- Answer the weekly discussion topic.
- Discuss your chosen hyped book of the week.
- Optional: Talk about your progress on the BOTM.
December’s BOTM: Zodiac by Romina Russell
I think 2017 has probably been one of the worst reading years I’ve had. I’ve read so many mediocre books that it was kind of hard to narrow down my list to 10. I’m not sure if it’s because I genuinely wasn’t into these books or if I was subconsciously letting the negative things going on in my personal life get me down, so I wasn’t as invested in what I was reading. Either way, here are my top 10 most disappointing reads of 2017!
Didn’t Hate But Expected More
Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray | P.S. I Like You by Kasie West | Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell | Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton | Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
These books are ones that were SO hyped up that when I went into them, I naively expected masterpieces, especially with ELEANOR & PARK and REBEL OF THE SANDS. I hear nothing but amazing things about them, even to this day, and I hate that I wasn’t able to have the same experience as many. I did enjoy REBEL OF THE SANDS enough to pick up the sequel, though. I’m interested to see how the story plays out.
TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU, P.S. I LIKE YOU and ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER were definitely hyped up by my own doing. After devouring and loving A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU, the first book in the Firebird trilogy, I was eager to continue on with the series. I really didn’t like the turn of the story and where it’s heading. I’m definitely continuing with this series because it’s still so interesting, but it’s not going where I would have hoped. P.S. I LIKE YOU I think is unfortunately the case of me letting my personal life getting in the way of me enjoying books. This was the first book I picked up after leaving my husband and I just found it really hard to get into and enjoy. Normally, Kasie West books are books I can pick up to read quickly and make me happy, but I guess I was just so down that not even this good comfort me. I’m definitely not blaming the book in this case as I think there was nothing necessarily wrong with it. It was all me. ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER is a book I would have enjoyed in high school or perhaps a younger are. I really loved ANNA and LOLA but for some reason, this one felt like it read younger for me. It has also been over 3 years since I’ve read the other two books in this companion series so it’s possible that my reading tastes have changed over the years.
5 MOST DISAPPOINTED BOOKS OF 2017
All of these books, besides LOVE & GELATO, received 2 stars from me. They were all books I was so excited about and sure I was going to love, but they all fell flat for multiple different reasons. KISSING MAX HOLDEN was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I was SO excited when I was accepted to read and review a copy of it from NetGalley. But I ended up having a lot of issues with this one. I can say that I’m sure this is a book that a lot of other contemporary fans would love. I’m sure that I’m just judging this one way too harshly. Maybe it’s because I hyped it up in my head or maybe I was just feeling extra salty that day. Either way, this wasn’t my favorite read and I really, really, really hate that. THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT was an absolute let down. It was way too similar to one of my favorite fantasties, DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE, for me to be able to enjoy it. I felt like I was reading a poor rip-off of it the entire time. The characters weren’t very memorable nor the writing. If you can look past the similarities to other popular and better written fantasy series, then go ahead and try. But I warned you. LET IT SNOW is an anthology that I’ve heard nothing but great things about but it was kind of dull for me. I really did enjoy Maureen Johnson’s story but the other two were just blah. I think I’ve finally decided that I’m just not that big of a John Green fan. LOVE & GELATO was simply underwhelming for me. The sort-of love triangle annoyed me. I hated how the MC complained and whined a lot of the time. The mystery intrigued me but it was drug out so long and then once it got interesting, ended too quick. The ending of the story in general ended too abruptly for my taste. I feel I would have enjoyed it more if the beginning wasn’t so stretched out and the ending wasn’t so short. And finally, AS YOU WISH was absolutely the worst read of 2017. The premise sounded so promising but there were SO many triggers and people could potentially be hurt when reading this book. If you’re wanting to read this, please go in with caution. If you want more of my thoughts on this book, you can check my GoodReads review where I go a little bit more in depth. This book is set to release January of 2018.
Now that I’ve probably bored you to death with my bickering, there are my 10 disappointing reads of 2017!