#Blogmas: Most disappointing reads of 2019

I feel like I need a disclaimer at the beginning of this. Some of my most disappointing reads ended up being more popular books. This does not mean they were bad or that I hated them. A lot of these fell under the false advertising umbrella or they were overhyped.

I didn’t want to force myself to label some books as disappointing just to make it to 10. I did have others but I DNF’d them and that’s another post.

I did pass on a lot of these I had bought in hopes someone else will enjoy them more.

  1. The Magicians: Alice’s Story by Lilah Sturges
    This is Alice’s story from The Magician’s trilogy as a graphic novel.
  2. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn
    This was one of my first books that got added to my TBR when I started book blogging. And I honestly think I would have liked it at the time. However, tastes change.
  3. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
    I think the hype got to me on this one. I wanted so badly to be amazing but it read like a sequel.
  4. Planting Gardens in Graves by R.H. Sin
    This was a collection of poetry and it just didn’t mesh well with me. There were some that were the topic was basically “but I’m a nice guy.” The rest just fell short and like he was trying too hard.
  5. Red Queen by Christina Henry
    I ADORED the first book and maybe I would have enjoyed this one more but there weren’t chapter breaks and it was a lot duller.
  6. Dear Madam President by Jennifer Palmieri
    100% the reason this is on the list is that it was false marketing by the title alone. It’s supposed to be about practical advice for women who want to take charge of their lives. Instead it was about the election. Which I’ve read about multiple times in the past couple years. I honestly thought this was going to be different.
  7. Bad Order by Barb Bentler Ullman
    I was getting massive Stranger Things vibe from this cover. That was the original reason I picked it up but then the synopsis intrigued me. But there was so much science talk and it just fell flat for me. I couldn’t read it for more than half an hour at a time.
  8. The Library Book by Susan Orlean
    This talked way more in depth about the history of the library system rather than the fire itself.

Have you read any of these? What were some of your disappointing reads?

7 thoughts on “#Blogmas: Most disappointing reads of 2019

  1. Sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy these books! I personally didn’t like The Magicians (the original) at all, so I cant blame you with the graphic novel. I’ve actually heard a lot of disappointed reviews for Ninth House… maybe that says something about who I follow, but I think I’m going to pass on that one. It just doesn’t sound worth it.


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