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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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