Friday, June 22, 2012

Follow Friday - Unreading books


Follow Friday is a feature created by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  It's a fun blog hop where you meet other book bloggers and find people to follow.
If you could "unread" a book, which one would it be? Is it because you want to start over and experience it again for the first time? Or because it was THAT bad?
It's kind of funny that you ask this question now.  I just listened to an atrocious audiobook that felt like a complete waste of my time.  So if I could unread it and use that time more wisely I would do it in a heartbeat.  (For the record I've had to drive a lot for work and haven't been able to go to the library for replacement books).

Witches on the Road Tonight was just horrid.  It was an adult book that just tried too hard to be literary and brilliant and came off as a wannabe.  It used unnecessary pretty language even in the child point of view (language that the kid wouldn't have known) and  too many metaphors.  It also wanted to be edgy with sex, but ended up coming across as creepy.  Here's an actual quote from the audiobook.
"Cora is drawing him a bath, almost flirtatiously the way women do with their grown sons."*
Seriously!?!?! Is this a thing? This book seems to have some very disturbing adult-child relationships that I will address when I write an actual review.  On top of everything else, the narrator's Appalachian accent was horribly exaggerated and borderline offensive.

Other books that I might "unread":
  • Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer.  I know a lot of people are Twilight fans but I'm not.  I read the books because they were conveniently at my house.  I'm glad I read the first book so that I can make an educate  argument for why I don't like the series.  However, when you've read three you often get the question "If you hate them so much why did you read them?" My answer: Because they were there, I was bored and I didn't think about what I was doing.  
  • Prophecy of the Stones by Flavia Bujor - I read this because the cover was a lovely shade of orange and it was getting  a lot of press at the time.  It was written by a thirteen year old girl.  For a 13-year-old it's probably pretty impressive. However in the grand scope of literature it's shallow and dumb. I really don't like hating the accomplishments of a 13 year old, so I wish I could erase this from my memory. 
  • Witch & Wizard by James Patterson - Honestly if it weren't for my YouTube haters I would unread this book.  But they've made me LOL so much that it's actually worth having read a horrible book. It's fun having a YouTube video with 26,000 views and barely literate people insulting my intelligence. (Read more about this incident)

*I was listening to the audiobook and immediately wrote down the quote (while driving I was that disturbed). However it could be missing a word or two because I was unable to doublecheck but the sentiment is intact.

40 comments:

Shane said...

Never heard of this book but thanks for sharing. lol.

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Jenni Elyse said...

That audiobook does sound awful. I wouldn't want to read/listen to that either.

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Vikki said...

Ah, now if I could unwatch the Twilight Films I may be better off. I loved the books until the films :(

Ems said...

That quotation makes me gag! Flirtatiously with an adult son?! What is wrong with people?!

Twilight is my pick this week. Ugh. I wish I could erase it out of my brain forever.

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barmybex said...

Oh Witch & Wizard! I totally agree, that was just BAD! would totally love to 'Unread' that.
I read Prophecy of the Gems years and years ago, probably when I was about 15 and I loved it. Haven't re-read it since but at the time I thought it was really good.
I've never read Twilight - I saw the first 2 films and that was torture enough, if I could 'un-watch' them I would.
Great choices.
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Shelley Romano said...

Hopping through and actually agree with your choices especially Witch & Wizard.

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Pam (www.moonlightreader.com) said...

lol, I didn't know people flirted with their grown sons. That sounds like a bad book.

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Kah Cherub said...

LOL! That is a creepy quote. :) thanks for stopping by!

Jaskirat@SeeitORreadit said...

Awesome post!I am actually a big fan of the Twilight books but I think Eclipse is my least favourite out of all of them!

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Daniela said...

I've never read them, but I'm glad I didn't right now.
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Bookish Times said...

HI Cassie, thanks for stopping by my blog earlier, followed you through GFC - would like a follow back too :D

365_books_a_year said...

I'm kind of in the middle about the Twilight series- I didn't love them or hate them. Although I loathed how the series ended. Was the last book the one you mentioned? I'm so "meh" about the series I can't remember the titles or the order they go in except the first book. I've only read a few James Patterson book- the Maximum Ride series. I hated it. He is a third rate hack. One of the worst things a hack can do- if they're a man- is to write from the perspective of a teenaged girl. I

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BLHmistress said...

