The Most Disappointing Books I Read in 2018


I had a great reading year in 2018. I read almost 200 books and took part in some amazing (and TBR-expanding) readathons. But there’s always a couple of duffers, aren’t there?


First, and easiest to pinpoint, are the books which absolutely infuriated me. Mistletoe Murder is a Christmas-themed cozy mystery and the first in Leslie Meier’s Lucy Stone series. The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse is a Peter Pan retelling. Both had whiny, useless protagonists and were full of stereotypes, slurs and problematic content. An extra special mention here goes to Swamplandia! by Karen Russell which I was enjoying and found really original, until there was a surprise, poorly-handled child rape scene for no logical reason.

My Review of Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier.

My Review of The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse.

My Review of Swamplandia! by Karen Russell.


Then there were the two books that bored me to sleep, then added insult to injury with endings which attempted a surprise twist and were just really disappointing.

Burr by Gore Vidal

My Review of Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz



Then there were the books which disappointed me because I had been really looking forward to trying them. These three sounded so up my street — an English baking-themed cozy mystery  by a recommended author, a queer fairytale-retelling anthology and a darker, more feminist take on Snow White — but they just failed to click for me.

A Scone to Die For by H.Y. Hanna

My Review of Once Upon a Rainbow, Volume Two

My Review of The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine



Finally, the two books which disappointed me because they were part of series’ I’d otherwise enjoyed. I think sometimes this can be the worst type of let-down. You always know you’re taking a chance with a new author, or even just a new series, but with one you’ve particularity enjoyed reading in the past, you want them to do even better. I really want to like this type of book, but with these two it just didn’t happen. I found The Monet Murders simply dull, while I thought the author’s own views came through horribly in No Charm Intended

No Charm Intended (Cora Crafts Mystery #2) by Mollie Cox Bryan

The Monet Murders (The Art of Murder #2) by Josh Lanyon


Share you disappointing reads from this year with me. Which haven’t lived up to expectations and which did you really dislike?

Perhaps you disagree with my choices. Have you enjoyed some of the books on this list? Let’s chat about it!

4 thoughts on “The Most Disappointing Books I Read in 2018”

  1. The first book that disappointed me in 2018 which comes to mind is Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente. “Eurovision in space” sounded like something I would really enjoy, but I ended up feeling like the book was trying too hard. I couldn’t get invested in any of the characters, and ended up DNFing the book.

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