Friday, July 08, 2011

bad books?

First of all - Book bloggers, I'm looking for some book suggestions. Please see item 3 on this post.

Now on to our regularly-scheduled follow-friday question post.

What is the worst book that you've ever read and actually finished?

The single worst book? I really have no idea. I've gotten so much better at giving myself permission to stop reading books that I'm not enjoying at all. So far I've had two did-not-finish books (see this post). My most punishing read-all-the-way-through book of recent memory was probably The Passage by Justin Cronin (see post) just because it was horribly long and slowly paced and not nearly as intriguing as I'd hoped it'd be.
I know that doesn't strictly answer the question, but that's all I've got this morning.

If you are visiting this blog for the first time, welcome! This is Karen. I'm a librarian and archivist and I've been writing this blog since 2006. Some of my favorite books are All We Know of Love (schneider), The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (kundera), The God of Small Things (roy), The Handmaid's Tale (atwood), Pride and Prejudice (austen), The Storyteller (vargas llosa), and Zahrah the Windseeker (okorafor-mbachu).

Here are my posts since my last follow-friday post (I skipped last week):


  1. AH! You have the Mists of Avalon on your banner I have The Passage on my TBR list. Some people love it and some hate it. I am excited to see where I stand.

  2. The banner is just a random shot from one of my bookshelves pre move. I can't even remember whether I got rid of _Mists of Avalon_ during my zealous pre- and post-move weeding.

  3. Hmmm. I have not read the Passage. I keep hearing mixed reviews.

    My Follow Friday. Have a great week!

  4. Funnym I also noticed the Mists of Avalon on your shelf. That's one of the few books that I kept from the early 80's :)

  5. I hate when books are super slow

  6. Haven't heard of that one. And it does bite when a book's pacing is off.

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!!

    Old Follower :)

  7. I'm reading (actually listening to) Girl In Translation by Jean Kwok right now. I am almost finished with it, but it is by far one of my best of 2011. I HIGHLY recommend it. That being said, I didn't check to see if you had actually read it yet, but if you haven't...please consider it. It is wonderful.

    Also, on your blog recommendation, I checked out The Parasol Protectorate books 1-3 from the library this week. I'm so excited to get started on them soon. Thanks so much!

  8. SweetestLittleBookworm, I haven't read Girl in Translation, but I'll definitely put it on my books-to-check-out list. Thanks! I'm happy to hear about you getting the PP books. I look forward to hearing what you think of them.

    Everyone else, thanks for stopping by. I hope each of you has a wonderful weekend.

  9. Hopping through. I've heard good and bad things about The Passage. I don't know if I'd like it.
    My Hop

  10. I saw you were listed in the literary blog directory, and I thought I'd share with you a blog hop I find fun, the Literary Blog Hop. This week's prompt is to tell about your favorite literary device. Here's my attempt to pick my favorite literary device.

    Also, I'd like to invite you to throw your name into the hat for a $25 Amazon gift certificate in Readerbuzz's July Giveaway!It's international!

    I hope you will stop by. I always follow back.

    (And I apologize for the cut-and-paste post....I'm not always so tedious.)

  11. New follower hopping through! It's the worst when you get a slow, drawn-out book.

    Hope you're having a good weekend! :)

    Reader's Refuge

  12. Thanks for the visit, Alyssa!