Most disappointing books of the year

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I’m back! I had a great Christmas, the best in years and I’m ready to talk books. Time for more wrap ups! Today it’s all about the losers! For this list I’m only including books that I read more than halfway or ones I actually finished. I’m also including the ones I really looked forward to but then they let me down.


The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing. Lessing had a Nobel Prize in Literature, plus this book itself won a bunch of prizes. But wow, I hated it so much. The writing is beautiful. But this is the most depressing book I’ve read ALL YEAR. It’s about apartheid and injustice and racism, so it’s supposed to be depressing, but it was horrible to read. 0/5 stars.

The Dark Heart: A True Story of Greed, Murder, and An Unlikely Investigator by Joakim Palmqvist. This was a true crime about the murder of a Swedish millionaire. Amazon was really pushing this one, so I was hoping it would be great. Nope. The translation was weird and the author just gushed about the amateur sleuth that worked on this and ignored the police.

Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! by Fannie Flagg. This one wasn’t the worst book of the year, but it was a book club pick for humor and it just wasn’t funny. Characters meant to be fun & quirky were just stupid & annoying. Not what I expected.

Forever Fantasy Online by Rachel Aaron. This was a let down. I loved her Eli Monpress series and mostly enjoyed the DMZ series. But this was not good. Look, being a leader takes more than berating and bullying people, even when the stakes are high. If that’s all you’ve got, you don’t deserve to be a leader. Maybe she learns a lesson or something, but I’m not willing to read more to find out.

From A Certain Point of View, various authors (Star Wars). This sounded really good – some big authors in here, and Star Wars! What could go wrong? IDK, but something sure did because these stories were boring and pointless. All about really obscure characters with nothing interesting to say. Pass.

Smoke & Summons (Numina #1) by Charlie N Holmberg. Look, sometimes your characters go on a quest. That can work. And sometimes they run aimlessly back & forth across a city, getting captured, escaping, getting captured, escaping, and never figuring out what the hell is going on. Guess which this one was.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Apparently I am alone here, but I was bored. This book suffered from Special White Child Syndrome. Also no.

Those are my Worst of the Year. Not too bad, really, since I only had one book I absolutely hated. Let’s hope 2020 is just as great!

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