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A Literary Giveaway

It’s time for the (tenth!) Literary Giveaway Blog Hop. This is an event taking place from Saturday February 8th until (and including) Wednesday February 12th. It’s hosted by Leeswammes,

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So what do you need to do enter the giveaway? All that you need to do it leave a comment. I would very much appreciate it if you would follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or via whichever blog reader is your preference, but it’s not necessary. A winner will be randomly selected on Thursday, February 13th. The giveaway is open to anyone.

The winner will be able to choose from ONE of the following:

-A book that has been reviewed on this blog
-A $20 gift card to Amazon
-One Penguin Hardcover Classic (see full list here, they’re very pretty)

As I said, all that you need to do to enter is to leave a comment on the blog. To avoid overly generic comments (and to make my comment moderation more fun), you could tell me what is the worst book you’ve ever read.

Thanks for participating!

Linky List:

  1. Leeswammes
  2. Seaside Book Nook
  3. Booklover Book Reviews
  4. Biblionomad
  5. Laurie Here
  6. The Well-Read Redhead (US/CA)
  7. River City Reading
  8. GirlVsBookshelf
  9. Ciska’s Book Chest
  10. The Book Stop
  11. Ragdoll Books Blog
  12. Nishita’s Rants and Raves
  13. Lucybird’s Book Blog
  14. Reading World (N-America)
  15. Journey Through Books
  16. Readerbuzz
  17. Always With a Book (US)
  18. 52 Books or Bust (N.Am./UK)
  19. Guiltless Reading (US/CA)
  20. Book-alicious Mama (US)
  21. Wensend
  22. Books Speak Volumes
  23. Words for Worms
  24. The Relentless Reader
  25. A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall (US)
  1. Fourth Street Review
  2. Vailia’s Page Turner
  3. The Little Reader Library
  4. Lost Generation Reader
  5. Heavenali
  6. Roof Beam Reader
  7. Mythical Books
  8. Word by Word
  9. The Misfortune of Knowing
  10. Aymaran Shadow > Behind The Scenes
  11. The Things You Can Read (US)
  12. Bay State Reader’s Advisory
  13. Curiosity Killed the Bookworm
  14. Lizzy’s Literary Life
  15. Books Can Save a Life (N. America)
  16. Words And Peace (US)
  17. The Book Club Blog
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  • http://www.rivercityreading.com Shannon @ River City Reading

    So glad you’re doing the hop and offering such an awesome giveaway! I’ve put down some terrible books without finishing, but it’s actually really hard to think of the worst book I’ve completed. It would probably have to be one of the later Twilight books or some iffy YA.

  • http://www.livingawritinglife.blogspot.com Jennine G.

    Love Wins by Rob Bell. He twists Christianity, but does so very cleverly…deceptive. I never write in books, but was so angry reading that book, I actually wrote arguments back at him in the margins.

  • http://missjomarch.booklikes.com Lori

    It would be a tie between “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and “50 Shades of Grey”. What can I say fantasy in any form doesn’t agree with with me :-p

  • http://mynovelopinion.wordpress.com Helen @ My Novel Opinion

    Oh my! I just love those penguin clothbounds! I’ve started collecting them now that I completed my collection of the children’s ones. With only Jabberwocky and Frankenstein so far, there’s so many to chose from.

  • http://mynovelopinion.wordpress.com Helen @ My Novel Opinion

    Whoops got carried away and forgot worst book because I don’t really have one :-(

  • http://epilogging.wordpress.com Cedar Station

    Wow, this is one seriously awesome giveaway. So each blogger does their own giveaway? That is a great idea!

    Yikes, worst book. There are a few contenders, but Heart of Darkness keeps coming to mind. Guess I’ll have to go with that. :)

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      Yep, every blogger participating gets to choose their own prize and run the giveaway as they see fit. It ends up being a lot of fun.

  • http://michellewillmsblog.wordpress.com michellewillms2013

    Oh what a difficult question. I’ve attempted to read some really horrendous books in the past year or so. There was one that was so horrid, I couldn’t get past the first few pages. I apologize that I can’t remember the names of any of those books at this moment. Most of them were self-published, and were not edited before publication.

    I follow you via email. michelle_willms at yahoo dot com.

  • https://plus.google.com/108538805136565569586 Martha Gifford

    Worst book? There are plenty I started and didn’t finish, but the most recent that I actually finished and disliked from beginning to end was Gone Girl.

