Hi! This post is going to be dedicated to ten books I read over the years which disappointed me or I couldn’t finish. Let me know how you feel about these choices!
Persuasion – Jane Austen
Oh my goodness. I did not like a single part of this book at all. I read this book for a class on 19th century literature, and I had the hardest time getting through it. The predictability in Anne and Wentworth’s relationship was very frustrating, and I had to constantly switch to audiobook just so that I didn’t have to put my focus solely on this book.
I attempted to read Northanger Abbey after this, and I could not do it, so maybe Jane Austen is not for me.
The Drowned World – J.G. Ballard
Another book I read for class – this time a class on literature, culture, and nature. This was just so difficult to read. So gloomy, dark, boring, and confusing.
Not sure what else I can say about that.
Did I Mention I Love You? – Estelle Maskame
This book was so weird and uncomfy. The relationship between the Eden and her step-brother was not cute, and it was super strange that they tried to normalize it.
Also they named their dog Gucci. Why.
Henry V & Richard III – William Shakespeare
These two plays were unbearable. I can’t recall a single thing that happened in these plays except that everyone died and was betrayed.
Shakespeare is not for me I’m really sorry.
A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas
I. do. not. like. Sarah. J. Maas. books.
I was unable to finish this book. I read a few of the Throne of Glass books as well and they were bad. Really bad. This was even worse if that’s possible.
I’m sure a lot of people will disagree with this because this book was very hyped up…but I did a buddy-read for this, and neither of us could continue after less than 100 pages.
Snow Like Ashes – Sara Raasch
Oh my god. All the names of the people and places in this book: Jannuari, Yakim, Cordell, Bithai, Rhythm Lynia, Oktuber, Greer, Dendera, Henn, Alysson, Sir, Finn, Meira, Mather – the list goes on.
Honestly though, this was so bad that it was good – I could not stop laughing. I’m going to insert my favourite quote really quickly and move on: “He’s the kind of good-looking that makes me physically ache, makes me stumble for chairs when I’m caught unawares.”
What is that.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
It is with a heavy heart that I add this book to this list. I can’t tell you enough how badly I wanted to read and love this book, but I just didn’t get it. I found some parts funny, but mostly I was just confused. Maybe I’ll re-read this some day.
Red Queen & Glass Sword – Victoria Aveyard
When I read Red Queen I didn’t enjoy it too much, but oh my goodness the sequel was so bad I didn’t finish. This series was so hyped up and I can’t understand why.
Please someone explain it to me.
Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
I don’t even want to talk about why I didn’t like this because I love Leigh Bardugo SOOOOOOO much. Maybe it’s my fault because I read the Six of Crows duology first – which blew my mind – and it made my expectations super high for this book. However, I was completely let down.
The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken
Another hyped up series.
This was just not it for me. With these types of books (YA Fantasy) I either am obsessed or completely bored, and in this case it was the latter. I thought this book sounded so interesting and had so much potential, but it was really disappointing.
I gave it three stars because I didn’t mind some of the characters and their stories, but this story was far too slow for me.