Booking Through Thursday – The Worst ‘Best’ Book

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

There are two books that stick out for me:

 

Out Stealing Horses was almost universally raved about, not only by people on Amazon, but also many of my most trusted blogging friends. I was really looking forward to reading it, but was very disappointed. There were a few good scenes in the book, but for the majority of it I was really bored.

I also seem to get irritated by all Mitch Albom books. They are overly sentimental, and just seem like one long lecture on appreciating your mother, (in the case of For One More Day) or various other members of your family/friends (all his other books). Everyone else seems to love them, but they are just far too fluffy and obvious for me.

I recommend you read these book though, as I think I am just about the only person on the planet who has these opinions!


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19 Comments

  1. Lynda says:

    I’ll be avoiding these books then! ;0)

  2. FleurFisher says:

    I loved Out Stealing Horses but I do think it’s a book to read at the right stage of life and in the right frame of mind. I have heard similar views on Mitch Albourn before so definitely an author struck off my list now.

  3. Mary says:

    Out Stealing Horses didn’t appeal to me so I didn’t read it.

    Same with Albom. I get his point (have seen numerous interviews) but don’t need/want to read his books.

    My BTT is up.

  4. Yvonne says:

    I feel the same way about Albom. Just not my thing, I guess. I tried.

  5. JoAnn says:

    I gave up on Out Stealing Horses, but may give it another chance one day.

  6. Jackie says:

    Wow! I didn’t know there were so many people out there who don’t like Albom! Thank you all for stopping here for the first time!

  7. Simon S says:

    Havent tried any Alborn books they have never quite appealed. I wouldnt pic up a book with horse in the title, I know that sounds silly but its true.

  8. Jackie says:

    Simon – It is silly, but I know what you mean! I only read it, as it was recommended so many times – I’m not a horsey person either!

  9. I finally got Out Stealing Horses after it was on my wish list forever and now you’re the second person I’ve seen mention it today. :(

  10. Jackie says:

    Melissa – don’t worry – I’m sure you’ll love it!

  11. LOL! I forgot all about Mitch Albom! I did not like Tuesdays With Morrie

    Here is what I wrote

  12. Jeane says:

    Hm. I have Out Stealing Horses on my list. I hope I’m not disappointed, too.

  13. Sandy says:

    I feel the same way about the Nicholas Sparks books. The rest of the world obviously loves him, and the books are very readable. But they are pretty sappy, and I always feel like I’ve been manipulated after I read them, and I don’t like that!

  14. Margot says:

    I’ve never read Stealing Horses but I am currently reading The Five People You Meet in Heaven and find it thought provoking and touching. However, I am closer toward heaven than you are, meaning I’m much older. Somehow the thought of it is comforting.

  15. Jackie says:

    Margot – I haven’t read that one, so can’t really comment, I just find the ones I’ve read overly sentimental. I think I’m in the minority though, and I’m pleased you find it comforting.

  16. Matthew says:

    I always thought Mitch Albom’s books are supermarket pocketbooks at best. Out Stealing Horses is well written but not plot-driven. I forgot what it’s about already!

    My pick for this week is Da Vinci Code. It doesn’t have any competitor. The literary blunders and infelicities just confound me.

  17. Beth F says:

    I’ve been meaning to read Out Stealing Horses. When I get to it, I’ll let you know what I think.

  18. Nise' says:

    I read Out Stealing Horses and it was okay for me. Never read Albom.

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