I spent a lot of time reading in 2019. I read more than 80 books, and most of them I enjoyed very much! However, there were also some flops. It’s inevitable that there will be some disappointments along the way, so I no longer let myself feel bad when I decide not to finish a book or cannot post a glowing review. But, just because I do not like a book doesn’t mean that no one else will, so I want to share some of the books I did not enjoy this year, in the hope that someone else might see something they like. Most of the books on this list I did read completely, but for some reason they simply were not to my taste.
In absolutely no particular order, the 10 most disappointing books I read in 2019 are:
- The Bakeshop at Pumpkin & Spice by Donna Kauffman, Kate Angell, & Allyson Charles – Contemporary Romance, Halloween novella collection
- Lisette’s List by Susan Vreeland – Historical Fiction (1940s French countryside)
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – Fantasy
- The Persistence of Vision by Lisa Gery – Historical Fiction
- Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott – Classic/Historical Fiction
- The Movement of Stars by Amy Brill – Historical Fiction (late 1800s)
- The Shadowverse by John-Clement Gallo – Young Adult Science Fiction
- Last Girl Standing by Marjory Kaptanoglu- Young Adult Science Fiction
- The Firefly Dance by Sarah Addison Allen, Kathryn Magendie, Augusta Trobaugh, & Phyllis Schieber – Recent Historical Fiction (mid-1900s), short story collection
- Northanger Abbey Marvel adaptation by Nancy Butler – Graphic novel adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic
I want to make it entirely clear that I am not posting this list to shame these books or their authors. I made this list so that some of the books I read this year but couldn’t post a positive review of could still get a little air time here. Also, I think it’s healthy to acknowledge that I spent time on things this year that did not end up being great. It’s okay to read something and not like it. Saying I disliked a book is not a personal attack on anyone, and is a necessary side of book reviewing that is often ignored or feared. I don’t enjoy talking about things I do not like, but that doesn’t mean that it is bad or wrong. In fact, I think it means I have an appropriate attitude towards things like this. I hope you find this list beneficial or at least interesting! If you would like to hear the reason behind a certain book being on this list, ask away!
Until the next chapter,
We can’t really rate all the books in the world and the more one reads the more likely there will be books we don’t rate. Pleased to say I haven’t tried any of these!