This article from The Telegraph made me laugh and nod my head in agreement.  Not the 50 books you must read before you die outlines what classics or popular books you should not waste time reading.  Oh Brits and their dry sense of humour.

Some of my favourite comments by Iain Hollingshead:

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
Jay Gatsby is not as great a character as everyone thinks he is. Neither is this book, or the author, or the million of people who pretend to like it. Full of people doing tedious things, breaking off only to sleep with each other’s wives.

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
Like trying to get to grips with seven generations of your Colombian exchange student’s family tree.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Its set-up is almost as protracted as the dull protagonist’s endless cups of coffee. Then it suddenly descends into graphic sexual violence. Sweden’s most overrated export since Ikea.