Now when you read as many books as I do you find lots of books that you love and that you can’t tear your eyes away from, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t read books (or parts of books) that I don’t enjoy. This is even worse when it is a book that I was excitedly waiting for and then the book ends up disappointing me. So here are some of the books that have disappointed me so far this year.
- Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
This book was one that I read for my Canadian book challenge and all year I was looking forward to it. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to connect to any of the characters or the storyline and I felt like if I hadn’t been without any other options I may have stopped reading it.
- The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
This book was honestly forgettable. I only read it two months ago yet I couldn’t tell you anything about it. I feel like there isn’t anything more to say than that, which is a shame due to how pretty the book cover is.
- Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
This book was meant to be a new “Handmaid’s Tale” and I feel like the comparison just made this one seem worse. I wanted so badly for this to live up to Margaret Atwood, but I didn’t feel any connection with the characters or the storyline.
- My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Talent
I don’t even know what to say about this book. Both the cover and the description drew me in, but honestly this book was horrible. I read a lot of books where bad things happen, but the author of the book seemed to drag them out and was gratuitous with descriptions that didn’t need to be there. While other people may enjoy many of the other books on this list, this book I don’t think is worth the paper it is printed on.
- The Little Clan by Iris Martin Cohen
This book stars a librarian so I was sure it was going to be something that I would relate to and enjoy, yet I felt like every page was a drag. I never felt hooked into this book and couldn’t find a reason to keep reading. I couldn’t relate to the high-brow nature of the literary saloon they started and didn’t think it was written very well.
- The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones
I enjoy a good dystopian/end-of-the-world book, but unfortunately this one didn’t match up to my hope. I don’t think I ever understood how the world got to this point and the fact that they were going out into the wilderness because they were rich and wanted adventure wasn’t as exciting to me.
- Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
This seemed like just the book for me, but in the end I wasn’t even able to finish it. All the characters seemed forced, unrealistic, and their interactions didn’t seem real at all. I had heard this book compared to many books that I had loved in the past, but in the end I just couldn’t get into it.
These are some of the books that I didn’t enjoy in the first half of 2018. What about you? Are any of these books ones that you loved or what have you not enjoyed reading this past year?