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!

Top 5 disappointing books of 2018

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https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifHappy Hump Day!

Today’s topic is most disappointing books of last year. I was originally going to post this shortly after the new year, but when I saw it was to be a t5w topic, I decided to wait. My kingdom for consistent posting material, yeesh. I also chose six, not five. Pbtbt. They’re in no particular order.

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The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan

The Gray HouseThis book had such a neat sounding premise. This book was also my one and only DNF of 2018. I didn’t rate it, because I didn’t get far enough into it that I thought a rating to be fair. I think… I think I got maybe 150 pages into it. I had picked this book up as part of r/Fantasy’s book of the month for October, and I don’t know what it was about it, but I really didn’t get into it at all. I couldn’t tell if it was because I was reading it as an ebook or whether it was the meandering plot. I tend to dislike meandering plots – I want to feel that there’s a point to what I’m reading. Though, occasionally, one will surprise me, which is why I decided to give this book a chance. I even tried out the audiobook for a bit when I felt myself getting bored. And that was really it. This book bored me, and considering it was over 700 pages, I decided to cop out early and save myself the mental drain. Maybe someday I’ll retry this one. Maybe. A physical copy of it might help, who knows.

No rating

Mushishi volume 2 by Yuki Urushibara

Mushishi, Vol. 2I think my problem with this one was that I wasn’t in the right mindset. I picked it up, hoping to get through it so I could hit my TBR goal for the year, so it was one of the last reads of 2018. But, Mushishi isn’t really a series you can ‘just get through’. It’s one of those thinkers, and it was not what my brain wanted, apparently. I found myself skimming a lot of the time and honestly I couldn’t tell you a single thing that happened in it. This one, I will give another try, when I feel like I’m in the mood for it. I liked volume one well enough, so I feel like I could like this as well if I gave it a proper chance.

2.75/5 stars

 

Just Around the Corner by Touko Kawai

Just Around the CornerSpoilers for this manga ahead

Looking back at my rating, I should have rated this book a one star. Why I gave it two is beyond me. It is what it is though. This book made me uncomfortable. It follows a romance between two men, which is well and dandy. But then the one turns up to school the next day to find out that the guy he’s been seeing is his teacher. Ok, teacher/student tropes can be done ok sometimes.

But the plot twist, guys. The plot twist was just. Ugh.

The plot twist was, guy one as lying about his age. Teacher thought he was dating (and sleeping with) a 19 year old. Was he? No. Guy one, turns out he was 17. Age of consent laws vary throughout the world, but I live in the US, so my mindset is very much a harsh ‘HE’S NOT EIGHTEEN RUN AWAY’. So like, that plot twist dropped and I nearly dropped the book. I felt so gray. I picked it back up in hopes that Teacher freaks the eff out and drops guy one like a stone. And he does. So I kept reading, happy that the damned teacher has some sense. But the rest of the book follows guys one as he’s pining over this teacher and how cruel Teacher was for dumping him and how it wasn’t fair and ugh. Mind you, Teacher is totally in the right for going ‘WTF’ and staying away from this kid.

But alas, guess who gets back together by the end of the book. It gave me the creeps. It was slimy. Yuck. I don’t recommend this.

2/5 stars (but should be 1)

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)My complaints about this one match up to basically everyone else’s. It felt like a money-grab. The whole book was about shopping and could have been condensed into a chapter or two. The only relevant part plot-wise happened in three sentences. Yawn.

I believe it was on my anticipated books list last year too, which is why it was such a big let down for me.

3/5 stars

 

 

 

 

Gravitation by Maki Murakami

Gravitation, Volume 01I read this series back in high school (and yes, the whole series is on this list), and I remembered really liking it. This goes to show you that tastes change, and some things just don’t age well at all. The romance in this, while a gay romance, was like.. homophobic. I was reading a yaoi with homophobia in it. My gosh. Jokes that would have been ‘funny’ 13 years ago in this series really don’t stand the test of time, and that’s unfortunate. I should have just let this series lie, and kept it as a fond memory of my teenage years. But I had to go and stick my foot in it and rack up all these grimy memories to go along with it. Sigh.

