The most disappointing books I read in 2018

It’s time for one of my favorite posts of the year! The one in which I talk about the books I hated/disliked reading in the past year. Some of these are merely disappointing, others I actively despise. 

Disclaimer: as always with these posts, please don’t feel offended if your favorite book is on here. This is simply my opinion.

Easy Prey by Catherine Lo – 1 star
I hated this book with a passion. It took all of my willpower to actually finish it, as can be witnessed from my Goodreads updates while reading. What I find most baffling, however, is that I’m in the minority on this one. Everyone seems to love it and I’m just like??? Did we read the same thing?? Anyway, I wrote a full review with quotes (from the proof copy), so if you’re curious to see how a book made me so angry I couldn’t read more than 2 pages without blowing my fuse – here’s my review.

Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp – 2 stars
This was disappointing to me because I loved her debut novel, This Is Where It Ends. When I got an ARC of this one, I was so excited! There was a lot of telling instead of showing, especially when it comes to the creepy and isolated atmosphere. Then we have the sudden screenplay parts added? They made no sense whatsoever. This book is supposed to be about best friends, but I certainly wouldn’t want a “friend” like Corey. In short, this book made no sense to me. You can find my review here.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – 2 stars
I listened to this poetry collection on audio because I don’t have much experience reading poetry. As the author narrates the collection herself, I felt it was the best way to experience it. Honestly, I’m so disappointed in this collection. I’ve heard so many people praise this, and I genuinely don’t understand. Some of the poems were just a single sentence, chopped up. Yeah, not for me.

Solitaire by Alice Oseman – 2 stars
Another one that sorely disappointed me. Alice Oseman’s Radio Silence is one of my all-time favorite YA novels, so I had high expectations for her other books. I wanted to read the remaining 2 of her books before meeting her at YALC, so I bought and read Solitaire. What on earth was this book? It made me so angry. I struggled to get through this book because the main character was awful, and it was never addressed. The way she treated others, and girls especially, was despicable. And the reveal. What???

Kaleidoscopic Skies by Ekta Daryani – 2 stars
This poetry collection just didn’t have an impact on me. At all. I didn’t care about the author who wrote these poems, they didn’t connect with me or speak to me, and I wasn’t blown away by her writing. It just wasn’t for me.

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo – 3 stars
While I rated quite a few books 3 stars this year, this was the lowest 3-star rating (if that makes sense). I was hoping for a cute reading that incorporated references to some of my favorite K-dramas. I knew it would be silly/cheesy because she uses the K Drama Steps to True Love, and TV shows are notorious for their cliches. What I wasn’t expecting was how dangerous and manipulative some of the things she does are, and how it was never really addressed that what she did was NOT OKAY. There were no consequences to her acts, and there definitely should have been. Anyone else who has read this book care to talk about that with me? Because what the hell??

There you have it, the books that disappointed me most in 2018. One I hated, a few I disliked, and all of them I found disappointing. Have you read any of these books? Which books did you find lacking or disappointing in 2018?

9 thoughts on “The most disappointing books I read in 2018

  1. I agree with so many of your picks! I thoroughly dislike Rupi Kaur. Her poetry, to me, is just so bland and obvious? However, I know there must be good instapoets out there whose poetry is much better. Solitaire was a huge let down for me last year. I loved Radio Silence and Heartstopper but couldn’t even finish Solitaire. The MC was awful and I just couldn’t read one more page of her whining and tumblr… I hope you read less disappointing books next year!


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