Now I do love Twilight for alot of reasons but one being it led me to a new genre I would have never considered. Yes I read Harry Potter but didn't think about going any further into YA until Twilight but I have to say the last book isn't my fave at all.

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Aliaa El-Nashar said...

I don't think I can handle audiobooks, I read at a specific pace and hate when someone is reading. I concentrate more when I am reading it myself.

But yes, the first book sounds disturbing, which by the way reminds me of Flowers in the Attic, now THAT is a book I wish I never EVER read!

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Jessica Dunlow said...

I agree with you on the Twilight series...wish I could go back and refuse to read it.

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Cayce said...

Witches on the Road Tonight does sound pretty bad.
Oh, I loved the Twilight books, couldn't stand the movies though...

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Peppermint Ph.D. said...

I wouldn't mind unreading a couple of James Patterson's myself :(

Megan Monell said...

I'm glad I haven't read any of those besides Eclipse, which didn't bother me as much as Breaking Dawn. Thanks for stopping by! Old follower!

Liza (Reading with ABC) said...

The audio book does sounds awful! I'm a fan of the Twilight series, I haven't read the rest of them :)

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Merin said...

Um, yes. That quote is awful. I sure hope that's not a thing!

Also, re: Twilight, I put this as a response to your comment on my blog, but in case you don't see it, I'll repeat it here: I read the first two only. I started Eclipse, but the characters were making me so mad with their various manipulations that I skipped to the Jasper chapter (which I loved; Jasper is seriously my favorite character ♥), and then read the end.

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Mrs. Jones said...

Oh WOW! Very inappropriate quote!

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Sarah Brown said...

New follower, I love Twilight my favourite book/series but I'd love the chance to reread them for the first time again, thanks for stopping by and the follow.

Danielle said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I've never heard that audiobook, but it sounds disturbing, especially with such a quote. And Witch and Wizard was just confusing. Twilight was... well, I reserved judgement throughout the series, thinking "well, I'm sure it gets better. I mean, maybe the series as a whole is good." It really didn't. It was almost disappointing, in an unsurprising way. I agree with your choices. New follower!

Sarah Brown said...

New follower, I'm a huge Twilight fan of both the books and movies so I can't agree with you on that, thanks for stopping by.

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Susan Francino said...

Oh. My. Also, laughing at your incident with Witch & Wizard...

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tinkerbell the bipolar faerie said...

Woah. The quote from that audiobook is disturbing. Thx for stopping by and following.

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Kathryn said...

Some great choices. That's funny about the whole YouTube thing. Some people just can't handle the fact that others might disagree with them and have good reasons for doing so.

Tasnin said...

The audiobook does sound rather uninteresting, I'm definitely going to steer clear of it! I would probably "unread" one or two from your list :)

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booksaremybestfriend said...

I have read the twilight series, I din't hate it then but If I were to read it again I am sure my reaction would be like yours.

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Kristina said...

What?!? That first book definitely sounds creepy and disturbing. Eww. I wasn't a fan of Witch & Wizard either. Hope you have a great weekend!

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Catie said...

Ha! There's nothing worse than being stuck on a long drive with only one available audiobook that's complete crap. Thankfully I do not think that the majority mothers enjoy flirting with their grown sons. :-|

P.S. Witch and Wizard? I gave it one star. Can you believe they got Elijah Wood to narrate? Oy. Your vlog reminded me of all the reasons I hated that book. Apparently there's a huge group of passionate James Patterson lovers out there? LOL.

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Captain Biscuits said...

Oh. My. God. I can't even try to imagine reading (or listening to) a creepy sex scene! I'm glad I've never heard of this book until now :D

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Lisa (Lost in Literature) said...

I'm one of those Twilight lovers... but I completely understand your desire to reread Eclipse. ;)

Jennifer said...

Gah! That quote from the audiobook just gave me the creeps. I don't think I could read that, no matter how "literary" it is. I'm not a huge Twilight fan either, but I read the first two books just to make sure it didn't get better.

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