Least favourite books of 2020

Hello everyone, happy Monday! To start the week off, we’re going to be talking about some of my least favourite books of the year. This is a combination of my least favourite books and the most disappointing books.

Also, this isn’t meant to spread hate to these authors or anything. I went into all of these books expecting to enjoy them, and was mainly let down by them. ALSO being critical of books isn’t hate or negativity. I really enjoy negative reviews and have read books based on the negative things other people have said, and what I dislike, someone else might enjoy. If you want to read me gush about books, read my last post or wait for my next post.

Anyway, let’s get into the books! I only have a few because I had a great reading year.

The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz: 1 star

This book sounded really great: it’s about ballerinas at a secluded boarding school in Italy with a mysterious master. Unfortunately, it was pretty terrible. My biggest issues with it was the pacing and the characters. The major advertised plot point is revealed in one of the first chapters, and the rest wasn’t all that surprising or interesting. The stakes seemed really low. And the side characters existed to either help or hinder the main character. I have a whole review, if you’re interested in more detailed thoughts.


The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton: 2.5 stars

I thought I would enjoy this book more than I did. I don’t think it was bad, but I also had a bunch of issues with it. The characters’ motivations were not consistent, the plot was convoluted, all the gay characters were killed, I was underwhelmed. Again, I have a whole review on this if you want more detailed thoughts. But overall, this book wasn’t bad, I just didn’t love it.

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates: 3 stars

This was perhaps my biggest disappointment of the year. I expected to love it because I’ve really enjoyed Coates’ nonfiction before. But I hated a lot of this, being honest. The writing was so dense and hard to get through. Some of the plot points made me uncomfortable. Some things weren’t explained well or were glossed over. I just really struggled with it, so check out my review (again) for more info.


The Collector by John Fowles: 3 stars

I was expecting to enjoy this book, but I was fairly let down. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. I liked the kidnapper’s POV, but I didn’t like the other POV and found it boring. I just found this whole book to drag and wasn’t as thrilled as I expected. More thoughts can be found here.

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

Ally xx


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