Books people are supposed to like but to which I say, Meh


Reading books keeps me ticking. But I'm ready to confess some of my sins when it comes to the Important Books of the World.

Blindness by Jose Saramago—Pulitzer? Okay. But. Meh.

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner—Call me a Philistine of an English major, but this is just one of those experimental breakthroughs I couldn't get into.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce—It certainly has some beautiful writing, and Joyce was truly a master, but I didn't feel very attached to Stephen Dedalus. Sue me.

I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb—If Oprah picked it, it's gotta be Important, right? And Lamb is the only author to be picked twice by Oprah. I've tried several times to dive into this enormous tome, and it just doesn't hook me.

What books do you say Meh to while the rest of the world is raving?

Posted by Erin of The Fierce Beagle


The Naked Redhead said...

Anything by Ayn Rand. I've tried, I really have...but meh. Sorry WORLD!

Melanie's Randomness said...

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man!! Definitely! I suffered reading this book. I wanted to scream at the main character to talk to that girl he thought about it all the time & when he walks away I was livid. Joyce didn't need to go on & on about the church gospels.

I didn't like "The Stranger" by Camus. It's actually one of the F's I got in high school because I just hated the book.

I also thought "Lord of the Flies" was meh too.

Marie said...

Harry Potter series. I really liked the first one but got halfway through the second and just wasn't excited. I have been told they get better, but it's a lot of reading for something I thought was meh.

Tonya said...

Anything by Jack Kerouac. I've tried. But. Meh.

Tonya said...

Also, I totally agree with The Naked Redhead (I wonder if I would say that in the 'real' world?) Ayn Rand = Meh and, perhaps a little diabolical.

Anonymous said...

Lord of the Flies, Twilight (I think that goes without saying), and the Lovely Bones.

magnolia said...

harry potter. twilight. the da vinci code. ayn rand. yeah, sorry - not interested. i am automatically suspicious of books that everyone LOVESLOVESLOVES just right off the bat. if it's too popular, it raises my hackles a little.

Erin said...

Oh yeah I can't believe I forgot Ayn Rand. Wait, yes I can, because Meh.

middleagedrunner said...

I agree that the Da Vinci code- and all following sequels- were borderline heinous. I could not understand the hype there.

I have a bone to pick with Jodi Picoult (sp?) as well. She is the queen of "same story, same people, different title." Which I strongly dislike.

And that kid who wrote the Lord of the rings knock off books about the dragon? (Eldest? Aragorn? Something like that.) I know he was about 4 when he penned those dreadful novels but they should never have made it to the store shelves. Just ghastly...

Mandy said...

Agree about Blindness!

I thought the same about The Road. I just couldn't care, and I usually love that type of apocalyptic lit!

And don't get me started on Twilight.

mahasin said...

Totally agree about all your books. One thing though, Oprah picked Faulker THREE times. YUCK.

H said...

Twilight was a huge meh for me- but then I mostly read it to give it a fair chance so I could rip on it in a better educated fashion. Also, Lord of the Rings- I've tried a couple times, but haven't been able to get into it.

Anonymous said...

Twilight. The entire series.

The Time Traveler's Wife.

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