As of right now, I have read 42 books this year. I was on track to break 50, but then law school happened and it all went downhill from there. But hey, 42 books is still great! And many of those books were wonderful. Others, not so much.. Today I want to share the books that disappointed me this year.
‘Disappointing’ doesn’t mean they were the worst books that I came across this year, it simply means I had just such high hopes for them and ended up not loving them nearly as much as I had hoped.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
In 2018 I finally tried to get into Maggie Stiefvater and it did not go well. I always say that I need to understand the motive of the characters to care about the story and that’s where this book completely fell flat for me. Some rich spoiled private school kids search for a Welsh King and somehow it has to do with psychic energy but like, why? I made it halfway through and it’s still not clear. Which made me not excited to pick this back up again.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
I wanted to be blown away by this book SO BAD. But I just wasn’t. A story set in a theonomic military dictatorship formed within the borders of what was formerly the United States of America. But I just felt so MEH about the execution. The first 100 pages or so are kind of slow, and we don’t really learn about much at all. I just felt like I was groping around in the dark, trying to figure out what was going on and how we got there.
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
I was intrigued by the premise of Scythe – a perfect utopia future in which people don’t die of natural causes anymore – but this book was so long. I found myself not caring about anything at the end, and after I finished it I didn’t feel emotion. The romance between the two main characters felt incredibly forced. Not a single character had a motive, and the plot only exists because a few characters are bored and want to do stuff for shits and giggles.
The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker
This was one of my most disappointing reads as well as one of the worst books I have read EVER. The book is about Harry Quebert and Nola, who he fell in love with when he was 35 and she was 15. We are supposed to sympathise with Harry, but I cannot sympathise with a 35 YEAR OLD having an affair with a FIFTEEN YEAR OLD. No to mention that the writing was painful. Just thinking about this makes me annoyed again!
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Salt to the Sea is a book based on a horrific, true event. That makes it hard to review these books. My problems with Sepetys’ work is that I can’t connect to her characters. I wanted more complexity, more backstory (especially in the first half of the book) just more of everything. I wanted to stay longer with each character. Just as I started to care about their storyline we would move on to the next.
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
My first Murakami book.. I was looking forward to it. I can see why so many people love this, but it didn’t do much for me. All the female characters were completely dependent and very Manic Pixie Dream Girl, especially Midori. She was like the fantasy of every man: pretty, likes kinky sex, cooks and cleans for you. The ending was obvious. The sex was weird and not sexy. Just a lot of meh.