My Worst Reads of 2017

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.


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 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?

17 thoughts on “My Worst Reads of 2017

  1. I actually enjoyed The Cursed Child but I definitely went into it with the mindset that I was reading a play, so no overly high expectations. I remember loving The Time Traveler’s Wife … I think I might try a reread this year! Who knows, maybe my thoughts will have changed.


    1. Oh I also went into it with the mindset that it was a play instead of a novel and not actually written by Rowling. I didn’t have a problem with the fact that it was a play… All of my issues with it were purely content-based. Well I hope you will still love The Time Traveler’s Wife, to be honest! It’s always nicer to enjoy a book than to be let down by it 😊

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  2. Yeah, I agree about Cursed Child. I would probably love the play if I saw it, but reading the script made me cringe. None of the characters seemed like themselves. I was also underwhelmed with The Girls. There was so much hype! Maybe that’s why it didn’t live up to my expectations.


  3. I DNF’d The Inexplicable Logic of my Life as well! I loved Aristotle & Dante, but I couldn’t connect to this one at all. I do love I’ll Give You the Sun, though. I’m sorry it didn’t work for you!


  4. I didn’t like The Girls either! It was weird and creepy and ruined the potential it had to be a really powerful story. I’ve been thinking about reading The Time Traveler’s Wife for quite some time, but now I’m having second thoughts about doing so.


    1. Right? I’m so glad to see someone else who felt the same way about The Girls. I’ve seen so many rave reviews on it, while I was just uncomfortable when reading it. Well, The Time Traveler’s Wife is a a favorite book for many people, so there must be something good in it. I just happened to not see it :p If you do decide to read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

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  5. Totally agree with you on The Cursed Child, it was such a let down. I also didn’t enjoy Strange the Dreamer as much as I was expecting either.


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