Trash or treasure?

Cover of The GatheringThe old adage of “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” certainly holds true for books and is what makes  book clubs interesting,  as inevitably the book you love, someone else hates. Bookriot has completed a survey of readers most hated titles and I suspect that every  hated title could be someone else’s most loved. How could anyone not love Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre for example? And what is Gone Girl doing on this list?

So at the risk of offending some of you, and enjoying high fives from the rest, here is my most hated list.

  • Top of my list (and one I rarely admit to as so many people love this book)  is Pride and Prejudice, a  prime example of reading a book at school and dissecting it to pieces that has left me hating all the characters and their silly concerns.  I can’t even enjoy the DVD’s!  Perhaps I should try Pride and prejudice and the Zombies?
  • Next on the list is Lord of the Rings. Ghastly stuff,  and yes I didn’t like the movies either.
  • The Gathering by Booker Prize winner  Ann Enright.  Completely unreadable.
  • The Poisonwood bible.  Far too many snakes and overly wrought, however I have enjoyed all of Barbara Kingsolver‘s other books.
  • Rain by Kirsty Gunn. Oh, I still remember with horror the long long descriptive chapters with not a piece of dialogue in sight.

Cover of Flowers in the atticColleagues seem to be unanimous in their dislike of the Flowers in the Attic franchise and 50 Shades of Grey also features,  but only one person has the proper credentials for this hate-a-thon as the rest haven’t actually read it!

Another on the list for me is The Time Traveller’s Wife as I swear that the book actually made no sense what so ever.

So are you a Pride and Prejudice fan, or are the bad school experiences just too much to get over? Maybe you loved Shades of Grey and can’t wait for the movie, or think that Anne Enright is just amazing?  What is your trash or treasure?

6 thoughts on “Trash or treasure?

  1. liinda blackwell 8 March 2014 / 1:15 pm

    ,through your lists of hates,i came across flowers in the Attic,i read those books years ago and really enjoyed them,but would not now as my taste in books has changed.I cannot think of a book I hated,oh wait a minute yes I started 50 shades of grey and thought it was rubbish,so gave up half way through and threw the book in the rubbish bin.

    • keenanj 10 March 2014 / 3:17 pm

      Yes, tastes do change. Maybe this is why I am not a great re-reader as I get too disappointed that the book doesn’t impress me as much as it did the first time?

  2. Gallivanta 8 March 2014 / 5:14 pm

    A brave post! I have too much pride and prejudice to try 50 Shades of Grey 😉 . Besides she ruined Thomas Tallis for me, although some would say she did him a favour. 😀

  3. Robyn 11 March 2014 / 9:11 am

    Could not read The Time Traveller’s Wife. Could not read The Gathering. The Poisonwood Bible the cause of much discord in one of my book clubs. Some of us loved it, some said exactly what you did. Having random excerpts from Fifty Shades of Grey read aloud at my other book club was enough to know how bad it is, I need go no further. Have always meant to read Flowers in the Attic – when I worked in a high school library it was our second most stolen book (Nancy Spungen’s biography was the most stolen). Pride and Prejudice survived school for me.

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