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60-Day Book Meme - Day 37

Day 37 - Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)
(If you don't have any for this year, make in "in the last year")


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Mar. 6th, 2014 01:43 am (UTC)
Ignoring Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson, because I didn't do my homework prior to reading it and therefore didn't find out until it was too late that it was largely filled with lies and am more angry about it than I care to articulate, I'm going to pick Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2), by Suzanne Collins.

Before everyone gets angry with me for this wildly unpopular opinion (and, no, I haven't seen the movie yet and hear it's actually better than the book), let me say that I really enjoyed the first book and I like the series as a whole. But, as I was saying, I didn't like the second book (in a much different way than I hated the last book...which I also loved at the same time). I found Catching Fire to be a weak link bridging the two books. I didn't like the heavy focus on the love-triangle, and the plot twist pissed me off. After reading Mockingjay, I see the purpose of the book (and the plot twist) differently, and that raises my opinion of it a bit...but I still say enough with the sappy teen love-triangle. (I guess that's the price you pay as an adult reading YA lit?)

Edited at 2014-03-06 01:47 am (UTC)
Mar. 6th, 2014 05:33 am (UTC)
I totally agree with your words about Catching Fire. While I really enjoyed the trilogy as a whole, it seemed to be the weak link. But I looked at it like with a TV show- you will sometimes have a weak episode here and there but bridges the gap between the really exciting episodes and makes things make sense in the long run.

I still have to see the movie myself! I heard it's really good though. The Hunger Games was a good film also, but I think I preferred the book.
Mar. 6th, 2014 05:37 am (UTC)
So I've only read one book this year, for this and the last post I'm going from March 2013- March 2014.

Midwives by Chris Bohjalian was just sort of weak for me. I did like it but not as much I thought I would. And I know I keep bad mouthing it but Hystera by Leora Skolkin-Smith was such a disappointment for me. It confused me so much and I didn't understand the characters at all.
Mar. 6th, 2014 11:45 am (UTC)
the maze runner
Mar. 6th, 2014 02:44 pm (UTC)
Cory Doctorow's "Little Brother" - checking the plot ahead made me thankfully not waste time reading it further; I was just underwhelmed, and found the plot uninteresting.
Mar. 6th, 2014 03:08 pm (UTC)
I've been lucky enough to pick mostly pretty great books, so probably Four Legged Miracles. It was really repetitive and bland.
Mar. 6th, 2014 03:26 pm (UTC)
I've had good luck with my reading this year, but I have been a bit underwhelmed by The Ides of April by Lindsey Davis. This came as an unwelcome surprise, as I'm a great fan of the Marcus Didius Falco books. This is the first in a new (but linked) series set about 15 years later, starring Falco's adopted daughter, Flavia Albia. Unfortunately, she's really not very likeable compared to Falco. I was also irritated by the way in which, although she visits her parents quite frequently, they were never allowed a single word of dialogue. This was clearly a deliberate decision on Davis's part, but I'm afraid it just came over as irritatingly contrived and rather unnatural.
Mar. 6th, 2014 06:06 pm (UTC)
All the "real books" I read this year went from okay to very good, so I'm only going to name two mangas, Gamaran tome 1 (historical Japan, young boy being the heir of a martial arts school and beating up adults, yamn) and Bloody Prince tome 1 (girl exorcist, "vegetarian vampire" and lot of other surnaturals going to the same high school, yawn bis). I had to read them both because they're nominates for a price, and they were cliché. There were good things in the selection too, though.
Mar. 9th, 2014 07:52 pm (UTC)
The Casual Vacancy.
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