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Follow Friday: The Worst Book

Follow My Book Blog Friday is a weekly meme intended to connect the book blogging community. To join the blogging fun or find other blogs who participated in the meme, check out Parajunkee!

Well, I’m not sure if you noticed, but Read.Breathe.Relax is the FEATURED BLOG on today’s Follow Friday post! Woo hoo!! Rachel over at Parajunkee is super nice and was so gracious to host my little ole blog on her weekly meme! Yay for blog lovin’. 😀

Now, down to business…

Follow Friday Question: Let’s step away from besties…What is the worst book that you’ve ever read and actually finished?

My answer: This question took me back to my required reading days in high school. The worst book I’ve ever had to read and finished was A Separate Peace by John Knowles. It was boring and painful to read and also really tragic and scarring.

I mean, who accidentally kills their best friend?! I would apologize for the spoiler, but honestly I think I just did you favor. It’s really that bad. 🙁 How this book became a classic, I have no idea.

In the realm of fantasy books, one of the least interesting/exciting books I’ve read and completed was The Lord of the Changing Winds by Rachel Neurmeier. It wasn’t awful or really even bad. It was just lackluster to the max.

In case you missed it- this week on Read.Breathe.Relax. we:

Hmm, it’s been sort of a slow week, no? The fourth of July really it took it out of me!

Coming up later today: A discussion post- What Makes a Good Beach Read?

What’s the worst book you’ve read and finished?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Joder

    Congrats on being the featured blogger at PJs this week. I’m your newest follower and would love for you to visit my site when you get a chance.


  • Congrats on the feature! I haven’t read this book… but I think I will skip it! Here is my answer for Friday Follow

  • Literary Cravings

    Hey stopping by from PJ’s Follow Friday!! New follower and I hope you have a great weekend. Looking forward to future post!

  • Lea

    Oh yea! I’m so excited for you to be featured this week on the FF!! Hmmm… I never heard of this book, must not have been required reading at my school– good thing from the sounds of it! Have a great weekend 🙂

    Lea @ LC’s Adventures in Libraryland

  • rebecca edney

    Congratulations on being this weeks FF feature!
    I’m now following:) Happy Friday.

  • Jessica S,
  • Hi, Old follower — I think if I went way back I would have to say that Lord of the Flies was like that for me. People up here accidentally kill their best friend rather often, usually playing with guns, probably because their parents don’t keep them in a gun safe. But there are hundreds of classics like that. I do agree, how do these things get called classics? I think a bunch of academics feel it is a good example of some classification in literature. I think A Separate Peace was about Protagonist/Antagonist but maybe that was Lord of the Flies. And, when these academics got together and decided this ut became part of the pedagogical program for literature. With all the people thinking this book has sex and the other is about homosexuality it is too hard these days to get a book approved so they stick with these dull and worn tomes. Why waste your time trying to get Nightshade approved someone will say there is a suggestion of infidelity because an alpha can demand sex from a non-alpha.

    That is my all too sophomoric theory on modern pedagogy, which some how was supposed to be how A Separate Peace became a classic. Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust

    • I never read The Lord of the Flies but I did see the 80s movie of it. That was scarring enough for me. I heard the book was even more graphic :/

      Thanks for stopping by!! 🙂

  • Alyssa

    Hi there! I’m a new follower hopping on by. I’ve never actually read A Separate Peace, but maybe that’s a good thing. 😛

    – Alyssa
    Reader’s Refuge

  • New follower. I too had to pick a book that was required reading in school. They claim these books are classics, but they’re just BORING!

  • Congratulations on being this week’s feature! I’m an old follower. I had a hard time with this question because I don’t like to be terribly negative… but there was once book recently read that fit the bill!

    Bonnie @ HandsAndHome

    • Thanks so much, Bonnie! 😀 It really is tough being hard on books, but some really provoke me and I think they deserve their bad rap lol

  • Ems

    Congrats on being featured! Very cool!