  • http://www.lovelybookshelf.com Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf

    The worst read for me was a book about unschooling (which I was actually very interested in!) which was riddled with judgmental and downright offensive statements toward parents who educate and/or parent differently. I just thought it was completely unnecessary – there are ways to promote your style and methods without completely putting down those who make different choices. I won’t even name the book for reasons I’m sure you understand… *sigh* That’s when I started to give myself permission to DNF books.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!! :)

  • http://readinginbeddotcom.wordpress.com lauratfrey

    Fiction: Dragon Bound/Fifty Shades for obvious reasons. I also couldn’t stand The Other Boylen Girl!

    Non-Fiction: Babywise (someone gave it to me and it was like a car crash, couldn’t look away) and The Baby Whisperer (ugghhhh)

    I want that Little Women Penguin Classic!

  • testeban333

    I’m in! Ugh, the worst book? I guess I must have read some horrible romance novel at some point in my life but I’ve read some books that I’ve hated, although perhaps some people would be mad if I say it’s the worst. To be specific, I really didn’t like Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel or The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz-Zafón, they are very different books but they didn’t get along with me at all.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      (#10)

  • diana mcdougall

    you know…I can’t recall the worst book….but my pet hates are when dialogue is described for e.g.: she shrieked…or gasped etc …lazy lazy writing! and would please like the amazon voucher…all the fun of choosing!!

  • http://toofond.wordpress.com Too Fond

    That’s a hard one, since if the book is bad enough I tend to throw it across the room and be done with it. I’ve read a few stinkers that I stuck with to the end, though–something by Jane Green comes to mind.

  • http://ragdollbooksblog.wordpress.com Jennifer Wallace

    I can only think of two books that I’ve thrown away in disgust – Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs (was just making me feel sick…) and Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James (a badly written, rambling and tedious work of Austen fan fiction from a usually well-regarded author!).

  • http://52booksorbust.wordpress.com tanya (52 books or bust)

    This is my first time participating in the Literary Blog Hop and I must say I am both nervous and excited.
    Worst book i ever read? …. I think i’d be unlikely to finish something i hated. I recently read Douglas Coupland’s new book WORST. PERSON. EVER. It was highly disappointing, but the worse book i’ve ever read? That would be a little harsh.

  • http://musingsfromsrilanka.blogspot.com Mystica

    I can’t remember worst book – either I get disinterested as its not my genre or something like that. Not an actual dislike of the book. I’ve never won an Amazon voucher. If it can be used for kindle purchases I’d like that one.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      (#15)

  • http://wensenddotcom1.wordpress.com Wendy @ Wensend

    Thanks for offering this Rory! One of the worst books I’ve ever read? Tough question! I absolutely didn’t like reading Dead Dreams by Emma Right, which I’ve read for a booktour last year. I’m definitely a lot pickier about participating in booktours since that..

  • http://twitter.com/BlondeBookGirl Ellie Potten (@BlondeBookGirl)

    Ooooh, the worst book I’ve ever read… maybe The Devil’s Larder by Jim Crace? The blurb and the hype made it sound like a kind of seductive, decadent cross between Like Water for Chocolate and a Joanne Harris novel, but it was actually far too preoccupied with bodily functions and gross-out moments. The whole thing just… ick. ICK.

    Also, I am going to have so much fun picking a prize if I win. SO MANY GOOD IDEAS AND PRETTY BOOKS! :)

    Ellie (emp501@hotmail.co.uk, or @BlondeBookGirl on Twitter)

  • http://thereaddicts.blogspot.in/ Janhvi

    Hmm worst book I’ve read would be some Lauren Barnholdt book whose name I don’t remember right now. It was dumb.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  • http://readingoncloud9.wordpress.com/ Hanne, on Cloud 9

    whenever i venture into romance/erotica it seems to go wrong. the worst one was probably ‘hunted’ by Evangeline Anderson, where a twin sister gets kidnapped by aliens. when her sister and friends discover where she is, they don’t immediately go in to rescue her because ‘she might be having sex’…*massive facepalm*

  • Kayo

    I’m afraid I will get tomatoes thrown at me, but Pride and Prejudice is not a favorite. Yes, hated it!

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      If it’s any consolation, Pride & Prejudice is not my favorite either. I need a little more…anything in my novels.

      (#20)

  • Beth F

    In recent memory I would have to say The Art of Fielding. But I’m sure I’ve read worse and just blocked the memories.

  • http://delicious1.wordpress.com delicious1

    I don’t often finish books that I don’t like but I have to admit to being terribly disappointed with Allegiant by Veronica Roth, I loved the first, the second was pretty great too, but the last was just terribly disappointing. And you, what was your worst read? (Thanks for the give away!)

