Friday, June 26, 2015

5 Books I Will Never Recommend // a list

The Book Thief - Marcus Zusak
I'll be honest. I did recommend this one a couple of times. But after trying to explain the plot and characters to people and seeing their horrified expressions, I won't be recommending this book! (It's not a bad book, in fact I thought it was brilliant and fascinating. But it's narrated by a character that is, quite literally, Death, and it sounds morbid and terrible when you try to explain that Death travels around the world carefully collecting souls... See, you probably think I'm super weird now. ;)

The Master of Ballantrae - Robert Louis Stevenson
I love most of Stevenson's books, but this one is one I read once and will never read or think about again. (although it's sitting on my bookshelf and I won't get rid of it because I'm a book hoarder.) It was just strange, and the ending was so ridiculous I laughed, although I think it was supposed to be a depressing ending.

Jacob Have I Loved - Katherine Paterson-
I've actually read this one twice, but it's so weird and depressing, (not to mention that she basically falls in love with a 70-year-old man when she's 14. STRANGE!) I don't know what I think about the story. It's sad.

Hard Times - Charles Dickens
UGH! I usually love Dickens, but this book was just positively awful! I finished it simply because I'm working though all of Dickens works so that someday I shall have the satisfaction of knowing I read them all, but unless you want a similar accomplishment, DON'T BOTHER WITH HARD TIMES!!

Call of the Wild - Jack London
I really intensely disliked this one. I think the perspective (from a Dog's point of view) was interesting, but so far fetched and absurd that I didn't enjoy it, and I actually don't let my siblings read it. (I do most of the previewing for my family.)


  1. This is an awesome idea for a post, Bex! Would you mind if I tried this on my book blog sometime while crediting you with the idea?

    Jacob Have I Loved sounded cool based on the synopsis from a VHS copy in our church's library, but the book just sounds . . . weird. :P

    Dance A Real
    walking in the air.

    1. absolutely, do it on your blog!!! ( I'm excited to see your picks!)

      Jacob is a weird, weird book- all about a girl who feels unloved her whole life because she thinks her sister gets all the attention... kinda lame, really. :)

  2. I've always wanted to read the Book Thief but I'm not much of a reader so I haven't gotten around to it. I get what you mean about death narrating it... its the same in the movie, and it's kinda creepy at first. Have you seen the movie? It's one of my favorites... it's amazing.

    1. I did watch the movie several years ago-- I actually really want to show it to my mom sometime soon. :) It was brilliantly done and beautiful!

  3. I LOVE THE BOOK THIEF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 :D

    1. I KNOW, RIGHT!!! its such a beautiful story. :)

  4. Wow, I honestly didn't like the book Thief either! I also found it morbid. WWII was horrible but I don't like the book because it seems to take God's hand out of the matter of death. "Death" doesn't take souls, God does. But the story was sweet, I just can't get over the morbid side of the book, or for that matter, the movie.


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