After reading so many books, it’s surprising how few I seriously dislike… My “Not Worth It” shelf features a measly 8 books. That being said, to make it onto my “Not Worth It” shelf, I need to seriously hate a book.
Title: The Kindly Ones
Author: Jonathan Littell
Why I Hate It: I had heard this book was controversial and I honestly assumed it was just because of the graphic descriptions of the atrocities of WWII. I went into this book figuring it would be gross, figuring there would be a lot of graphic deaths, and figuring that it would be upsetting. I never anticipated just what would be so graphic and upsetting about it. The author seems to have a fixation on poop… and not just any poop, specifically pooping out bugs. I couldn’t even get into the story because I couldn’t get passed the descriptions of the dreams that the main character was having, about pooping out bugs. I would say that I’d like to give this book another shot (I still own it, so it shouldn’t be too hard to pick up and read) but the book is soured for me, I really don’t want to revisit any bug poop, thank you very much.
Title: When You Are Engulfed in Flames
Author: David Sedaris
Why I Hate it: While amusing (at times) I felt that this book was entirely pointless. Sedaris presents stories of his life in an unconnected manner without much flow. At the end of this book I thought to myself, “Now what have I gained by reading this book?” the only answer I could think of was only that I had just wasted an hour of my time reading this book that seemingly had no point.
Title: Jitterbug Perfume
Author: Tom Robbins
Why I Hate It: I have tried to read this book countless times and have never been able to finish it. I always get stuck somewhere around 3/4 of the way through. I just find myself unable to continue and expose myself to more uncomfortable mentions of sex and horny goats. The philosophy in this book is really quite fantastic and if there weren’t so many references to sexual deeds then this would probably have become one of my favorite books.
Please note that this list is subject to change.