    • http://delicious1.wordpress.com delicious1

      PS my email address is purplerob2 at gmail dot com

  • http://gravatar.com/thebookdivasreads Vivian

    Thanks for participating in this awesome blog hop. Thanks also for the great prizes (decisions, decisions, decisions!). The worst book ever read? Can’t really recall the “worst” book read, but one that I simply didn’t connect with in any way was a non-fiction read from a few years back, F**K IT: THE ULTIMATE SPIRITUAL WAY.

  • http://loveatfirstbook.com Rebecca Scaglione – Love at First Book

    Thank you for the fabulous giveaway!!!! YAY!

    Worst book I’ve ever read. . . that’s a toughie, but you know what? I think that the worst book I have ever read was one I said yes to from an author who pitched it to me. It was so bad but I couldn’t say it because it was a compilation of her mother’s diaries from when she was dying of cancer. . . but there were soooo many problems. Like the “author” (BTW if you’re MOM wrote the diaries, YOU’RE not the author, you can be an editor, but MOM’s the author, GRRRRR!) would explain stupid crap that I knew already but I had no idea who half the family members were, and in one instance I wondered if there was a gay couple since the husband and wife had generically ambiguous names. Why wouldn’t that be explained? Later I found out they weren’t gay, but a man and a woman. . . okay, I’ll stop now. 😀

  • Kirsten

    Thanks for the giveaway! I really enjoy your blog. One of the worst books I read was A Fierce Radiance. Just not my thing.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      (#25)

  • http://bookaliciousmama.wordpress.com bookaliciousmama

    Worst book is Revenge Wears Prada. Horrible!!!

  • http://consumedbyink.wordpress.com Naomi

    Definitely the romance novels my friend at University insisted I would love (because she loved them so much). I even read more than one because I didn’t want to hurt her feelings.

  • mariecoppage

    I’ve realized that books that evoke such a strong negative reaction in me to cause me to hate them are actual well -written, because they do cause me to feel so strongly. One example is The Way the Crow Flies. That novel disturbed me so badly that I detested it for years, until I realized that it is only because the disturbing factors were so well-written that they seemed real. I would never re-read it, but I do give the author credit for succeeding in her goal.
    I’d have to say the book that I regret finishing because I felt like it stole my reading time and maybe melted my brain a little would be 50 Shades of Grey. For me, this book was highly forgettable and evoked barely any emotional reaction, other than maybe a slight sense of pity for the girl character. Ok, I’ll stop ranting now. :) thanks for the giveaway!

  • http://myconstantfriends.wordpress.com nikh39

    Great Giveaway! I’d say my least favorite book ever was The Scarlet Letter. I know..it’s a classic and all that but I took a class in college that was solely on The Scarlet Letter and we had to write a 20 page paper on it and by the time that class was over I loathed the book. And this was back when there weren’t computers and backspace…I had to use an electric typewriter and white-out…awful memories of that book lol

  • http://www.thesteadfastreader.com April @ The Steadfast Reader

    What a great selection for a giveaway!

    Hm. Worst book ever. Can I be controversial? I couldn’t even finish ENDER’S GAME. I know. I know.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      (#30)

  • https://plus.google.com/109303355881272935602 Swordlily G

    Well .I’m pretty tolerant towards book but I think Always You by K. Moseley was pretty awful.

  • Ifi

    Nice change to ask us about the WORST book ever. Yes, this makes it more fun and we can also vent!!! The Elegance of the Hedgehog!!!!! I didn’t even need to hesitate there.
    What an utterly SILLY and pretentious piece of drivel. Till today I still do not see the point of this book.

  • radespins

    I definitely did NOT enjoy reading The Pearl by John Steinbeck.
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • lizzysiddal

    Worst book I blogged about was “The Time Traveller’s Wife”. There are worse books out there, only I never finished them …..

  • Zs.

    Mr. Weston’s Wine.
    I couldn’t even finish it.
    Yuck.

  • Celine

    What a great giveaway! I’d love love love to win a penguin hardcover classic! I’d like to have all of them one day. I can’t remember any bad book, I think it’s because I’ve been pushing those memories away ;).

  • Daenielle

    This is the coolest giveaway hop and prize that I have ever encountered. Thank you for hosting. 😀

    • Daenielle

      Twilight is my worst read. I don’t even know why I read the series.

  • http://heavenali.wordpress.com heavenali

    My worst book ever, goodness I don’t know one would definitely be How to be a woman by Caitlin Moran such rubbish!
    I also love the penguin clothbound classics I have a small.collection so would love to add to it.

  • http://shenobifiles.wordpress.com shinobifiles

    The worst book I ever read was American Psycho – seriously, it is disgusting and not even well-written. I was between disgusted and bored all the time. Sickening repulsive book.

