Most disappointing books of 2019

Hello friends, and welcome to another wrap-up post! Today I’m talking about the most disappointing books I read in 2019. I generally don’t like to be a negative person, but I also like talking about books that disappointed me.

This post is a combination of the worst books and the most disappointing, because even though I read a lot of mediocre books, I didn’t read a ton of bad books. These are mainly books I expected to love, but ended up disliking.

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The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield: this book was,,, different? from what I was expecting. And I enjoyed parts of it, but not all of it. Essentially, there are two stories: the story of Vida Winter, a well-known author, and the story of Margaret Lea, who is listening to Winter tell her life story for a biography. Because I am a nosy person who dreams of knowing famous people’s secrets, I loved learning about Vida Winter’s life and was engrossed in that story. But I didn’t care for Lea, and didn’t really feel like she was a really well thought out character.

The Uninvited by Liz Jensen: this book was just completely different from what was advertised. I thought it was going to be a super interesting look at these killer children, but was instead mainly about white collar crime. Which could have been really interesting, but really wasn’t. I have a full review for this book, which you can read here!

Diva by Jillian Larkin: this is the third book in a trilogy that I generally enjoyed, and it was terrible. The ending was super rushed, so many things were never really explained well, and it just seemed so different from the first two books. I have a review of this trilogy coming soon, so stay tuned for my full thoughts.

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So those are my most disappointing books of the year! Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? What were your most disappointing books? Let me know!

Ally xx

16 thoughts on “Most disappointing books of 2019

  1. I read The thirteenth Tale 10 years ago and rushed through in a few days. It was an airport-I-love-the-cover-buy. And I loved it. The reason you disliked is absolutely plausible. Maybe I’d feel the same nowadays 🙂

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  2. Mine would have to be The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I don’t know what I was expecting, but someone or some blurb claimed it was Harry Potter for adults, which soured it right off the bat. Since when it Harry Potter not for adults? And since when can a mediocre book claim to be anything close to Harry Potter?

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    1. Harry Potter for adults is definitely a red flag. Honestly, anything being compared to HP is a red flag for me. I’m like, really, your book compares to *the most successful series of all time*? But that’s too bad it didn’t work out for you!

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      1. I agree. There’s only 1 scenario I can see it being okay to invoke the name Harry Potter: You should read this book, it’s like Harry Potter meets Harry Potter. It’s called Harry Potter. *mic drop*

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  3. I loved Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield when I read it last year so I actually bought a copy of The Thirteenth Tale which is on my TBR to read this year! Sad that you didn’t love it, I’m hopeful I’ll enjoy it (but aren’t we always about books we read?!)

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