Bottom books of 2021! | Blogmas Day 30

Blogmas is almost over and these are the worst books I read this year!

These are my three DNFs of the year.

The Moth Diaries for me was too slow-moving and I couldn’t get into it. Like the premise sounded interesting but I felt like I got fifty percent into it and the premise hadn’t even hinted at happening yet. Sooo.

Hood was another DNF. The main character drove me nuts and honestly I’m just not a fan of Robin Hood stories so this book wasn’t made for me in the first place. It’s not the book’s fault, it’s mine.

And Blood of Elves was probably my biggest disappointment of the year. I read the first two books of short stories so I could read this novel. I don’t like short story collections. I had a hard time getting through them and the only reason I did was I kept telling myself that I had a novel to look forward to, and that the novel would be great, and blah. Well, got to the novel, and DNF’d it about 30% of the way in. The writing was not great, the pacing was not great. I do love the tv show though so the storytelling is great. The book just didn’t mesh with me unfortunately and I’m really bummed about it.

These are books I actually finished.

The Book of the Dead Days was a disappointment. And I’m really bummed because it’s one of my friend’s favorite books and she recommended it and I feel bad that I didn’t like it.

Notre-Dame de Paris was…. a trip. It was a buddy read with Katy @Bookbinderway and I think she liked it more than I did. Honestly I kinda hated it and I have since gotten rid of it. It was dry and the art history tangents were entirely unnecessary. I have never recommended an abridged version of a book before but if you want to read this one, pick up the abridged one.

And finally, I really disliked The Return of the King. I buddy read this with a couple buddies, both of which I think liked it more than me as well. I do want to state that the movies are some of my favorites of all time, and I knew that the books were ‘harder’ to read. Honestly I didn’t find them hard to read, I just found them hella boring, particularly this last book. It was the worst out of the three.


And that is it. Six books out of the eighty I read I deem ‘the worst’ of the year. If you’ve read any of these, and particularly if you liked them, do let me know your thoughts. Happy reading!

Bottom Books of 2020

Hello! Today’s post will be about my least favorite books of the year. Luckily, I don’t have many of them – most of the books I read this year were three stars are higher.

These are in no particular order and they all rated between 1 and 2.5 stars:

Hitorijime My Hero by Memeko Arii – This one, like all the other manga on this list, share a unique trait in that I couldn’t really get past volume 1. Usually when picking up a new manga I give it two or three volumes before really deciding if I wanna read the whole thing or not, but this series (and the rest below) I knew after one volume that no, no I really didn’t.

This particular manga series is a romance between the two on the cover, but hey, turns out it’s a student-teacher romance and the student is seventeen. That was about it for me, didn’t wanna continue.

Also, this series apparently picks up after another one, one that was never actually translated into English. So it was hard to follow at first, on top of all the other things I disliked, augh.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime by Fuse – This is the first volume of the light novel series the anime is based off of. Honestly I didn’t care much for the anime, so I don’t know why I thought I’d like this more.

Turns out everything I disliked in the anime was amplified in this. The main character objectified women’s bodies upon meeting them and played it off as a joke like ‘hah hah look how edgy I am’. So yeah no, not for me, and I won’t be continuing the anime either.

Armada by Ernest Cline – I couldn’t even finish this one, man. I feel like Cline’s books just aren’t for me as a whole. This book was pretty cringey, and basically the main character the whole time is going ‘haha look how cool and I am and look how much pop culture I know’.

I get that some people like that, but it was not for me.

I. O. N. by Arina Tanemura – This one-shot manga was so, so bad. Part of me thought that maybe I would have liked it more if I was a teenager when I read it? But honestly I don’t think I would have. The plot is really all over the place and disjointed and weird and it just really felt like I was reading a mess.

Strawberry Panic by Sakurako Kimino – So this manga was riddled with issues. It’s a female-female romance which I was looking forward to, but the dynamics of it are terrible. One of the girls is basically predatory and the other has no idea what’s going on the whole time. The plot was super convoluted and made no sense, and the giant cast of side characters were all just the same person over and over.

