I’ve got three that immediately spring to mind:
1) A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
This was the first book that I literally threw across the room in frustration. Don’t get me wrong, I love the book and the series. But no matter how prepared you are for Martin’s special brand of Callous Character Killing, he always manages to one-up himself in the most spectacular ways. This book (and the infamous scene in it) takes the cake for making me the angriest I’ve ever been reading a novel.
2) 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James
I know, I know. So contentious. So many articles written on it already. So divisive, so unbearably popular. It’s been accused of being anti-women, anti-healthy sex, anti-equality, anti-thinking – as well as being considered poorly plotted and badly written, with one of the most vapid heroines this side of – ehem – Bella Swan. And yet the part that irks me the most is that it is, quite literally, Twilight fan fiction. And as a lover of fan fiction, it infuriates me that there are so many fantastic examples of that type of writing out there, and THIS is the one that gets the book deal and out-sells J.K. Rowling. THIS IS THE BOOK THAT BREAKS OUT OF THE INTERNET AND BECOMES A HIT. I’m not sure I’ll ever get over that.
3) To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Now, I really like this book and I enjoyed reading it in school. The thing that annoys me about this novel has nothing to do with the story itself, but the fact that it has become the go-to book for people to list as their “fave” whenever they’re not a self-professed reader. Easy to read, great characters, clear ending, moral lesson – everything’s here and I respect that many people might genuinely adore this book. But it seems to me that it has become the overly obvious choice for a favorite and I’d like to see more folks branching out and trying other novels. There’s plenty to like, but when a book has so much across-the-board “Number One” listings, one starts to wonder if it might not just be because it was the only book they remember reading in high school…;)