The Art of Mirriam Neal

The Book Sacrifice Tag

“I’m doing a blog tag about least-favorite books,” said Arielle yesterday.

“Tag me in that,” I demanded immediately, and she obligingly did so. I’m not one for blog tags and haven’t been in a very long time, but I’m also a bitter literary critic – and who am I to pass up an golden opportunity to snub my least-favorite novels?

#1: An Over-Hyped Book Situation: You are in a bookstore when the zombies attack.  Over the loudspeakers you hear the military announce that over-hyped books are the zombies’ only weakness.  What over-hyped book will you chuck at the zombies?

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I KNOW. SHOCK. These books are recommended to me on a regular basis, but neither Cinder nor Scarlet impressed, intrigued, or surprised me in the least, which was highly disappointing given the sweet premise.

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#2: A Sequel Situation: You are caught in a torrential downpour and you’re probably the type who melts when you get wet.  What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?

Unhinged by A. G. Howard. After thoroughly enjoying the romp through a revamped Wonderland, I was greatly looking forward to the sequel; only to feel so ‘meh’ about the book that I dropped it 1/3 of the way through. To this day I’m not sure whether this was due to my tastes changing, or whether the sequel really did suffer Sequel Syndrome.

#3: A Classic Situation: You’re in English class and your professor won’t stop going on about a classic that “revolutionized literature”.  Personally you think the classic is garbage and you decide to express your opinion by hurling the book at his head.  What classic is that?

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. I don’t feel this particular choice needs much explanation.

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#4: A Least Favorite Book Situation: You’re hanging out at a bookstore (where else would you be?) when global warming somehow manages to turn the whole world into a frozen wasteland.  Naturally, your only hope of survival is to burn a book.  Which book would you not regret tossing into the fire?

Many Waters by Madeline L’Engle. I adore L’Engle, but Many Waters was a bewilderingly bad letdown.

#5: A Series Situation: There’s a flooded stream you have to cross on your quest and you can’t get your feet wet.  Which series (oh yeah, btw, you brought your whole bookshelf and also probably local library with you) will you use as stepping stones?

The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. I have so many beefs with this series – mainly because she took so many creative, worthy ideas and ruined them in every way possible. Oh, it hurts. (It was a very close tie between this series and anything by Sarah J. Maas, but as I’ve given more of Clare’s books a try, I went with them.)

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Now, as I am a) not a book blogger and b) therefore not involved in the book-blogging community, I’ll leave this tag open to anyone who wishes to vent about a few of their least-favorites! If you don’t have a blog, feel free to leave your opinions in the comments!

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