The Worst Books of 2019 | And why I didn’t rate some books on Goodreads!

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!

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24 thoughts on “The Worst Books of 2019 | And why I didn’t rate some books on Goodreads!

  1. Merry Christmas Alex! Your Christmas sounded lovely!
    I agree with you in the Cassandra Clare books. I don’t know why I keep reading them!!! Maybe 2020 will be the year I stop… but I know myself, I’m just lying to myself haha! 😂

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    1. Thank you, honey ❤
      Ahaha, that's how I feel about SJM books 😀 I'm pretty sure I won't be reading any more Cassandra Clare, but I already included the new SJM book in my "most anticipated releases" list… and it's a New Adult!!! that I don't even like! *facepalm*

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  2. Oh no!!! I just finished “The Ten Thousand Doors of January” and really loved it! Too bad but I get it. I really loved the language use and writing to be honest. And the story within a story was rather compelling, which is odd since I typically don’t like those elements ha-ha!!

    Glad you gave it a go, though!

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    1. Yeah, I saw that you gave it a high rating 🙂 I’m glad that you loved it! This book seemed to be either hit or miss for most readers, it had some very glowing reviews and then very negative ones or DNFs.
      I’m kinda sad that I didn’t like it because the cover is stunning! Oh well… 🙂

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  3. I am a fan of Cassandra Clare, but there were things about The Dark Artifices I didn’t love. However, overall I still enjoyed the series. My favorite is The Infernal Devices and so far none of her other series have matched it. But it’s okay if you’re not a fan. We all have different tastes, but that’s what makes for interesting conversations, right?? 😉

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      1. It happens. My tastes have definitely moved away from young adult over the last few years, but Clare seems to be one of the exceptions. I think because I’m already so invested in the world?? And maybe because I’m not sure if I’d categorize her last few books as ya. 😃


  4. Ahh, that’s so disappointing about Queen of Air and Darkness. I really liked the first two books in the series and planning to read this one at some point this year. It does make me nervous though, because I had problems with The Mortal Instruments series where I really liked the first four books, but then the others were not great and just got boring. I read Miracle Creek as well and I didn’t really love it as much as everyone else did. I didn’t understand the hype.

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  5. I loved the original Mortal Instruments books – the first trilogy – when I was a teen and then I was consistently let down by Clare, until I had to give up on her books. I ended up finally letting go of the series when I read and hated the first Dark Artifices novel; it felt so drama-filled to me and was overly long for the amount of plot/character development it had. I’ve wanted to try something by Moriarty for the longest time… I guess Nine Perfect Strangers is not the way to go, haha. Great post!

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