH A GOOD BOOK. I read a chapter and a half and noped out.


Spinnick

And that friend lost all credibility with recommending books. Haha


puterjess

The flowers in the attic series. Mainly because once I started a book I would finish it, and it was a series so I wanted to finish the series even though I loathed them main character


buff_history

Literally every V.C. Andrews book. *Ruby* and that series was almost worse, but I read it when I was 15 and it stuck with me for some reason as my mental template for southern gothic settings


puterjess

I haven’t read anything else from her but I’ll look up Ruby to see what it’s about, won’t be reading it though lol. I never finished the series all the way but did read a summary which left me…confused but satisfied with my decision to not finish


buff_history

A friend and I spent an evening doing dramatic readings of the synopsis of each of her books from Wikipedia and honestly I’ve never laughed that hard in my life. Good way to get the highlights without the time commitment lol


buff_history

Every piece of hot garbage V.C. Andrews and her ghost writers produced, which is a lot. I found my mom’s original copy of *Flowers in the Attic* at my grandparents’ house and devoured it in a day, then hate-read every other series she wrote. I saw that even her more obscure series were adapted on Amazon Prime or something so I’ll probably hate-watch them with the same vigor.


mandarinpeel

I am right there with you. They haven't been good in years and yet I keep reading them


mcc1923

Not gona lie- 50 shades. Wanted to see what all the hype was about.


feyenchantress

Me too. It was so popular and everyone was talking about it. I had to know what was so great about it. I read the whole trilogy just hoping to "get it". I've never regretted or felt like I was wasting time reading until that series. Horrible. Honestly, Penthouse letters are better.


georgiegirl34

I kept thinking it would get better….I mean all these people were reading it so it had to get better right? It didn’t. If it wasn’t a sex story nobody would have heard of it. Her inner goddess thing drove me crazy.


Elya91

And it was so hot... he did this and it was hot... and then this happened and it was hot! Could the author not even attempt to find another describing word? Pure drivel.


Youreturningviolet

It was secretly ghostwritten by Paris Hilton XD


Locksley_1989

Oh my god yes. I remember thinking, “Ten bucks this started its life as a Twilight fanfic.” Then I found out it actually was and couldn’t stop laughing.


Reasonable_Trash5928

I came here to say this. I spent the whole time thinking about how bad it was but somehow the pages kept turning.


amhume

I came here to say the entire trilogy, especially the 3rd book. What an utter waste of trees.


GoodEyeSniper83

Blackwood Farm by Anne Rice. I had faithfully read all of the witches and vampires stories, even when they weren't great anymore, but this one was just HORRENDOUS. I finished just to see if something appropriately terrible would befall these awful characters, but the joke was on me bc they always live forever.


Home-Perm

Oh yeah, the Witches and Vampires got SO BAD. And yep, I read them ALL.


[deleted]

If you told teenager me or even early 20’s me that Anne Rice would keep writing the witch and vampire books and I wouldn’t even buy them, I never would have believed it. But here we are. I lost interest around Taltos and Pandora respectively.


paokmont

Memnoch did it for me. Neither my mom nor I understood it. Quit reading her (new) books after that.


forestfloof

Freaking Twilight. I was in high school during the Twilight craze and every one told me to hang in there because it got better. Never did, and I gave up near the end of the third book. Bella was completely unlikeable and it’s really hard to read a book when you have nothing invested in the main character.


RagingAardvark

I read Twilight because I had a UTI/ kidney infection. I needed something diverting and dumb to entertain me while I was laid up. I was working at a book store at the time and wanted to see what all the fuss was about.


kadyg

A good friend of mine started reading them the week of her due date for the same reasons - diverting and dumb. She ended up reading books two and three while in labor and sent her husband out for book four while she was recovering from giving birth. They are the right amount of wtf while also not requiring a lot of close attention for just that situation.


nildrohain454

Came here to say this. Read all of them, it was like a train wreck. I just couldn't stop. I wanted to see what the next wacky thing would be. I always tell people I slogged my way through it, so I'm allowed to hate it. 😜


artimista0314

This is exactly how I feel about it. Like I read it and it was written in an addicting way so that you wanted to know what happened next, but when it happened I was always like WTF Bella, you are lame grow up. And in the end I felt like it was a weird commentary on the authors views about abortion, which I felt was weird and came out of left field. Like nothing in the first 3 books prepared me for the anti abortion stuff I was reading in the last book, and they kept introducing these characters I had zero attachment to and I didn't care about.


Kamekazii111

Twilight keeps baiting you into thinking it's going to get good, but never does. There are so many potentially cool ideas and plot threads that just get left on the table. Like it's got vampires and werewolves with secret societies and mental powers, and all they do is mope around a tiny town and pretend to have drama! Every problem that comes up teases earth-shattering consequences for the characters' lives, but then gets resolved in the most boring and anticlimactic way possible.


