Most Disappointing Books of 2019

I’m kicking off my end of the year series with my 5 most disappointing reads of 2019!


Not all of these necessarily received super low ratings. I just had really high expectations for these and sadly they didn’t live up.

These are ranked from least to most disappointing.

5. Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett ⭐⭐⭐


I had heard such amazing things about Jenn Bennett’s books so I had some high expectations going into this. Unfortunately I was pretty disappointed by this book. I found it really slow and drawn out. And I never 100% connected to these characters.

4. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware ⭐⭐⭐


This book was crazy hyped this year! Unfortunately it didn’t live up to all that hype for me… This book was extremely atmospheric and creepy. But unfortunately I didn’t love the pacing of this and the ending was a major disappointment.

3. These Witches Don’t Burn (These Witches Don’t Burn #1) by Isabel Sterling ⭐⭐.5


A large chunk of my disappointment with this book had to do with my own expectations. I was in the mood for a light, fun witchy read and this… was not that. This was dramatic and much darker than I was looking for and expecting.

2. Wilder Girls by Rory Power ⭐⭐⭐


I didn’t have the same visceral reaction other people did to this. I thought is was fine. The ending was a major flop but overall I just thought it was slow and underwhelming. Not bad by any means, just not the same hit I was expecting it to be. I am however super excited to read more from Rory Power!

1. More Than Words by Jill Santopolo ⭐⭐


This was my biggest disappointment of the year… The Light We Lost was one of my favorite books of 2018 so I was hyped for this release. But unfortunately I just found this extremely pretentious and disappointing.

What was your most disappointing book of 2019?

13 thoughts on “Most Disappointing Books of 2019

  1. I read a few Ruth Ware books and thought In a Dark, Dark Wood was extremely disappointing. They’re readable, but I don’t get too much entertainment out of them. My biggest disappointment of 2019 was Turtles All the Way Down. Against my better judgement, I read a book by him that a Booktuber I liked a lot said was their new favorite and it was just painful. I’m making my 2019 DNF post soon 😉

    Rachel ||

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  2. It’s interesting to hear your thoughts on The Turn of the Key. I loved it all the way until the end and like you I also found the ending to be a huge disappointment after all that build up.

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