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Today’s Booking through Thursday’s question is: What, in your opinion, is the best book that you haven’™t liked? Mind you, I don’™t mean your most-hated book’“oh, no. I mean the most accomplished, skilled, well-written, impressive book that you just simply didn’™t like.

I find this question quite hard to answer, mainly because if I don’t like a book I usually don’t finish reading it. The only book I gave up on recently was Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth. I found it long winded, tedious and boring. I’d borrowed it from the library and after renewing it several times I eventually returned it without finishing it. I got tired of Lily and her lust for luxury. It was one of the books read in Cornflower’s Book Group and I think nearly everybody else loved it – see here

I think the real turn-off for me is when I find I’m bored with a book and it could be the subject or the style. Fortunately they drop out of my mind very soon, which is why I can’t think of any others right now.

14 thoughts on “Best

  1. Good for you for not finishing it. So many times people push their way through books and I always wonder why. If you hate it, then give up. Move on, there’s too many great books out there. I don’t think this one was on my radar and it’s definitely off it now. Thanks. 🙂


  2. I seem to be going through other people’s posts and admitting that I love the books they hated/disliked. Doesn’t bother me in particular because I’m used to being Odd One Out. Edith Wharton is one of my favorite authors; however, I don’t expect everyone else to like the same writers I do. As someone else said: if the book is boring you, don’t read it! There are too many out there for us to read for us to force ourselves to read ones we don’t like.


  3. I don’t like to admit this, but I’ve never read any Edith Wharton. Just the descriptions of her books make me yawn. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its synopsis, but I’ve just never been able to get beyond that.


  4. I haven’t read anything by edith wharton – her books just don’t interest me. I have found there to be books that I will quit reading because the writing is so bad or the story just fails to capture me. I definitely won’t keep slogging through if it’s that bad.

    Robin of mytwoblessings


  5. I quite agree Gautami.
    CJ it looks like it doesn’t it – but other people love The House of Mirth – you might like it.
    Kathy, I might try another one, but I don’t get on very well with slow moving plots.
    Sally, I thought only of books I’d recently given up on, and so it was just this one.
    Jennifer, yes it’s the style that the killer.
    Carol, neither have I! Well not all of it.
    S Krishna, you don’t recommend the Age of Innocence then?
    Unfinished Person, yes life’s too short to read a boring book.
    Cathy, you’re not the odd one out – plenty of other people like it and we can’t all like the same books.
    JLSHall, yes it made me yawn – and nod off.
    Robin, me too – there are so many other books to read.
    Tina, I hope you’ll enjoy it more than I did.
    Lyn, thank goodness we’re no longer forced to read any books.


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