Christmas is officially over. I hope you all had a wonderful time, ate tons of delicious food, yummy chocolates and found books under the Christmas tree!
From incredible Christmas Eve dinner surrounded by friends and family to thoughtful gifts that made me tear up, this Christmas was incredible! We then spent Christmas day in the most chilled way ever, ate some more food, went for a walk in the sun, watched the Harry Potter movie and I even managed to read the first book AND play the first Video Game. 😀
On Christmas day I talked about my favorite books of 2019. And even though this was a very good reading year for me, there were still a few books that I didn’t like. This was also the first year when I decided to not rate some books on GoodReads.
As I read more “critically” each year, my GoodReads ratings tend to go lower as well. If before I started my blog I would rate almost every book 4-5 stars, now even the books I like sometimes get 2 stars. This makes it very difficult to rate the books I didn’t like, as sometimes even 1 star seems too generous. Lol
Have you ever had this issue with rating books you didn’t enjoy?
How did you overcome it?
This post might have some of your favorites, if it does, I’m sorry! We all have different reading tastes, so keep that in mind and continue reading. 🙂
1 – Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
Cassandra Clare’s books were the ones that got me back into reading back in 2015. I bought the entire Mortal Instruments series and read it all in a couple of months. Those were my first English books as well. But her latest series about Blackthornes didn’t do it for me. I read the final book in the trilogy just for the sake of finishing it. It wasn’t memorable, it wasn’t as exciting as the first books I read in the Shadowhuners universe, and they were just “meh”.
2 – Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
I gave it 2 stars, and I think I should lower it to one. «Nine Perfect Strangers» was the most painful book to go through and I only finished it because I listened to it as an audiobook in the car and didn’t have any other books to switch to.
The “twist” was very anticlimactic and every time the narrator did the Russian accent I wanted to laugh out loud until it annoyed me so much that I started hearing it in my dreams!
3 – Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
One of Goodreads Choice Award nominees, I honestly can’t understand why everyone loved this book so much… Maybe the topic was too heavy for me, or maybe I didn’t like the whole speculation of a romance between two characters which I’m not going to name to avoid spoilers, but this book made me furious!
If I would rate this solely because of different themes it brought to light I would give it 4 stars, but based on my enjoyment I can’t even give this book one star…
4 – The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
I know… Another popular and well-loved book.
Everyone talked about beautiful writing and wonderful story. I didn’t get it. I thought the writing was alright but with too many unnecessary elements. The fact that we were reading a book inside the book made the whole story very boring, and just when I was starting to like certain plot development, we would jump into another world, and it made it difficult to connect with the characters.
5 – The Vegetarian by Han Kang
I don’t know how people managed to read this book. It made me physically sick. Who would have known that such a short story can make such a big impact?! This is the only book on this list that I cant recommend to anyone.
There were three debut fantasy releases that I DNF’d this year. Out of these three, I might give «The Ruin of Kings» another try, as it wasn’t as bad as the other two. But I still don’t understand what people loved about it.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think about them?
Share your thoughts in the comments below!