BTT: Unread

bttIs there a book that you wish you could “unread”? One that  you disliked so thoroughly you wish you could just forget that you ever read it?

I can’t think of any books that have been so bad that they burned my mind’s eye, that I wish I could have avoided subjecting myself to.  On the other hand, there are definitely books that, after I finished them, I sincerely wished I could have back the time I just spent, if only to have read a better book!  Some titles that come to mind: anything by Paulo Coelho, “Two Brothers, One North, One South,” “Adventure in Borneo.”  

What books have you read and then wished you could get your time back?

12 comments to BTT: Unread

  • If I don’t like a book I usually stop after 100 pages. However, there have been exceptions. In the Woods by Tana French — I hated the ending and Souvenir by Therese Fowler — I disliked but read it for book club.

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  • I didn’t answer the question this week because I couldn’t think of any. There were books I disliked, but none that I really think I’d take back reading.

  • I am with you about Coelho!

    Booking through Unread

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  • Ann

    I am not a fan of anything by Jodi Picoult for the most part. I’ve never been mad to read it, but I just haven’t been too happy with them.

    I was also really upset with the ending of In the Woods.

  • Missy

    Yay! More Anti-Cohelo and Picoult fans!

  • No book immediately jumps into my mind either. I usually don’t finish books that I am thoroughly not enjoying. And while there have been books I’ve read that are disappointing, there was something in them that kept me going so I can’t say I thought they were a complete waste of time. Maybe just a little. :-)

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  • Pam

    I just had my first Paul Coelho experience with Brida…

    Any of the Sookie Stackhouse books and any of the Faerie books by Holly Black come to mind for me first.

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  • I’ve got some Coelho on my shelf that I’ve been overlooking in favor of other books because I can’t get in the right “mood” to read him.

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  • ANYTHING by Coelho? Jeez… I liked “Veronika Decides to Die” and “The Alchemist” I havent read the rest though. Maybe I got lucky and picked up two good ones?

    How come you don’t like him?

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    • No, I don’t think that you happened to pick the two good ones, I think you and I just have different reading tastes. The first book of his I read was “The Alchemist” and I thought he was trying to hard to make it all mystical (it has been a long time, I mostly just remember it annoying me). Then I read “The Valkyries” and that annoyed me even more. Everything I disliked about “The Alchemist” was magnified in that book. I suppose I just find him a bit absurd, but a chacun a son gout!

  • I haven’t encountered something that is irredeemably bad. Books that I want to “unread” are ones written by authors whose previous reads I have enjoyed. Sometimes they just have a bad day I guess. I would like to defy time and start over again with another book.

  • I would like to unread the summary of Wetlands that I read a few weeks ago. Thinking about it has made me queasy – the actual book would really be intolerable. I don’t mind a few body fluids in my reading, but they are not intended for *consumption*.

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