MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!!!! 🎅❄️🎄
It’s Christmas, which, in my opinion, is the most famous holiday of the year! Though I must admit that I’m not much of a fan. My family and I don’t take part in most Christmas traditions, and it’s been years since I felt the holiday cheer. So I thought that it would be fitting to celebrate this holiday by being the neighborhood grinch. Today, I’m going to be talking about the most disappointing books I read in 2019!
I specifically titled this post “disappointing,” instead of “worst,” because most of these books aren’t that bad. The expectations I had for them were simply so high that the actual thing paled in comparison.
While I was making this list, I thought that I was gonna have—at most—five books to mention, but….. I ended up with 15. *awkward silence* I was able to narrow this list down to ten books though!
A Thousand Fires by Shannon Price
I think this is only the second book I’ve given 1 star to in my entire life. *sigh* There was such a golden opportunity to subvert the abusive love interest trope, but no: This book embraced it full stop. Also, it tried to tackle issues like gentrification and mental health, but it did so in such a simplistic manner.
I haven’t gotten around to writing my review yet because I’m a mess, but in the meantime, check out CW’s excellent review.
The King’s Men by Nora Sakavic
(I’ve lowered my rating of this from 4 stars to 3 stars.) I pushed through the entire All for the Game series with the intention of FINALLY seeing these difficult characters open up to each other, and start at least trying to be good people. And I got that. But not to the extent I wanted? I guess that’s my fault.
Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
I had heard of the controversy surrounding Rainbow Rowell, but I was still willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. I regret that now because 1) I read more about the things she’s been called out on, and I’ve decided that I no longer want to support her, and 2) Wayward Son wasn’t even that good. Carry On’s strength lies in its ability to not take itself too seriously, so the more somber tone of this sequel didn’t work for me. Also, I can’t remember Simon and Penny being this annoying.
I’m done with all of Rainbow Rowell’s works from now on, because she still refuses to apologize for all the microaggressions she’s committed. You can read about Eleanor & Park’s problems here. And there are other controversies surrounding her that I won’t get into. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t support her, but I personally won’t.
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
There were SO many things that didn’t work for me, but I feel like other people would love those same aspects.
Read my mini-review!
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
I should’ve known that I wasn’t gonna like this! From the synopsis and reviews, it seemed like generic YA™, and it WAS. I hated the usage of popular YA clichés and the insta-love. I’m sure Black readers will enjoy this more than I did though.
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
I was so excited for this because the author’s nonbinary, and they’re writing about a nonbinary protagonist! That’s representation we almost never see in literature! But there were so many moments wherein Deaver could’ve gone deeper (with Ben’s emotions, the themes—everything), yet they didn’t. I’ve read an entire book about Ben, yet they still feel like a stranger to me.
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
It pains me that this book is on this list because I scream about The Diviners on a daily basis. I still recommend The Diviners series with my whole heart, but its second book felt like a filler—a 600-page filler, at that. This added NOTHING to the overall plot of the series, and not a single thing happened until the last fifty or so pages.
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Romance books wherein the two main characters feel an attraction to each other immediately after their first meeting are boring to me. I like it more when there’s pining and slow burn okay. I also felt super distant from the characters—maybe it’s because I haven’t read The Kiss Quotient? On top of that, reading Shealea’s review opened my eyes to all the “yikes” stuff about Khai and Esme’s romance.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Oof. This is probably the most beloved book on this list. It was inevitable that it wouldn’t live up to the hype, because my expectations were sky-high. Whilst listening to the audiobook, the only thought going through my head was “When am I going to love this?”, which ultimately ruined my reading experience.
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
If I rated this based on rep and themes alone, I’d give it 5 stars. But on a plot and character basis? This book is nothing new. Sorry.
Read my full review! (Though it’s one of the first reviews I ever posted on this blog, so it’s probably shitty.)
I’m writing this with less than a week left in 2019, and it’s a silent prayer to the gods not to let me read any more disappointing books this year.
Merry Christmas again (if you celebrate)! ❤️ I would love to know how your day is going so far, and how you celebrate Christmas. I’m currently in Japan with my family, and I’ve experienced snow for the VERY FIRST time!!!!