Booking Through Thursday: Worst Best Book You’ve Ever Read



Suggested by Janet:

How about, “What’s the worst ‘best’ book you’ve ever read — the one everyone says is so great, but you can’t figure out why?”

I’m on blog punishment, which means that I had told myself that I couldn’t participate in any memes or fun stuff until I caught up with my reviews, but I just have to answer this question and say Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I managed to get through the whole thing but I thought it was too simply written and didn’t hold any surprises for me.  I had been thinking that it might be a suggestion to read with my book club, but once I finished the book I quickly found something else to recommend.  It was loved by blogger everywhere and it was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2005.  I just don’t get it. I definitely thought it was one of Ishiguro’s lesser works, but what do I know?

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  1. Hi!

    I clicked on the link and read the premise for this book and I don’t think it would be my cup of tea. I have noticed that when a book has a lot of wonderful reviews, I tend not to like it as much. Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. I agree. I loved ‘Remains of the Day,’ but not ‘Never Let Me Go.’ Just in case, I followed it up with another of his novels, ‘When We Were Orphans,’ and it didn’t quite rise to the occasion either. Oh well! Clearly an amazing writer, but not every book is a home run.

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  3. blog punishment! awwww 🙂
    I have heard of Kazuo Ishiguro but never read his work.

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  4. I admit this one is one I would like to try. It will be interesting to see what I end up thinking when I do. From the comments left, I can see it’s probably not the best of the author’s books to start with. 🙂 It is interesting, the range of opinions one book can garner–from people who love it to those who don’t, and everything in between.

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