Friday, January 19, 2018

Your Turn

Book you had to read for school that you disliked the most.

86 comments:

Former CNN Anchor Candy Crowley said...

I must be emotionally constipated. I haven't given a shyt for days.

totaji said...

I hated Catcher in the Rye as a kid (Holden seemed too whiney.) I love it and Salinger’s other works as an adult.

Boo Hearne said...

Moby's Dick. Reading was kinda flat.

Sparkly Girl said...

A Wrinkle in Time

T. W. said...

I assume you mean before college. Either the Huck Finn or Tom Sawyer book. The teacher read it out loud and made sure to say the N word loudly and repeatedly. American literature sucks anyway. I preferred the British literature class.

Moose said...

Steinbeck's "Travels With Charley". Hated it then, hate it now. And pretty much find anything Steinbeck has written insufferable, with "Cannery Row" just a slight exception.

rocky619ca said...

In 6th grade, Where the Red Fern Grows.

PhyllisWhitweed said...

Walkabout. We moved a lot as a kid. I went to 10 different schools. This effing thing was mandatory at 4 different schools. So I had to keep rereading it for 3 years of my life. It sucks as a story.

AndrewBW said...

"Great Expectations". It took me years to attempt Dickens after that. I've liked a number of his books since then, but have never attempted GE again.

pegd said...

Animal Farm

roxy said...

Not a book but a short story.... The Lottery.

Oh, and Silas Marner. Blech.

sandybrook said...

The Iliad and it's companion The Odyssey by Homer.😣

Another Pisces said...

The Bell Jar

Tuesdi said...

Roxy - The lottery traumatized me in 7th grade. I LOVE books but I truly hated Lord of the Flies the most.

Do Tell said...

It's a tie between Ayn Rand's "Anthem," which I had to read for 7th grade AP English, and which made me swear off Ayn Rand forever, and "Giants Of The Earth," a 500+ page novel about Norwegian pioneer immigrants in the American Midwest that is every bit as dry and dull as it seems, that I was forced to read for 10th grade English.

mihalina said...

The Old Man And The Sea.

Sara, Making It Work said...

Island of the Blue Dolphins (5th grade)
And
The Grapes of Wrath (11th)

Uggghhhhhh just NO

Brayson87 said...

I was going to say Ethan Frome, who cares about a frickin' pickle dish. But AndrewBW nailed it, Great Expectations was incredibly boring, convoluted and the characters were awful.

Florin said...

I don't think it's well known, but we had to read it in 6th grade: A Solitary Blue.

Ellen Meekin said...

Anthem by Ayn Rand (blessedly short, thank goodness).

Don't comment unless you read the whole thing said...

In the Dickens vein, my least fave was A Tale of Two Cities. Only made it to page 52. But, unlike a couple folks above, two of my all-time faves are the Odyssey and Island of the Blue Dolphins!

cheesegrater15 said...

Fucking Frankenstein. It was so horribly written.

themomica said...

Agree

LizOz said...

Camus’ the stranger. I thought it was pretentious

T. W. said...

Do you like it now? I enjoyed reading it and I think it is relevant for today.

Normal. Yes indeed. said...

Timeo danaos et dona ferentes!

Inflatable said...

shuddering at even the name; Obasan.

Alexandria Anna said...

"The little match girl" by Hans Christian Andersen. It's a great book. The problem is, they told us to read it at age of 7, and it's too freaking dark for little kids. IMHO.

just thrive said...

really hated "The Lord of the Flies"

Count Jerkula said...

I failed 2 semesters of english in hogh scho be ause i refused to read Great Expectations. Paid by tge word dickens can rot in hwll

Violet617 said...

The Good Earth

Sara said...

Ethan Fromme.

Ann R. Key said...

The Good Earth (honorable mention: Silas Marner)

Della said...

Animal Farm & The Hobbit

Della said...

I did very much enjoy The Great Gatsby & Arms and the Man. Oh and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings!

WickedBee said...

Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock.
Ughhhhhhhh.

Desi Derium said...

