Welcome to another TTT! This week’s topic was submitted by Beauty & Her Books, and is going to be a fun one! You can want to throw a book into the ocean for a number of different reasons, both good and bad: you didn’t like it and DNFed it, you kept reading it hoping it would get better and it never did, you wish the ending had been different, it made you feel too many feels, there was a love triangle (or maybe said love triangle ended with the main character ending up with the person you didn’t them to end up with), it ended on a cliffhanger and you’re dying, there was a plot twist that messed with your mind, you thought you had figured out how things would end and the author outsmarted you, something made you mad, a character made a bad choice, etc.
If your reasons are all negative ones, that’s ok! We’re allowed to not like books! Part of a reader’s journey is not liking some of the books they read. Just please be careful with spoilers! Funny thing is, almost all of my picks for this prompt were read years ago when I predominately read YA. I don’t have these kinds of reactions to the adult books I read now, and I wonder why.
1. Caribbean Cruising by Rachel Hawthorne
This excerpt from my review had me laughing because I literally mentioned throwing the book into the ocean.
“When I wasn’t downright annoyed at this book, I was bored. I’ve been on cruises. MANY. There is SO much more to write about than this. I can list countless numbers of interesting cruise ship plots. This one just made me want to throw it overboard.”
2. Kissed by An Angel Trilogy by Elizabeth Chandler
I read this as a paperback bundle of all three books and was liking it until the last 100 or so pages (so this was probably in book 3). Then, all of a sudden animal abuse was thrown in. It was totally unnecessary to the storyline, and made me so unbelievably sad and mad that I threw the book away and blacklisted the author. If an author does this once, they could easily do it again.
3. Holiday Spice by Samantha Chase
Don’t advertise this as Christmas and then not give me any Christmas!! I need Christmas carols, lights, trees, a Hallmark movie on paper.
5. Love Her Madly by M. Elizabeth Lee
I’m a very character-driven reader, and I HATED the two main characters. They are awful awful people and have the most toxic, creepy friendship.
6. The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill
This book is riddled with inaccuracies about cruising. AND the animal smilies made me want to die. Here are a few:
“…shiver like a drowned chihuahua.”
“…parrot caught in a hairdryer.”
“…cat caught in a washing machine.”
“Like cats tap dancing on a chalkboard.”
Someone was compared to a “coked-up gorilla”.
7. Hello, I love You by Katie M. Stout
I was excited to learn about and experience a new culture, new scenery, new music scene, and new people. The author had an amazing opportunity to shine a positive light on the Korean culture, but instead made a mockery of them, not to mention Americans and our knowledge of cultures other than our own.
8. Just One Year by Gayle Forman
This was not the sequel ANY of us wanted to Just One Day! A novella fixed it some, but that novella should have been free after what this book put us through. lol. (But I LOVED that novella… so…)
9. Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper
I wanted more magic and no whaling descriptions.
10. Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
Purple prose. The plot takes a back seat to the overwritten details and descriptions. This is also a total knock-off of Twilight. Swap out vampires for the angels and change the paranormal being from guy to girl and you’ve got this book. Instead of sparkling, the angels glow. Bethany even takes the train in to the city (Port Circe) to search for prom dresses, but found nothing she liked. Can we just call it Port Angeles, call Bethany Bella, and move on? This book made me write my very first super negative review ever (almost 10 years ago originally, when I wrote it for The Broke & the Bookish), and will live on in infamy in my mind as being the first book I got really mad at. LOL
Do you feel differently about any of these?
Which books have made you want to fling them into the ocean?