    I’d say that the worst book I ever read was ‘Heart of Darkness’ by Joseph Conrad. Ugh. Just ugh. It’s the only book I’ve ever been truly tempted to burn.

    • Heart of Darkness was truly frightening, and I only saw the movie. P.S. Thanks for the sweet intro on your blog! You’re the best! 🙂

  • Congrats on being featured!
    I have not hear of this book but I will trust you and not read it.
    New Follower.
    Have a great weekend!

  • Becky Paulk

    Congrats on being the feature!! Following =D


  • Amy

    Hi there, new follower here from the hop. Love your blog!

    Never read your choice, but now I know something that won’t be added to my TBR list. 🙂

  • Hi! Congrats on being blog of the week. I’m a new follower.

    I hated A Separate Peace as well. I have friends who love it but I just don’t get it.

    Grace @ Books Like Breathing

  • Kristy Liu

    Hi! Congrats on being the feature blog of the week! I’m a new follower.

    I’ve never read Separate Peace, but unless your best friend dies in a car accident and you survive, I don’t see how you can “accidentally” kill best your friend.


    • Well, the “accidentally” came in when one character (who was seriously jealous of the other, more talented character) gets his friend’s leg broken, then sort of trips him down a flight of stairs. It’s really complicated and not even worth going into lol

  • Thebooknympho

    Congrats on the feature. Just stopping to follow.

    Here’s my FF

    Jennifer @ The Book Nympho

  • Bookgirl addict

    Just stopping by from the follow friday! Have a great weekend!

    Bookgirl @ My Book Addiction

  • Danielle Gorman

    Hiya! Congrats on being the feature. I too would hate to read a book the main characters kills their best friend. That sounds just awful.

    Danielle @ Ramblings From This Chick

  • Grace Fonseca

    Coming over from the Follow Friday Hop. Like your answer. New follower. Congrats on being the featured blog. Now following your blog. Come visit me over at Livre De Amour-Books of Love Blog.

  • Myneuroticbookaffair

    I’m really glad that I’ve never had to read A Separate Peace! Have a wonderful weekend. Shari your old follower from My Neurotic Book Affair:)

  • Taylor

    Hi! Just wanted to drop by and say congrats on the feature!! 🙂

    I’ve never read A Separate Peace but I have to say it doesn’t sound too appealing.

    This is my FF for this week: http://thoughts-of-an-endless-dreamer.blogspot.com/2011/07/follow-friday-4.html

    I’m also a new follower by the way! 😀

    Hope you have a great weekend!


  • c s

    I haven’t read A Separate Peace but I’m glad i’m not missing anything. I’m a new follower from http://kafkatokindergarten.blogspot.com/

  • FallenVamp

    I’ve never even heard of that book.. Sorry you didn’t enjoy it. I’m a new GFC follower-FallenVamp


  • Valerie

    Well let’s just say I”m not reading that one.
    Just passing through for FF.
    New Follower.

    Here’s mine: http://www.stuckinbooks.com/2011/07/follow-friday-7-8-11.html

  • Sharon Books

    Hi & Happy Friday!

    Congrats on being this week’s feature 🙂

    I also wont be reading that one 😉

    My FF, http://obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com

    Have a nice weekend.

  • Hi! New follower here 🙂 -wave-

    Hehe, I feel a lot of my required reading for my lit classes are awful books too, haha. I guess I just don’t like other people picking books for me to read. The worst book I’ve ever read though is one I took out from the library because I *thought* I would like it … but sadly I was mistaken! If you wanna visit my own FF post, it is here — http://skyink.net/?p=2226

  • Hi, I’m a new follower.

    I’ve never even heard of that book, at least not that I remember. I sent you a request on Goodreads, too, if that’s okay.



  • Hello! Congrats on being featured at Parajunkee’s Follow Friday haha. I’ll be following you as soon as your GFC widget is up again 😀

    My FF

  • Lauren

    Congratulations on being the featured blogger.
    New follower.
    Here’s my HOP

    Have a great weekend.

