This is my fourth post of the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge, hosted by Good Books and Good Wine. You can read my previous posts here:
Day 1 - 15 Bookish Confessions
Day 2 - Reading Routines
Day 3 - Blogging BFFs
Day 4 prompt:
What's the last book you flung across the room?
I've never ACTUALLY thrown a book across the room - I'm more of a 'put it down on the bed/floor/table and huff a bit' kind of girl - but that doesn't mean there aren't some books that really annoyed me, or that I hated for some reason! If I WAS a book-throwing person, these would definitely be my top two contenders:
Teen Valour, by Alaric Adair
The first in a series of Alex Rider-style boy-in-a-top-secret-organisation novels, I actually quite liked the plot of this one. Unfortunately, the editing was horrendous and some of it clunked horribly. There were some really odd descriptions and massive overuse of names in the dialogue (if you're talking to one other person, you don't use their name in every single sentence!). I still gave the book three stars, but had some real qualms about giving such a badly-edited book to a child when kids learn so much about writing style from what they read. It came from the LibraryThing Member Giveaway scheme, and the author damned himself thoroughly by responding to my review with two very indignant personal comments on my profile. NOPE. LT members can read the full review - which includes a couple of my particular favourite gaffes - for themselves by clicking here (I read it in 2010, pre-blog).
Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
I CANNOT understand why this book has such a cult following. I mean, the story in the middle, about the maze and the cheese and the mice, was very nice and had a Message and a Moral - but it was hardly breaking new ground, and there are a fair few round-robin emails out there that do the same thing in less words for free. But what REALLY bugged me about this one was the fact that the actual story was only the middle third of the book. The first and last third was basically just one long round of "Hey, my book's amazing and CHANGES LIVES!" and "Let me construct a convenient situation where OTHER people sit around a table and talk about how my book's amazing and CHANGES LIVES!" You get the idea. It's self-advertising for a book that someone's already borrowed/bought, which seems so pointless and egotistical. You're basically paying to have the book that's ALREADY IN YOUR HAND advertised to you for two thirds of the page count. My bullshit radar had a field day and I think I came the closest I've ever come to actually using a book as a projectile! Again, this was a pre-blog read, waaaay back in 2009 - LT members can read my deeply unimpressed little review by clicking here.
What about you? Are there any particular books that you have mentally OR actually thrown across a room, and what was it about them that elicited such a strong reaction?