31 March 2009

Tuesday Things

Last week we talked about our favorite book(s) - yes, hard - I know :) . This week, I'd like to switch gears - instead of favorites, we are going to look at least-favorites - should be a little easier?? This doesn't have to mean a book that you hated, or one that you didn't finish, although it might be. . .Questions (yes - there are a bunch - answer one or two . . . or all of them!): What is your least-favorite book(s)? Is your least-favorite book listed in your LT library? If it is listed, do you have anything special in the tags or comments section? How have others rated your least-favorite book?

My least favorite book has to be The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. And no, the reason was not all the hype about how sacriligious the book was or the title. My problem was that I just could not finish the book, did not understand the plot, didn't really like what I did understand. I really, really tried to finish this book (I probably read 2/3 of it), but I just could not devote any more of my stolen reading time to something I just did not like in the least. It all started when I found the link to the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. I bravely signed up for my 1% Challenge and because I had heard so much about this book, it was book number two I started to read. The fact that I would have to admit defeat if I could not finish it made me even more determined. Still, I just could NOT do it! Because I did not finish the book, I did not put it in my LT catalog, nor did I continue with my reading challenge. So that made me doubly irritated. The average rating on LT was 3.87 so at least some people liked it. I read through some of the reviews and there were at least many people who felt just like I did.

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5 comments:

fleurfisher said...

You are not alone - I know a lot of people ratehim highlt, but I just can't get on with Salman Rushdie.

caite said...

I often don't like very highly 'acclaimed' books...or very popular books. I usually don't hate them so much as fell more neutral about them.
But then I never read Rushdie...

Alyce said...

I have read one of his other books and it was ok. I haven't given this one a try though. I'm sorry it turned out so badly for you.

Here's my post.

jlshall said...

I've never even tried to read any of Rushdie's work. Just the reviews are usually enough to let me know it's not for me. But I never feel too bad about putting a book aside when it doesn't grab me. There are just too many good books out there, waiting to be read.

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

Isn't it funny sometimes how so many people can like a book, but when you pick it up and start it, you just don't like it? I've learned to shy away from some books just because of the ratings. Like you, if I'm really struggling with a book, I'm more likely to put it down now as my time is not really mine with a 2 year old who always wants attention! :)

Thanks for stopping by and participating in Thingers last week! I've got the post up for this week, have you seen the new customizable widgets on LT? ~ Wendi