By which I mean books that are either critically acclaimed, acknowledged classics or bestsellers. Three to start with: Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro Widely acclaimed to be a work of beauty. Won the Man Booker. Hated it. Bored me senseless. I began to dread bedtime as I'd have to try yet again to become even remotely interested in the protagonist. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie By all accounts the Best of the Bookers. Pompous drivel. Felt like it was never going to end. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown A huge best seller. Never going to top any classics list but surely worth a punt as a holiday read. Binned it after 70 pages. I really did throw it in the bin. Unreadable. Hilariously badly written. I'll never attempt one of his books ever again but I don't think he'll miss me.