I'm an English major, so I have read a LOT of books. The only one I couldn't get into was "Emma" by Jane Austin. Standout authors that I absolutely *loved* were Carson McCullers, any of the Bronte sisters, JD Salinger, and Evelyn Waugh.
Man, I miss college. :(

Sign Name Below said...

I liked the movie

Sign Name Below said...

Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure with any other Hardy coming in a close second.

joshg g said...

I made it to page 1

Chamomile Pee. said...

Kes.

Required reading in the UK school system. Thankfully it didnt deter me from reading, but damn was it a struggle reading that.

Raging Bunnies said...

The Scarlet Letter

Arrrrrrgh

Jean Pennie said...

Grapes of Wrath. Couldn't read the book, the Cliff Notes were just as boring, and even the album rented from the library was unbearably horrible.

Raging Bunnies said...

Loved Moby Dick.
Wrote a "feminine symbolism perspective" report.

Good times.
😐

Vivian Louise said...

Catcher in the Rye. I was pissed I had to read that pile of crap.

Shannon3n88 said...

"1984" - George Orwell. English cow thought it would be good for our class (of 1984) to read it. I despised it then, and even more so today, some *cough* decades later.

chopp said...

Moby Dick. In fact, there was a class revolt over it. Teacher said one day we would understand why we shd read it. She was right. Taught me how to plug thru long boring books as preparation for college.

DDonna Tarttty said...

"I Am the Cheese" and "The Chocolate War," both by Robert Cormier. I was in two different high school systems, had to read the first one in one, the second one in the other. Both were horribly depressing. One of them left me depressed for days, I think it was "Cheese." We also had to read "Go Ask Alice," when I was in school. I think that's been dropped now because it was proven to be fiction.

But so many downbeat, lousy books we were forced to read in high school: "Lord of the Flies," "Animal Farm," "Beowolf." I did like "Catcher in the Rye" and "To Kill a Mockingbird," though.

Frufra said...

High school - A Tale of Two Cities. Still can’t read the damn thing as an adult. My poor kid had to real Great Expectations this year and it nearly killed him, too.

College - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Caused me to roll my eyes at dangerously high frequencies. Haven’t ever tried to read it since.

Amy said...

It's the stuff of a Lifetime movie in a historical setting. The French Revolution, lots of spies and beheadings, and a romance involving unrequited love and two men who look so much alike one switches identities to save the life of the man the woman actually loves.

Amy said...

Great Expectations. At some point over the years I realized the old eccentric Miss Havisham character was basically the template for the Norma Desmond character in Sunset Boulevard (or maybe the Joe Gillis character actually made the comparison in the movie). But no kid on the planet is interested in either character, they are scary and impossible to understand until you're in maybe your 40s or so, and though I love Sunset Boulevard I have zero interest in taking a look again at Great Expectations.

The Kenzie Face said...

Jane Eyre. It was the first book I ever read for school that I couldn’t wait to finish. Jane is such a ninny!

Sign Name Below said...

Reread The Scarlett Letter in college and again in grad school. As I got older and had more life experience, I came to realize levels of the universal truth Hawthorne was revealing regarding the ongoing struggle for individual happiness within the framework of a (necessary) and functioning social structure. I also realized that it is criminal to make 17 year old kids read it, not just bc I feel sorry for the kids but it is unfair to Hawthorne's work which is truly magnificent.

Poppies115 said...

Fahrenheit 451.

fairylights said...

Moby Dick. Hated that book, hated the author, and hated the class.

cheesegrater15 said...

Movie is outstanding, though.

Junebug said...

The Pearl by John Steinbeck. I've always been an incredibly avid reader. For some reason, this book just didn't click with me.

The Kenzie Face - Jane is indeed an incredible ninny.

J.L Jones said...

The Great Gatsby

TVAnnie said...

Moby Dick, It was assigned reading in two of my college classes and I couldn't read it.

Gator said...

Njal's Saga

Weekittylass said...

Paradise Lost, Paradise Found by Milton and anything by John Donne. Blech.

