TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I’d throw into the ocean
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.
There’s a difference between a bad book and a book which is so next-level terrible that you’d gladly throw it into the ocean. These ten books are ones that are so bad that I wish they hadn’t even been published!
Crossed by Ally Condie
I read Crossed by Ally Condie last month, and I hated it. It’s the most pointless second book in a series I have ever read. You could easily skip it and go straight from Matched to Reached and feel as though you hadn’t missed out on anything at all!
Big Bones by Laura Dockrill
I read Big Bones when it was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize back in 2019, and I found it horrendously triggering. This book features scenes in which the main character describes exactly how she makes herself sick after binging, and that’s not something that needs to be published.
Bunker by Andrea Maria Schenkel
Or, more specifically, the English translated version of Bunker by Andrea Maria Schenkel. I tried to read this with Sean, but we ended up DNFing it even though it was only just over 100 pages because it was extremely difficult to read. The sentences were fragmented, some paragraphs managing to stretch over two or three pages in length because of how badly the story had been translated. I’d be interested in knowing if this is better in the original German!
The Dead Days Journal by Sandra R. Campbell
The Dead Days Journal is one of the only books I’ve DNFed this year so far, but I found it absolutely disgusting. It’s the end of the world, so a girl’s doomsday-prepper father arranges for one of the other members of their community to rape his daughter because she doesn’t want to have a baby. Gross, gross, GROSS.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
It’s not a secret that I hate The Fault in Our Stars. I just don’t understand why everyone is so enamored with it. John Green plagiarises himself, copying one of the most impactful quotes from Looking For Alaska and shoving it into this poorly constructed metaphor of a novel. I will never forgive him for that decision.
Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend by Alan Cumyn
Another book I DNFed. I thought the pterodactyl in the title was going to be some kind of allegory, but it’s not. It’s literally a girl, falling in love with a hot pterodactyl. What.
Marly’s Ghost by David Levithan
Marly’s Ghost is a retelling of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, in which a boy’s girlfriend dies and all of his friends treat him terribly because he hasn’t gotten over her death. She’s been dead for like a month! Leave the boy alone, you monsters! I read this back in 2016 and it still irritates the hell out of me.
Massive by Julia Bell
Another story about weight and eating disorders that I found extremely triggering. For some reason when I read Massive I gave it two stars, but in hindsight this definitely feels more like a one star novel.
The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder
I normally like trips to museums, but this one was boring and bland. There’s a ‘twist’ which I saw coming within the first page – LITERALLY – and other than that not an awful lot happens. An absolutely gorgeous cover, but I feel no regrets about unhauling this book.
The Sham by Ellen Allen
Another absolutely disgusting book that I’m glad I DNFed. Within the first couple of chapters there are torture scenes in which a group of girls bully an autistic child and force him to do some heinous things. I still feel physically sick when I think about this book.
I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday list! Are there any books you really want to throw into the ocean?
See you soon,