Hey guys! So the other day I made a post about My Favorite Books of 2018. So I decided I needed to follow up with a Most Disappointing Reads post. I have to say 2018 wasn’t an amazing reading year for me. I did read 100 books but a lot of them I thought were okay or didn’t like at all. Some of these I don’t even remember what they were about just that I didn’t like them. Some of these are popular books that I know people really enjoyed. I am so happy you liked that and I really wish I could have enjoyed them just as much. I do get a bit bummed when I don’t like a popular book. Not every book is for everyone. So now let’s dive in to see my most disappointing reads.
1. Saga, Vol. 8 By Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
So when I first reading Saga I fell in love with the artwork. It was weird and out there but I still really enjoyed it. As the story has gone on I have fallen out of love with that. I feel here we are in this made up story and there are stuff from the real world being brought in and it ruined it for me. I have been feeling that for a volume or two but I didn’t want to give up on the series yet. I have been debating picking up Volume 9. I was hoping my library would get it. I think I might try one more volume and if I still feel the same I’m not going to bother continuing on. It is a shame because I still really like the artwork.
2. Watch Me By Jody Gehrman
This was a book I randomly decided to request on Netgalley. I think I was drawn in by the cover. I ended up really not liking this book. It ended up reminding me way too much of YOU by Caroline Kepnes. I also didn’t like how we got the perspective of the character that was getting stalked. It really took me out of the creepy element that the author was going for. Overall disappointing.
3. Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda By Becky Albertalli
So my main reason for reading this book because I really wanted to see the movie. I really try to read the book before going to see the movie. I have to say I wasn’t a huge fan of the book. I thought it was pretty boring. I also didn’t like Simon’s friends that much. The only friend I really liked was Abby. I enjoyed their moments together. I did also like the romance in this story. I couldn’t wait to find out who Blue was. I ended up liking the movie more. I just think Becky Albertalli’s writing isn’t for me.
4. Emergency Contact By Mary H.K. Choi
So this book came out last year. I was seeing a lot of people in the book community talk about it. Then I had a friend who read it who really liked it. So when I was at Barnes and Nobles one day, I saw they had a signed copy and decided to pick it up. Well I have to say I was disappointed. I really really did not like the main character. I just thought she was very unlikable. I feel she ruined the story for me. She was very bitter and negative. There were also some pretty other judgmental characters that I didn’t enjoy. I feel maybe I would have liked the story more if there were better characters. They just weren’t for me.
5. The Wicked Deep By Shea Ernshaw
So this is another book that was really popular in the book community. I kept hearing about it so I looked at the plot and it sounded really interesting. So this book takes place during the present but every once in a while we will get some history about the town and the sisters. I ended up finding the history a lot more interesting than the present story. I really could have done without the romance. It was very bland and forced. I didn’t feel like the characters in the romance really had a connection. I do have to say the ending did shock me. I know some people said they saw it coming but I really didn’t so I did like that. This book really had potential to be a favorite of mine but just didn’t do it for me. I probably will check out the authors next book if it ends up sounding interesting to me.
6. Mean Girls By Micol Ostow
So I feel this is something I really should have expected. I guess a part of me just wanted to give it a chance. It honestly was the whole Mean Girls movie with just a little bit more information. It was stuff you already knew but the author just expanded on it. It was a quick read but I would have rather watched the movie.
7. Top Ten By Katie Cotugno
I honestly don’t remember much of what happened in this book. I wish I could remember so I could tell you why I didn’t like it. I just know I didn’t. The one thing I vaguely remember was that the timeline this story was told in really confused me. I think that had a big part in me not enjoying it. It really threw me off from the story. It’s a shame because I was looking for a cute contemporary but this just didn’t do it for me.
8. Anna and the French Kiss By Stephanie Perkins
This was a book I have been looking forward to reading for a while now. I know it’s a lot of people’s favorite book. So I was excited to finally get to it. I have to say it was just so disappointing. There is so much I didn’t like about it. The main thing being the characters. They were just all over the place. They did a lot of things I didn’t agree with. I just couldn’t enjoy the story. It’s such a shame because I was looking forward to reading the other books.
9. Unbury Carol By Josh Malerman
I was so excited to read this book. When I read the summary I was all for it. I ended up reading about 200 pages. I just couldn’t do it. Basically what I was waiting for to happened did not happen yet. So I ended up kinda skimming ahead but at that point I didn’t care. I felt this book was way too long and I was not here for it.
10. Campfire By Shawn Sarles
So I was a bit bummed about not liking this one. I ended up meeting the author and getting the arc signed at Book Con. It sounded right up my alley. However I ended up liking the campfire stories over the actual main story. I was a little shocked by the ending but at the same time I didn’t care for it. At one point I ended up picking this up and then ended up having to put it down cause I wasn’t into it. Plus the writing was very basic.
11. Orphan Monster Spy By Matt Killeen
This is a book I realized I really should have just given away to someone. I just decided to read it because I had the arc since 2017 and it was a 2018 release. It also fit a reading challenge for a readathon I was doing so I thought I would give it a chance. It really was not for me. I just found myself zoning out a lot of the time reading it. I should have dnfed but it was a buddy read and I wanted to give it a chance. It just wasn’t for me.
12. Stay Sweet By Siobhan Vivian
This book really wasn’t on my radar. However, Riveted Teen was doing this thing in December that everyday leading up to Christmas there would be a different free read. I wrote a blog post about it here. So this was one of the free reads. I thought I would give it a shot. I really didn’t like it. I wasn’t a fan of any of the characters. I didn’t like them. I also wasn’t a fan of the main friendship in this book. I did not think the two girls had a good friendship. I found myself getting annoyed with a lot of the things that happened between them. Overall thought this would be a fun summer contemporary but just wasn’t the case.
Wow so surprisingly most of my disappointing reads in 2018 were contemporaries. I am a bit surprised by that. I hope this year I end up reading more contemporaries that I like.
What were your disappointing reads of 2018? Did any of these make your list?