I read some great and some not so great books last year. Some of the books mentioned below are my least favorite books while some of the books are which I absolutely hate.
AND I DARKEN BY KIERSTEN WHITE
This book is in strong competition with my most hated series of all time, The Throne of glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass. I will not waste much time by talking about it but you can read my review for And I Darken. The major reason for hating this is the use of diversity as a market play. Diversity is all forms of media is important but not when it is just for the sake of it. There was a lack of research on part of the author. The plot was slow and boring and the characters were some of the worst characters I have ever read. A rude, cruel and murderous female character presented as the face of feminism was too much to handle. How does this shit gets published is beyond me? The power which some authors such as SJM and Cassandra Clare hold on the reading community and the publishers as well can be quite dangerous.
CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE BY TOMI ADEYEMI
I was really excited to read this book and pre-ordered it. Almost one year after I read it, I still want my money back. This was a huge disappointment. The African Mythology was a change but the characters fell flat. None of the characters have an individual identity or personality. The book is written in the first person and I have to turn pages to be sure about which character I was reading. The plot was nothing original either- a cruel king stops magic and kills those who even had a trace of it until a girl decides to rise up against him and bring back the magic. If you read fantasy, this is nothing new. Only when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, there was the insufferable romance. Again, this book was hyped more than it deserved because it is diverse.
FOLK BY ZOE GILBERT
I didn’t know what this book was about when I started reading it. And, now that I’ve read it, I still don’t know. I zoned out quite often and I wouldn’t have known it was a collection of short stories if I hadn’t read a review. I couldn’t understand any story whatsoever. All stories were an utter bore. The writing style is whimsical, the only reason I generously rated the book two stars. I think a collection of short-stories never work out for me where I couldn’t link the story with the previous one.
THE CATCHER IN THE RYE BY J.D. SALINGER
I hated this book. This book is plain boring. I love Holden Caulfield and I relate with him more than I have ever related to any character. I hate phony people. This book has no plot and it was a torture to read it. I think there is a certain age for liking this book. I read this book a few years back and I loved it. The re-read this year brought the rating down from 4 stars to only 1 star.
EVIL UNDER THE SUN BY AGATHA CHRISTIE
I never thought an Agatha Christie could make my list of the worst books. I think there is a limit to writing mystery. At some point, there is no suspense to keep the reader on edge. I don’t really like the structure of a mystery novel in which a number of characters are introduced to confuse the readers. I, however, was not confused at all and guessed who was behind it all.
THE NOTTING HILL MYSTERY BY CHARLES WARREN ADAMS
This is the first detective novel which is written in a form of letters and reports if I remember right. Another mystery/detective novel which was outright boring. I didn’t even complete the book.
BENEATH THE SUGAR SKY BY SEANAN McGUIRE
The first two books in the series were quick and fun to read. The story was quite unique with great diverse characters. The major issue with Beneath the Sugar Sky was that the world-building was not explained properly. Also, a Muslim character was introduced which was great unless she mentioned she wears a Hijab so she doesn’t have to worry about her hair getting in the cake batter. Couldn’t it just be a scarf? That was enough for me to dislike it!
There were many books which I read and didn’t like. The Wicked Deep was interesting but predictable. I enjoyed Stalking Jack the Ripper but now when I think of it, it is an epitome of false feminism. I loved Jane Eyre but, again, as I think of it now, the relationship between Jane and Mr. Rochester was quite problematic.
What are your views on these books if you have read any? What was the worst book you read in 2018? Let me know in the comments below!