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Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday Discussion: What's the Best Bad Book You Have Ever Read?

Today's Monday Discussion comes from a conversation over on the Shelftalker blog sponsored by Publisher Weekly, where they asked "What's the Best Bad Book You Have Ever Read?"

The conversation began with Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews, and boy could I relate to that one.  As a teenager, I LOVED Flowers in the Attic and plowed through many more books by Andrews. However, even then I knew they were not the best written books, but that didn't stop me from loving every minute of reading them.

Of course I have also read a lot of "bad" horror in my time, but in terms of the best bad horror novel, I would have to give that title to The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin. It is a trashy read, but it is worth noting since the term "Stepford Wife" has entered the American lexicon and is used by people who have never read the book.

For more ideas, I enjoyed this Flavorwire article on 40 Trashy Books You Must Read Before You Die. I really do need to read Lady Chatterley's Lover one of these days.

But now it is your turn.  For today's Monday Discussion share with all of us the best bad book you have ever read.

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1 comment:

Kimberly said...

Ahahahaha!! I loved every book mentioned in the PW article and couldn't imagine why nothing from Danielle Steel was mentioned there. So I was thrilled to discover Ms. Steel in the Flavorwire list. Am I embarrassed or proud that I've read 33 of the 40 books in that list? All I know is that when it comes to Reader's Advisory my love of the unredeeming material has always made it easy for me to talk to patrons and remain "uncritical" of their reading choices. And I do read critically acclaimed titles and I do read "assigned" titles, so I feel more than justified in my "bad" choices as well as the quality. Please don't ask me which Danielle Steel title; the plots have all run together in my mind..........