We don’t read particular books for at least as many reasons as we read ones we like. The characters are dull and lifeless, the plot is completely boring, the writing is flat or just downright not very good, and so on. Occasionally you will get a book that is otherwise very good except for one particular moment when something that happens that seems so out of the blue or contradictory to what has gone on before that it ruins the book for you. These are likely the most frustrating reads. You were rolling along, getting your money’s worth and then, “Bam!” story over. You hit one of these moments and you can’t continue. How could the author have done that? You want to hurl the damn book against the wall.
Admittedly, I can’t recall ever having read a book I wanted to fling across the room. I get some, where at the end it’s kind of a, “Meh,” feeling, like it just didn’t live up to what I was hoping or expecting, but I’ve never been mad at a book. Hard to get mad at someone whom you figure had to be trying very hard to make something you would like. This makes me want to do a post on negative reviewing. Hmmm, maybe do that soon.
So, what is it about books you dislike that makes you want to fling them against the wall or out the window or you know, set them on fire and stuff?