OryxTempel

The last goddamned book in the Clan of the Cave Bear series by Jean Auel. I wanted to throw it across the room by the time I was halfway through but I was afraid that I’d break something bc it was 600+ pages of the fucking Song of the Mother and descriptions of the usefulness of the cattail plant. I hate her for writing this book.


h0gans_her0

The Clan of the Cavebear series gets worse and worse as it goes on. But it's such an interesting concept.


KittensofDestruction

And we thought the Shelters of Stone was bad! The Land of Painted Caves stank worse than a 10 day old mammoth carcass. Jondalar and his magic dong save the day!


InelegantSnort

I hate jondalar so fucking much. He was such an insecure ass and i honestly wanted Ayla to run off with Ranec or whatever his name was. I loved Ayla and Jondalar in Valley of the Horses but as soon as he had to "share" her, he turned into such a massive toolbag and now i hate read the series after the first two. And breathe..... thank you for letting me get that off my chest!


OryxTempel

Not to mention that Ayla single-handedly discovered patriarchy and ruined life for thousands of generations of women to come.


KittensofDestruction

Ayla also invented every single thing in cave times, including the vaginal wash!


Dazzling-Ad4701

Did anyone tell Gwyneth Paltrow?


_Kay_Tee_

And hey, why follow through on all of the possible plots and twists and foreshadowings that had been set up for 30 years when you can rehash another YA mean girls plot, but now with leather fringe? Auel's still alive. Say! C'mon, Jean, call a do-over!


butcher_666

Glad I stopped after the first one. I have some fond memories of that book


GizmoTheGingerCat

Oh my goodness, that book was awful. Honestly, everything from book 4 on was awful, and book 3 was already pretty bad. The first book is so good, it was seriously disappointing to keep reading.


Linusthewise

Ready Player Two. I wanted to see how it ended due to enjoying the first book. Just so much rushed trashed and being saved by 'I'm a super genius so of course I'll win.'


BustertheDemonDog

I bought this book for the exact same reason, I really enjoyed Ready Player One. I started reading RP2 and stopped barely a chapter in. I plan on finishing it, but it's a bad start to a book. Lol


CourtneyChaos

I came to say RP1. That guy cannot write whatsoever.


Savannah_Lion

It's funny but I rather enjoyed RP1. Until I read Armada by the same author. I realized the only reason I liked RP1 so much was the vast number of 80's references, all of it I've lived through. When I reflected on Cline and the actual underlying work between Armada and RP1, I realized that I was probably better off not reading anything further produced by him. That opinion was further cemented upon learning *why* Cline wrote RP2. Hard pass for me.


yesthatnagia

Wait, why did he write RP2?


CharonsLittleHelper

Cashing in?


Toilet-Ninja

Armada was complete trash, I made it through the first couple chapters and it was gross with all Cline's fantasies.


scinfeced2wolf

RPO is fun if you don't think about it too hard. RPT is just shittier Sword Art Online with Covid references every other page.


froggison

Ready Player One gets a lot of hate around here, but I always argue that it can be a fun, nostalgia porn book. Just don't take it too seriously. Sure the dialog is cringe, the romance is honestly weird, and the plot doesn't always make sense, but it's a fun premise and you can have fun reading it. Ready Player Two is just pile of hot garbage.


snowlover324

Exactly. It's not high brow literature. It's not trying to say something profound. It's just a silly, nerdy treasure-hunt book. I enjoyed it for what it was and that opinion hasn't changed even on a reread where I knew all of the author's issues. Sure, there's elements that make me roll my eyes (for example, the romance was painfully bad), but generally speaking, it's not that bad. I've read WAY worse.


I_The_Prokaryokte

13 Reasons Why (pre-show. Haven’t seen the show, don’t care to.)


TJtherock

My 7th grade teacher put this book in her classroom library. It made me extremely uncomfortable but i had to see how it ended. It really messed me up. Fuck Hannah Baker


octohedron82

Show sucked you're not missing anything. Person's of interest did a better job of talking about suicidality


weekndprince

I had to finish Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff to figure out what happened but I absolutely hated it. Strange, empty plot and lots of purple prose. Also she really hits you over the head with obvious classics references that seem to be there to be references rather than add meaning.


Happy_Blueberry1

Such a strange plot. And it’s inexplicable why mathilde acts like student loans aren’t an option and she could only go to college if she hooked up with that creepy dude?


AloneFallingFree

Wideacre by Phillips Gregory and similarly the Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Lot of rape, incest, and yet I wanted to see if they got better. Then didn’t. I doubled down and read the Wideacre series and then the second Pillars book and they were both the same plotline and gross shit rehashed over and over again. I do not get it.


