Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. To be completely honest, I wasn’t sure I’d want to join because I keep forgetting to post these weekly memes, but then I thought… that literally nobody was forcing me to post every damn week, and the theme for this week made my heart rejoice because I get to rant and I… *cough*… I love that. Perhaps I should throw a little sorry there?
Oye, oye, welcome to my NON-RECOMMANDATIONS of the week : indeed of course I chose to interpret “books I can’t believe I read” as “books I wished I could forget the very moment I started reading them”. Yeah, it’s me being petty and rude. But I’m French, so I love to think I’m merely trying to keep up with my country’s expectations.
Welcome to my 1-star shelf of doom! I should warn you that this post will contain swearing, anger and general dismay. Maybe a bit of pettiness, ’cause I’m not perfect. Also no covers, as I’m not here to promote these books and I couldn’t care less if they’re pretty.
For Darkness shows the stars by Diana Peterfreund : [CW – Ableism, slavery]
This one’s an old read, but I still can’t forget the fool taste I got in my mouth once I realized that the story revolved around a
‘good master’ slave-owner (/pukes) falling in love with a slave in a futurist world in which slavery was justified by the fact that the slaves were disabled and couldn’t care for their needs. I mean can I burn this book?? What kind of disgusting bullshit is that??
Inescapable by Amy A. Bartol : Oh my GOSH, this book was such a mess of general nonsense, with an heroine with not an ounce of good sense and a controlling asshole as a hero who thinks it’s okay to say stuff like, “…Now explain what happened before I lose my temper.”
Whaaaaaaaaaat. Hell no.
Once and Always by Judith Mcnaught : [CW – sexual assault]
One thing I’m certain of is that this book isn’t a romance. No. It’s a sickening portray of a relationship where abuse in all its forms is romanticized, including rape. What kind of abuse? Please chose! Be my guest! Rape? Physical violence? Psychological harassment? Just fucking chose because it contains all those and more. Absolutely appalling.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyaard : In all honesty, I could have forgiven the boring as fuck plot, the ridiculous love-triangle and the average writing if not for the girl hate everywhere. Mare hates every woman she meets on sight because of reasons, and I’m sorry but I’m not here for that nor do I find it ’empowering’. How the fuck could I?
Written in Red by Anne Bishop : I know this series is wildly-loved but the details, PEOPLE. The DETAILS. They destroyed me. How do people deal with this?!
“Getting to the outside door to open it was a problem because she couldn’t figure out how the short left end of the counter opened to let someone into the main part of the room. So she got the stool from the sorting room and used it to climb over the counter. She turned the simple lock to the open position and then realized the simple lock was augmented by a heavy-duty dead bolt that required a key – which might not be on the key ring she’d left in the sorting room.”
1) MY EYES!
2) The POINT?! Have you heard about the POINT?! The point is important – NO, the point is ESSENTIAL. Stop forgetting the point! Or I’ll BITE.
Anna = done.
The Distance from A to Z by Nathalie Blitt : This is me being annoyed by the way men speaking French are sooooo overrated (SERIOUSLY!). Also slut-shaming every-fucking-where.
Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley : HAHAHAHAHAHAHA good luck trying to make me think a controlling asshole is some kind of prince charming. Because absolutely not, never, jamais.
Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier : [CW – Rape, sexism]
Oh, this one. I just long for books telling me that women who have sex are evil. Oh, and that they’re most likely to be raped because you know, [insert sexist bullshit authors loooooove incorporating in their fantasy novels because wouldn’t you want people to say it’s unrealistic?] (magical creatures are okay, though – now they’re not unrealistic are they)
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick : OH BOY. Can I just forget this book filled with platitudes and flat dialogues, bland and stereotypical characters I don’t give a shit about (including a perfect snowflake and an absent mum), an instalovish romance with no chemistry whatsoever and – Well, I guess that’s all.
A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clark : And for the last one, I chose a book hinting on something I often joke about : French are rude. Sure. I’m the first to acknowledge it. Yet, even if everything is not false in this so-called non-fiction book, I didn’t expect this to be such a big fuckery. Because there’s only so many misogynists’ craps I can take, and if I read another sentence implying that French women are sluts (and teases, I almost forgot) and/or a description of cleavage I’m gonna lose it. One last thing : I’m really really curious to see what would happen if I tried to speak French in a shop in the UK or the US. Maybe that’s just me, duh, but I’m pretty sure people wouldn’t answer me in a fluent French and you know what? I don’t expect it. Why some people think that everyone is supposed to speak English is beyond me.