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Here is this week's discussion:
What were your Book Disappointments for 2016?
As the year closes out, I am always drawn to the best and the worst lists for the year. There is something intriguing about what books, movies, clothes, music etc. that won out and which ones flopped. In honor of the best and worst lists, I have put together my own list of book disappointments from the past year.
Keep in mind that this is my opinion, and while certain books didn't work for me, they may have landed on other people's favorite lists. These are the books that I didn't connect with for one reason or another, and by no means are they bad books, they are just books that didn't meet my expectations.
Here is the list of books that let me down this past year:
Just Kill Me by Adam Selzer: I picked this one up hoping for something funny and a bit spooky for the Fall season. Unfortunately, this one didn't work for me at all, and I finally put it down around 25%. It wasn't humorous, and when it got to the point where the characters were planning to punch an old lady in the brain in hopes that when she died she would turn into a ghost, I stopped. Perhaps it would have gotten better or not, it wasn't working so I decided not to slog through it.
All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank: I selected this book because I had heard good things about the author, and I was wanting a light, summery read with charming characters. I quit reading this one about a quarter way in because I couldn't stand the characters. They weren't fun and charming, instead they were hedonistic and materialistic, quite shallow. I stopped because I didn't like the characters, and if you don't like the characters, then the book likely isn't going to work.
After You by JoJo Moyes: I grabbed this one right away after falling in love with Me Before You. I was so disappointed in this one. I was expecting Louisa to take her life and make it count after everything Will taught her. Instead, Louisa is working a dead end job, miserable and she is going nowhere. I didn't like this one at all, and I finally gave up on it about half way through. I skimmed the end, and I was not happy about how it all ended either. If you read and loved the first book, don't bother with this one, a big let down.
Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer : This was a book I had high expectations for, but I was ultimately disappointed by the quick pace, lack of depth and detail and the rather open ending. I have heard great things about this author, but this is a book I cannot recommend. It felt sloppy and thrown together. If you are a fan of this author, read this with reservation, I would suggest borrowing it.
Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper: This was a book I picked up hoping for a light, fun read, but what a got was a book with an interesting ghost mystery, but it failed to impress. If you have not read this author before, this is not the book to try. I was disappointed in this one, and I can't recommend it, unless you want a ghost story.
Three Dark Crowns is a book I was most eager to get my hands on as I know what a talented author Kendare Blake is. Unfortunately, this is book that has a great story and an exciting premise, but it suffers from a lack of pacing and development. The book goes nowhere, and there is all this buildup that fizzles with a cliffhanger, and I felt like nothing happened. Ms. Blake does deliver with a dark story line and plenty of detailed scenes, but it wasn't enough to save this book. There are too many view points, too many characters and not enough action. By the end, I just didn't care.
So this is my short list of book disappointments, these are the books that I either did not finish or ones that I rated two stars. There were other books that I wasn't over the moon over, but they received at least three stars so they aren't on my list. What were your disappointing reads for 2016?
Next week's TMST:
What were your favorite books from 2016?