Top 10 Most Boring Books of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore (Robin Sloan)

I told my best friend this book was great and gave it to her so I could stop reading it! - Swiftdawn

This book is so horrible I threw it in the toilet

What did I just read?

Ugh so boring!

2 To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

I understand that we need to read this book in school because it provides us some evidence of how American literature has changed throughout the years. I know as well that we need to read this book in school to know what the moral/theme of the story is. But for the love of god, this book is just boring. The beginning is slow and boring that it made my mind go to a blank. I couldn't even finish the first chapter without being easily distracted by boredom. As for the middle and the end of it, I honestly can't remember anything. I read it for school and once I aced the final test for this book, I immediately forgot everything about it. Why can't schools just allow students to read whatever book they want to for English class. This will provide diversity among the class and allows the teacher(s) to understand what genre every student likes and what sets each student apart. Also, a bonus, if schools allowed the students to pick whichever book they wanted to read for English class, students ...more

I know I'm not the only one who thinks it isn't boring. No, there aren't a lot of love scenes, or car crashes, or superheroes. Just some terrific lessons to be learned about treating all people as you would like to be treated.

We had to read this book for 8th grade Literature and it was boring as hell. I understand this was to introduce us to American Literature, but this was tedious and hard to read!

No way! This book is great, haters back off - Swiftdawn

3 Allegiant

Ignored the winning action packed formula of the first two and turned it into a massive exposition heap. A dissapointment to all Divergent fans with actual working brains.

So boring it's on here twice. - PackFan2005

Loved Divergent, got a bit boring during Insurgwnt, and completely lost me at Allegiant. Couldn't even finish the book, very disappointing

It’s not boring T all - blackflower

4 Tuck Everlasting

I personally enjoyed Tuck Everlasting.

I liked this book, I guess - TuxIsAPerson

5 The Dictionary

Don't think this belongs here it is a reference book it would be like saying a book of important historical dates is boring or the phone book is boring, or the yellow pages is boring there there for quick reference not to sit down and read through - germshep24

I'm not so sure that you can classify this as boring because it's just one of those books that sits on you shelf until you need a definition. It's not a novel, so you obviously would not read it front to back.

The Only Preston Who I Think That The Dictionary Could Be Entertaining To Is Eminem. - 12cc

No plot! No characters! Nothing! Just a bunch of words and nonsense.

6 The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Oh my god this book is a plague. I swear nobody should ever have to experience the horror of having to read this book.Stay away it is a place of boredom where people have no taste.If anyone likes this book no offense but I personally think you are probably from another planet.

This book was a garbage reading with absolutely no plot development and it was boring beyond any stretch of the imagination (no pun intended). I came close on several separate occasions on flushing this book down the toilet. Please do not read this book.

I fkn h8 it

7 The Man Who Loved Books Too Much (Allison Hoover Bartlett)

This just sounds painfully awful. - Songsta41

Painful to read - Swiftdawn

Is it boring

8 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

This is a good book, obviously no book is going to be entertaining to everyone and part of that is relatability and the major problem with this book is that it deals a lot with slavery which most people just can't relate to in this day and age, not saying there isn't slavery now, because obviously there is it just isn't main stream anymore - germshep24

Comment below me, I am sorry, but this book is boring to the point of just cussing and throwing it out so you can take the nap you wanted to take when you started the book. Look, this book is a classic but I almost could not read it it's really THAT boring - Swiftdawn

What? This is one of the greatest books of all time, not one of the most boring!

I don't care if this book is a classic, it is really boring

9 The Bible

The Bible has many great parts in it the story of Adam and Eve, God purposely screwing with the Egyptians for enslaving its people, the story of Judas, the story of Jesus's birth, the Story of Jerusalem, Jesus's Trial, Revelations, the story of Cain and Abel, The stories about the many King's, and how they were dethroned. Inconsistency doesn't make it a boring book (just makes you question the existence of the God that this all was supposed to come from) - germshep24

I'm an atheist, but I hate when people insult religions like Christianity or Judaism. A person who would call the Bible "Boring" defiantly deserves to get a sin.

