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The Twilight series, yup. For the same reasons as everybody else gave.

Do nonfiction books count? 'Cause Darwin's "Origin of Species" was one dry read, good gravy. Yes, I realize its importance, but it's really boring.

Jack Kerouac's On The Road. My husband is a huge Beat fan, so it really annoys him that I find that book way overrated.

Oh, and that reminds me... I recently finished Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trial- at hubby's request. Not very impressed, really. Gonzo journalism is just.. I dunno, it's irritating to me.
The Vampire Diaries!

Love the TV show so thought Id try the books. God awful. Elena such a heinous, nasty, vapid, b*tch of a character and the boys not particularly interesting- Im surprised they decided to make it a TV show! But Im glad they did because they altered pretty much everything and made it rock! lol

It far far worse than Twilight!
Wings... the book was one of the dumbest books I've ever read.
TWILIGHT! I wanted to blind myself so I didn't have to keep reading it (I can't put books down after I start reading them b/c I want to be sure when I publicly insult them).

Also, that book Losing My Cool (about hip hop culture and Black youth) was nothing more than the author's declaration of his "enlightenment" because he nows sees the irony in rap lyrics and knows what a baguette is and drinks scotch in France. Barf.
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Breaking Dawn from the Twilight series. The other books were okay, but I couldn't even finish Breaking Dawn. Vampires cannot get people pregnant. The end. And Bella's life cannot be perfect all wrapped up in a bow...Jacob and the baby? Imprinting? OKEEEEYYYY...and Reneesme? WTF kind of name is that?

UGH.

And, I see that Stephenie Meyer has another book out, a Novella about Bree Tanner, one of the random characters in the book?

Another book I didn't like was The Host by the same author. Her first "adult" book? There wasn't much adult stuff in it, IMO, and she had to know that most teens would be reading it. In "adult" books, I picture grown up conversations, and maybe romance or kissing or something. This had....nothing.
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LMAO. You know, Breaking Dawn might have been my favorite one in the series because it was SO ridiculous that I was busting out laughing for the entire book. Like...your publisher let you release that??? Uhmp oka-aaaay.
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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, a new mystery set it Britain, I think post-WWII; the first person and main character is an 11-year old girl. It got great reviews, my local librarian loved it. I just got annoyed with her voice.

Harry Potter and...anything. Book or movie.
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Orlando by Virginia Woolf - I had to push myself to finish this book.

Women in Love by DH Lawrence - too soap opera-ish

The Rule of the Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason - horribly bad
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
I thought it was trite and poorly written.
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LOL--that was one I listed in the "couldn't put down" thread. I know it's not great literature, but the story pulled me in.

Ditto on the Twilight books. I read them only because I wanted to make sure they were ok for my preteen daughter to read. I didn't like that she read them (particularly Breaking Dawn), but I wasn't going to go to the mat over them.

I'm in the middle of Creation, the biography of Darwin on which the movie is based. Holy crap, it's boring. The movie has to be better.

I finished The Time Traveler's Wife only because I read it for a book club. The movie was much better than the book.

Ditto on Eat, Pray, Love. I have no sympathy for someone who has to beat attractive men off with a stick and can afford to travel the world to "find herself."

Emma by Jane Austen. I really couldn't care less about the social lives of privileged people, and the rambling conversations about nothing didn't help.

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I usually love Jodi Picoult, but I hate, hate HATE hate HATEEEEE w/the fire of 1000 suns her book "Mercy". I'm so selling it back to the book store. I found no emotional attachment to any of the characters. The book was supposed to be about mercy killings but ended up being about infidelity. The two people in the story who were supposed to be "so in love" were in lust and only loved each other for their own selfish reasons and honestly out of boredom. Do not read this book EVER!!!
Eat, Pray, Love was possibly the worst book I have ever not read. I say that because I got through the first chapter and stopped reading it because I couldn't believe how self centred and whiney she was! Seriously!? Just thinking about that book makes me cringe.
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The Great Gatsby bored me to tears.

The Catcher In The Rye has to be one of the most overrated books! I couldn't stand it.

Any novel by Ian McEwan. Saturday was ridiculously mundane and Atonement was over-the-top with depressing storylines.
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Two books I didn't like:

1- "The Amber Spyglass" by Philip Pullman. I really enjoyed the previous two books in the series ("The Golden Compass" and "The Subtle Knife") but I couldn't get through the last.

2- "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies". I couldn't stand how the author didn't keep within the vernacular and speech patterns of the original book. I also don't like Jane Austen in general, so that may have had something to do with it.

ETA: about the first book I mentioned- please don't get on my case about the controversy surrounding the author and book series. I enjoy reading controversial and banned books and did a presentation on those kinds of books in college (heck, I cursed and used the N-word (discussing why people want Huckleberry Finn banned) during my presentation without batting an eye!)
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I have to say that Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce was the worst experience with literature I have ever endured. When I met my husband, I learned that he had the same reaction to Ulysses. It was too cryptic and stream-of-consciousness to be enjoyable. It was a common disdain for the works of James Joyce that led to our marriage.
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Underrated: Vampire Huntress Legend Series

Another under rated series is Jim Butcher's Dresden Files
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Another book I didn't like was The Host by the same author. Her first "adult" book? There wasn't much adult stuff in it, IMO, and she had to know that most teens would be reading it. In "adult" books, I picture grown up conversations, and maybe romance or kissing or something. This had....nothing.
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Oy. I had to "proof-read" that for a teacher last year to make sure it was appropriate. It took me TWO EFFING WEEKS to finish it. And I'm a freakishly quick reader and I'm usually excellent at comprehension. I hated the Twilight books, and I trudged through those for the same teacher (she was a friend of the family, and she knew I liked to read so I always was assigned reading through the new books) and I finished all 4 in less than a week, even though I didn't like them. The Host was so confusing, I didn't get it at all.....Mrs. Porter tried to read it after I said that I didn't get it and she gave up after the first few chapters. She returned it and didn't buy any of the others in the series.
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Never read the Twilight books, but I was thinking about reading the Host. Thanks for saving me $12!
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Twilight series, for reasons already stated. The Vampire Diaries, hated the books love the tv series.

For those who like scifi/fanatasy, Susan Krinard's Shield of the Sky series was good but under-promoted. The publisher cancelled the series

I also couldn't get through Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It was a little too strange even for me.
Only one book? haha I'm going to name two because they go hand-in-hand...

The Da Vinci Code
Angels and Demons


...both by Dan Brown. He steals ideas from dedicated researchers to write poorly written, trendy novels.

Peace.
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See, I found that if I took what he wrote with a grain of salt, they were enjoyable, fluff literature.

Apparently, the Opus Dei really do exist, though- an acquaintance did part of her thesis in Spain, and stayed at a hostel run by the Opus Dei.
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The Kite Flyer, one depressing nasty book.
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Glad to see that I'm not the only one who despises Twilight. I can't stand Stephanie Meyer's writing style. It. Just. Sucks.

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I know this sounds really prejudiced, but I don't think I'll ever read any Nicholas Sparks books- I've watched a couple of his movies and they're so predictable, I'd hate to read a book like that. I mean, (next part whited out for spoiler alert) I knew from about the first 10-15 minutes of "The Notebook" that the person he was reading to was the woman he'd fallen in love with ages ago. If I can figure that out that quickly, then it may be a REALLY predictable book.
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