    Well, now I hope I can be lucky enough to win a cool book here hehehe

    Thanks so much for the giveaway and the chance to win – ;3

    personaldeath (at} gmail {dot} com

  • http://julzreads.wordpress.com Julie Merilatt

    I love the Jabberwocky edition! I’m reading a pretty bad book right now: Empress of the Night. But the worst book I’ve ever read was Lost by Gregory Maguire.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      (#40)

  • http://www.acidfreepulp.com Acid Free Pulp

    This is great reading through everyone’s worst books!
    I’m hesitant to write mine in case it’s too cruel, but I was assigned a book called The Abominable Gayman when reviewing for PW. My editor thanked me for taking one for the team. A close second (whose title I forget) was described to me by the same editor as “an Amish Christmas romance”

  • http://althesia.blogspot.com althesia

    a book from tracy chevalier named Girl with a pearl earring, i can’t tell that the book is worst, but it just don’t match my expectation. lot of my friend praised this book so much and that’s makes me believe that it was good, but instead having a historical fiction, i just found romance throughout the book, sadly i don’t like this book.

    • http://althesia.blogspot.com althesia

      I forgot to tell you that I would love a copy of Les Miserables from penguin clothbound classics. thanks for the giveaway

  • http://twitter.com/_Ciska_ Ciska (@_Ciska_)

    Ow wow the worst book…. 50 shades of grey I guess which is a lame answer. I loathed The Zookeepers Wife. Threw Lord of The Flies out of the window (which sucked as it was on my Kindle) and do not come close to any Gabriel Garcia Marques any more after an attempt to read Love in the Time of Cholera.

  • Roxana Z.

    Worst? I’m sorry for who loves it, but for me, Angela Carter’ The Magic Toyshop was a totally nightmare… Thank you for the giveaway, you have amazing prizes :)!

  • http://victoriacorby.wordpress.com victoriacorby

    I don’t finish really bad books but one book I hated – because the theme of bullying was so powerful and so close to home – was Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood

  • Elizabeth

    Had to be THE LIFE OF PI…endless, pointless, and featured an ending that made me want to club myself in the head!

  • techeditor

    I see from the books you reviewed that you like the same types I do.

    • techeditor

      Also, I tend to forget the bad books I read. Except I do have a few I’m going to donate to the library because I didn’t like them: NO WAY BACK by Andrew Gross, UNDER THE WIDE AND STARRY SKY by Nancy Horan, LIFE AMONG GIANTS by Roorbach, HEARTBROKEN by Lisa Unger, THE TENTH WITNESS by Rosen, COLLATERAL DAMAGE by Brooke, and NEVER GO BACK by Lee Child.

  • http://ccclubbs.wordpress.com Cindi

    My Bachelor’s degree is in Literature and in order to get that degree, I had to take various lit courses: Afro American Lit, Shakespeare, American lit before 1800’s, American lit after 1800’s, Women’s Roles as Victims in Literature, Detective fiction, etc. I read many different books that I would consider good solid literary reads. Since reviewing, I have read some really bad books, sad to say!! Most of the bad books I’ve read really just needed an editor which some Indie authors avoid like the plague. A good editor who can proofread and steer the story in the right direction is all it would take.

  • http://clairemca.wordpress.com Claire ‘Word by Word’

    The worst book I ever read was Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea when I was about 13. I was so used to choosing my own books and enjoying them and had never come across such sparse writing, bereft of beauty. Dire, it took me another 30 years before I would try him again.

  • http://rosemaryandreadingglasses.wordpress.com Carolyn O

    The worst book I’ve ever read, hands down, is Dragon Bound. It was all Rick’s fault.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      Haha, you and Laura both. Is it wrong that I’m tempted to read it just for the laughs. I can’t say that I actually will, but tempted all the same.

      (#50)

  • http://cheapthrillsbookblog.wordpress.com Charleen

    The worst book I ever read was probably Good Things I Wish You, by A. Manette Ansay. This was the book that finally convinced me that it’s okay to DNF.

  • http://mzannn.wordpress.com mzannn

    Worst book last year was Rivka’s War.

  • http://sarahsshelf.wordpress.com SarahJL

    Thanks for a great giveaway! The worst book I’ve ever read was a self-published modernisation of Emma set in the American South. It was horribly convoluted and sooo full of errors it was almost unbelievable!

  • http://sweetdz11.wordpress.com sweetdz11

    Thanks for the giveaway :) You’re right, those Penguin Hardcover Classics are beautiful!

