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It’s that time again lads and ladies. It’s the end of another long year which means it’s time to talk all about my highly rated and most hated reads of the year.
As you can tell I’m starting off with my least favourite reads of the year, the baddest of the bunch. I figured it was best to get the negative energy out of the way first. These posts are like mini therapy sessions for me. Book therapy. Its a whole post dedicated to bitching on books I didn’t like and was deeply disappointed by. Lets begin:
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Listen. Listen! It’s been months since I read this, back in July/August time, and I’m still so pissed about this book. At the time I was obsessed with the TV show and I thought “hey, I’m going to love the book”. How wrong I was.
The pacing was off and all over the place, there’s a complete overuse of the words: “breasts” and “bossoms” and Quinten, the main character whose perspective we’re reading from, is a grade A arsehole which is the same in the show but at least in the show you grow to care about him. In the book he was an obtuse dickhead and I was waiting for him to die.
Also while reading this season 5 finale of the show had just come out and let’s just say I’m done with this franchise.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I didn’t like this and I’m still sad about it. I can see why this was so popular and much loved upon it’s initial release but I just wasn’t feeling the writing, the characters or the plot.
I admit I saw a lot of myself in Cath which could explain why I didn’t like her but still.
Although I didn’t like this book I am glad I read it and can cross another YA big wig off my list and I do still plan to read Carry On as I’ve mentioned a few times.
Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten
I barely remember the reasons I hated this because it was so forgettable but fear not because I dug up my review to refresh the bad memories.
This is marketed as a thriller and yet there’s nothing thrilling about it in the slightest. The characters were unlikeable at the best of times and like I said the plot was forgettable and what annoyed me most was that there was no consequences for these characters actions.
Zac & Mia by A.J Betts
God this book was so annoying to read. I really wanted to like this book and I tried really hard to like the characters but as hard as I tried I couldn’t do it.
Mia and her chapters in particular were especially hard to get through and I remember not being motivated in the slightest to read this.
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Another I’m happy to have crossed off my list, another I’m sad I didn’t like.
I feel like Adam Silvera is going to be an author I sadly can’t click with which is disappointing because he’s much loved and I admire how he writes powerful and own voice stories,
Everyone got all emotional over this book but I didn’t feel any of that. It was another case of not liking the characters which lead to me not caring about their motivations. Maybe it’s just because I’m heartless who knows but I am disappointed I didn’t enjoy it.
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
I’ve decided this book has to be here on this list, if not just for how disappointed it left me by the end of it. I was really looking forward in the run up to this, I bought it more or less immediately upon it’s release … and then spent a month reading it.
I mentioned, I think, that I was planning on re-reading it at some point in the new year, to give it a second chance, but I’m not really feeling that anymore. I’ve got so many books on my TBR I don’t know if I want to spend valuable reading time re-visiting this.
Although I liked the characters and the overall idea of the plot I thought it was all very surface level and pretty simple.
So there we have it. My six least favourite reads of the year, two of which I absolutely despise, the other fout I lowekey feel guilty about disliking.
Does anyone else have readers guilt over not liking a popular and much beloved book? Let me know and thanks for reading!
4 thoughts on “My least favourite reads of 2019”
So you might think I’m torturing myself (and I am) but I do want to read The Magicians in 2020.
I have the book because when I was 12 I stumbled upon it in a bookstore and it was said to be like “a darker Harry Potter” so I was super excited. But after 50 pages I was like: hell no, this is not happening. (Something that I remember is that they were making dick jokes from page 2 and that didn’t sit well with me…)
But now I want to try it again with a more mature mindset and to see how bad it is. And laugh at how bad it is. (Because from what you said and what I remember, I bet it will be pretty bad😂)
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I’d love to see what you think of The Magicians!!! To me it was torture but maybe part of that was because I had such high hopes and at the time loved the show so much.
I hope you enjoy it even just a tiny bit more then I did!😂
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