E = Eat, Pray, Love

EOr, books popular with book clubs that I have never read [or just really disliked.]

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert– never read, no desire to read

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer – never read, no desire to read

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen – started, hated, never finished

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – started, hated, never finished

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson– read it, didn’t like it, dropped the series

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver – never read, at one time thought I would read it, never got around to it

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – started, hated, never finished

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garvia Marquez – never read, no desire to read

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory – read it, hated it, now judge people who like it

Julie and Julia by Julie Powell – read this after seeing the moving, loved the Julia parts, didn’t care for the rest

The Road by Cormac McCarthy – never read, no desire to read

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey – never read, no desire to read

Love one of these books? Think I need to give one a second look? Tell me in the comments. Or tell me about a popular book you didn’t like.



  1. I didn’t like Life after Life (unlike the rest of the reading world) and couldn’t get beyond page 310 because it felt like picking at a scab. I read to escape and who wants to escape somewhere so uncomfortable?

  2. I’m going to advocate for Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I chose not to watch the movie because I was afraid (and probably right) that it would mess up the book. I happen to love everything Gabriel Garcia Marquez writes so I am very biased here. The other book I would recommend from your list is the Kite Runner… although it is pretty depressing but the writer is really good. He’s other book A Thousand Splendid Suns is also very good.

  3. I appreciate the honesty. Too many readers I know what to be en vogue and that doesn’t always translate into honesty.
    The Kite Runner, while a good book I found it slowing down dramatically when the plot moved from Afghanistan to the US. I would recommend giving it a second look, but so much about reading is very personal. The Road, I read for the prose, but yeah, it takes a lot of patience getting through it. Or it did for me.
    If you’re okay with tomes, I’d recommend Shantaram, bases on a true story. It takes place in India and the prose is amazingly good. But … almost 1000 pages long.
    Silvia @

  4. Love in the Time of… and The Poinsonwood… Didn’t think I’d like either, but really liked both, especially Love in the Time of…

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