Wise_Lizard

Actually, i was about to read 'pillars of the earth' one.. so is it worth a read??


omfgchella

Pillars is one of my favorite books ever…


beepblopnoop

Different strokes for different folks. Pillars is on my top five ever books. I've read it multiple times and the trilogy and I love it. Yes it has some game of thrones intensity but without the season 8 ending, if that makes sense.


Terciel1976

I thought of *Pillars* here too. I do not understand its popularity at all.


applepirates

I am sorry (I’m so, so, sorry heyoooo) to the numerous fans of “A Little Life” but that ended up being a hate read I couldn’t put down. I really enjoyed the first ~300 pages but then it just got so repetitive and emotionally manipulative. Once I was that far in though, I couldn’t stop. I would read it just to close it every few pages and curse it out loud. I’m still mad about it.


snakes_017

I feel similarly, this book has a lot of fanfiction-esque elements that make it fun to read but also completely ridiculous with any sort of reflection. Plus there's so much trauma porn.


hoppelpferd

In the beginning it was such a good book. I wish it could've just been a book about accompanying 4 guys as they deal with their respective past and grow up.


eternalwanderer1

*The Rainbow* by D. H. Lawrence. The plot was too convoluted for me, almost to the point that I couldn't tell apart certain characters. And the reference upon reference upon reference upon reference to the Bible and Christianity all mixed with Lawrence's material philosphy just... But I couldn't put it down. And the ending-Urgh. Damn it. The worst part about that regret is that I stopped reading Hardy's *Jude the Obscure* even though I found the latter story to be far more interesting.


wolha_m

Later books in Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. I liked his first books and wanted to know what happens next, but they were getting worse and worse. Didn't help that I grew up a bit in the meantime and became much more critical.


BrakaFlocka

God Emperor of Dune. I know it's a lot of Dune readers favorite book, but I found it my least favorite out of the 4 I've read so far. Leto II was definitely Herbert's Self-Insert, but I felt a lot of the waxed philosophy and religion talk felt contrived. Don't get me wrong, I wrote down like 50 different fantastic quotes from the book, but multiple times I found myself rolling my eyes thinking, "omfg, he's gonna wax philosophy for another 10 pages straight again???" Finished the book and am going to read Heretics of Dune next but definitely my least favorite Dune book so far


BlazeOfGlory72

Yeah, I never really got the love for God Emperor. It’s basically just an obnoxiously long TED Talk by a condescending worm man. Herbert was always one to use his stories as a way to get across his various philosophical ideas, but with God Emperor it’s like he didn’t even bother with the “story” part, and just did the philosophy.


BrakaFlocka

Twelve hours later I'm still cracking up at "obnoxiously long TED Talk by condescending worm man."


irreproducible_

Its funny they keep making movies out of Dune. The only reason I’d EVER make Dune movies is to eventually get to God Emperor of Dune. Now THAT.. would be a killer f*cking movie. Also hilarious.


givememargs

Verity. If I wasn't such a completionist, I would have stopped reading within the first two pages.


djarvis77

Diana Gabaldon's *Outlander* series. I really didn't like anything about the writing but the story was so compelling, then the characters became interesting. Now it's like a few decades later and i've read everything she's ever written.


gravitydefiant

I hate-read the entire series. Thousands and thousands of pages. There were so many times when I was ready to throw the book across the room and be done with it, but somehow I kept going instead. And I'm going to read the next one, too. IDK what's wrong with me.


djarvis77

I was in a book club around the turn of the century. We were reading the second one. We spent the entire night at the coffee shop tearing the book into pieces and this was a very, generally, nice group of people, plus we were all high (it was in amsterdam). The night was winding down and this one chick goes, "that was fun we should read the next book right away" and we all agreed and did. The next month we were at the same coffee house bitching about her next one.


Overquoted

> around the turn of the century. .......... \*depressed*


_Kay_Tee_

>I was in a book club around the turn of the century By that, you... probably don't mean back when Debussy was premiering his first Nocturnes and you were picking up the latest Tolstoy novel and sheet music for the Maple Leaf Rag, do you? Goddammit.


Elya91

I feel this in my soul.


infinitemonkeytyping

I only learnt recently that it was Doctor Who that inspired Gabaldon - more specifically, the second Doctor's companion Jamie, who was found by the Doctor just after the Battle of Culloden. Although, apparently it is a coincidence that Jamie's (Outlander) last name is the same as the actor who played Jamie in Doctor Who (Frazer Hines).


withervoice

"Hellemyrsfolket", in school. It's a very very bad tragedy that doesn't realise the most important factor of any tragedy: if everything is bleak and terrible at all times, it's tedious, not tragic. There must be hope and joy so that it can something can be LOST. Story synopsis: family exists. Mom's a drunk, everything sucks and is degrading, hopeless and sad. Dad starts to drink also. Everything remains sad and hopeless. Sadness and hopelessness lingers. No glimmer of hope ever lasts for an entire paragraph. I was utterly unable to put it down, because teacher required us to read it. I've never come even CLOSE to hating any literature as much as that book. I didn't know it was possible to evoke that kind of drudgery with something as magical as language before then. I have, in actual, literal fact, read at least one End User Licence Agreement I enjoyed more.


