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!

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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!

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.

If you’d like to participate in Top 5 Wednesday, you can do so here!


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 (Worst) Books of the Year

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Happy Hump Day! Today’s topic is top five books of the year, but since I plan on doing a top books at the end of the year once I actually make my reading goal, I’m altering this topic a bit to do the top five worst books of the year. I figured it’d be fun.

If you’d like to participate in T5W, you can do so here!

At the time of writing this, I’ve read 48 books. I hope to round it to 50 by the new year, and the ones I’m currently reading I’m really liking, so the likelihood of them ending up on this list are minimal. They might end up on the ‘top’ though, so that’s why I wanted to wait a bit on that post.

Anyways, here we go!


5. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)3 stars. I didn’t hate this book…. but considering only four of the books I read this year were 2 stars or less, I needed to pick a 3 star book to add to this list. Out of my 3 star reads for this year, this is the one I liked the least.

This book, plot-wise, I liked. Character-wise, I liked. But writing? I did not like the writing in this book. I’ve been feeling that Martin’s writing was not for me for a couple books now, but this one really drove it home for me. It’s unnecessarily thick and its verbiage is way too descriptive when it comes to women’s bodies, especially when the description is not needed at all. I know exactly how big each female character’s boobs are, and none of those boobs were relevant for the scenes they were in.

I listened to this on audio, and even then, it was a chore for me. I dragged myself through it. And as much as I want to know what happens next, I’m hesitant to pick up Winds of Winter when (if…) it comes out.

4. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)2.75 stars. I’m just rippin’ up all the beloved fantasy in this post, I think. Any of you know even remotely follow my blog know that I didn’t like this book. I wrote a bit of a rant on this one, detailing the reasons in greater exhaustion, but the main reason I disliked this book was the main character. Kvothe just kills me. He’s a Mary Sue, and if he’s not, if he’s just describing his own life in an inflated way, then he’s an arrogant, insecure individual who feels the need to bolster his own life beyond believability. Either way, he really ruins the book for me. The rest of the book I rather liked. Heck, I even gave the first volume in this series four stars… I was iffy about Kvothe in that one, but in this one, he jumped headlong into insufferable, and my enjoyment of the book melted away because of it.

3. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

2.5 stars. This is the last ‘popular’ fantasy novel I’m going to list, I promise. This book was so built up for me. I had heard so much about Tolkien’s beautiful if not difficult writing, about his world building, about his storytelling. I went into this expecting to love it, and I think that’s why I was let down so hard. This book was not for me. I felt like scenes were rushed, the I barely knew any of the character’s personalities, that the only context I had for the world it took place in was from the movies.

This book was an utter disappointment for me.

 

2. Blankets by Craig Thompson

Blankets2.5 stars. This book was a weird experience for me. I really liked probably the first two thirds of it, but I found the ending totally pointless. I get that it’s a memoir, but like… why would you leave off there? There’s obviously more to your life – you’re writing the thing several years later. Why leave off on such an anti-climax? It took my liking for the book and smushed it into the ground. I actually got rid of the thing shortly after finishing it – I donated it to the local charity shop, and I hope that somebody picks it up and absolutely loves it. All books deserved to be adored, I just wasn’t the person for this book.

1. Weaveworld by Clive Barker

WeaveworldNot rated. This is my one and only DNF of the year. And as is my custom, if I quit a book before I hit the 50% mark, I don’t rate it out of fairness to the other half the book that could have potentially been better.

But this book, man.

And I feel awful that this is the one book I didn’t finish, as it was a book my mom lent me, one that she loves. It’s one of her all-time favorites and I just couldn’t do it. I have no idea what she sees in it. I gave it back to her and nicely (hopefully) told her that I tried, but it just wasn’t for me.

Like, I didn’t get the point of anything. This magical world that is supposed to be locked in a carpet, I had no idea why I was supposed to love it. It was told it was great in the book, but like why. You can just tell me ‘oh this is wonderful because I the author say so’ and then not do anything to back up the claim. I felt nothing for the characters, the magic, the plot, the setting. I ended up skimming for about forty pages before I just called it quits at just under half way through. I just couldn’t do it.

So while I didn’t leave a rating, this was my least favorite book of the year.


So, did I steam you up about any of these? Neat! Different opinions are fun. 😀

See you tomorrow!