Hello y’all! It’s that time of the year when I share the highlights of my bookish journey of 2018 on the blog. For this edition of #blogmas I’m sharing the most disappointing reads of 2018.
These books weren’t bad, but for me they were meh! Or maybe my expectations were so high that when they came tumbling down, the crash was heard louder than what I expected.
So here are the Top 7 Disappointing Books of 2018.
1.Genuine Fraud – by E. Lockhart
I read at the beginning of the year and it was such a disappointment. Had heard some nice reviews, so my expectations were high, but sadly Genuine Fraud was no good. It’s a mystery thriller about a girl.
I wasn’t invested in the story and was so not interested about the characters. It is told in a unique format, like it starts at the end and goes in reverse. Maybe that was a major reason I couldn’t understand it.
2. The Serpent King – by Jeff Zentner
I read Goodbye Days by the same author and kinda adored it, but this one on the opposite was so bad! It is a YA story about friendship and bonding, but I just couldn’t connect to any of the character or the plot. Add to that that the protagonist’s father is a snake handler and there’s a lot of mention about venom and snakes makes it awful! The writing was lush and lyrical, but it was too long.
3. Not if I See You First – by Eric Lindstorm
This one’s supposed to be a contemporary with a deep emotional touch. For me though, the story and the characters didn’t strike a chord. It’s the story of a blind protagonist, Parker and her life. There’s a love interest and a love story mixed with teenage drama. Just didn’t work. The story lacked feels and dragged in many places.
4. Sometimes I Lie – by Alice Feeney
The only thing I can say after reading this one is – what just happened? That ending leaves you with so many questions in your head. I loved the premise, it is based on all lies, but the ending is so confusing. I remember finishing this one late into the night and scanning the internet for opinions to match mine.
The story is about Amber Reynolds who’s in coma, her husband doesn’t love her, and sometimes she lies. All the characters are in the grey spectrum, which I liked. The build up was amazing, plot twists on point, and then boom – the ending just nosedived.
5. After the Crash – by Michel Bussi
Why have I made all the wrong choices this year?? This one’s a thriller and starts with a bang. In a plane crash out of 169 people, 168 die and the only survivor is a 3 month old baby girl. Two families claim the girl as their grand-daughter and there begins all the action, or not really.
The story sounded so interesting and was going at a great pace, some amazing revelations were made throughout the book. But the ending was like soda, all fizz and at the end no taste. The ending just fell so flat that I felt my time wasted after reading this.
6. Big Little Lies – by Liane Moriarty
Do we see a pattern here?? I and thrillers didn’t have a cordial relation in 2018. I hardly read any good ones this year. Big Little Lies was also highly recommended and talked about, but for me something was missing.
I always have an issue with the pacing of Liane Moriarty’s books. For me personally, they are too slow as a mystery thriller. You’re never on the edge of the seat or in a nail biting tense situation.
7. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – by Jonathan Safran Foer
I never DNF a book, but this one changed that for me. Had to DNF it at around 55% because nothing was happening in the story. I felt los and couldn’t connect to the protagonist at any level.
The story is about a boy (a prodigy) named Oskar. His father is killed in the 9/11 attacks and he sets out to discover the secret of the keys that he found in his father’s closet. I had such high hopes and seeing people rave about it on goodreads, I was sure to love this. But on the contrary, I was on the other end of the spectrum!
Let me know what’s your most disappointing read of the year and if you’ve read any of these and out opinion differs, do share your thoughts in the comments below.
And come back for more posts in #blogmas. I’m planning a best of 2018 series for the last week, so stay tuned for that! Bye…