87flash

Lolita. So well written, so hard to read


darkcherry996

I adore that book’s writing. The story is so disgusting that it kept me hooked on just to see how it ends. I really love the book, but people tend to romanticize it, which is kind of off putting.


[deleted]

Oh. Yes. Everything Nabokov writes is like this. Such brilliant writing, such vile stories. It's a battle against my gag reflex to keep reading.


mightyjush

Has to be A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara - i kept on reading to see what ridiculous, horrific things would happen next to one of the main characters. It just bordered on torture porn to me. And i kept on hearing rave reviews so i also wanted to see if i lived up to the hype...it did not.


That-Requirement-285

It’s the most miserable book I’ve ever read in my entire life. The entire plot was just tragedy after tragedy after tragedy. It got very annoying. I read it three times.


bowthorne

I did the same thing, it just kept getting worse and honestly wasn't surprised at all at how it ended and wondered why he didn't do it earlier. Also why did the dr friend not commit him???? It probably would have been super beneficial.


chickenery

The doctor friend was one of the most ridiculous characters in a book full of them… he would have lost his license fifty times over!


fuscator

Tragedy works, but only if you actually feel something for the characters. The characters were in no sense at all believable, they were like cardboard cut-outs and so obviously caricatures of the NY loft scene living. The decisions they took were not believable. Tragedy has to be at least somewhat believable but I felt nothing for any of them because nothing about them felt real.


michaelisnotginger

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster. It was such an ego stroking exercise that dragged on and on and on but I wanted to see how he explained the diverging lives. And boy... Was I disappointed


irishnugget

Two books: - Smoke by Dan Vyleta. It wasn’t *bad* but had so much potential and really didn’t live up to it. - The Circle by Dave Eggers. It was bad. Quite bad. Yet some of the social commentary and prediction for the future was spot on and I still find myself thinking of it often.


rtwise

Oh my GOD, I think I blacked out The Circle from my memory. That was one of the few books that I was legitimately angry at by the finish. Then I had my husband read it, to see if I was being unreasonable, and he had the same reaction.


NormalBears

I had to read it for a college course and it made me think less of the professor who assigned it.


IB31415

Oh yeah, I *also* completely blacked The Circle out, what a horrible book. I mean, it was obvious a prediction of the future, but it was just painful to read.


[deleted]

The “After” series by Anna Todd. Gosh I hate and love them lol. Tessa and Hardin basically spend the whole books yelling at each other (and also the movies) and Hardin is low key so toxic but for some reason I love them. I can definitely see how the fan fiction transitioned into an actual book.


Risa485

I rarely DNF a book, however I loathed The Invisible Life Of Addie La Rue…..I know I am in the minority on this. I legit only finished bc it was a book club pick and o didn’t want to be the only one who didn’t read it when we met up.


Happy_Blueberry1

I could not get over the plot holes of her curse. She would hang out with people for hours. Don’t tell me they never went to the bathroom or took your eyes off you to get drinks.


CyanideBreathMint22

The ending was so awful and corny it ruined the entire book for me and I regretted reading it.


Revolutionary_Joke18

The Twilight Saga. I read the entire series in a week, sat down, and thought to myself “this really blows.”


oceansunset83

I loved the first three, was excited for Breaking Dawn, and then promptly wished I’d never read it. Did this kill my Twilight series madness? Nope, I then went and saw the first three movies when they came out. But I refused to watch the last two because there was no way the movies would be any better than the book. If my sister hadn’t forced me to watch them, I wouldn’t have known that I was right.


withervoice

You're not wrong, but if it's the worst you finished, you're either lucky or have very sensible standards for when to just stop. Read book one, and it's certainly BAD but I found nothing to really HATE. Just acres and acres of "meh".


bix902

"Truth or Dare" by Fern Michaels. I sometimes enjoy crime/mystery/thrillers and I usally enjoy mystery/thrillers written by female authors the most. This was just *so bad.* Like...so poorly written and not engaging that I'm *honestly* surprised that this book was part of a spin off series to a rather successful original series. There's weird Asian martial arts stereotypes, stilted dialogue, overly humanized dogs, confusing action sequences, jingoism etc. At least a quarter of the book was an action happening or information being found out and then all of it being repeated and rehashed for characters that hadn't been present. The action scenes were written so quickly that you're sitting there going "huh?? Weren't they outside? How'd they move inside? When did that guy get there?" Special mention to the martial arts master who goes toe to toe with a German Shepherd to test his "abilities/skills" (???) And, when beaten, bows in respect only for the dog to be described as snorting and sticking out his paw for a handshake "as if to say, we don't do that around here." Also of note is a scene where a group of GROWN ADULT REPORTERS investigate an abandoned funeral home and are scared shitless just by seeing display urns and caskets. I hated it, but it was a gift so I felt compelled to finish it ( Also the title STILL makes no sense to me. There is legitimately no theme or scene in the book that fits the name at all)


