Tuesday Thingers


This week’s question posed by Wendi:

What is your least-favorite book(s)? Is your least-favorite book listed in your LT library? If it is listed, do you have anything special in the tags or comments section? How have others rated your least-favorite book?

My answer:

What is my least favourite book? I have no idea! These days if I don’t like book I drop it and if I do finish it and was unimpressed I don’t hang on to it. There are so many great books that I don’t have time or houseroom to persist with books I don’t take to.

There are however a couple of exceptions to this rule. I have two books with just one star apiece in my LibraryThing catalogue. Both are second novels that disappointed me after I loved the author’s first book.

Here they are:

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

2898 members have it in their library and it has an average rating of 3.4.

A book that seemed to disappint a lot of people. A lot of reading but not much plot and zero resolution

The Inconstant Husband by Susan Barrett

Just 4 members have it in their library and it has an average rating of just 2.25.

Susan Barrett’s first novel, Fixing Shadows, was a lovely piece of Victoriana. This one was set in the early 20th century but it has modern day sensibilities and that just didn’t work for me.

I hold onto these two in the hope that I might pick them up one day and discover that I misjudged them and they really were as great as the books that came before …

9 responses

  1. There is nothing quite like the disappointment of reading a second book by an author you like and the book is disappointing. That rarely happens, but when it does, it’s worse than any other poor read.

  2. I wish I could do that – if I don’t like a book, just don’t finish it. It makes so much sense on so many levels. Yet, I keep plowing through. Or sometimes I’ll just stop and put it back in the TBR. A few times if I tried the same book again a few months later, I like it.

  3. Haven’t read either of those, but I’ve looked at The Little Friend a bit, and decided it’s probably not for me. I definitely agree about dropping a book if it doesn’t hold my interest. My TBR pile is so huge, there’s always another book waiting to be sampled.

  4. Oh goodness, ‘The Little Friend’ is frightful. I tried to make myself read a page a day, as I don’t like giving up on a book, but found myself deliberately mislaying my spectacles so I’d have a good excuse not to bother. My mother enjoyed it enormously, which probably indicates it’s not for me either. In Tartt’s defence, ‘The Secret History’ was a tough act to follow.

  5. I need to get better about stopping books if I don’t like them (or skimming and checking the end to see if it gets any better). šŸ™‚

    Thanks for stopping by and participating in Thingers last week! I’ve got the post up for this week, have you seen the new customizable widgets on LT? ~ Wendi

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