Also, this manga is marked ‘the complete collection’ but hah, no, it’s not. The series is three volumes long, but this bind up contains only two of them. They never translated volume three to English. So guess who never got an ending in this ‘complete collection’. It’s poop.

Pestilence by Laura Thalassa – This book was not for me. Honestly I didn’t mind the first half of it or so and was rather invested, but the plot kinda fell apart towards the end, as did the conclusion to the romance. The two main characters had a large issue (understandable, considering one of them was like killing civilization) but the way they got past it was so dumb, and didn’t make sense, and honestly felt way out of character for the principles that the main character had established she had earlier in the book.

It was messy, and I didn’t care for it.

The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh – This one I DNFd, and pretty recently, too. It was disappointing. The first book I read and thought was decent, but this one just felt really tropey and melodramatic in the worst way. The main character had no idea what she was doing, and kept saying one thing applying herself to one principle and then doing another. And then they brought up a really clunky love triangle. So yeah I quit about a hundred pages in. Sigh.

And that’s it! Seven books that were down in the dumps for me this year. Considering I read over 170 books, having only 7 that I didn’t like was pretty good I think.

If you’ve read any of the above, lemme know what you think!

Bottom Books of 2019!

worst books

Happy Friday, the day that feels like Tuesday! Today, I talk about all the books that I disliked or disappointed me throughout the year. Luckily there weren’t that many this year, so that means this post will be short (is that bad or good?!). All books here will have a 2.5 star rating or lower: 2.5 for me is the first ‘I disliked’ it rating. Any higher, and I was neutral about the book at least.


A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman2.5 stars – To be fair to this book, I realized this year that I dislike anthologies in general. Beforehand, I had an inkling that it was the format and not the stories, but reading this really solidified that. So unfortunately, it took the brunt of that discovery by taking this rating. None of the stories had an impact on me and honestly I can’t tell you a single thing about any one of them other than one of the main characters in one of the stories liked dancing. That was it. This book had zero lasting impression. And that was the reason for the low rating: It bored me.

I appreciate what it was trying to do: It gathered stories from different Asian cultures and showing that hey, yes, there are all sorts of stories from Asia that are about totally different cultures and peoples and languages and creeds, but…. the execution was lacking.

StarCraft: Frontline, Volume 1 (Starcaft)

StarCraft: Frontline vol 1 by Paul Morrissey2 starsThis one was a bummer. I’m a huge fan of StarCraft, so I was hoping to love this. I love the lore of the StarCraft world, I love the characters, I love the game play… but this story was difficult. It trudged through what little plot it had, the artistic style made the reading experience feel dense, and considering it’s a manga, making it feel dense was some feat. So overall, it was not a good experience for me, and I won’t be continuing it. I’m hoping to pick up Heaven’s Devil this year, a novel in the StarCraft universe, and now I’m antsy that it’s gonna feel the same way as this did. Augh. Fingers crossed.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy, #1)

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James1.5 stars – This book, ladies and gents, was the most disappointing one of the year for me. I bought it on release day, and I started it right away… aaaaand I hated it. The only reason it didn’t get a straight one star from me is because I finished it. I only give 1s to books that I can’t finish because they’re so awful. But this one, I did. I think it was because I was mad at having dropped over twenty bucks on the thing, only to end up hating it so much. So I read it out of spite. I got my money’s worth, dammit. (Or did I?)

Anyways, nothing in this book agreed with me. I hated the main character, I hated the side characters, I hated the plot, I hated the shock-factor violence, and I hated the way that sexual violence was just a part of society in the book, not called out as bad, never questioned as ‘hey maybe we shouldn’t literally rape people to death’, and even was promoted by the main character. It really was just a gross book, and it rubbed me the wrong way. If you could get past that and liked it, props to ya, but for me? Ew.


And that… that is it! I only had three books this year that fell below a 3 star, and while that’s good because it means I liked most of what I read, it kinda leaves my ‘worst of’ post a little bare bones. That’s okay though – I’d rather have a short post and more books that I liked than visa versa.

If you read any of these books, lemme know! If you liked them, tell me why! If you didn’t, commiserate with me!