Best reads vs worst reads

I don’t know anything about the author of Stevereads blog, ( I found his blog quite by chance after reading Literary Saloon’s blog) but he has certainly put together an interesting list of his worst reads for 2010, including some of the titles that have been praised here.  It is always interesting to see what others love, but equally enjoyable to see what others have loathed.  The Privileges has been enjoyed by a few of us this year, but this it what Steve has to say about it.

Not one sentence of this novel is energetic; not one paragraph was profitably revised, not one ounce of heart is present throughout this whole exercise of socially-relevant ‘topical’ fiction reduced to the mindless driving of cap-and-piston.

Now that is what I call scathing!  Have a look at his list and see if you agree.

3 thoughts on “Best reads vs worst reads

  1. Helen Lowe 23 December 2010 / 5:02 pm

    The whole SteveReads list was scathing really (well, I suppose they were “worsts” –I have Cronin’s The Crossing on my TBR pile at present and have heard mixed reports, some loving, some hating–so SteveReads or no, I shall read and make up my own mind. Interestingly, I’ve also had mixed feedback on Frantzen so may also have to check out for myself.

    Looking back, I think my top fiction reads of 2010 would be Emma Donoghue’s “Room” and Paolo Bacigalupi’s “The Windup Girl”. My favourite non fiction read was a lovely book put together by Rhian Gallagher, and put out by the South Canterbury Museum, called “Feeling for Daylight”, featuring the photographs of mountain climber, photographer and and pioneer Mt Cook guide, Jack Adamson.

  2. Tom 24 December 2010 / 10:49 am

    On a related note, I do *love* a good scathing review! My favourite of 2010 was actually for a restaurant in the UK and, even though it may not be 100% relevant to this blog, its so well-written that its worth a read.
    Here’s a wee taster: “I’d be astounded if you enjoyed [this restaurant] in any but the most kitschily ironic of ways, but I’d be more amazed if you didn’t depart with your appetite for life refreshed.”
    And the main course can be found at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/mar/27/bibis-italianissimo-leeds-restauarant-review

  3. jane 29 December 2010 / 1:33 pm

    Yes Tom, I’m not a fan of gushing (Oprah style) so enjoy a good oldfashioned roasting.

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