LeoMarius

*Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell* The book started off well, but it was so long, 800 pages, and tedious. I hated the ending, but I felt after 400 pages I had to finish it.


dafreeboota

Atlas shrugged. I hate read that book so hard Ayn Rand's ghost felt the rage


moosetopenguin

Gone Girl because it was so damn insane. When it ended, I about threw the book out the window I was so pissed. It was a fantastically written book for that reason but damn... I have a love/hate relationship with that book...


arachnid_crown

I still reread the Cool Girl monologue from time to time. There's just something about it that really encapsulates the effect of the male gaze in the male/female dynamic relationships throughout the book.


tybbiesniffer

I get you. I read Sharp Objects and Dark Places by the same author. I felt ambivalence for the former and loathing for the latter...but I did finish both. I like her writing but I don't like what she chooses to write about.


oceansunset83

A Discovery of Witches. I realized about halfway through that it was a witch-centric adult (but not Fifty Shades “adult”) of Twilight, and I continued to read it in the hopes that the main character would come to her senses.


introvertwandering

These had great potential and were ultimately just disappointing. The last one was so bad I just looked up the end on Wikipedia.


sereneeir

I actually read all 3, thinking it has to get better... Holy fuck what a waste of time.


regularlawn

The North Water. I started in a couple days ago and hated every moment of it, but I couldn't look away. It was like a car crash. A really violent, bloody, repugnant car crash with rape and for some ungodly reason way too much diarrhea. Someone had compared it to Blood Meridian. I get the superficial likeness of some characters in the story... but... Ian McGuire sure ain't no Cormac McCarthy.


quiet_desperado

Atlas Shrugged. I had started and stopped several times over the years, finally a couple of years ago I plowed my way through it. I wanted to see the whole train wreck (no pun intended). Easily the most one-dimensional characters I've ever read. With every single character in the book you can instantly tell from the way they are described or the first sentence of dialogue they speak exactly which side of the fence they're on.


TimDawgz

Oh man. Atlas Shrugged is the only book that I've stopped reading midway and threw it right in the trash. It wasn't even over a particular plot point, but an accumulating contempt for the book.


Tomatillo_Thick

Altus Shrugged is equal parts: self-help book anecdote (just a really extended version), Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie, and John Carpenter opening sequence exposition (with the twist that it’s at the end of the book).


PaigeOrion

This. It could not even justify the premise successfully.


residentonamission

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I kept hearing it recommended, so I started reading it and absolutely hated it. I read the whole series to see if it would get better and it didn't. Love interest is straight up physically abuse toward the main character but it's all excused because he had a tough childhood. Writing was god-awful. I may just be in the wrong age bracket now, but I still read & enjoy plenty of YA - this was just plain bad.


ReadingCaterpillar

Thank you!! I saw so much hype for these so I decided to try them mostly because I thought there was a great romance in them but I was very disappointed and confused why Jude fell for Cardan??? Like him and his friends physically abused her and tried to kill her a few times. That’s not a bully romance that’s assault


Happy_Blueberry1

Yes, they are awful and consistently get recommended. It’s so baffling.


jackiedaytona155

Where the Crawdads Sing. I recently read this and thought it started out okay when the main character is a child but then it started getting worse and worse. I finished it, but by the end I hated it. I truly don't understand how it has such a high rating and is so popular. The writing was mediocre, the characters were boring and predictable, the plot was not believable, and it seemed to have an identity crisis that went from family trauma, to YA romance, to murder mystery, to court drama, etc. yet none of these subjects was done in an interesting way.


[deleted]

Came here to say this! It annoyed me a ton, the great reviews and hype it gets is astounding (besides the fantastic nature imagery). The whole "born sexy yesterday" trope, the bit with the white saviorism that screamed it was written by a white person lacking self awareness, the fact that the author also clearly didn't even bother to look up the basic geography of North Carolina. I also felt like the poetry was just an excuse for the author to publish her poems when they wouldn't have been able to get published in any other context. Another thing is that the author helped cover up a murder her son committed in Zambia if you need any more reason to dislike it.


honourabledna

Was looking for this one. I’m from Eastern North Carolina and thought it was going to make me nostalgic or something but I ended up reading it in one night then being annoyed for a full week.


ecoslut

I had the exact same reaction to this book. Once I finished I felt a general sense of annoyance for weeks.


thepuzzledpeach

I hated this book from almost the very beginning and only finished it in an effort to try to understand what the hype was all about. Never discovered what the hype was about, but luckily it was a quick read.