This book is horrendous. The plot is rubbish, the ending would of been better if the God character came down and opened fire on the people with big crazy ass lightning bolts or something! I felt the Jesus character could have been built upon better, maybe giving him more of a back story, I couldn't work out what he'd been up to between childhood and adulthood, maybe add some sinful adventure into his adolescent years to make him a more rounded character? Still, I liked the Judas twist, the author clearly had an eye for sub plots.

I'm sorry, but people are saying things like" It was horribly written" and " there's no plot". Guys, this is not a novel. This isn't a story made up for entertainment. This is a piece of religious scripture, and I hate it when people put it on " worst books" lists. This is just plain insulting, even though I'm not catholic. I'm actually Mormon, so we don't really focus on the bible as much, but please don't put religious books on these lists. I know I would be upset if The Book of Mormon was on a list like this, so please be respectful. please no hate, I'm just trying to protect and respect people's beliefs. - SassyEquine

10 Books: a Memoir (Larry McMurtry)

The Contenders

11 If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler (Italo Calvino)
12 The Polysyllabic Spree: a Hilarious and True Account of One Man’s Struggle With the Monthly Tide of the Books He’s Bought and the Books He’s Been Meaning to Read (Nick Hornby)

I Think The Tittle Sums Up The Whole Thing - 12cc

No need to read this book, as it's EXTREMELY boring and the title says the whole thing.

This book has 29 words in the title it already got boring!

The title says it all so why waste a book on it lol

13 The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

John Green is the worst author alive today. Don't let his comments (the ones defending the book) blind you to the truth.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME! THIS IS THE GREATEST BOOK OF ALL TIME! It really hits home for me because my dad has cancer. And this book depicts emotions perfectly. It's really heartbreaking to see this book on the list.

What the heck? This book is awesome! - Ihateschool

God, I just couldn't do this book!

14 The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)

You're kidding right. Have you gotten say, halfway through?! I'd say its one of the best books I've read my entire life! - keycha1n

As a matter of fact, this book is worth stealing. - DapperPickle

I accidentally voted for it, but I wanted to say that this shouldn't be on the list.

I have a very short attention span, I can not sit still, and I get bored so easily, but I read this book in, like 2 days. And I didn't get bored.

15 Reading Lolita In Tehran (Azar Nafisi)
16 Catcher in the Rye (JD Salinger)

This book is most certainly NOT boring! It is a classic, you uneducated fool! It happens to be my all time favourite. Why put beautiful classic books up here?! I haven't seen one of those stupid books like 'Barry Looser' or Tom Gates?! You should read a little shakespeare and become a little smarter!

Nobody cares about this super whiny kid. Holden please pay attention in school and don't do drugs!

One swear word, wow - iliekpiez

I like this book - Ihateschool

17 Moby Dick - Herman Melville

Herman Melville got drunk and started rambling about everything he knows about whaling. Then he added a little plot at the start and at the end and called it a book.

I haven't read the book myself, but my mom said she had to read it in high school and said the first 19 chapters are about blubber. The 20th chapter had no 👎 plot... I don't think I will be reading this anytime soon, - Untildawn8

18 Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader (Anne Fadiman)

Just sounds like one of those books I wouldn't wanna read unless I had to

19 Phantoms On the Bookshelves (Jacques Bonnet)
20 The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)

No Steinbeck book is boring. Steinbeck was a phenomenal author. - iliekpiez

There is an entire chapter describing a turtle walking across a road. I am not making this up.

If you want the antithesis of The Fountainhead here it is.

21 The Quran

You pervert how dare you it's not funny

I mean really..

22 The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)

How is it boring - blackflower

I read it in 6th grade and gods of Olympus(hehe pjo 4 life) I cannot get the hype! Plot was boring, main character is a horrible narrator, why do people like this book?

Couldn’t even start the book and could barely get through the Movie.
I don’t understand why people love the movie and the book so much.

