Least Favorite Books of 2019

It’s that time of year – to spill some tea…


Just a note – these are only books that I finished completely! I did not include books I DNF’d this year. I shared all of those books earlier this month – you can check it out here!

DISCLAIMER: These are my personal opinions. Any negative comments about a book are not a personal attack against you, your family, or your dog. Feel free to disagree in the comments below but please keep it respectful.

These ranked from “least” disliked to my absolute least favorite read of 2019.

Let’s do this.

10. Praying for Rain (Praying for Rain #1) by B.B. Easton ⭐️⭐️


This one landed at the bottom of this list because I’m pretty sure this was just a case of personal preference. Everyone else I’ve seen review this book absolutely adored it, so definitely take it’s presence here with a grain of salt. This is an apocalyptic romance that follows 2 characters trying to find a way to survive the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. This idea was really clever but the insta-love and wild twist just didn’t work for me.

9. Spinning Out (The Blackhawk Boys #1) by Lexi Ryan ⭐️⭐️


This book was so forgettable I honestly couldn’t even recall the plot without going to Goodreads…. I talked about the Here and Now trilogy in my most surprising of 2019, which was a dramatic and over the top series in a way I really enjoyed. Unfortunately this one was also overly dramatic but not in a way that I liked. This book tried to tackle so many serious topics but flopped on all of them in my opinion… If you’re looking to pick something up by this author, I’d say skip this series.

8. Bossy Nights by Liv Morris ⭐️⭐️


This book was a drag. I was in the mood for a steamy office romance and this one was recommended to me a KU group on Facebook. But there’s no way I’d classify this as an office romance since they didn’t even work together until around 85% and their forbidden relationship is resolved in about 8 pages. I didn’t love the male MC and found the female heroine obnoxious and naive.

7. How to Hack a Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway ⭐️⭐️


I was so excited about this book. I’m work full time as a computer programmer so I was hyped as all getup to see that represented. This is an adult “romance” about a woman who works in the IT department of a startup incubator. Wow… this was a mess. I couldn’t stand the female heroine, the male love interest had zero personality or depth, and story lacked an ounce of subtlety.

6. The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett ⭐️⭐️.5


This was my second book by this author and it was her first foray into fantasy. It’s a YA fantasy following a young woman whose father is a treasure hunter who is hunting for Dracula’s ring. Unfortunately this was just kinda boring… The majority of this book is the main characters walking all over the country making terrible decisions. It also has one of the quickest, most convenient endings I’ve ever had the displeasure of reading.

5. The Goal (Off-Campus #4) by Elle Kennedy ⭐️.5


This definitely could have been on my most disappointing reads list… I absolutely adored the rest of this series but this final book was not great. This is a new adult, hockey romance following 4 roommates. I didn’t love the accidental pregnancy trope to begin with but the main characters were irritating and the I just didn’t find their romance intriguing or endearing.

4. We Told Six Lies by Victoria Scott ⭐️⭐️


This was one of the first ARC copies I ever received so it will always have a special place in my heart. But this book was a complete mess… It’s told in second person (gross) and the perspective and timeline jump around constantly. This is a YA thriller about a teenager whose girlfriend goes missing. Everyone thinks she ran off, but he’s convinced that she was kidnapped. Everything in this is just so convoluted and over the top.

3. Call it What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer ⭐️⭐️


This is a bit of an unpopular opinion… but I don’t think Brigid Kemmerer is an author for me. This is a YA contemporary following two teenagers who are dealing with some difficult family issues and turn to each other for support. This book was literally painful to get through. Nothing positive happens to either character the entire book.. it’s just bad thing, after bad thing piled on for like 400 pages. I needed some sort of reprieve from the never ending drama.

2. The First Mistake by Sandie Jones ⭐️.5


This was another Netgalley ARC I received early on in the year that I just did not jive with. This is a domestic thriller about a woman whose first husband died in a terrible accident and now believes her new husband may be hiding something. The entirety of this book is just the main character thinking that her husbands are, or previously did, cheat. By the time this book actually got to the reveal I was skim reading because I was over it.

1. In the Unlikely Event by L.J. Shen ⭐️


We’ve made it to my least favorite book in all of 2019. This book is honestly a flaming pile in my opinion. The characters are god awful people, the entire romance is based on teenage insta love, this has the worst sex scenes I’ve ever read, it handles rape in a terrible manner… I honestly just don’t have anything good to say about it. It’s a new adult, second chance romance that I 100% do not recommend to anyone. Ever.


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