I am happy to report that there were no books that I absolutely hated in 2017! I do not think that I gave a single book that I read 1 star. That being said, there were a few books that left me disappointed. I had high expectations for these novels and in the end they let me down.
The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer
I know there are a lot of problems with Twilight and I acknowledge that but it is the book that got me back in to reading. That series is such a guilty pleasure read and I have great memories of reading the books and watching the movies with my roommates. I was expecting the same from The Chemist but was let down. It was boring and I did not connect to the characters. To be honest, I ended up skimming a lot of it.
The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
WWII fiction is one of my favourite genres, and I was so intrigued by this story. I was disappointed to find out that this book ended up being more about animal behaviour than the actual bravery of this couple. There was too much science and not enough history.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
I have heard about this book for years, and with the movie coming out I decided to finally read it. I hate to say this but it was so boring. I know it is a lot of people’s favourite book and I can see why but it was just not for me. I have realized that I do not enjoy reading about the same day replaying over and over again. I was also hoping for more character development. Is the movie any good?
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
This is probably the book that disappointed me the most. I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the novel and was invested in the characters. I could see the “twist” coming but I was praying that I was wrong. I had so many issue with the “twist” and it left a sour taste in my mouth.
The Girls by Emma Cline
The Girls wasn’t at all what I was expecting. I wanted to learn more about the cult. I wish that the story was told from the perspective of a different character because I think I would have loved it. Emma Cline is a talented writer and this story had so much potential.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I really enjoyed Fangirl and was so excited to finally read Carry On. I am not someone who enjoys fanfiction, and that it how this book felt to me. It was too much like Harry Potter and I just could not get passed it. I did adore Simon and Baz though!
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
It took me ages to finish this novel and I can not really explain why. I just could not connect with it and I was not a fan of the romance. It had a lot of potential but it just fell short.
I know that some of these choices will be controversial and are a lot of people’s favourite books! I just want to make it clear that I did not hate any of these, I just did not love them. I think my expectations were too high!
What book disappointed you this year?