My most disappointing reads of 2017

I’ve seen a couple of people making posts about their least favourite reads of 2017 and it looked like so much fun! I love raving about my favourite books as much as the next reader (see last post), but I also love to complain a little so here we are! Just a disclaimer though, I know that a lot of these books are loved and popular and I would never want to insult anyone in any way. I’m not saying these books are bad, but just that they disappointed me / weren’t exactly my cup of tea. If you loved them then that’s awesome!

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur: I’ll start with the most controversial. If you follow me on Instagram or have seen my previous post on this book you will already know about my feelings on this. I don’t hate it, not even close, but I was really disappointed by it. There is SO much hype and I can understand why. Rupi Kaur is honest and vulnerable and so so brave, but unfortunately her writing just didn’t do it for me. It felt too simplistic and for this reason it didn’t really resonate with me. In saying that, there were poems in here that I loved, but for the most part I was a little underwhelmed.

The Winner’s Crime trilogy by Marie Rutkowski: I heard so much about this series when I first joined bookstagram, and it seemed as though everyone adored it. Unfortunately I found that I disliked the characters, failed to connect with them, and just found that I wasn’t very invested in the story. I read the whole trilogy in the hopes that it would pick up, but for me it just didn’t.

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins: I read Anna and the French Kiss and didn’t mind it, but this book just didn’t do it for me. I know that some people adore Stephanie Perkins, but this style of book just isn’t my style – I can’t do overly fluffy contemporaries. This one lacked in substance, plot and feeling for me. It felt like fairy floss and too much chocolate and I donated it as soon as I finished it.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge: I love Beauty and the Beast and I love fairytale re-tellings so I was so excited for this book but it just fell short. I don’t remember too much of it because I became pretty bored while reading it and I was basically just rushing to get through it. It wasn’t terrible but it felt like the story sort of just stayed on the same level throughout.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro: I can understand why this book is loved and I can respect the author for his writing abilities and for the storyline itself. However, this absolutely bored me to tears. It meandered and the story was told through memory and reflection which meant that it jumped around and just did not capture my interest. I wish it had because I really like the premise, but I just couldn’t wait to finish it.

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh: This is just another one that was overhyped for me. By the time I got to it, my expectations were really high and so upon reading it they fell disappointingly short. It’s when reading this kind of book that I start to consider whether I’m outgrowing YA. I still read a lot of YA but books like this just feel a little hollow and depthless. I appreciated parts of it but was pretty neutral about the whole thing.

Let me know your least favourite reads of 2017!

Cas x

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