Tag Thursdays #4


Also known as: THE HATE LIST

Unrequited love is not an unknown concept in my personal universe. Heck, it is a constant force in my life, what with the numerous celebrities I date mentally plus all the one-sided (not to mention imagined) flings and engagements I secretly have with uncountable fictional characters. Unrequited love is bittersweet but it makes us understand and accept how some things in life can’t happen for real. This is, however, not the case for books and reading. I’m pretty much black and white when it comes to whether I love or like a book or if I just plainly hate them—which is what this list is exactly created for. I can be a little harsh, but I needed this to balance and survive the barf-inducing cheesiness of the month.

Truth be told, every book must be respected. And I do. Reading books, like dating people, requires a sense of politeness in the first couple of pages until we’re acquainted enough to really see it for what it’s worth. There are good books and bad books in the same way that there are magical dates that charm you—hook, line and sinker—as well as dates so terrible they scar you for life.

I know how unbecoming it is for a reader to judge books and tarnish their content, thereby influencing other people who might otherwise enjoy it. So let me say that while I’m compiling this list of books that really failed to impress me, it does not mean that I discourage anyone from reading them. By all means, please do. And somehow, I know that a lot of people will disagree with me. Someday, I wish to give these books a second chance and God knows that this is one of the rare instances in life where I’ll be delighted to be proven wrong.

But for the meantime, let me tell you about my thoughts of my top ten unrequited love books—if they’re in the perspective of first date impressions. What’s yours?

• Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand (His eccentricity was charming until it dawned on me that he’s just plain  gruesome.)
• Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet by Joanne Proulx (Too young, too jaded, too whiny.)
• Child of my Heart by Alice Mcdermott (Seemed sweet but zero excitement.)
• Lately by Sarah Pritchard (Had me hoping till the end but then lacked its promised magic.)
• Cake by Sandra Newman (Good-looking and sexy but sadly superficial and pretentious!)
• The Gardens Of Kyoto by Kate Walbert ( Emotional baggage! Could not seem to move on from the past)
• The Little Friend by Donna Tartt (Clingy in a gripping kind of way but talks too much.)
• The Good Guy by Dean Koontz (Popular but so damn predictable.)
• Trainwreck: My Life as an Idoit by Jeff Nichols (Braggadocio issues and his jokes are not funny.)
• The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perotta (Too sketchy and could not make up his mind.)


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