I’ve read a lot of books this year, some of them really hyped by the bookish community and others not so much. A lot of the hyped books I really enjoyed but others really disappointed me and didn’t live up to the hype. So in this post, I’m going to give you my top 10 books that disappointed me in 2017!
Just a note, none of these books are bad (well… except one), they were usually not how I expected them to be or I couldn’t connect to the story. I rated most of them 3 stars, which is mediocre, but not bad. So if you love these books, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that! I’m happy you do!
#10 Dumplin’ by Julie Murphey
Dumplin’ was very… forgettable. I didn’t really like the main character and the love interest was very annoying. It was very ‘meh’, the characters weren’t interesting to me and it wasn’t funny at all (which the blurb said it was).
#9 Caraval by Stephanie Garber
This was by far one of the most hyped books of this year, and it wasn’t as good as every single person I heard talking about was. I thought it was fun, but the writing was too… overdone and the characters were just okay.
#8 Weave A Circle Round by Kari Maaren
This book was just a crazy ride, it was very confusing and nothing made sense to me. I expected this book to be so cool because the cover is gorgeous but ha, nope. (review)
#7 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I’m sorry, okay, I wasn’t a big fan?? Everyone and their mother has been screaming about this book but I just thought it was all right. Not very special. Yes, the story important, but that’s the only thing? I didn’t like the characters much, the writing was just okay and overall it didn’t impress me that much. I’M SORRY.
#6 T is For Tree by Greg Fowler
This is the only bad apple on this list and the only one I will say about: don’t even touch this book. It’s so incredibly problematic and I want it to be thrown in the trash. (review)
#5 Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Long Way Down has gotten so much praise but it didn’t make me feel anything?? It just fell a little flat for me. Maybe the poetry just wasn’t my thing or the topic didn’t interest me enough, I don’t know. (review)
#4 Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
This one just wasn’t what I thought it would be. I expected this book to be cute and fluffy but instead, it was very emotional and covered difficult topics. Plus, I didn’t really like the characters. It wasn’t that this book was bad, not at all, it just completely threw me off because it wasn’t what I expected it to be.
#3 Truth or Dare by Non Pratt
I had such high expectations for this book. And I did really like it, but only the first part. If the second half was cut out of the book, I’d have enjoyed it so much more! I didn’t like Sef at all and don’t get me started on that plot twist thing at the end of the first half.
#2 Solitaire by Alice Oseman
It’s no secret that I absolutely love Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. But this book… I just really didn’t like it. I hated how negative the main character was about everything and even some of the remarks she made were just not okay. I liked the rest of the story (though the subtitle lied to me) but the reveal was very predictable.
#1 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I think I would have really loved this book if one of the main characters wasn’t so problematic and morally skewed. The main romance in this story was so… wrong. There’s cheating involved, and one of the characters is basically using another, and the overly dramatic insta-love-y-ness made me want to throw this book around. The writing style was great though.
(Un)honorable mentions: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman – Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer – The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker (I didn’t finish any of these books so that’s why I didn’t include them in this list).