Worst books I read this year

I have a month to go in the year, yes, but I am pretty sure this list is solid. Here are the worst books I read in 2012, ranked in order of how much I hated them.


  1. Swamplandia!, Karen Russell
  2. Salvage the Bones, Jesmyn Ward
  3. NW, Zadie Smith
  4. The Savage Detectives, Roberto BolaƱo
  5. At Home, Bill Bryson
  6. The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga
  7. I Sailed with Magellan, Stuart Dybek
  8. Under the Net, Iris Murdoch
  9. Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri
  10. Doting, Henry Green
  11. Arcadia, Tom Stoppard
  12. Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry
  13. Kitchen, Banana Yoshimoto
  14. Snow, Orhan Pamuk
  15. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein
  16. Amongst Women, John McGahern
  17. Madeleine Is Sleeping, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

Madeleine is Sleeping

There are some much-beloved names on this list, I know, but I just have to be honest with you, faceless Internet readers. Wanna fight with me about some of these? I am up for it.

Otherwise, what were some of the worst books you read this past year?