Musing Mondays (19)

 Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.  Each week we will get a fun reading related question to answer.  This week Musing asks:

What is your least favorite book? Why?

My least favorite book was definitely The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold.  I didn’t enjoy it at all.  I am not a person who doesn’t finish a book, so I trudges through this one and by the end I was really wishing I hadn’t finished.  To me, there wasn’t a lot of point to reading this story and the most interesting part of the book was the misleading synopsis.  Most of the stuff that happened in the book made no sense or had no real point. I won’t bash an author, but I can say I did not enjoy this book at all, and since I thought The Lovely Bones was only okay, I doubt I will be reading anything else by this author.


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4 responses to “Musing Mondays (19)

  1. Ann

    I passed on “The Lovely Bones” so seems like I made a good choice. I haven’t heard of the other book.

  2. techeditor

    STRANGERS ON A TRAIN by Patricia Highsmith, considered a classic by many. I hated it.

    Written in 1950, Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train is said to be a classic among thrillers. Alfred Hitchcock even based a movie on this book. But I was disappointed.

    I don’t like to say too much about a book’s story because I resent book flaps that give it away and don’t want to do the same. It’s enough to know, then, that Strangers on a Train begins with two men meeting on a train. One immediately becomes obsessed with the other and stalks him throughout most of the rest of the book, although, of course, a book written in 1950 wouldn’t use the word “stalked.”

    Most of the rest of Strangers on a Train also consists of the other man’s thoughts, his feelings of guilt that seem to be on the brink of driving him crazy. He feels guilty about actions he took that he feels were forced on him. And his many thoughts that went on and on and on with endless repetition were so monotonous and difficult to read that I found myself skipping paragraphs.

    I’m also not a fan of this book because everyone but one detective is stupid. Granted, because the book was written in 1950, the dialog sounded exactly like a 1940s movie, in which I always thought characters (with the exception of Jimmy Stewart’s characters) didn’t talk the way people really talk. But that isn’t to say they sound stupid. In this book, they do.

    The man being stalked, especially, makes one stupid decision after the other. And then, in spite of the stupidity of everyone in the book, the one exception I make, a detective, miraculously understands what happened with the two strangers on a train. Yet nowhere are we told how he figures it out other than his prior understanding of the stalker.

    Although I thought I saw all the Alfred Hitchcock movies, I don’t remember seeing this one. So I’m going to borrow this DVD from the library and see what Hitchcock did with it.(

  3. I’m trying to remember The Almost Moon…I know I read it, so the fact that I can’t remember much about it could mean that it wasn’t memorable to me. Thanks for sharing, and here’s MY MUSING MONDAYS POST

  4. Oh, I know this one right away. Gerald’s Game by Stephen King. I’ve tried to read it at least three times and given up every time. It’s double disappointing for me because not only do I hate to give up on books, King is one of my favorite authors. That’s the only reason I’ve tried as many times as I have.

    The Lovely Bones made me sob my head off while I was reading it, but after I was finished I felt really emotionally manipulated. I don’t think it was a bad book, but I liked it a lot less after thinking about it than I did initially.

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