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.Image result for hate the books gif

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.Related image

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!

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25 thoughts on “WORST BOOKS OF 2018

  1. Life is too short for bad books. There was a time when I would plough on through a book regardless of how much I liked it — if I’d started it I felt I ought to finish it. These days, not so much — if I’m not enjoying a book I put it aside and pick up something I do want to read.

    The Catcher in the Rye is a good example of this. Someone gave me a copy several years ago and I have picked it up a couple of times — and I don’t think I’ve made it to the end of the first chapter. Maybe I will be in the mood for it at some point in the future, but I suspect not.

    The Worm Ouroboros is another one. It’s supposed to be a classic of the fantasy genre but the writing is so stilted and so dated I just couldn’t get on with it. It’s still on my unread shelf for now and I suspect it will remain there for quite some time.

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    1. I completely agree with you! Life’s too short to be reading bad books! I no more try to finish a book. If I enjoy a book I continue, if I don’t enjoy a book I leave it unfinished. The catcher in the rye has very mixed reviews! I’ve never heard of The Worm Ouroboros but I’ll give it a try! Apparently, being a classic does not make a book always worth reading!

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  2. I tried to red Children of Blood and Bone and I was just… so bored. I ended up DNFing it, though I guess I’ll finish it someday just because I spent my money on it and I’m curious lol. What bothered me the most about was that the characters only had internal monologues, but we didn’t really see them interact with one another (at least in the part I read, which was almost half of the book). It seemed like nothing happened and I found myself just not caring that much about them.

    My worst read of the year was definitely High Fidelity. I absolutely HATED that book. I had to read it for an oral exam at uni where I had to discuss it with another partner. Suddenly, the exam turned into a huge rant on how the main character was a self-entitled, elitist and misogynistic asshole. Apparently my teacher liked what I had to say, because I passed with honors lmao, so at least I got something good out of it!

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    1. That’s the only reason I read COBAB; because i spent my money on it! And, by the time I realised how horrible the book was, I’ve read too much! I can’t wait to see your thoughts if you choose to finish it! I’ve never heard of High fidelity but does not seem like I’m missing out anything great.

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  3. Haven’t read any of the mentioned above, but they seem like pretty bad reads with nothing but trendy tropes and catchy titles. Thanks for cautioning us! 😉
    I too am a BIG fan of Jane Eyre!. Yes the relationship was dysfunctional, but their was plenty other things to love about this book and treat it as a classic while half-heartedly pardoning the problematic parts. It’s like a guilty pleasure, lol. My favorite part is chapter xxiv pg 323, where Mr. Rochester makes up a story for Adele about Jane being a fairy, then later singing/composing a whole song on Jane’s behalf. Charlotte Bronte was ten times better than Victoria Holt, at least.

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    1. I love Jane Eyre, she is a strong, independent character. I can’t say about pardoning the problematic relationships but it sure is overlooked in the light of all the good things of the books.

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  4. So SO agree about and I darken- the heroine was *horrible* and it relied on *terrible* research/world building. Such a shame about children of blood and bone- it’s so disappointing that the characters and plot fell flat and that the romance was insufferable! Great post- I had a lot of fun reading it!

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  5. I fear Children of Blood and Bone- I also preordered it- is going too be like The Poppy War for me great diversity but same old character type and plot as any other book. I enjoyed Beneath the Sugar Sky but I’m a sucker for a nonsense world full of candy 🙂 Here’s to no bad reads for anyone in 2019!

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    1. Girl, i preordered it as well and what a waste! I remember you not enjoying The Poppy War; i still have to read it though. It is the same with most of the YA fantasy books now- diversity with no character development and plot!
      well, I’ve only read A song of Ice and Series since 2019 started and I enjoyed them all!

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  6. This is the first time I hear something negative about Children of blood and bone haha, but interesting to see your thoughts!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

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  7. I rarely finish reading a book and I prefer ”true history” over fantasy which maybe strange because I write mostly fantasy stories and poems. Nevertheless, I understand your point of view. Take care now.

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  8. Haha I love your blunt opinions. I also dislike Maas’ books, so I’ll be sure to stay away from And I Darken.
    COBAB I remember you ranting about it (I think?), and since then, my motivation has gone down to read it.
    “I love Holden Caulfield.” Same, girl, same. 😂 That book’s grown on me though, so I actually first gave it a really low rating, and now it’s 4 stars for me. Opposite of you haha. 😛

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  9. I read half of COBAB and put it on pause because I wasn’t enjoying it at the time and honestly I think it’s best put me in a slump and everyone is hyping it so much. I just feel disappointed and I’m honestly scared to finish it because I don’t want to review it

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  10. There’s a stark difference between diversity and well-done representation. I think an area where non-POC authors can bring in diversity is fantasy, but I’ve noticed this works best when the series doesn’t rest on cultural and/or religious mythology and folklore. In that case, unless an author is willing to spend time on research and has the journalistic chops to do so, it is best to leave it alone otherwise it lends to inaccurate representation. The best option is to simply create a whole new world without relying on folklore and bring in diverse characters, for instance, what Leigh Bardugo has done with the Six of Crows duology. It’s a tricky area to navigate as authors do feel the pressure to be inclusive, but an effort to be inclusive without research will end up being offensive and, again, if we had more POC editors in place, it’d be easier to ensure this. But, as such, key publishers such as Penguin have staff that are 90% white, and unless this changes, efforts to be diverse will be very half-hearted.

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    1. I completely agree with everything you have mentioned. Fantasy is the only genre where an author can us their full imagination for writing diverse characters unless the book is based on a particular culture or religion. Then the author should stick to the ways it is in the real world.
      As for Leigh Bardugo, I think all she did was dropped different names without effectively establishing the characters. When the fans pressurise the authors to include diverse characters, the author is forced to include diversity without any proper research.

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      1. Yes, I’m still reeling from what you told me about Kieirsten White. She probably had good intentions but she did it in such a way that felt very much like her surname.

        I don’t know enough about how Leigh Bardugo crafted the characters, but I do think that because the Six of Crows universe didn’t draw from any cultures, she did have freer reign to create characters like Jesper and Inej without the racial and cultural implications of what their identity constitutes in this world.

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