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The /r/books book club selection for April is The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey
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Simple Questions: April 21, 2018
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Not too long ago, I finished Dreams From my Father by Barack Obama. I found it to be an incredibly powerful, humanizing portrait of our 44th president
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The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
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The 100 best one-star Amazon Reviews of The Great Gatsby
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Keeping books in a windowsill?
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A curious incident of the dog in the night time
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Just read a Higher Loyalty, by former FBI director James Comey.
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The meanest things Vladimir Nabokov said about other writers
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I just finished reading The Girl On The Train
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For those of you who have read The Neapolitan Novels, how true are they to women's friendships?
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'Beyond the Beats': Rock's greatest drummers share their craft in book
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Which classic is being described by this 1 star review?
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I read Factfullness by Hans Rosling and it's like an antidote to the "always bad news all the time" epidemic
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Voice in head while reading
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"America’s 100 most-loved novels" as chosen in a Survey from PBS for their "The Great American Read" Series
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Amazing book series you should all read! John Marsden - Tomorrow, when the war began.
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After 3 decades... science fiction...
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My thoughts on The Catcher in the Rye
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Dan Brown's Inferno movie adaptation? (SPOILERS)
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Los Angeles Times book prizes awarded to literary veterans, emerging authors
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Inferno by Dan Brown
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What are some less obvious books that would make great movies, and why?
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The illusion of time. Andrew Jaffe probes Carlo Rovelli’s study arguing that physics deconstructs our sense of time.
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Just read Rosemary's Baby while pregnant with my son
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What books have you read just because you've seen it and thought "what the hell"? Were they any good?
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How Flap Illustrations Helped Reveal the Body’s Inner Secrets: Sixteenth century scholars peeled away anatomical ignorance one layer at a time.
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This Adorable Book Store In Toronto Has A Vending Machine That Gives Out Rare Books
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What was the last book you rage-quit?
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Library of America Editions
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The Vonnegut Universe
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The Overstory by Richard Powers seems to be another overlooked book by a massively underrated writer.
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Sympathy for the Devil
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What book have you (re)read as an adult that makes you think, "This is a kids' book!?"
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How do you "visualize" books that are more literary and focus on style/prose/thematic depth?
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Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians, was named one of Time Magazine's Top 100 Influential People of 2018!
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The Sublime Cluelessness of Throwing Lavish Great Gatsby Parties- The article I revisit whenever someone brings up the Great Gatsby
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Fierce Kingdom - phew
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Swedish Academy, which picks the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, acknowledged on Friday that names of some previous prize winners had been leaked in advance and it pledged to redraw the ancient rules governing how it functions.
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Where do I buy Chinese books in the US
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Can we talk about the Glory of John Steinbeck?
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Is there something wrong with the way I read books?
99 treehopperblue **The Bone People** by Keri Hulme. I've had pretty good luck reading Booker Winners so far, but wow, this was a stinking pile of self-insert, wish-fulfillment Mary Sue-ism dressed up in the purple prose of a writer who wants to appear 'literary.' The main character is literally a more _perfect_ version of the author, even down to her appearance and sexuality. The main character's name is also nearly identical to the author's - Kerewin Holmes, but everyone calls her Kere. So not only is Keri Hulme - I mean Kerewin - an amazing artist who lives in a castle on a beach and is someone whom everyone adores despite her being as unpleasant as a toilet brush... it's revealed half way through the book that she is a ninja. No, really. Out of nowhere the author drops that Kerewin lived in Japan and was trained by martial arts masters. So now Perfect Kerewin is a martial arts master who effortlessly takes down a grown man twice her size who does physical, hard labour every day. Shockingly, the Mary Sue Self-Insert isn't even the _main_ reason that I despised this book. I felt physically ill reading this book because the author and her self-insert and fucking every other character in the book _actively condones child abuse._ I just can't even with the Booker panel that chose this book as a winner. I checked over the shortlist for 1985 to see who else was nominated and I'm shocked that they chose _this_ over Doris Lessing, Iris Murdoch, and Peter Carey.
186 Casique720 I know I'm gonna get heat from this, but the worst book I read last year was "the subtle art of not giving a fuck". People are raving about it, but it's very repetitive and full of information I already knew. The message is "don't worry about shit you can't control" except with the word fuck in every sentence. It was the equivalent of clickbate imo.
