December 20, 2007

The Worst of 2007

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The Worst

Luckily, there wasn't any real stinkers in the books I read this year. However, I was frustrated with a few. I wasn't impressed with Moll Flanders but I can't fault it since it was a product of it's time. Anyway, here are the awards for the Worst.

Most Annoying Character: Queen
Gwenhwyfar in Mists of Avalon was close to being first but Marla from Died Blonde was the clear winner. She was so self-absorbed ("My neighbour was murdered? How does this affect ME?"). She constantly pointed out people's ethnicity in a way that made me squirm. And finally, I didn't like the way she treated her boyfriend and his daughter.

Most Overrated Novel: A Farewell to Arms I just can't warm up Ernest Hemingway's style.

Most Disappointing Ending: Elements of Style (Audiobook)
Wendy Wasserstein's novel just sort of ends, like she lost interest. She died soon after so it's understandable.

Most Disappointing. Period: A three way tie. I so wanted to love Adam Bede but I just couldn't. Love in the Time of Cholera, loved by many, didn't float my boat. I also expected more from Amy Tan's Saving Fish From Drowning.

So that's my list. If you'd like to read my reviews of these books, check out the sidebar. What made your list? Leave a comment or a link. I'd love to know.

4 comments :

  1. I'm going to make a list one of these days, though it's so hard to narrow it down to just a few!

    Hooray! Love in the Time of Cholera didn't do it for me, either. If I hadn't had to read it for my book club, I wouldn't have finished it.

    And I could never warm up to Hemingway, either.

    Oh dear, I have Elements of Style on one of my challenge lists for next year...

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  2. Oh no, I love Love in the Time of Cholera. That's ok, I understand. We can still be bookish friends :)

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  3. Tiny- Maybe you'll like Elements more than I did.

    Bookgirl- I tried to like it but couldn't. I think we can still be book friends too ;)

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  4. I love how you set up your best of and worst of lists!

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