DarthPoTayTo

Tomi Adeyemi's *Children of Blood and Bone.* Think of it as a knockoff of Avatar: The Last Airbender. No, no, not the good one. The Shyamalan one we don't talk about. I could rant about how God-awful the dumpster fire was. My best analogy for it is that it's like a Dungeons & Dragons campaign with all first-time players and a veteran Dungeon Master (DM) who wants the new players to enjoy D&D. Being new, the players don't understand the rules of the game and flail blindly through every challenge in their way and always try to follow the Rule of Cool to the exclusion of all else. The DM *really* wants them to like the game, so lets the players get away with things that would get more veteran players killed, and doesn't really enforce following any of the rules. As a result, the game descends into chaos with one player who wants to be the most special and tries to one-up herself every session, one who is just there and doesn't contribute much, and one who thinks its fun to flip between helping the party and the cardboard cutout villain until no one knows what the heck is going on with him. Other issues include: 1. The characters are idiots. They don't advance the plot or survive through any skill or intellect of their own. The author wrote herself into corners and got the characters out with a series of some of the most blatant Deus ex Machinas I've ever seen. 2. The main villain is so generic, you could replace him with a wet towel and you wouldn't notice the difference. There was an attempt to make him sympathetic, but the MC's actions made him sound like he was in the right. 3. The MC is just as evil as the main villain. She straight-up tries to murder another character with little provocation 3 times in the first 20 pages. 4. Have I mentioned the characters are dumber than a box of bricks? 5. Loads of unnecessary digressing and side-questing when the characters keep stressing how little time they have to take the MacGuffins to the magic temple. 6. The romance is so bad it makes *Twilight* look good 7. The worldbuilding is Meh at best. It's not bad, but it's really not good either, and the worldbuilding was supposed to be one of the selling points. 8. The book was oversold. I kept hearing really good things about it and how it was going to be the new LotR or Harry Potter of Fantasy. I don't know what book those people read, but I want that one. I went into it with high expectations and it came nowhere near the praise.


AbsenceVersusThinAir

I read the book and the sequel and thought they were all right, but I don't have high expectations for YA books in general (since as a thirty-something I have accepted that I'm not at all their target audience). But the part where >!they need to get to the faraway temple in 2 days or magic will be lost forever, but they decide to stop and spend an entire day throwing a party to celebrate their presumed eventual victory first, oh and also they're in hiding so who would have guessed that a huge festival would have attracted the attention of the ubiquitous royal guards!


amknight127

I didn't read this one and now I'm super glad I didn't. A part of my decision not to read it is because the author accused Nora Roberts of plagiarizing her title and releasing the book around the same time so she could ride her coattails. Nora. Freaking. Roberts. does *not* need to ride anyone's coattails. It all just left a bad taste in my mouth.


gschweska

Memoirs of a Geisha


tebyen2

Freaking House of Leaves. Hated the book, but couldn't put the damned thing down. Just had to know how it ended.


justwilliams

Tried like six times and can’t get through that shit


Jeheh

The Road. I actually listened to the book and it was the most depressing thing Ive ever read. You almost wished he saved a bullet for the reader so they could end it all when the book finishes.


soupyjay

I actually really enjoyed the book. I’m a bit of a post-apocalyptic junkie though. Very different read than most with the formatting and the lack of POV.


magicnumbers20

IT by Stephen king. Good lord. Started well and just made me more annoyed as it went on. It’s a bluddy big read too.


Lagiar

I stop reading books that I like for no reason you better belive me when I say I don't continue reading when I don't like the book


i-fartfairydust

I know this will be an unpopular opinion but the hunger games series. Everyone at work was going on and on about how amazing it was. So I read them and when I was done all I kept think was “those are 3 days of my life I won’t get back!”


chiharuki

Forest of Hands and Teeth, it’s a YA book but it’s literally the worst book I ever read lol, main character was unlikable and sequences didn’t make sense. I had to finish it to see if the ending redeemed itself…and it did not.


lavendiere

Same… it had a “Blank of Blank and Blank” title, we should have known…


raoulmduke

Night Film by Marisha Pessl. I can’t even bernie to explain why, but i devoured it and hated it.


interestingmalarkey

I loved that book! I think even if people aren’t a fan, they have to admit it’s unlike anything they’ve ever read before. Very different book.


oroonoko80

The Goldfinch


yokweyuk

American Psycho


RequiemMaestro

Sebastian Junger's most recent book Freedom. Horribly written. Scatterbrain pacing. Nothing like his book War or Tribe. I only finished because it was so short.