152 super_ag >It's ham-fistedly delivered nostalgia porn written from the perspective of the worst possible stereotype of a reddit neckbeard. I stopped reading when he pwned I-R0k by showing him to be a poser who doesn't really know 80's trivia like he's pretending to. The scene literally has a round of applause as the nerd vanquishes the cocky poser. It's like a horrible tumblr post.
67 Blackdomino Belinda Blinked by Rocky Flintstone. As made famous by the (highly recommended) podcast "My Dad Wrote a Porno". Hilariously terrible.
56 Snatch_Pastry Would you believe that his second book, *Armada*, is actually many times worse than RPO? It was shockingly bad, and essentially a straight ripoff of the movie "The Last Starfighter".
24 cat-pants I hated **Furiously Happy, by Jenny Lawson** so much I had to stop reading it.
43 hook1169 Artemis - While not necessarily a terrible book, it was definitely the worst one I read.
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138 OldMackysBackInTown 100% with you on this one, OP. Ready Player One takes the cake. What started as such a promising idea became repetitive and painful for the remainder of the book. Also, I really don't think the author is a very good writer. At all. He had a good idea, did his best to execute it, and failed. He just so happened to lure a lot of nostalgia fans into the mix, and they ate it all up. Now, all that said, I really do think it has more promise as a movie. The concept was great in my book, although highly improbable when you think some sort of 16 (18?) year old kid consumed so many years worth of media and just so happened to CONVENIENTLY RECALL IT ANY TIME HE NEEDED IT. Christ. That part still gets me. I can't even remember the opening theme song to some shows, but this kid is citing the season and episode number, along with the most mundane of interactions between characters. I'm a huge fan of Wayne's World, and can likely recite every line, but if you put me into the movie, I'm going to totally mess it up.
48 osidebirdman90 Before reading the content of your post I was going to comment **Ready Player One**. That’s so funny. I wholly agree.
89 Hashtag2Blessed Me Before You. Worst piece of romance trash since the Fifty Shades bullshitery.
24 Funkmaster_Flash The Shipyard Girls, which is weirdly the highest rated (by others) on my Goodreads Year in books. Its set in WW2 in the north of England and its about a group of young women who become welders in a shipyard. Great I thought a feminist book about manual labour, self worth and proving you can do anything. Ha it's a shitty romance where everyone knows everyone else in a city and everyone just happens to fall in love and become great friends.
11 ElBolovo Cyberstorm. It screams "give me a movie deal", looking more like a novelization of a movie than a novel per se. But it's not bad overall, I had luck with my last year picks.
32 krnm *Fifty Shades* would be too easy of an answer, so I'll go with *Cracking the Jewish Code* by Perry Stone. I found it in a thrift store, and being Jewish myself, I wanted to know how much he knew. The idea seemed simple enough: you know how the Jews are inordinately rich, powerful, resilient, and attractive, right? Well what if I told you that instead of being the work of a secret cabal, it's because they follow the rules that Moses laid down in the Old Testament? Seriously though, it's a sort of self-help book for Christians that basically says, "You know that book we talk about? You should read it, there's some good ideas in there." But then it gets into weird stuff like numerology, using the power of prayer to improve your fertility, and how God ended the Cold War.
53 OzneroI American gods. I just couldn’t like the book. I felt like the idea behind it was fantastic, but then it just ended up being boring. If you liked the book then good on you, it was the first book I ever bought that I didn’t like, followed by the moon is a harsh mistress.
11 ieatbeet Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris. I wasn't a big fan of previous three Hannibal books, they were just OK in my opinion, by that one was extremely bad and boring.
58 testicle_basket The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I know it's really popular, and this is probably gong to sound harsh, but wow, what a load of drivel. Zero character development, zero likeable characters, zero plot development... it's like Grossman decided he was going to start writing a story with absolutely no forethought, a general grasp of what might attract fantasy readers, and just started rambling. Then kept rambling. Maybe introduce a character here or with a potential interesting storyline- oh nevermind, that's not actually going anywhere. I kept going, waiting for something interesting to happen that had a consequence later on, but nothing every materialized. His attempt at a climax was predictable and pointless. So unsatisfying; I can't believe it had enough of a following to create a tv series. Different strokes for different folks I know, but I just don't understand how anyone could come away from that feeling like it was, "a more adult version of Hogwarts," which is a review that enticed me to buy it. I realize comparing it to Harry Potter isn't fair, but IMO it is just a waste of words in it's own right. But that's just, like, my opinion dude. Edit: I just want to add that the biggest disappointment is the wasted potential. There were some good ideas in there, they just weren't fleshed out... at all. I think that's why I kept going despite the constant disappointment- I wanted to like it. Maybe I'll attempt the tv show because several of you have said that it translates much better on screen, but honestly it left such a sour taste that it might take me awhile to attempt it; so scared of being burned again. Edit 2: I binge watched the tv show and holy crow: it's a new favorite! My husband even got sucked into it with me. Crazy how much better it translates on screen. It is really well done.
