I love books, and I love talking about books, both good and bad, so I was tickled by GoodReads’ new, reader-compiled list “Books I Regret Reading.” It’s not a large-scale survey by any means, but it’s a fun twist on the usual self-congratulatory “100 Top Books” lists that might as well be called “I’m Going To School You Dumbasses about Lit-tra-choor.”
While I disagree with some of the selections–Anne of Green Gables? Heresy!–I said “Amen!” to more than a few. Sex and the City, Red Badge of Courage, Less than Zero, The Mayor of Casterbidge? No thank you! Been there, done that, would love to Eternally Sunshine them from the library of my mind, along with the Collected Manly Misogyny of Ernest Hemingway and the Collected Self-Loathing of Elizabeth Wurtzel.
I was a puzzled by the fact that the top four books are the Twilight novels. I know that there’s a vocal anti-Twilight crowd, but it seems that many readers hated the books so much that they….went and read all of them? All 3,500 pages of them? If you didn’t like Twilight, why would you read the rest of the series–particularly the 756-page final book, Breaking Dawn? It’s like berating a chef for how lousy the food is, but eating the whole four-course meal anyway.
Check out the list–and the smart and funny comments. Agree? Disagree? Have a few books you’d like to add to the list? Feel free to share…