  • http://www.thebookwheelblog.com Allison @ The Book Wheel

    I follow you on ALL of these, but the worst book I ever read was called Spoonful.

  • http://www.thetallytales.com Leslie

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE Penguin Hardcover Classics… they’re so beautiful. I only have 7 in my collection so far, but I am always eager to expand. 😉 Worst book I have ever read? The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. Thanks so much for this giveaway!!!

  • Piroska

    The worst book I’ve ever read: Jonathon Livingston Seagull.

  • http://twitter.com/Lucia_contilde Lucía (con tilde) (@Lucia_contilde)

    Luckily, I haven’t read many books that I don’t like, but I couldn’t finish Old Man and the Sea. I may give it another chance some day since it happened many years ago.

  • Miss Wisp

    I’ve read quite a few horrible ones. But the one I’m not too embarrassed to admit is probably Prized by Caragh M. O’Brien. The first novel in the series is called Birthmarked. I was drawn to it because the main protagonist is facially scarred. It was nice to read about someone who wasn’t physically perfect for once, but any bit of good that the first novel contained was absolutely ruined in Prized (book #2), which introduced a LOVE SQUARE.

  • http://thebookstop.wordpress.com curlygeek04

    One of the books I love to hate is Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld. I know a lot of people loved it, but it was totally overrated to me. Most recently, Labor Day by Joyce Maynard. Absolutely ridiculous. Good question.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      I have Prep sitting on my shelf, now I’m curious…

      (#60)

  • http://mylittleheartmelodies.com kristin @ my little heart melodies

    Oh boy, worst book I ever read (and finished). Eat Pray Love had be RAGING with HATERAGE. Ugh. Can’t say I liked The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, The Rosie Project, or A Walk Across the Sun much either.

    I think if I won your giveaway, I’d be interested in In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods by Matt Bell that you reviewed last summer. Thanks for the chance!

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      I felt the exact same way about Eat Pray Love. I’m also one of the people that felt The Rosie Project was fine, but nothing special. And from the way it was hyped I was expecting it to be the best romantic comedy of the last decade. It wasn’t.

  • jennirv4967

    This was like 20 years ago, and I can’t remember the name because I think my mind wanted to block it out…but had this American girl marrying a Russian prince and he was in a secret society and a drug user and he abused her….it was horrid.

  • http://tlongford.wordpress.com tlongford

    Wow, you have a lot of comments here! I hated Kite Runner. I can’t believe it’s flogged as literature.

  • http://whynoteveryday.wordpress.com iriel

    It’s a difficult question! I can’t remember the name, but it was a terrible horror book about a haunted doll. I couldn’t even finish it!

  • debbierodgers

    This is hard because I’m away from home and have with me reading records back to only the beginning of 2013 AND I’ve reached an age where I simply don’t finish books that are bad (or that I think are bad). There were ten such books in 2013. I guess the worst of that bunch (based on the couple of chapters hat read) was The Woman Who Lost China.

    Thanks for the chance to win one of those beautiful Penguins!

  • http://mybookstrings.com My Book Strings

    The worst book I ever read and finished was Magic Mountain. My mom read it when she was pregnant with me and wanted me to read it during my first pregnacy. I fought me way through it, but at the end, I kept yelling at the book: Get off the mountain already!

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      (#66)

  • http://twitter.com/guiltlessreader guiltlessreader (@guiltlessreader)

    What a great question! Well, anything Danielle Steele. Some of the worst books for me are in the romance genre. I have a “don’t bother” category now!: http://guiltlessreading.blogspot.ca/search/label/don%27t%20bother

  • https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000532785222 Rhomy Pe

    Maybe I’ll be hated for saying this and probably is not a bad book, but it was definitely not for me (I started it 4 times and never got over page 140) —>Wuthering Heights

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      Nope, you won’t. I loathe that book!

  • http://wordsandpeace.com WordsAndPeace

    wow, that’s a tough one! I hate all the 3 books I had to read by Jane Austen. And the most recent book I DNFed is The Explanation for Everything, by Grostein. thanks for the giveaway

  • http://gravatar.com/lincalc layen

    Worst book? Numbers by Rachel Ward.

  • http://wordsforworms.wordpress.com Words for Worms

    The worst book I ever read? My mom got really into Twilight and started buying knockoffs, one of which was a series about a mortal girl and immortal boy… But he wasn’t a vampire, because that would be silly. He’d just figured out alchemy in the Middle Ages and had the elixir of life at his disposal. I don’t even remember what it was called, but it was awful awful awful.