19 YourLovelyMan It’s a little known fact that Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote a biography of Franklin Pierce, to be released for the latter’s presidential campaign. I decided to give it a go last year, and holy shit. I think it might be one of the worst books ever written.
28 LFCCalgary Just finished Ready Player One myself and boy howdy did it not live up to the hype. I mostly enjoyed the first two thirds of the book, but the third act, and anything to do with the romance was not good. Dull, predictable, and it felt like the main character was never in any real danger.
16 abr0414 Lovecraft Country. I didn't hate it per se, but I don't think it was worth the time.
8 xorphz Agreed. I'm a 90s kid so I went into RPO with no nostalgia lenses. I honestly thought it was fucking terrible. Making references just because is the worst kind of writing. And the argument thing, all they needed was to hand him a crisp $100% bill and it would have been perfect r/thathappened material.
15 AkrioX *sorts by controversial* I'm going in guys
101 0 treehopperblue **The Bone People** by Keri Hulme. I've had pretty good luck reading Booker Winners so far, but wow, this was a stinking pile of self-insert, wish-fulfillment Mary Sue-ism dressed up in the purple prose of a writer who wants to appear 'literary.' The main character is literally a more _perfect_ version of the author, even down to her appearance and sexuality. The main character's name is also nearly identical to the author's - Kerewin Holmes, but everyone calls her Kere. So not only is Keri Hulme - I mean Kerewin - an amazing artist who lives in a castle on a beach and is someone whom everyone adores despite her being as unpleasant as a toilet brush... it's revealed half way through the book that she is a ninja. No, really. Out of nowhere the author drops that Kerewin lived in Japan and was trained by martial arts masters. So now Perfect Kerewin is a martial arts master who effortlessly takes down a grown man twice her size who does physical, hard labour every day. Shockingly, the Mary Sue Self-Insert isn't even the _main_ reason that I despised this book. I felt physically ill reading this book because the author and her self-insert and fucking every other character in the book _actively condones child abuse._ I just can't even with the Booker panel that chose this book as a winner. I checked over the shortlist for 1985 to see who else was nominated and I'm shocked that they chose _this_ over Doris Lessing, Iris Murdoch, and Peter Carey.
183 0 Casique720 I know I'm gonna get heat from this, but the worst book I read last year was "the subtle art of not giving a fuck". People are raving about it, but it's very repetitive and full of information I already knew. The message is "don't worry about shit you can't control" except with the word fuck in every sentence. It was the equivalent of clickbate imo.
152 0 super_ag >It's ham-fistedly delivered nostalgia porn written from the perspective of the worst possible stereotype of a reddit neckbeard. I stopped reading when he pwned I-R0k by showing him to be a poser who doesn't really know 80's trivia like he's pretending to. The scene literally has a round of applause as the nerd vanquishes the cocky poser. It's like a horrible tumblr post.
66 0 Blackdomino Belinda Blinked by Rocky Flintstone. As made famous by the (highly recommended) podcast "My Dad Wrote a Porno". Hilariously terrible.
61 0 Snatch_Pastry Would you believe that his second book, *Armada*, is actually many times worse than RPO? It was shockingly bad, and essentially a straight ripoff of the movie "The Last Starfighter".
24 0 cat-pants I hated **Furiously Happy, by Jenny Lawson** so much I had to stop reading it.
41 0 hook1169 Artemis - While not necessarily a terrible book, it was definitely the worst one I read.
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137 0 OldMackysBackInTown 100% with you on this one, OP. Ready Player One takes the cake. What started as such a promising idea became repetitive and painful for the remainder of the book. Also, I really don't think the author is a very good writer. At all. He had a good idea, did his best to execute it, and failed. He just so happened to lure a lot of nostalgia fans into the mix, and they ate it all up. Now, all that said, I really do think it has more promise as a movie. The concept was great in my book, although highly improbable when you think some sort of 16 (18?) year old kid consumed so many years worth of media and just so happened to CONVENIENTLY RECALL IT ANY TIME HE NEEDED IT. Christ. That part still gets me. I can't even remember the opening theme song to some shows, but this kid is citing the season and episode number, along with the most mundane of interactions between characters. I'm a huge fan of Wayne's World, and can likely recite every line, but if you put me into the movie, I'm going to totally mess it up.
