I’ve seen a lot of people doing their worst/best reads of the year and I find them really enjoyable! I’ll also be doing my most disappointing/surprising reads as well, because there were just too many books I wanted to mention! As always, these opinions are all my own, and I’m fully aware that some I mention may be your favourites, and I fully respect that and love that you loved the book, but sadly I just didn’t. Just try to be nice and respect my opinions! So here are my top 5 worst books of the year.
5/ We Were Liars – E. Lockhart
For others, the plot twist caught them by surprise, but for me I found it quite predictable. I picked up on the ‘clues’ very easily and was quick to come to the conclusion of said ‘plot twist’. So not only was I not blown away with the ending, I also couldn’t care much about the characters and the main character was hard to connect to. At least it was an easy, quick read.
4/ Caraval – Stephanie Garber
I think I would’ve rated this higher if there wasn’t massive hype and buzz surrounding it. I was expecting something really magical and twisty, but it was only a bit magical and wasn’t ‘twisty’ at all. It was easy to tell what was real and what wasn’t so I didn’t find the plot that amazing. The main character was annoying as hell too, all she wanted was to go but when she was there, all she did was complain. The romance didn’t incise me either. I did find the writing beautiful and descriptive and may be tempted to pick up the sequel, if it’s not the same narrator that is.
3/ Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
I found the romance to be really awkward and unrealistic. It was hard for me to connect with the characters and so I didn’t find the relationship appealing or the overall plot. I think if I read this ten years ago before I’ve experienced relationships, I probably would’ve found the relationship less cheesy. At least it was a quick read though.
2/ Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
This was just boring. I didn’t like the characters and the plot seemed to go nowhere. I do now understand that it is more of a character development plot, but that would’ve worked if there was any way of connecting with the main character. By the end I didn’t really care what happened and pretty much skip read the last 200 pages because I had lost all interest, and already felt annoyed for investing the time in reading the first half of the book.
1/ Simon vs Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
This is the worst book I read this year, and I really don’t like saying that because so many people love it and has it as a favourite. Unfortunately, that was the hype that went into it as I picked it up. I really disliked Simon and how he treated his friends/Blue, and how self-absorbed he was. His friends were also nothing memorable either. And the identity of Blue was quite obvious; I only really continued reading because I wanted to know whether I was right.
So what are your opinions on these books? I’d love to know!
THANKS FOR READING!!