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Here is the topic of the week:
What were some of the big best seller books that disappointed you?
I don’t know about you all, but I am not inclined to read a lot of New York Times Bestsellers. I have been disappointed too many times. There are of course, certain authors that do land on the NYT list that I read, and those are tried and true favorites. I have been stung a time or two, and some of them I finished thinking why do people like this book.
Here are a few big disappointments:
Commonwealth by Ann Pachett. This book was nominated for all kinds of awards, not sure why. I found it to be downright boring and depressing. Not to mention it is a loose story that haplessly follows the members of a family after the fallout of adulterous affair. The story lines aren’t completed, the characters are unlikeable, and there just wasn’t anything nice for me to say about this one. Skip it!
Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King: It pains me to put a King book on my list, but let’s face it, even an exceptional author has a miss. This book had an interesting premise, but it dragged on and on. Too much unnecessary detail.
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen: This book was all over the charts a few years ago. I picked it up wanting a nice, pleasant read. Wrong. This one is dark and disturbing, and sad. There are some horrible scenes dealing with animal abuse, so if you are an animal lover, don’t read this one.
Wicked by Jeffery Maguire: I was excited to read a book featuring a retelling of the Wizard of Oz. This book was so boring and the characters were unlikeable. I really did not like this one.
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A Novel: A book with magicians and the fae. I thought it was going to be great.... this book is so long and tedious. It took me forever to get through it. Skip it for sure.
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan: This book was just yuck. It was downright depressing. It features a series of short stories with characters who are down on their luck. Did not like this one at all!
This is my short list of NYT bestsellers that disappointed me. I am certain I can go on, but in the interest of time, I will stop here. Keep in mind, this is my opinion. Many readers read and liked these books. I am curious to hear what books that landed on the list were a miss for you?
Here is the question for next week:
What are some light, fluffy, feel good books you have read lately?