Least Favorite Books of 2018

For Blogmas day 27 we’re going to spill a little tea.

I struggled a little with how to set up this post. I didn’t feel comfortable listing books I DNF’d as my least favorite books of the year since technically I didn’t read the whole thing. But I DNF’d these books because I so strongly disliked them so I didn’t want to not acknowledge them either.

In the end I decided to break this into 2 lists. The first list is all the books I DNF’d this year. And the second list is my 5 least favorite books of the year.

2018 DNF’s

1. Roar by Cora Carmack

I picked this up on audiobook at the beginning of the year and only made it to 20%. This felt super cliche and young to me. And I just couldn’t take the dialog.

2. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

I picked this up in summer during my reading slump because I’ve heard amazing things about this author and thought it might pull me out. I made it half way through and I just couldn’t keep going. I felt no attachment to the story or characters.

3. Pines by Blake Crouch

I only made it 13% into this one. I am still really interested in the actually story of this but I just couldn’t stand the writing style. All the shorty, choppy sentences were driving me crazy and I couldn’t get into the story because of it. I sadly don’t think this author is for me.

4. Toil & Trouble

This was probably one of the biggest disappointments for me. I read this for the Spookathon back in October and only made it through 6 of the stories. I was SO in the mood for witchy reads and none of these delivered. The highest rating I gave was a 3 star and I just couldn’t keep going.

Least Favorite Books of 2018

5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

This one is so disappointing. I loved the Grishaverse and really wanted to love this series. I’ve heard so many amazing things about this and maybe my expectations were to high because of that. But this was a huge let down. The pacing was all over the place, the characters were so unbelievable and over the top, the amount of POVs and story arcs, and all the made up words drove me crazy. I finished this back in April and still have no desire to pick up the sequel.

4. Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson

I just finished this one earlier in the month for the TisTheSeasonAThon. And man was it a let down. I was hoping for a fun, cutesy contemporary and in some regards it was. But I hated the love square, the writing, and the characters. The main character was so selfish and treated everyone like trash.

3. A House at the Bottom of the Lake by Josh Malerman

This book has terrible ratings on Goodreads so this wasn’t a huge surprise. But I was in the mood for all the spooky reads in October so I decided to give this one a try. It was definitely spooky and I was captivated for most of the story. But the ending… Check out my review for my full thoughts.

2. Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

The concept for this one was really interesting, but sadly this was too over the top for me to love. I was totally hooked from the first page and needed to know what happened. But when the twists started coming I was a fan. There were just too many over the top, crazy characters.

1. Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

And my number one least favorite book. I am definitely in the minority here, this has quite good ratings on Goodreads. I was SO hyped for this book and couldn’t wait to pick it up. But man did I hate this. In fact I think my rating has only gone down since I read it in July. This story was SO repetitive and had the most unlikeable characters I’ve ever read. I just don’t have anything good to say about this.

Alright those are my least favorite books of the year. What’s your least favorite book this year?


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