49 0 osidebirdman90 Before reading the content of your post I was going to comment **Ready Player One**. That’s so funny. I wholly agree.
90 0 Hashtag2Blessed Me Before You. Worst piece of romance trash since the Fifty Shades bullshitery.
25 0 Funkmaster_Flash The Shipyard Girls, which is weirdly the highest rated (by others) on my Goodreads Year in books. Its set in WW2 in the north of England and its about a group of young women who become welders in a shipyard. Great I thought a feminist book about manual labour, self worth and proving you can do anything. Ha it's a shitty romance where everyone knows everyone else in a city and everyone just happens to fall in love and become great friends.
12 0 ElBolovo Cyberstorm. It screams "give me a movie deal", looking more like a novelization of a movie than a novel per se. But it's not bad overall, I had luck with my last year picks.
31 0 krnm *Fifty Shades* would be too easy of an answer, so I'll go with *Cracking the Jewish Code* by Perry Stone. I found it in a thrift store, and being Jewish myself, I wanted to know how much he knew. The idea seemed simple enough: you know how the Jews are inordinately rich, powerful, resilient, and attractive, right? Well what if I told you that instead of being the work of a secret cabal, it's because they follow the rules that Moses laid down in the Old Testament? Seriously though, it's a sort of self-help book for Christians that basically says, "You know that book we talk about? You should read it, there's some good ideas in there." But then it gets into weird stuff like numerology, using the power of prayer to improve your fertility, and how God ended the Cold War.
48 0 OzneroI American gods. I just couldn’t like the book. I felt like the idea behind it was fantastic, but then it just ended up being boring. If you liked the book then good on you, it was the first book I ever bought that I didn’t like, followed by the moon is a harsh mistress.
10 0 ieatbeet Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris. I wasn't a big fan of previous three Hannibal books, they were just OK in my opinion, by that one was extremely bad and boring.
60 0 testicle_basket The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I know it's really popular, and this is probably gong to sound harsh, but wow, what a load of drivel. Zero character development, zero likeable characters, zero plot development... it's like Grossman decided he was going to start writing a story with absolutely no forethought, a general grasp of what might attract fantasy readers, and just started rambling. Then kept rambling. Maybe introduce a character here or with a potential interesting storyline- oh nevermind, that's not actually going anywhere. I kept going, waiting for something interesting to happen that had a consequence later on, but nothing every materialized. His attempt at a climax was predictable and pointless. So unsatisfying; I can't believe it had enough of a following to create a tv series. Different strokes for different folks I know, but I just don't understand how anyone could come away from that feeling like it was, "a more adult version of Hogwarts," which is a review that enticed me to buy it. I realize comparing it to Harry Potter isn't fair, but IMO it is just a waste of words in it's own right. But that's just, like, my opinion dude. Edit: I just want to add that the biggest disappointment is the wasted potential. There were some good ideas in there, they just weren't fleshed out... at all. I think that's why I kept going despite the constant disappointment- I wanted to like it. Maybe I'll attempt the tv show because several of you have said that it translates much better on screen, but honestly it left such a sour taste that it might take me awhile to attempt it; so scared of being burned again. Edit 2: I binge watched the tv show and holy crow: it's a new favorite! My husband even got sucked into it with me. Crazy how much better it translates on screen. It is really well done.
19 0 YourLovelyMan It’s a little known fact that Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote a biography of Franklin Pierce, to be released for the latter’s presidential campaign. I decided to give it a go last year, and holy shit. I think it might be one of the worst books ever written.
32 0 LFCCalgary Just finished Ready Player One myself and boy howdy did it not live up to the hype. I mostly enjoyed the first two thirds of the book, but the third act, and anything to do with the romance was not good. Dull, predictable, and it felt like the main character was never in any real danger.
17 0 abr0414 Lovecraft Country. I didn't hate it per se, but I don't think it was worth the time.
8 0 xorphz Agreed. I'm a 90s kid so I went into RPO with no nostalgia lenses. I honestly thought it was fucking terrible. Making references just because is the worst kind of writing. And the argument thing, all they needed was to hand him a crisp $100% bill and it would have been perfect r/thathappened material.
14 0 AkrioX *sorts by controversial* I'm going in guys