I really don't like to talk ugly about books. But you must be warned.
French Fairy Tales by Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy is an ebook version of a classic collection of French stories, and it's on the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read list. This version is poorly translated into English from the French, with many errors in verb tenses, the use of pronouns, and incorrect vocabulary. In addition, many pages are poorly scanned, and the resulting pages are unreadable. I requested my money back from Amazon.
The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon. This book, sadly, was an early Newbery winner. What a struggle it was to get through it! This is the story of the history of the world through the ages, written for a young audience. It is said to have been amended and updated and added to, but, if that is so, I can only shudder to think of the awful book that this book was originally. It is, in its present form, chock full of cruel opinions and mean asides about various peoples and their actions through the ages.
Hitty: Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field. Another early Newbery winner. This one is the life of a wooden doll. Please tell me I never have to read this again.
Nerd Gone Wild by Vicki Lewis Thompson. This was one of my few attempts to read a true romance book. I haven't tried again.
American Utopia written by David Byrne and illustrated by Maira Kalman was hugely disappointing. I love quirky, and I love Maira Kalman, but felt to me like it was pointless.
Angry Conversations with God by Susan E. Isaacs is a book written by a celebrity and I really don't like reading books by celebrities. Maybe instead of talking to God (ranting, really) Isaacs might do a little listening?
I May Be Wrong But I Doubt It by Charles Barkley. I really don't like reading books by celebrities. Just because you can play basketball doesn't mean you can write...
It's Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong. Again, I really don't like books by celebrities. And Lance later turned out to be a not-very-nice fellow, didn't he?
Name and Address Withheld by Jane Sigaloff. Too bad the author didn't withhold her name from this awful book.
The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands by Laura Schlessinger. Need I say more?
It hasn't happened very often. But there are a few books I'd gladly throw into the ocean or toss into the recycling bin. I've written about a couple before here: Top Ten Books I Hated, Loathed, and Otherwise Abhorred. I won't bring those up again. But just know that this list includes the wildly popular The Sparrow and A Prayer for Owen Meany.
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