Top Ten Tuesday

TTT – Books I Want To Yeet Into The Ocean

Top Ten Tuesday used to be a weekly post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. “It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” This is definitely something I can understand and want to participate in.

This week’s prompt is technically “books I’d gladly throw into the ocean,” but of course my mind goes right to YEET! And of course there are a few books that quickly came to mind for a variety of reasons.

  1. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – this book plagued me in high school. I had to read it and as many times as I tried, I kept falling asleep. It was so horrifically boring. I just couldn’t do it, and honestly? It’s been quite a while and I still have SO. MUCH. ANIMOSITY. towards this book.
  2. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez – more like 100 years of trying to finish this book. Or 100 characters with the same name? Or 100 years of attempting to care about what was happening? I finally made it through, only to realize that I probably should have DNFd.
  3. Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay – have you ever wondered why classics are classics and should be just left alone? This book is a perfect example. Alice in Wonderland is perfect the way it was, and doesn’t need anything added to the story. I kind of took this continuation of the story as a personal affront.
  4. The entire Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer – between the epitome of a toxic relationship, the harmful indigenous representation, the fact that the main character has no personality, and the terrible writing, this series earned a place on the yeet-list.
  5. Hanukkah at the Great Greenwich Ice Creamery by Sharon Ibbotson – I got tricked into reading this story by the title, thinking it would be *gasp* a Hanukkah romance. SURPRISE! It was a Christmas romance that used a bunch of negative, harmful, and inaccurate tropes about Jewish people. YEET!
  6. The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe – this wasn’t written well, but it also managed to appropriate and misrepresent Jewish culture. I was outraged while reading this, especially when realizing how many people wouldn’t even realize how incredibly wrong this was. On top of that, the horror in the story just felt gratuitous. As the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, I hate seeing the pain of my people turned into little more than an excuse for profit, and not even portrayed accurately.
  7. The Tower of Fools by Andrzej Sapkowski – this book turned my stomach to the point where I couldn’t even finish it. I reached out to the publisher, but … got no response. The vitriolic antisemitism spewed throughout this book was absolutely horrific, and while I *do* understand that the sociopolitical climate of the times leaned towards strong antisemitism, I would have expected there to be some kind of historical note. There wasn’t. In fact, it served no purpose but to air what I can only assume is the author’s own antisemitic feelings. Because there was absolutely no other reason for it to be included. The idea of a blood libel isn’t just used in history – it continues to be prominent today and is used to justify current massacres of Jewish people in recent years.
  8. Will: A Memoir by Will Self – I got the feeling that the author thinks he is a lot more talented than he actually is. Good writing involves a lot more than using fancy words, it has to evoke emotion. But all I felt while reading this was disgust. After reading about the author stating that not losing his virginity would be “a greater human tragedy than the Holocaust” and describing himself viciously abusing the family dog, I knew I couldn’t go on.

What are some books that you would love to yeet into the ocean?

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      • I find that about a lot with writers who write in the Spanish language, in the classical way (like, not contemporary I mean). It must be the literary culture. And that’s fine, but it’s just not for me – sentences that are half a page long, and I swear EVERYTHING is about sex xD I hope this doesn’t make me racist, but I’ve noticed that a lot of the South American authors just have that style and I guess it isn’t written for me. No surprise, cause it is kind of a far away culture! I have liked rare gems, but it’s often like that.

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      • I have read one of her books and it was enjoyable, but still too many sexual themes for little old me 🙈 i think i read House of the Spirits cause it’s her biggest one. Of similar ones, I did love Like Water for Chocolate though! Somehow despite those same themes xD different author, but I can’t remember her name now. You should try that one 🙂 it’s very poetic and pretty amazing.

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  1. OMG YES. I seriously wept for 100 Years of Solitude because I was *sooo* looking forward to reading it and then… THAT?! I was so horrifically disappointed and I couldn’t stop whining about how much that book baffled me to everyone within earshot 😭 Sad times. LOL Great list, Leah!

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    • Yeet always makes me laugh too, which is why I used it. I remember devouring the Twilight series when it first came out, but I tried to reread and I couldn’t even get through them now!

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  2. I also struggled with Dorian Grey, which is unusual for me because I usually love the horror classics. I would also yeet the Twilight series. I read them as a teenager and they were so toxic. Looking back I am pretty sure they were one of the reasons I stayed in a toxic relationship so long.

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  3. I feel the same about 100 Years of Solitude – I had to read it for my thesis for my MA, and I ended up just reading the SparkNotes for it because I could not get through it. I think I ended up dumping it at our local used bookstore when I was done with it, but felt a little guilty at that fact. The author is also a terrible person in real life.

    I read The Librarian of Auschwitz back in February, and while I thought it was interesting, I didn’t think it was super great (but I chalked that up to the weird translation). I had no idea it was so factually wrong, and that makes me want to go back and research more about it before the review is actually published on my blog (I’ve got book reviews scheduled out through July, so I’ve got plenty of time). Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

    My post: https://booksareonlythebeginning.wordpress.com/2021/04/06/top-ten-books-id-gladly-throw-into-the-ocean/

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    • I didn’t know Márquez was a terrible person in real life!

      That’s what I meant about The Librarian of Auschwitz. People who aren’t aware of Judaism wouldn’t realize the inaccuracies. I have a full review for that book if you click on the hyperlink in the post. It explains a lot more about what was wrong. But the Passover Seder scene was especially inaccurate and it made me want to throw the book in the ocean then and there. I’m glad to explain more if you have any questions.

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  4. Wow, I’m right with you on gratuitous racism or bigotry or anti-Semitism. I can’t believe these books still make it past any agent’s desk, let alone the entire publishing process, assuming they were traditionally published?

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  5. For me it’s Pamela, by Samuel Richardson. It’s the epitome of “You can change him”/“He’s just being an abusive a**hole because he loves you”/“He’s your employer, so you kind of have to.”
    😡😡😡

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  6. Ugh I HATED 100 Years of Solitude! I read it because it was Oprah’s book club pick way back in the day, and it just didn’t make a lot of sense to me.

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