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My most hated books of all time

Follow up from before... jume asked, "What are 5 books you think everyone should read?" and in looking at past entries I found a special subset of books that I think people definitely DO NOT have to read, and I thought well that'd make for a fun entry too!

So here they are... Spacefem's most hated books!

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
Hated for: Guy with no responsibilities pretends he can understand the world by pontificating about nothing for 500 pages.

How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through The Science of Fascination
Hated for: Offering a quiz that you take yourself and claiming that it reports how other people see you. Rainbow enimas.

The Wonder Weeks: How to Stimulate Your Baby's Mental Development and Help Him Turn His 10 Predictable, Great, Fussy Phases Into Magical Leaps Forward.
Hated for: Lack of research, claiming that half of my baby's weeks could be spent in "leaps", plus or minus a couple weeks. So basically the authors could take credit for "predicting" any infant fussiness at any time.

Not Your Mother's Life: Changing the Rules of Work, Love, and Family
Hated for: Fear-mongering. Telling all college students to be afraid, be very afraid, of what happens when you MUST have a baby and your precious career comes crashing down on you because your five-year plan was a little off.

Hated for: Totally unnecesary rape scene and huge plot disappointment. Everybody's life sucks.

Financial Peace: Restoring Financial Hope to You and Your Family (Dave Ramsey)
Hated for: Blaming most of the world's economic issues on everyone just going to the mall too much.

The Fountainhead
Hated for: Portraying an self-absorbed asshole as just brilliant and misunderstood. And if you're not the brilliant savior, you're in the way. Go crawl in a hole and die.

The Catcher in the Rye
Hated for: Whiny brat thinks his life is rough and treats women like they all owe him something.

Sorry, books! You just weren't good for me. BYE.


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May. 28th, 2016 09:59 pm (UTC)
The Rainbow Fish. Hated for: Teaching kids that you can only be happy if you give away everything that makes you YOU so everybody ends up exactly the same.
May. 29th, 2016 01:57 am (UTC)
Oh gosh yes!

Also The Giving Tree: If you love someone, let them ax murder you just because they want a boat.

Edited at 2016-05-29 01:57 am (UTC)
May. 29th, 2016 01:39 am (UTC)
I'd like to say After The Blast but then again, I actually admire how it somehow manages to be bland and hilariously inept at the same time.
May. 29th, 2016 02:14 am (UTC)
Glad I'm not the only one that hated Catcher in the Rye. My friend read it in HS and was always on about how AMAZING it was. I read it and couldn't figure out what it was supposed to be about.
May. 29th, 2016 04:46 am (UTC)
Yes! And he's so whiny and I can't bear it. (I know that's sort of the point, that he's a disaffected teen. BUT WHINY.)
May. 29th, 2016 04:50 am (UTC)
I loved Zen because it encouraged me to try fixing things. Turns out, I can fix some things!
May. 29th, 2016 06:56 am (UTC)
Whoa, and I heard a lot of good things about Swamplandia.
May. 29th, 2016 07:14 am (UTC)
I agree with all of these, especially Zen, Fountain Head, and New Rules. (And Wonder Weeks, gah! So popular when I first had E, and so crazymaking.) You have great taste in things to detest.
May. 29th, 2016 09:15 am (UTC)
Aww, I liked the last two.

I haven't read the Wonder Weeks but I hate it intensely because I belong to these mum's groups on Facebook and they worship it like the Oracle. It seemed obvious to me it was a bnch of woo, and it turns our it was debunked by the author's own grad student in 1998!

Someone needs to write something on rational wiki about it.

May. 29th, 2016 12:10 pm (UTC)
omg, I just went to wikipedia and it's got the little story about the grad student trying to replicate the findings in a study and debunking the whole thing. NICE. I'm adding that as a footnote to my entry on Wonder Weeks just in case people revisit it. I got a shoutout on babycenter lately, I found in a search, by another mom who sensed that it was a load of pseudoscience hogwash.
May. 29th, 2016 10:57 am (UTC)
The only one I've read is The Fountainhead, and I hated it, too. Not so much for him, as for her. What a useless, pathetic creature. This was the woman this so-called genius, who had no use for anyone other than other geniuses, wanted? Made no sense to me.
May. 29th, 2016 02:03 pm (UTC)


That's a great subject for discussion! I don't usually get a big hate on a book because I have no problem abandoning one when it annoys me. I have no feeling of obligation toward books.

I, too, was left cold by Catcher in the Rye. Read it in high school, perhaps, and couldn't see what the fuss was about. Possibly too much adulation preceded it. Everyone hates The Fountainhead because apparently it is just like the inside of Ayn Rand's head and she was hateful and self-regarding.

I would add several required-reading type books to this list such as Tale of Two Cities and everything by Mark Twain, but it's probably just because they were imposed on me. The book that I have had a very strong response to in the last decade was Cormac McCarthy's The Road; I loved it, hated it, deeply regretted reading it, then decided it was a work of genius that I would never recommend to anyone, all in one night when I read it.
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