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Redglitter Thu 23-Jul-15 22:37:33

Plenty of threads for recommendations but what books would you advise people to avoid

For me it's 'Her' by Harriet Gray

A total non story with a dreadful ending. I actually thought my kindle had forgotten to download the last chapter. Don't know if the author was running late for her deadline or what but ugh avoid

Wolfiefan Thu 23-Jul-15 22:38:12

Cloud Atlas. Like WTF?

CaptainHolt Thu 23-Jul-15 22:54:51

Kate Mosse - Labyrinth - too ridiculous

Jojo Moyes - Me before you - Unrealistically worthy portrayal of 'working class' family plus woman being taught, pygmalion like, about foreign language films. Also cringy.

The 100 year old man - Dull as fuck.

Redglitter Thu 23-Jul-15 23:05:40

oops Her is by Harriet Lane not Grey

slkk Thu 23-Jul-15 23:07:57

Quite enjoyed me before you.

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 23-Jul-15 23:09:12

Gone Girl. Was actually quite cross that I'd wasted part of my life on it.

TheyGotTheMustardOut Thu 23-Jul-15 23:10:14

Run, Rabbit by Updike - grow the fuck up, Rabbit! The book gave me the rage.

ladydepp Thu 23-Jul-15 23:31:19

Girl on the train - awful, I really don't get its popularity

(but Cloud Atlas is one of my all time favourites!)

slkk Thu 23-Jul-15 23:59:14

Also enjoyed gone girl and girl on train. But not cloud atlas.

BualadhBos Fri 24-Jul-15 00:14:06

The Tme Traveller's Wife. rubbish and very long

treaclesoda Fri 24-Jul-15 00:19:03

Lord of the Rings. I'm very stubborn and don't like to let a book 'beat' me, but bloody hell it was tedious.

NuggetofPurestGreen Fri 24-Jul-15 00:29:01

ladydepp was going to say The Girl on the Train too. Painful.

Costacoffeeplease Fri 24-Jul-15 00:53:38

The poisonwood bible and Jonathan strange and mr Norrell - I wasted hours on both of these

wwbuffydo Fri 24-Jul-15 01:08:38

Can't believe no-ones claimed this yet- but 50 shades of grey. I hate it. A lot.

DuchessofMalfi Fri 24-Jul-15 06:07:06

I loved Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Her by Harriet Lane was my favourite read of last summer.

But I will give you The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro. Truly the worst book of the year so far. I can't believe I wasted time on that utter tripe. Have no idea what he was thinking when he wrote that. He's a good writer and I have enjoyed several of his previous books but he's seriously lost the plot with this one imo.

Cric Fri 24-Jul-15 06:20:46

Time travellers wife is one of my favourites.... I love it!!!

RhubarbAndMustard Fri 24-Jul-15 06:24:15

Yes to Gone Girl. I'm half way through and thinking when will this get any better.

MrsPnut Fri 24-Jul-15 06:32:02

Lovely bones by Alice Seabold. I've started this book twice and both times given up in disgust because it's dire.

33goingon64 Fri 24-Jul-15 06:43:33

The Dice Man. Misogynistic crap.

slkk Fri 24-Jul-15 08:37:43

I think lovely bones is for teenagers. I loved the time travellers wife gripping though I read the first half grumbling and tutting that it was a 'stupid book, stupid idea' but somehow couldn't stop reading. Loved it.

LeBearPolar Fri 24-Jul-15 08:51:42

Girl on the Train was just meh after all the bloody hype. She gave me the rage too.

The latest Marian Keyes - i used to like her because although I don't like chick-lit, she has a sharp humour. I can read Rachel's Holiday over and over again. But she's just gone soft now: it's basically your run of the mill stuff.

TobikkoRoll Fri 24-Jul-15 08:59:20

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, don't know why I succumbed to the hype - I thought it was awful. Poorly written and just what was the point of the main character?!?

Also have not enjoyed The Miniaturist, no revelation and no satisfaction hmm

maudpringles Fri 24-Jul-15 09:19:43

A quiet belief in Angels - relentless misery

CoteDAzur Fri 24-Jul-15 14:04:12

"Cloud Atlas. Like WTF?"

Like, great book that you didn't get wink

CoteDAzur Fri 24-Jul-15 14:05:44

Re "Books to avoid" - I'd put in that list any heavily-marketed, over-hyped book by an unknown author that suddenly becomes a bestseller. I'll happily wait a year or two, then read it if it's still talked about as a great book.

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