  • http://literarylindsey.com Lindsey

    The worst book? What an interesting question! I read a book called The Christmas Town in December, which was pretty terrible.

  • http://twitter.com/nerdherdreads RachelMarie (@nerdherdreads)

    Not really sure about my worst book, although for some reason in high school I hated Huckleberry Finn with a passion, so much more than any of my classmates, and never could figure out why.

  • http://www.momssmallvictories.com Tanya @ Mom’s Small Victories

    Books I haven’t finished would be the worst and they aren’t many but maybe surprising to a few: Twilight, Bossypants and A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian was the latest. The last book I did finish but really offended me was Karma Gone Bad.

  • http://tworeads.blogspot.com/ Lynne Clark

    gah! the worst book? well, two books that everyone else loved but that I DNF’d were Middlesex and Memoirs of a Geisha. I was excited about both of these books but after getting 50 pages or more I just.couldn’t.keep.reading. I’m sure they’re actually good and maybe one day I’ll give them another chance, but I just couldn’t get into them.
    One book I read all the way through but seriously hated the character was Frey by Melissa Wright.
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    ~Lynne

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      (#75)

  • http://www.bookishlyboisterous.blogspot.com Christine @ BookishlyB

    One of the worst I’ve even read is Paint it Black by Janet Fitch (but I loved White Oleander).

  • bn100

    stillness of you by Julie Bale

  • Anne C

    Worst book I have finished reading was Communion by Whitney Strieber and there’s one book I did not finish reading, a YA book titled Gated. That the first and only book i have DNFed.

  • Suzy

    I’m going to have to say Revenge Wears Prada, The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger

  • http://bookishrealm.blogspot.com Riv @ Bookish Realm

    Interesting question. I think at this point I’d say the worst book I’ve read in a long time is Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.

  • Ashfa

    Hmmm, There are a few of them but the only book I can remember know is Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    blackcapballistics AT gmail DOT com

  • Evie

    Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. I hated it!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • http://baystatera.com Laurie C

    The worst book I ever read is a tough one, but I guess I’ll give the prize to The Last Street Novel by Omar Tyree. Read it because it was an assigned review. Otherwise, I usually don’t finish books I really hate!

  • http://twitter.com/nijiclover Cayce (@nijiclover)

    I think I’ll have to say…50 Shades of Grey. I didn’t read the whole book, but the parts I did were pretty bad 😀
    Thank you for the giveaway! Those Penguin Classics are so pretty <3

    twitter follower: @nijiclover
    cayce006 at yahoo dot com

  • http://susancoventry.blogspot.com Susan @ Reading World

    Anymore if I really think a book is horrible I don’t finish it. I’ve read some romances that I’ve thought were pretty bad, but they were forgettable enough I don’t remember the names. I can name a book I expected to love but was surprised to find I disliked intensely. Wuthering Heights. What a nasty bunch of characters.

  • fatma

    thanks for the giveaway! the hardcover classics are just beautiful.

  • krsz

    Probably The Archived. Thanks for the chance!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kelly.massry Kelly Massry@ReadLately

    The Rabbi’s Daughter (so bad, I forgot the author)

  • Summer G

    Enon. I couldn’t finish. Way too depressing.
    Thanks!
    sumsum085@aol.com

  • http://appeltroebel.wordpress.com ReadingTheThing

    The worst book… Hmmm… I just finished “Affinity” by Sarah Waters today, and tought it was quite terrible. The writing did not appeal to me, the topic (spiritualism) just bugged me and it was way too slow.

    You can reach me at readingthething@gmail.com

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  • http://ajarndtbooks.blogspot.com AJ Arndt

    I hated reading Main Street by Sinclair Lewis. Sooo boring. New Twitter follower (@AJArndt) wouldn’t mind at all if you’d follow back :)
    I would choose the gift card as I didn’t see To Kill a Mockingbird in the hardcover classics.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      And you won!

  • http://lucybirdbooks.wordpress.com Lucybird

    The worst book I’ve ever read was a book called The Sword Guest. It was one of my first review request reads, and I really forced myself to finish. I have a pretty strong hatred of Twilight too (but for some reason still want to read the last book!)

    My email is lucybirdbooks@gmail.com

  • Kristia

    Wow I love the covers of Penguin Classics. The worst book I’ve read is Existence by Abbi Glines. It was simply awful. Still wondering how I managed to finish it.
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  • Gaby Metivier

    The worst book I’ve read is the first one in the Inmortal series by Alyson Noël. WORST BOOK EVER!!!! (And the main character’s name in “Ever” ¬¬). I can’t believe I actually bought a copy u.u

    Thank you for the giveaway! 😀

    gabrielameti (at) hotmail (dot) com

  • http://knitewrites.wordpress.com Therin Knite

    Heart of Darkness. Hands down.