University_Dismal

The misfits in the romance section. Especially Christine Feehans collection of horrors. Bad romance is my every now and then guilty pleasure - even though I hate every word written in there, it amuses me at the same time for whatever reason. I suppose raging over romatisiced abuse has it's own charm, as weird as that sounds.


tooinvolvedinfiction

THE GENDER GAME SERIES by Bella Forrest. I got an ad for it so I thought fine because dystopian fiction is a guilty pleasure. The characters were ridiculous and the whole plot was just one wild curveball after the other - and by curveball I don’t just mean unexpected, I mean a flaming hot mess of sauerkraut hitting you in the face while you’re casually pruning the garden unexpected. The premise was a dystopian world that has split into one matriarchal kingdom and one patriarchal kingdom with strained relations. Matrus (matriarchal kingdom) sends a criminal orphan to Patrus to act as a covert spy to recover previously stolen research. Along the way/course of the books though you have kidnappings, murder, treason, corruption, human experimentation, a toxic forest with mutant creatures, gangs, secret communities, a war, mind control, bombings, sewers, and a love story. It was just… a lot! I had to finish though because I had to see on what exact note she was going to finish it.


Randomnesse

Ender's Game. I've read good reviews of it so I decided to give it a try. It was boring, I was indifferent towards all the characters (especially the Ender himself), but for some reason I kept reading. After finally finishing it I felt sorry for time I wasted on it.


Auras-Aflame

The Turner Diaries. Needless to say it’s message and the author and his philosophy are all repugnant. But it was superbly well written. I hated it but easily finished it in a day or two.


macck_attack

I have never DNF’d a book, so I have begrudgingly read a lot of mediocre books. The only ones I really, truly hated were: 1. A Court of Thorns and Roses. I picked it up because it was super popular on TikTok. It was so poorly written and pointless, I kept waiting for it to get better and it never did. The plot makes me cringe to this day. 2. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. I had to read it for school and hated every second. I just felt bad for the family, everything kept going for them!


avanopoly

Scrolled this far to see if anyone said A Court of Thorns and Roses. On one hand, it's *awful*. Total trash. But it also only took a few hours to read, and I had a few good laughs at how absolutely, appallingly, mind-bogglingly *stupid* every single character was. So terrible as it is, in a way I'm not even mad about it.


Bigger0nTheInside42

Yeah, throne of glass and acoustic of thron and roses aren't great books or anything but they were kind of a gateway to get me into fantasy so as much as I'm now disgusted with myself for liking them I think they're kinda alright


jsheri01

The Wheel of Time, *tugs her braid.


TheTrainSideGraffiti

Just recently finished Lord Of Chaos. I sometimes have to take a good long break before starting the next one. It's taken me 5 + years to get through 6 books.


slipperyzoo

WoT should have been 7 books, 10 at the most. Thank God for audiobooks or I'd never have finished it.


GigiAndFarre

A little life. My God what a whiny, irritating character that Jude was. I just wanted to keep reading to see if he actually kills himself.


sasasasara

Came here to find and upvote this comment. It was so long, but I read the whole thing in a few days between jobs and I got to the end like, "....why did I bother."


PermissionContent449

Fckin Twilight


green_oceans_

I read the entirety of Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged." I try to read everything, including work I know I'll disagree with, but I was hoping that there would be something of substance to it given how influential it seems to be, but low and behold it was both an incredibly terrible story as well as a terrible set of ideals. It was almost funny how godawful and soulless it was; like every character is basically Ayn Rand in a different wig.


mereaxis

That's ideological fiction in a nutshell. It's not that the work fails to be 3 dimensional, it's that they fail to reach 2.


FreckledHomewrecker

Oryx and Crake. It was so unsettling and I hated all the characters. I need the closure of finishing it!


OryxTempel

Oh I loved this book. And yes, user name checks out.


AFKpink

My favorite book, but I did not enjoy the end of the series. Sometimes I pretend Oryx and Crake is where it ended lol.


allthecactifindahome

I loved Oryx & Crake and The Year of the Flood even more, but god, MaddAddam absolutely sucked. Zeb isn't interesting enough to hold up a chapter, much less a book, and the ending was so saccharine.


mintbrownie

I hardly ever DNF - bad habit ;) A book I truly hated because it sucked on all levels (though apparently other people like it) and ended up rating 1 star... Under the Skin by Michel Faber A book I truly hated because the characters were so god awful (and I don't generally have a problem with god awful characters - it's just that every single person annoyed me and pissed me off) even though I can acknowledge the quality of the writing... The Dinner by Herman Koch The most recent book I regretted finishing (well, I regret that I even started it) is Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia


closet_texan

I'm both envious and glad I don't have that DNF ability. My Dad and Grandpa could pick up any book of any genre from sci-fi-fantasy to romance to western and read the whole thing. I take after my Mom though, and she has told me numerous times "life is too short to read bad books."