BEST BOOK EVER! (other than PJO)

23 Divergent (Veronica Roth)

It’s anything but - blackflower

24 Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

This book shouldn't be here! It gives a detailed inside look on the sinister activity in Anne's time period, and it doesn't have a plot because it isn't a story! It's real life and frankly (no pun intended), it shouldn't be. Just because there are historic books out there, doesn't mean they should be on this list. - Swiftdawn

Ohh, so educational books are on here. I get it. Your parents don't let you read it because you NOT OLD ENOUGH. Just like the movie Mean Girls. You can't watch it until your older. For me, I've been obsessed with Anne Frank for almost 3 years. - Untildawn8

I really like books, but this one is so boring... it has no plot (yes, I know it is a diary), it has no point, it is not interesting at all, I didn't even know why they published it, it is 300 pages of the same old boring crap - patrickfloyd

This book is great. It teaches us about the holocaust,but some parts do get boring. It gets so repetitive about the Peter kid that Anne has a crush on. I wanted to stop reading so much when she talked so much about him

25 Bibliotopia: Or, Mr. Gilbar’s Book of Books & Catch-All of Literary Facts & Curiosities (Steven Gilbar)
26 Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe (George Eliot)
27 I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (Malala Yousafzai)

Boring, had to read it for an school assignment, so I didn't read it.

I don't know if it is boring or not, I have never read it, but how do YOU know it is boring if you... didn't read it? - Lightnin9

No - this book is amazing

28 Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants (Dav Pilkey)

This book impoves to many 'potty talk', and it tells everyone, every body on Earth to change their real, pretty names into gross and funny names by just looking at 3 charts! That's not funny. Which is super boring, too. - SnowWang

29 The Nazi Hunters
30 Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)

its boring

31 Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

My cousin has to read this for summer reading and she was stuck on a line that none of us could understand. This is really just confusing and you get tired of reading it.

What - blackflower

32 Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)

Almost unreadable. I understand that Wallace offed himself by jumping off a copy.

33 The War of the Worlds (H.G. Wells)

This book makes no sense

The movie sucked

The movie was boring. Book was great. - iliekpiez

34 Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

The most boring book I've ever read! It's overrated in my humble opinion

My father made me read this overrated pile of boredom in the fifth grade. It was not fun. I finished during the summer going into sixth grade! The plot sounds good on paper, but in a 940 page epic? Fat chance, Cervantes. The "action" is much too verbose to salvage in any translation, and the only bit of enjoyment I felt was in the first 50 pages. After That, it was impossible to read more than 20 pages per week!

I fell sleep reading it 3 times before the second chapter! I want to burn it.

35 The Book of Mormon

Don't insult peoples religious scripture, either respectfully point out its flaws or not comment - germshep24

Total work of fiction and a rather bad one to boot.

Golden plates in your backyard?! even hindus could have come up with better

36 A Separate Peace
37 Silent Spring (Rachel Carson)

About halfway through this book I was falling asleep and going insane and I couldn't take it any more. I just had to put it down. sorry, great message, but its just in an unreadable format.

This book is not a book but a giant pamphlet to tell of the dangers of pollution which is good and all but nothing to keep someone entertained and that what books are supposed to do right?

38 The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)

It was one of the most boring books ever - Ihateschool

I can’t get through a page

Yes,I Know A lot Of People Like This Book, But I Don't Like For These Reasons

2.Unlikeable Main Character(But Still 1 Billion Times Better Than Bella Sawn)
3.T-Ray Is Too Bland To Be Considered An Antagonist
4.Mediocre Writing
5.If It's Called The Secret Life Of Bees!,Why Isn't it About The Bees Instead Of A Generic And Bland Girl!?

Please Respect My Opinion,It's Just That It Wasn't Executed Too Well

39 The Boxcar Children

The most boring book of all time. I mean, like who cares about these dirty kids who live in a boxcar?


40 Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)

I physically cannot bring myself to read this book.

41 The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce)
42 Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)

I had to read this book for English class and I felt bad because the entire time, I just wanted the old man to die already so the book would end.

43 Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
44 The Overcoat (Nikolai Gogol)
45 This Fleeting World (David Christian)
46 The Outsiders (S.E Hinton)

Not to me - blackflower

47 A Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin)
48 The Red Pony
49 Fields of Home (Marita Conlon McKenna)
50 Insurgent (Veronica Roth)

Not really - blackflower

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