Hello loves! In last week’s blog post I talked about my top 10 favourite books of 2020 so far, so it only seemed fitting to talk about my least favourite reads of the year so far in today’s post. I’m not saying these are necessarily bad books, but these books just weren’t for me at all.
Let’s start off with my least favourite book of the entire year so far, and if you’ve been following my blog for a bit, this one won’t come as a surprise…
1. Lie, Lie Again by Stacey Wise
Lie, Lie Again was an e-arc I had gotten through Netgalley and I was so excited to read it. It sounded like an amazing thriller. Unfortunately it wasn’t a thriller to me at all. I was promised a dead body in the premise, but that body only showed in the last 5% of the book. The first 95% of the book was just all about the boring lives of the main characters and I was not interested nor invested in their lives at all. So to say I was disappointed, is an understatement. If you want to read a full-length spoiler-free review, you can find that here.
2. Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan
I read Watch Us Rise for my first ever themed TBR blog post. I had expected to love this book a lot, since it sounded right up my street. But unfortunately I hated this book with a small passion. Or at least one of the two main characters. She was such a hypocrite and had no character development what so ever. Next to that the feminism element in this book was only focused on able bodied, straight, cisgender women, which made me quite angry. Once again, if you’re interested in a very long spoiler-free review, you can check that out here.
3. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Where do I even get started with Serpent & Dove? I really really wanted to love this book. But alas, it fell flat for me in every single way. This book had no logic what so ever and frustrated me so much. If you want to know my thoughts, I fully agree with Cindy’s from Read with Cindy’s thoughts, so you can find her lengthy spoiler filled review here.
4. Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry
Orpheus Girl was, once again, an e-arc I had received through Netgalley. This also sounded like a book that was right up my street, but alas, I was super disappointed in this book as well. I was mainly frustrated with the way the author divided gay people and straight people. She stated in a lot of different ways that gay and straight people walk, talk etc. in a different way, so you can determine someone’s sexuality by the way they walk, talk etc. The book also completely erased bisexual, pansexual and asexual people. If you want to read my more in-depth review, you can find that one here.
5. Women Talking by Miriam Toews
I’m noticing that this list is looking a bit like my most disappointing reads of 2020 list, because this book is once again one that I thought I would love, but didn’t. It was such a short book but still it felt too repetitive. It felt like the plot just went in lopes the entire book and in the end there was a conclusion that could have been made 10 pages into the book. So this book just kind of felt pointless to me, even though it had such an interesting and important topic.
And that was it for my five least favourite reads of 2020 so far, or maybe my five most disappointed reads as well. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I won’t have to add any more books to this list by the end of the year, because I really try to read books I expect to adore, but unfortunately that just sometimes goes wrong.
Don’t forget to tell me a book that disappointed you this year or your least favourite book of 2020 so far!