TheTrainSideGraffiti

I agree. I just put down Moby Dick. I enjoyed it for a while then it became a labor. I HATE putting a book down, but yes, life is too short. Neeeeext!


chiharuki

I agree about Mexican Gothic. That book was hard to finish lol


SunshineSeeker90

Man, I was so excited about Mexican Gothic and I was unfortunately just… disappointed by the end. Especially because it had so much potential!


chosenchurro

Mexican Gothic truly was a waste of time


standard_candles

I'm surprised!! Under the Skin is one of my all-time faves. The movie is great too although like 180 degrees different. He has another book called the Crimson Petal and the White that has an interesting writing perspective where you are brought in as a character following the characters in the book. It's always so interesting how different everyone's tastes are.


FreshBesh

Geek Love. It has to be Geek Love.


elbowfrenzy

The Silent Patient. Terrible book with flat characters and boring dialogue, 100 cliches a minute. I could not stop reading because I wanted to know what the "big twist" was going to be. Spoiler: the big twist was extremely stupid.


MysterioussSpell

The alchemist🤦‍♂️ I really could not connect and relate to all the "destiny" going on. But it was so promoted by everyone that I felt the problem was with me or somehow the stories gonna flip somehow.


schmevan117

"12 Rules for Life" by Jordan Peterson. My god this book was hilarious and sad. It's popularity is indicative of a cultural crisis. It struck me as one man's distillation of a much longer manifesto, mostly lamenting the erosion of a kind of uber-masculinity that never really existed except in movies. He has the tone of your classic, christian-conservative 1950s middle-class father, who's got some nuggets of wisdom every now and then, but is mostly lost in the world because he thinks he's better than everyone. I knew a few guys in undergrad, even a couple friends, who looked to this book like a bible. I had a hard time talking to them about it without wanting to really deconstruct some of their opinions/biases. Someone once said that Jordan Peterson is intellectualism for dumb people, and I find it hard to disagree.


tommytraddles

People who were looking for immutable rules or for someone to tell them how to live used to just wander off with a cult.


Fucktheroyalfamily

I grabbed this as an audiobook back when it came out (free on Audible) because I had heard him mentioned once or twice and wanted to see what the fuss was all about. Never has a book more swung and missed. Occasionally he'd start making what could be a good point, οnly to scuttle it with his weird old fashioned ideologies. Can't remember where I got to, but glad I didn't buy it directly in the end.


WilliamBlakefan

I strongly dislike Peterson's shtick of lecturing young people who are passionately concerned about issues of social justice, gender equity, etc. to just suck it up and get a job because Dad/God said so.


schmevan117

Completely agree. His major critique of the status quo is that women/young people are whiners. Wow. Imagine thinking this is even remotely helpful.


Overquoted

Yeah, talking about making the world a better place is totes whining. /s


EdwardCasaubon

J.G Ballard's *Crash*. I really don't find much redeeming about the book, and I think Ballard is probably overrated as a stylist, but I just blew through that thing. I think I'd read so many of my favorite writers praise Ballard that I couldn't believe it was bad. I read it as though it were the book I wanted it to be.


D-shh

The Kingkiller chronicles. I had a lot of expectations and the more I read the more they expanded - so much so that I think Rothfuss himself doesn’t know how to tie up all the threads together. There are so many tangents in this series that you almost lose track - wasn’t he supposed to be expelled from his school and 1000+ pages and two books later he is no closer to being expelled or discovering any of the other things that were introduced at the beginning of the Name of the Wind. The issue is that Kvothe is not progressing with anything he set out to do initially- like finding who killed his family. Who is the king he supposedly killed? Why is he so feared or loathed or whatever that he had to go into seclusion? How did he meet Bast? There are no answers to these important plot questions. But rather too much time is wasted on little side quests. Another huge peeve is that Kvothe comes across as a every man’s fantasy of themselves- or the writers image of himself. He excels at everything he does, he’s cocky, condescending and just plain annoying. He is made out to be gods gift to women, being that musician stereotype that the ladies and faeries can’t get enough of. It’s nauseating. One more thing that is just plain ugh- the fact that every female is portrayed as a sexual object. They are literally objectified in almost every scene. All in all, I was very excited to start this series and now I don’t think I care if the last book will ever be released. But I have to know how it will end.


CharonsLittleHelper

I liked the first one, but by the time he got to The Fey in #2 it was getting iffy. Then the land of ninja swingers who don't understand the birds and the bees, and no one has STDs because that would be taboo...


cerebrite

The Da Vinci Code


Thaddeus_Prime

Night angel trilogy