  • Charmaine Sharpe


    First of all congrats on being featured. I’m a new follower and I love your blog. I’ve not heard of that book though, maybe it’s a good thing.

    My FF

  • Alaiel Kreuz

    Thanks for the spoiler. And I mean it, I wouldn’t like to read a book like that.

    And, yes, I’m a new follower, yay! This is my FF:

    Looking forward to read more of you. Lots of hugs,


  • Hey Lisa! Congratulations for being featured! That’s awesome. I’m an old follower hopping by this lovely Friday.

    I don’t often finish books that I don’t like, so it wasn’t as easy as I’d thought. Most of them are DNF:s. But then again, I’m glad I’m not wasting my reading time on those books either!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Happy Friday. 🙂

    Rebecca at kindle fever

  • Hi Lisa – it’s good to meet you. Congratulations on being this week’s FF feature!

    I think we’ve all encountered books like that at school and university. You feel you should read them because they’re classics, but you really don’t enjoy a moment of them. So I tend to stick with what I feel like reading these days.

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Shelagh (New Follower)
    The Word Fiend

  • aphayze

    I think I remember liking A Separate Peace maybe if only because the two other books that were on that summer’s required reading list I refused to read. That was a long long time ago. Back before the flood.

    New follower!

  • New follower here, great blog you’ve got 🙂

    Worst book I’ve ever finished would be either the Vampire Diaries #6 or Evermore.


    • Thanks Iben!! I’ve never read the Vampire Diaries series, but it doesn’t look like I may start it now.. lol

  • mimivalentine

    Hi, Lisa! Congrats on being the featured blogger for this week! 🙂

    I totally agree that the worst books that could be read are usually the books you’re required to read in high school! So far I’ve only read two novels for school (and one was Shakespeare, which I LOVE), but the worst was definitely The Hobbit.

    New follower! You’re blog is really cute 😉

    Hope you have an awesome weekend!

    MY HOP:


  • Sometimes it’s almost REQUIRED that you spoil people, to ensure that you save them from the trauma of reading something themselves 😀

  • AspireWriter Trish

    Congrats on being featured! I’m an old follower. Hopping by. Wanted to throw a little party for your feature 🙂

    Required reading in school. Ugh. I really didn’t like To Kill a Mockingbird because it was required. I probably would have liked it if not for that.

    Have a great weekend!

    Just a YA Girl

  • Bookbelle0819

    Old follower. Great question! Very refreshing and I think it will have the potential to eliminate some of my too large TBR pile!

  • Safari Poet

    Never hear of it before, but I doubt I’ll be checking it out. New follower!

    Happy reading 😀

  • morsecode (karen)

    Congratulations on being the follow-friday feature! I’m following you now.

  • morsecode (karen)

    uh strike that. I have had you in my reader, I just wasn’t using Google Friend Connect until just now

  • Sophie Gonzales

    Congratulations on being this week’s featured blog!

    That book sounds incredibly depressing – I’ll be sure to avoid it at all costs! Yikes.

    Sophie ~ life-between.blogspot.com

  • Hi lisa 🙂 Congrats on having a featured blog!!! Thats amazing 🙂 If a book is bad, I just dont finish it LOL I know even if Im 1/2 way or almost finish if it takes effort to read it, I just dont finish it. I have been reading alot of your book blogs, and I have started reading books that you recommend. So if you say a book is bad, I know its bad 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your friday!

    • Hehe, thanks Brandy!! I feel the same way most of the time- I mostly just stop reading. I hope you had a great weekend too!

  • Elissa Backas

    Also for school: The Old Man and the Sea. I told my teacher what I thought about it and she said, “yeah, I think it’s boring too, but it was the only book available.” Why did the school even spend money on it???? Torture!!!

    And freshman year we were required to read this book about these two sisters that killed their parents… on purpose. Actually, I kinda liked it, until the end when you found out they killed their parents. It was very disturbing. Also have no idea why that was required reading.