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  • Michelle B

    The worst book that I have ever read…is one that I got for 99 cents at Amazon and was a ‘quilting’ mystery. I don’t remember the name, I’m sorry. But I couldn’t get past the first two chapters it was just so horrible.
    Also, I know I’m probably in the minority, but I couldn’t finish One Hundred Years of Solitude. That is not a ‘worst book’ claim, just wasn’t my thing I guess!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!! mbrigham7@yahoo.com

  • Josie Hink

    The Dr Pepper Prophecies was terrible and went into my DNF list.

    Josiehink122026 at gmail dot com

  • Amanda Barrett

    Catch 22 by Joesph Heller. I just wasn’t a book for me, I persisted as it is such a classic and was a choice for book club.

  • Katie Amanda

    The worst book I’ve read was Ten Rallies. The only reason I got through it was because I had to write a review on it. It wasn’t a good one!

    Thanks!

    katieamanda1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  • http://mydevotionalthoughts.net ruthhill74

    I don’t know which one worse–Catch-22 or As I Lady Dying. Probably As I Lay Dying because it was so weird. I am not a William Faulkner fan. And Catch-22–all I remember is that it was the military and a scene where naked ladies were walking around.

  • Dovile

    The Lord of Flies – disgusting, creepy and had not plot to speak of (a bunch of boys stuck alone on an island do some bad things and then they’re rescued, the end).
    Also, Wuthering Heights – the main female character is a wimp (too week even for those times) fixated on an abusive idiot. I love historical classics like Jane austen or Charles Dickens, but I barely finished this one.

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Jenna O

    I didn´t like Tolkiens Hobbit, though everyone says it´s good. My favorite book is The Notebook :)

  • http://leeswammes.wordpress.com Leeswammes

    Ha ha, the worst book! First of all, thanks for joining the Hop. It’s great to have you. I hope you are having fun.

    Now, the worst book, that’s difficult. Some of the books I don’t finish are books that others find really good, such as Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. Other times, a book really angers me, but then it did something with me, so that’s not bad, either. Oh, there’s Frequent Traveller by Pandora Poikilos. That was so ridiculous and unbelievable, I stopped after 30 pages or so. :-)

  • Marjorie R.

    I would love to win an amazon gift card. Little Woman is a book I have not read.

  • http://thewellreadredhead.com Kelly

    The worst, huh? A while back for an A-Z titles challenge, I found this book called X-Treme Dating…a cheesy romance…yup, that was pretty darn bad.

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  • Tiffany Drew

    The worst book I’ve ever read was called The Boys in the Trees. How I made it through the whole thing, I don’t even know. I think I was just so desperate for something to make sense or happen that I hung on as long as I could lol. Thank you!

  • http://readthegamut.wordpress.com Candiss

    The worst book I’ve read… Normally, if I’m really not enjoying a book I don’t finish it. But I do recall finishing and loathing The Scarlet Letter a long time ago. Everything about that book depresses me. I’ve started but not finished a number of books I disliked more, but that’s probably the “worst” I’ve finished.

    Thanks for hosting this!

  • Mia J

    One of the worst books I have ever read was The Old Man and the Sea. I know it is a classic but I just didn’t like it.

    mia at jacobsracing dot com

  • Melissa Crytzer Fry

    Oohhh – nothing like putting us on the spot! I really, really hated THE ALMOST MOON by Alice Sebold, which surprised me because I enjoyed The Lovely Bones and think this woman is ultra talented. The main character was just so unlikable — and the story took place within HOURS … Not good, for me personally. I’ve come to realize I just don’t like books that take place within the span of a day or less.

  • http://thereaddicts.blogspot.in/ Sarika Patkotwar

    The worst book? Hmmmm. That’s really a hard one. There was this really stupid book read called Ohh.. Gods Are Online! Yuck, that book could easily count as the worst book I’ve read. Thank you for the giveaway!

    sarikapatkotwar(at)gmail(dot)com

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  • http://www.therelentlessreader.com/ Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader

    HARDCOVER CLASSICS! Be still my heart! I love those editions to bits 😀 The worst book ever? Whew…it’s been a long time since I’ve read one that bad. How about I tell you that Rita Supety’s newest, Out of the Easy, didn’t match up to her debut. Not even close :(

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • http://bookspeakvolumes.wordpress.com Leah

    Hmm… PS I Love You is one of the worst books I’ve read. The writing was so bad; I swear, characters ‘giggled’ every 4 pages.

