Booking Through Thursday – Best ‘Bad’ Book?

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Suggested by Janet:

The opposite of last week’s question: ‘What’s the best €˜worst’ book you’ve ever read €” the one you like despite some negative reviews or features?’

My mind went blank when I first read this question and then I remembered Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, which has had so any bad reviews. I read it before I read any of the reviews fortunately because I doubt I would have bothered reading it if I had. I’m glad I didn’t because I enjoyed it. It may not be the best book ever written but it kept me entertained throughout, so much so that I then read his Angels and Demons. I think both books have that page-turning fast action that keeps me wanting to read on to find out what happens and I also like the puzzle-solving aspects, although I think Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose is far better.

12 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday – Best ‘Bad’ Book?

  1. I’m glad you explained why you liked The DaVinci Code. I read it after the movie came out (although I hadn’t seen it yet) and was very disappointed to see that that was what everyone was raving about. My own best worsts reminded me, though, that I can’t really throw stones at others, seeing as one of them is by the same people that penned the lyric: “I’m Such A Good Good Boy/I Just Need A New Toy/I Tell Ya What, Girl/Dance For Me, I’ll Keep You Overemployed.”

    BTW, I love the picture on your blog. Looks like beautiful countryside.


  2. The Da Vinci Code was one I thought of too. I really liked Angels and Demons a lot more than The Da Vinci Code, and I hope the movie version is better than The Da Vinci Code!


  3. I have seen the Da Vinci Code in a lot of posts today. I haven’t read it myself but I did try and read ‘The Name of the Rose’ with no success.


  4. I liked “The DaVinci Code” very much. The intrigue especially and the characters. I am a cryptoquote addict and like secret codes and it was just the type of book that would keep me turning the pages. I was taken in the same fast pace whirlwind as the characters. The Name of the Rose is wonderful. The writing, the story, the era and the Characters. Also the description of the inside life of an abbaye with the illustration of manuscripts with a mystery to top it off, I just fell for it. I could picture the monks laboring over sanding the parchement in the damp cold stone rooms.


  5. I read the Da Vinci code as well. But it is an entertaining fast paced read even though people like to slam it! I probably have a few other books like that I’ve read….


  6. I think “The Da Vinci Code” fits this bill rather well. While disregarded by many bibliophiles and critics, it’s got a fast-paced, exciting charm to it. Nobody has ever claimed it’s a classic or even a good novel. I just remember seeing people who wouldn’t read much otherwise enjoying it immensely for the thriller-like feel and the simple writing. I feel like the bad reviews come from people trying to overanalyze a book that needs no analysis.


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