Overall 2.25/5 stars

 

Wildest Dreams by Kristen Ashley

Wildest Dreams (Fantasyland, #1)This is my one and only one star book of the year! Technically it was a 1.5, because I was able to finish it. I only give 1 stars to books that I DNF out of hate (not out of boredom like above). This book wins the ‘most unhealthy relationship dynamic’ award, beating out the one in Gravitation by a long, long long shot.

At this point, I’ve repressed most of this book in my memory, except that the main character says ‘holy moly’ way too effing much and that the love interest is the most punchable character I’ve ever come across.

It’s such a shame though. I picked this up hoping to love it. I wanted to love it. I kept trying to defend it against myself as I read, but eventually it got to the point where I just couldn’t. It was… disappointing. :/

1.5/5 stars

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And that’s it! Did you read any of the above? Did you like them? Tell me what about them that you liked that I totally missed. Happy reading!

Top 5 Wednesday: Disappointing Eye Candy

Top 5 Wednesday

Happy hump day! This week’s topic is disappointing eye candy, books that had beautiful covers but turned out to be clunkers. T5W was created by Lainey and here is the full list of posters, should you like to participate.

5. The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl #6)

The Time Paradox (Artemis Fowl, #6)This book. I was so disappointed by this book. Artemis Fowl was and still is one of my favorite series, up to a point. I like to pretend the last three or four books don’t exist. The first three, maaaaybe four, are pure magic. I love the characters, the setting, the snark. It’s all grand. But after book four, the quality started to drop. Book six, this one, is the first one that I rated two stars. And then I tried to read book seven and couldn’t even finish it. Haven’t even touched book eight. I just. I don’t know what happened. The series is so great, the covers are so great, but this book just kinda flopped.

4. Wish by CLAMP

Wish, Vol. 02 (Wish, #2)CLAMP is one of those ‘you know who this is’ authors of the manga world. If you read manga, you’ve heard of CLAMP. They’re a group of women who write all these different series that tend to intertwine with another every so often. I’m sure there’s a huge CLAMP universe and timeline that I just don’t know about. I’ve read other series by CLAMP and really enjoyed them (like Chobits) but this one was just a swing-and-a-miss for me. And considering it’s a four book series and I couldn’t get passed book two, that’s pretty bad. Looking at the cover, this series seems whimsical and wonderful. And to a point it was, but I just didn’t care about anyone. Nothing interesting happened aside from the little angel character being goofy. Just didn’t like it. Not going to finish the series.

3. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)This is another one of those books that I wanted to like and just didn’t. Can’t really say I actively dislike it, I just… it left no opinion on me, I suppose. It’s so pretty, but the inside is so bland. So rather disappointed by this one. I’ve heard her other series is good, though I have yet to pick it up. Honestly I’m hesitant: I heard Shiver was good as well and it turned out to be a bust. Thoughts? Should I? I dun know. D:

 

2. Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

RumbleIf you follow my blog at all, you know I detested this book. It got a one star rating from me. I’ve given exactly three books this rating in the past, meaning it’s really really hard to get this rating from me. Usually if I dislike a book, I just stop reading. But if a book can trick me into hate-reading it, like this one did, you better bet your butt it’s getting a one star. Buh. This book was meaningless. Here’s my review, if you’re interested

1. Flight by Kazu Kibuishi

Flight Volume One (Flight, #1)Only this one confuses me. This is one of the others that got a one-star from me. I think I hated this one because I just felt so mislead upon finishing it. I expected stories about flight. You know, flight. Flying. Things to do with flying. Flying is interesting, right? It’s INTERESTING. IT’S FLIGHT FOR GOODNESS SAKE. But somehow, this book managed to be boring as hell. It was a graphic novel and it was boring. The pictures about flight weren’t even captivating enough to hold my attention. And this is why I think I hated it so much. It was just such a let-down. Buh, I don’t know. It’s pretty at least.


That’s all! Until next Wednesday!