Top 10 Most Boring Books of All Time

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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?

Hahaaa. I gave this book to my Science teacher to study the source of boringness. Lol. I got a detention for that...

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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 I kinda like this...as long as it’s on audio - Camaro6

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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.

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

These books are a disgrace to dystopian fiction. I LOVE LOVE LOVE dystopia books, they are my all time favorite genera, but these books were so bland and boring and unnecessarily complicated, I couldn't even finish the first book. Instead I went back and read Hunger Games for the fifteenth time. I could even plow through Children of Eden, which is a little too quick paced and doesn't have a lot of character development and Joey doesn't let the story build up enough to the tragic parts. But I could not get myself to read these. Just boring. anyway, yeah, it was really disappointing. - SassyEquine

4 Tuck Everlasting

I liked this book, I guess - TuxIsAPerson

5 The Dictionary

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.

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

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

Why on Earth is this here?
Look its got tons of different Characters and lots of humor.
The Dictionary gives you the word which is the character and tells you what they are like! You go through lots of Character changes and I don’t mind change.

Ok why on Earth would anyone even read the dictionary 😂

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6 The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

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

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

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

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

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9 The Bible

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.

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

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.

boring - iliekpiez

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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!

A Book with worlds WORST TITLE

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13 The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

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.

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

What the heck? This book is awesome! - Ihateschool

THIS BOOK IS THE BEST! WHY IS IT HERE? - Swiftdawn

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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.

Couldn’t even finish it - blackflower

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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

It wasn’t that bad honestly. - Randomator

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17 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

18 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

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

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

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

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

21 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)

22 Divergent (Veronica Roth)

It’s anything but - blackflower

23 Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

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

No. Just no. This book is unacceptable

Not true - blackflower

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24 Bibliotopia: Or, Mr. Gilbar’s Book of Books & Catch-All of Literary Facts & Curiosities (Steven Gilbar)
25 Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe (George Eliot)
26 Allegiant

So boring it's on here twice. - PackFan2005

27 The Quran

I mean really..

28 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

29 Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)

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

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

This book makes no sense

The movie sucked

The movie was boring. Book was great. - iliekpiez

31 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

32 Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)

its boring

33 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

34 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?

35 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

1.WAY TOO SERIOUS
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

36 Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)

I physically cannot bring myself to read this book.

37 The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce)
38 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.

39 Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
40 Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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.

41 The Overcoat (Nikolai Gogol)
42 This Fleeting World (David Christian)
43 The Outsiders (S.E Hinton)

Not to me - blackflower

44 A Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin)
45 A Separate Peace
46 The Red Pony
47 Fields of Home (Marita Conlon McKenna)
48 Insurgent (Veronica Roth)

Not really - blackflower

49 The Boxcar Children

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

50 Ragtime (E. L. Doctorow)

Started reading the book, fell asleep on page 2. Enough said.

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1. Tuck Everlasting
2. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
3. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
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1. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore (Robin Sloan)
2. The Man Who Loved Books Too Much (Allison Hoover Bartlett)
3. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
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