    • Hmm, that sister book sounds really familiar. I never had to read The Old Man in the Sea. It sounds super lame that not even the teacher liked it..

  • Donna H

    I think a lot of people are going back to required reading lists for this question (probably because of the caveat “actually finished”). I really like A Separate Peace. I even read the sequel voluntarily, but it wasn’t as good.

    Girl Who Reads

  • Shanan B.

    Congrats on being featured on FF.

  • Sweetiepiekk

    New follower here. Not sure how to answer what worst book I have read but have to say the ones I don’t care for are the ones that just keep dragging on and on, have no plots, etc.

  • I didn’t like A Separate Peace much either, but what I really hated freshman year in high school was Lord of the Flies. Ugh! It wasn’t boring, I just didn’t like it. The most boring book was Moby Dick. I never did finish it. (don’t tell my teacher).

    • Hahahaa! Your secret’s safe with me! I never even attempted Moby Dick, so the fact that you even tried is amazing! 🙂

  • Anne Bennett

    Congratulations! You are completely deserving of the honor of the week as the featured blog on Follow Friday! I also like your weekly highlights! Good idea. I am a new follower!

  • Congratulations on being featured! 🙂 That’s really exciting.

    I’m a new follower.

  • Congrats on the feature! You know you spoiled it some for me but I am curious now even more how does a person accidentally kill there best friend…hmmm. lol

    • The one character sort of gets his best friend’s leg broken the trips him down a flight of stairs. Yeah…it’s brutal.

  • Tributebooksmama

    Congratulations on being featured. Happy Friday!


  • Tammy

    Congrats about being the Featured! I have to say if I went back to High School mine would of been Jane Eyer. UGH that was horrible to read in High School. I was thinking about trying to read it as an adult. I just can’t bring myself to do so.

    I am also a new follower!


  • congrats on being the featured blog! I think it’s interesting how a lot of people have picked classics, or a book they had to read in high school. Mine is a book from my sophomore year… I hope teachers pick some better stuff now, considering how there are so many great YA options. 🙂
    Happy Friday!

    • Thanks Kathy!! YA seriously needs to have its own class in high schools these days. Who’s with me?! 🙂

  • Jennifer Griffin

    I haven’t read this book; interesting to know about The Lord of the Changing Winds though. I happened to pick up this book and book two from Goodwill not long ago. At least I only paid three bucks for both of them though. 🙂


  • I never heard of that book before. Happy Friday! New follower!:-)

  • Allison Bailey

    Hi! I’m a new follower- I’ve never read A Separate Peace, but a lot of my students have to for English. It sounds terrible, haha.

  • Hey there I am a new follower hopping over from FF. I remember reading A Separate Peace in high school…but I can’t remember for the life of me what it was about. I guess it really was that bad.

    My FF is at http://rantsnscribbles.blogspot.com/2011/07/follow-friday-and-book-blogger-hop-july.html

  • Under The Covers Book Blog

    The classics can be so boring sometimes, especially when you were forced to read them at school!

    Our FF

    Suzanne @ Under the Covers

  • renahe_90

    Hi! I’m a new follower. Congrats on being the feature blog on FF this week! After reading your answer I’m really glad I didn’t have to read that book in school. My answer was an assigned reading book as well.
    LINK: http://renahe90.blogspot.com/2011/07/follow-friday-1.html
    Ren @ Renahe’s Rambles

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  • Hopping through. I read this when I was 13. I liked it at the time, but I don’t think I totally got it. Maybe I’ll re-read it some day.

  • Truly Bookish

    So happy you are the Friday Follow this week! Your blog is awesome and I love following you. I know I should not judge a book by its cover but A Separate Peace just looks bad…. Have a great weekend!
    Truly Bookish

    • NC- You’re the best! 🙂 Thanks!! I judge waaaay too many books by their covers. Whoops 😉