It’s time for the most negative post of the year: my least favorite reads of 2017. I’ll say it now, before I get some hate: these are MY least favorite reads of 2017. That doesn’t mean that you can’t love the book. If you did read one of these and loved it, that’s great! I didn’t though. And that’s okay! Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, right? Let’s get into it.
THE I-TRULY-HATED-THIS-BOOK ONES
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany & Jack Thorne // Don’t even get me started on this one. I waited quite a while before picking this one up, because I’d seen such mixed reviews. I was in such a happy-Harry-Potter-mood though in the first half of the year, that I decided to give it a go. And it promptly ruined my mood and made me incredibly angry. Inge can attest to that, she witnessed my rants. I even made a video on why I didn’t like this one at all, if you want to hear my unstructured and ranty thoughts. Yeah, 1 star – a rating I don’t give often.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger // This one took me by surprise. And not in a positive way… I buddy read this one during the Tome Topple readathon, and was so excited about it! It had been on my shelf for ages, and then I could finally watch the movie too. After finishing this, I will never watch the movie. I’ve already put my copy in the pile of books to be unhauled because I don’t want to be reminded of this trash ever again. It was sexist, creepy, weird, and incredibly offensive on many levels. I don’t understand how this has become so popular, and why no one (or at least not that I knew of) talks about the problematic aspects of this one. Again, I did a ranty video on it if you want to hear my thoughts and specific examples. 2 stars – doesn’t actually deserve the second one.
THE NOT-TERRIBLE-BUT-DISAPPOINTING ONES
The Girls by Emma Cline // This wasn’t a bad book, don’t get me wrong. I gave it three stars, which is my rating for ‘it wasn’t bad, but I didn’t really like it either’. My issue with this book is that I expected it to be about a girl who got involved in a cult, but in reality the cult isn’t the main part of the story. I also felt highly uncomfortable with how sexualized the main character is made to be when she’s only like 13. I understand this may have been the reality during this time, but I still hated it.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson // One of my two DNFs this year… I was really looking forward to this because this is a well loved book. I decided to put it down because the writing style just wasn’t for me. I felt really detached from the story and characters, which made it less enjoyable to me. I can see why people love it, but it just didn’t work for me.
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz // This one kind of broke my heart. I DNFed one of my most anticipated reads. I didn’t stop reading because I had any issues with the story, I didn’t get far enough into it for that. I quit reading because the writing style really wasn’t working for me. The short, choppy sentences made me feel detached and took me out of the story.
That was it! 5 disappointing reads in 2017. That’s not too bad, right?
I general, I’m lucky to like most of the books I read.
Which books let you down recently? Have you read any of these?