Kay said...

"Red Badge of Courage"

I forfeited a lot of 5th grade recesses to finish it. Only I never finished. I finally wrote the book report on the movie. Nobody ever knew.

Freckles said...

Little women

RubyDust said...

I never liked any Hemingway but what stands out is Silas Marner. UGH.

lutefisk said...

Moby Dick.The longest, most boring book out there. I think I skipped most of the middle of the book. It never seemed to end. On top of reading it we had to give an oral presentation on something in the book. Don't ask me why but I chose harpooning rope.

just sayin' said...

"Catcher in the Rye". The only book I remember from school I found painfully boring and nonsensical. Ironically my brother committed suicide at 15 when I was 16 in the 70's. Teen mental health just wasn't on anyone's radar and there was no such thing as "teen suicide" -- literally -- the term didn't exist.

Emma F said...

Lord of the Flies

vickmcg said...

Prince and the Pooper. ugh. Worst ever followed at a close second by Moby Dick. So Borring!!!

auntliddy said...

Ethan Frome, the albatross, the Illiad- such depressing literature for teenagers in a hormonal revolution! And may i say The Great Gatesby is a bunch of bullshit too, as is Catcher in the Rye!

Seachica said...

Heart of Darkness. It’s the only book I ever relied on Cliff Notes to pass the class. I hated Apocalypse Now as well, so that did me no good.

Sid said...

Read Dear Mr. Henshaw in middle school.

Hated it.

Scandi Sanskrit said...

I think I would've enjoyed English class in an American/British high school... 🗽👩🏻🚕🍂💛

ESL in Asia is boring AF.

Donna Marie said...

Billy Budd, Sailor by Herman Melville has to be the most boring book I've read in my life. On the other hand, read it if you are struggling with insomnia. I can't recommend Billy Budd highly enough for that application.

TC said...

Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War

T. W. said...

We had to read that one along with The Secret Share. The entire class was confused.

T. W. said...

Thank you for sharing. Just because a book is considered a classic does not mean it is good. Some children's and young adult books are better than some books written for adults. Judy Blume comes to mind. Everyone checked Forever out of the library. You will want to read it, trust me.

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TwoDots said...

Madame Bovary. Hate that book!!

ardleighstreet said...

Beowulf...Loved it the first two times but being in higher end classes I read it 3 times already and when a fourth I protested. The teacher said if I could pass the 10 questions and an essay test and get an A, we were off the hook and could silently read a book we got out of the library,if I got less than an A, I got to read Beowulf out loud to the class. I missed one question,(the color of Beowulf's belt) and we silently read our own book and turned in a synopsis of what we read. To this day, I still refuse to even watch Beowulf on TV or film.

McJ 2051 said...

I liked the books I can recall us reading in school other than Of Mice and Men. Sunset Song was a bit unsettling as it seemed to hint at incest, and Romeo and Juliet was a bit cringeworthy because our teacher made us act out the parts, but I liked bits of them and more of the other books we did. MacBeth and 1984 were fantastic. The Merchant Of Venice has great parts too.

The one writer I immediately disliked (first encountered around that age although we didn't do it at school) was Flannery o'Connor. I've never taken such an objection to a writer so many adore.

Orla Collins said...

The 'Catechism' which we had to know off by heart to do our first Holy Communion. We were threatened by the nuns that the devil would get it otherwise.That or 'Peig' about a boring auld one.

auntliddy said...

I did my senior thesis on Charles Dickens, and part of the reason his books can be so long and ponderous is that he wrote them in chspter form and got paid BY THE WORD, so lots of goofy shit in there. I did like Mr Dick tho

chopp said...

Dickens would send a chapter of his books by ship to NYC and there would be crowds on the pier waiting for it to arrive.

Sarah Linney said...

Twelfth night,I don't understand all the fuss over Shakespeare,one of the best we read was Hobson's choice.

ONEWORLD said...

I love literature so I would have to say my math book...Still dont know my times tables.

Denise Bradford said...

Anything by Hemingway

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