Recs & Lists

Disappointing Reads of 2018 – What Goes Up Must Come Down

2018 is almost over! It has been quite a year, but everything has its highs and lows. Including books. This has been my best reading year ever in terms of books finished, but not every book I read this year was amazing. Since I already discussed my top ten favorite reads of the year, I thought it would be fun to also talk about some of the books that weren’t so wonderful.

1. The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis // 1 star

What made this disappointment so sad is how much I was looking forward to this book! I’m not sure what was so appealing to me, but I could not wait to read it. Unfortunately, almost none of my hopes were met. These characters were simply not relatable and most of their motivations made little sense. Worst of all, I don’t think I have ever read a poorer execution of the manic pixie dream girl. I seriously regret spending my money on this one.

2. The Dinner by Herman Koch // 2 stars

Clearly I do not understand the hype for this book. There’s THREE movie adaptations from this translated work and I absolutely don’t get it. Maybe this story would actually be better for the screen because the pacing in the novel ruined everything for me. I felt no attachment to the story, characters, or conflict. I want to blame a language barrier since the Dinner was originally published in Dutch, but I think it might just be bad.

3. Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage // 2 stars

Baby Teeth was marketed as a controversial and divisive book. I suppose the claim that audiences would either love this thriller or hate it is true, but I fell on the latter side. My biggest problem with this debut wasn’t necessarily a plot-based problem. For me, Baby Teeth wasn’t even worth hugely divisive opinions because it was simply boring.

4. Losing Leah by Tiffany King // 2 stars

Losing Leah was overwhelmingly disappointing. After the first section of the book, nothing from the original synopsis even felt applicable to the plot. The author continued to deliver plot twists that didn’t make much sense nor help the plot. I was continuously frustrated by every further development. Worst of all, the ending was horrible. I unhauled this book only a month after reading it.


That’s it for my most disappointing reads of 2018! I’m very happy that I had so few books for this list. Reading is a very personal experience, but these books were certainly not for me. If you enjoyed them, good for you! Don’t let my opinion determine you’re reading experience.

Have you read any of these books? Did you like them, or did you have similar feelings to me? Let me know down below, and feel free to tell me about some books that let you down this year!

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