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This week's discussion:
What were some of your biggest book disappointments this year?
The end of the year is when we always get all those best and worst lists of the year. What were the top books? Songs? Movies? etc.? The Worst? I enjoy reading all the best of and worst of lists, and so I decided to do my version for 2014.
Now I don't want to by any means imply that the books I am discussing today are the worst books of 2014 because I am certain I could find plenty of books for that list. Instead I did a list on books that just didn't work for me.
Either they were books that I was eagerly anticipating and they failed to deliver or a book that totally let me down. Keep in mind, there are plenty of other readers out there who liked the books, I am speaking subjectively. So without further delay, here is my list of books that disappointed me in 2014:
(Click on titles for my review and the book cover for further details)
I admit that I was initially drawn to this book by the lovely cover. I enjoy learning more about the roaring twenties and I couldn't wait to dive into this one. However, I was sorely disappointed to find that this was a book that featured a fictional girl, Laura, who gets herself into trouble and ends up being an outcast. Think Scarlet Letter. I was drawn to Laura's story, and liked it, but my issue stemmed from the other view point: Edna St. Millay, a real life poet. Millay was a detestable, hedonistic woman, and I couldn't stand her. If this book was solely about Laura, I would have enjoyed it.
I was excited when this one showed up in mailbox. I have heard great things about this author, and I love witch books. Unfortunately, this book was a complete let down. The pacing dragged at times, the main character makes some ridiculous decisions and it has a romance that it is unrealistic. I liked the witch part, but everything else was a miss.
I was eager to read this one because others have recommended and loved Jen's hilarious, autobiographical books. This was a weird, fictional, body swapping book with a totally unlikable heroine. In fact, the author spends a good portion of the book emphasizing what a terrible person the MC is. Why do I want to read a book with a main character that is so horrible? The romance was weak as well. A disappointment.
This is a book that many readers loved, but it didn't work for me. This is by no means a bad book, it just wasn't a read that I was able to fully connect with due to the limited world building and the lack of character development along with shifting alliances. I felt the first half of the book started out strong and solid, but then the story faltered once the paranormal portion enters the picture. The first half was outstanding, the second part a train wreck.
This is a case of a book being not for made for me (bad pun intended). Plenty of reviewers liked this one, but I was put off by the unsettling themes of murder, stalking and obsession as well as the strong religious undertones. Though the mystery part was good, I was left with an icky feeling.
I picked this one up because of the stellar line up of YA authors and I wanted a cute, cozy, pick me up read for Christmas. Unfortunately, I got a few stories that were outstanding and the rest were either mediocre while a couple were just bad. Many of the stories lacked the feel good that I wanted, and several ended on a cliffhanger. Overall, I was disappointed. I expected so much more from this line up.
I read this one looking for a fun, sports themed romance. What I got was cheesy insta love. The couple meets at a bookstore, has coffee and then they are headed for bed in a couple of hours. They don't sleep with each other that night because of a big reveal that turns the romance into a forbidden love. I was not impressed at all with this one. The romance was ridiculous, the male character was one that totally came off as being written by a woman (unbelievable) and I hated the insta love.
So there you have my short list of books that just didn't meet expectations for me. Again I listed my personal issues with the reads, and you might find that the things I disliked are perfect for you, so please read other reviews before deciding. These are the books that I wanted desperately to like, and was left wanting so much more. Tell me your book disappointments for 2014.
Next week's question:
What were your favorite reads of 2014?