  • Kara

    Please count me in for this wonderful giveaway — I appreciate you making it available to literary fiction fans who read this blog! The worst book I’ve ever read in literary fiction (to keep things interesting) has got to be Don DeLillo’s *White Noise*. Thanks again! Cheers – K

  • vero

    Penguin Hardcover Classics are beautiful <3 thanks for the opportunity.

    Mmm de worst I can't remember, My memory block bad greetings

  • http://cohlinamae.wordpress.com cohlinamae

    Worst? Sarah Dessen’s books? Awww. Sorry. Don’t hate me. I tried reading most of her books but I still haven’t finished any of them.
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! 😀
    cohlesguerra at gmail dot com

  • Suz Reads

    I don’t really have a “worst book” because I don’t finish books that don’t keep my interest! Thanks for this amazing giveaway – I would love to win!

  • http://leafingthroughlife.blogspot.com Megan

    Worst book I ever read? Definitely Of Human Bondage back when I was in high school. I still have awful memories of reading it. LOL.

    Thanks for the chance! Toadacious1 at yahoo dot com

  • http://kissacloud.wordpress.com kissacloud

    Worst book I’ve read? Too many! But the most recent was Mr Muo’s Travelling Couch. The writing was really good, which is too bad because the protagonist was super unlikeable that I couldn’t care less about his story and I couldn’t force myself to go past the first few pages.

  • Amanda D

    The worst book I ever read was The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. It was the monthly selection for my book club. I hated it.

  • http://tomakemelookbusy.wordpress.com The Ramblings of a Demented Mind

    The worst book I’ve ever read… Now that’s a tough one, but I’d go with The Autumn of the Patriarch because I was never a big fan of sentences that run for 2-3 pages! 😀 Thanks for the giveaway! :-)

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  • Marissa

    Well I can’t think of a worst book. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  • Marissa

    forgot the email! butterflypetals7(at)gmail(dot)com

  • http://victoriaenjoys.wordpress.com victoriaenjoys

    Robinson Crusoe is probably the worst book I’ve read. No chapters, minimal punctuation, and horribly long!

  • http://lostinliterature108.wordpress.com lostinliterature108

    One of the worst books I’ve read is The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien,
    Soooo frustrating!!
    This is a great giveaway!

  • http://ahotcupofpleasure neer

    Worst book? That’s an unusual one. I think I’ll go with one on the most disappointing ones for me : Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I bought and read it on the day of its release and then wondered why I had wasted so many years of my life on what ended up essentially as a series for kids.

  • fatai

    The worst book that I’ve read so far is The Pledge by Kimberly Derting. Everyone in the book got on my nerve. World-building is just meh. I didn’t like it.

  • https://www.facebook.com/amber.terry.3705 Amber Terry

    I absolutely hated The English Patient.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    • https://www.facebook.com/amber.terry.3705 Amber Terry

      Forgot an email: starry_night1987(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Allie L

    The worst book I ever read that made me fall asleep every time I tried reading it is The Tell Tale Heart
    iheartmemorethanyou at yahoo dot com

  • https://plus.google.com/115214176640046802321 Alyce Reese

    The worst book I ever read was a self-pub memoir in which the author described love scenes between his parents – so incredibly icky! My least favorite classic is Paradise Lost – it just bored me to tears.
    akreese at hotmail dot com

  • https://www.goodreads.com/kr1st1naa Kristina V.

    I’d pick Amazon GC, thanks :)
    The worst book that pops into my head is Betrayed from the House of Night series.
    kurri121 AT hotmail DOT com

  • ikkinlala

    Worst book I’ve ever started, or worst book I’ve ever finished? Because I’ve started quite a few (e.g. Twilight) and not gotten past the first chapter.

    The worst book I’ve ever finished was probably one of the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books from the back of my grade 4 classroom. I’d read anything in class just to avoid paying attention to that teacher.

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  • http://aprilk01.wordpress.com April

    There are 2 horrible books that I have read. First one being Lord of the Flies. The only reason I liked it later in life was I understood The Simpson’s parody, that had parts of the book. I have decided that I think it is a boy’s book though.
    The 2nd book had to the be “The boy in the Striped Pajamas”. I usually love books about WWII. This book was just so hard to believe, I could not stand it.

    • http://aprilk01.wordpress.com April

      sorry! aprilk01(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • http://diamondinroughcoal.blogspot.com Anna

    I don’t know about worst one I’ve EVER read, but one of my least favorite classics is Catcher in The Rye. I cannot STAND Holden Caulfield! What a self-serving, too cool, hipster a-hole. Not a fan of hime! 😀

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