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Most Depressing Books

Description: What are the books that just really brought you down?

Members: 7 participating members (show all)

All members' listSort: Score | Title | Author | Date
1
11,519 members, 226 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)
2
18,935 members, 287 reviews
3.57 stars (3.57 stars)
3
31,021 members, 555 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)
4
19,116 members, 388 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)
5
15,784 members, 213 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)
6
14,668 members, 180 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)
7
10,551 members, 154 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)
8
9,609 members, 97 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)
9
8,372 members, 125 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)
10
65,105 members, 1,040 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)
11
40,023 members, 564 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)
12
27,815 members, 379 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: sturlington, thecoroner, roby72

Score: 3

13
22,373 members, 428 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)
14
21,224 members, 310 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)
15
14,612 members, 322 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: thecoroner, roby72, sturlington

Score: 3

16
12,056 members, 307 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: merrystar, sturlington, ahef1963

Score: 3

17
10,577 members, 341 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: sturlington, ahef1963, roby72

Score: 3

Explanations:

sturlington (14): Rivals The Road for showing humanity at its absolute worst.

18
9,876 members, 122 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: thecoroner, roby72, sturlington

Score: 3

19
8,453 members, 112 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: roby72, thecoroner, sturlington

Score: 3

20
6,351 members, 73 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: roby72, ahef1963, sturlington

Score: 3

21
4,925 members, 65 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: thecoroner, roby72, sturlington

Score: 3

22
39,578 members, 614 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: ahef1963, sturlington

Score: 2

23
32,370 members, 926 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: sturlington, ahef1963

Score: 2

24
22,874 members, 407 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: ahef1963, sturlington

Score: 2

Explanations:

ahef1963 (19): I can state without hestitation that The Bell Jar is the most depressing book I've ever read.

25
16,589 members, 299 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: ahef1963, sturlington

Score: 2

26
16,518 members, 186 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: thecoroner, sturlington

Score: 2

27
16,480 members, 286 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: ahef1963, sturlington

Score: 2

28
11,134 members, 202 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: ahef1963, sturlington

Score: 2

29
10,307 members, 228 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: ahef1963, sturlington

Score: 2

30
10,306 members, 217 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: merrystar, ahef1963

Score: 2

31
9,426 members, 261 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: sturlington, ahef1963

Score: 2

32
8,954 members, 201 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: ahef1963, sturlington

Score: 2

33
8,468 members, 104 reviews
3.42 stars (3.42 stars)

Lists: thecoroner, sturlington

Score: 2

34
7,940 members, 175 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: merrystar, ahef1963

Score: 2

35
6,453 members, 96 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: thecoroner, sturlington

Score: 2

36
4,814 members, 177 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

Lists: sturlington, ahef1963

Score: 2

37
4,231 members, 65 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: thecoroner, sturlington

Score: 2

38
4,047 members, 147 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: sturlington, ahef1963

Score: 2

39
3,011 members, 57 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: sturlington, thecoroner

Score: 2

40
1,954 members, 35 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: thecoroner, sturlington

Score: 2

41
634 members, 21 reviews
3.57 stars (3.57 stars)

Lists: bluepiano, sturlington

Score: 2

Explanations:

bluepiano (1): One chapter excepted, it's nightmarishly dystopian--yet it's non-fiction. A world in which cleverness + PR obviates art. Very deeply depressing.

42
318 members, 5 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: thecoroner, sturlington

Score: 2

43
107 members, 4 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: bluepiano, sturlington

Score: 2

Explanations:

bluepiano (3): Oh lord this sort of thing happens to people. If I had a sense of honour I'd just curl up and die. Deeply depressing.

44
51 members, 3 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: bluepiano, sturlington

Score: 2

Explanations:

bluepiano (2): Depiction of a neighbourhood in which extreme nastiness wins over kindness hands down. Depressing because it's credible.

45
28,440 members, 1,282 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: sturlington

Score: 1

46
11,274 members, 322 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: sturlington

Score: 1

47
10,037 members, 412 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: sturlington

Score: 1

48
8,072 members, 174 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: sturlington

Score: 1

49
4,517 members, 102 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: sturlington

Score: 1

50
4,476 members, 128 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: sturlington

Score: 1

51
4,370 members, 54 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Lists: sturlington

Score: 1

52
2,994 members, 97 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: sturlington

Score: 1

53
1,563 members, 33 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: sturlington

Score: 1

54
1,044 members, 24 reviews
3.34 stars (3.34 stars)

Lists: sturlington

Score: 1

55
628 members, 27 reviews
3.48 stars (3.48 stars)

Lists: sturlington

Score: 1

56
372 members, 18 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: sturlington

Score: 1

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About this list

Started by: sturlington (January 2014)

Type: Unnumbered

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