Top Five Most Disappointing Books of 2018

I read a lot of books last year that lived up to my expectations, I did however also have a few disappointing reads that I want to talk about today.

Disclaimer: These books aren’t my most hated books, in fact I haven’t included two of my lowest rated books on this list because they weren’t disappointing they just weren’t enjoyable for me. There is a difference between dislike and disappointed. Also, if you loved these books that’s perfectly okay. I am glad you did.

These are in no particular order.

5. Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

✰✰/ 5

I am a massive fan of Hamilton the musical which is why I picked up this book and I think that is the reason many others did as well but it just fell flat to me. It was bland and the characters weren’t very well developed. It was just disappointing. However, I am Hamilton trash so I will probably continue on with this series.

4. Love Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

✰✰✰/ 5

This book had great representation from what I have heard from other own voices reviews and the book is own voices itself so I trust it. However, the story itself didn’t connect with me. I always need some depth to my contemporaries and I just feel like this one didn’t have that for me which made it a disappointing read. The romance was cute though.

You can check out my full review here.

3. You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan

✰✰✰/ 5

I was so excited for this book. A book with queer characters set around Pride? Sign. Me. Up. However, I can’t remember anything about this book, not even if the representation was good or not. I just remember being greatly underwhelmed.

2. Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls

✰✰✰/ 5

I was so excited for this book. If anything is set around the suffragettes then I am sure to pick it up. The characters were fierce and it was surprisingly diverse for a book set in the early 20th century but it didn’t quite reach it’s potential. I found a lot of the characters annoying and the story was once again, underwhelming.

1. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

✰/ 5

Probably my most disappointing book of the year. Wintersong was a book that I did not enjoy at all when reading it. It’s sold as a Labyrinth retelling which is my favourite film so I was so excited to pick it up but it was just infuriating to read and I did not enjoy it as it was filled with obsession and over-poetic writing.

So those are my most disappointing books of the year. What books disappointed you? What did you think of these books? Let me know in the comments!

6 thoughts on “Top Five Most Disappointing Books of 2018

  1. Hannie says:

    My most disappointing read was Leah on the Offbeat because I loved her other books so much and I just despised Leah’s character in that one. It’s always a shame when a really hyped up book falls flat, which is why I try as hard as I can to always keep my expectations in check.

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  2. Sapphistication says:

    I think I ended up giving Things a Bright Girl Can Do 4 stars, I reviewed it quite near the start of my blog and I tend to be quite a generous reviewer – not sure I’d mark it the same if I read it today! May as a character irritated me, but I appreciated what she was trying to represent and the way historical texts and theories were woven into it (especially around gender and sexuality) but it wasn’t one of my favourites for the year!

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