Top 5 Wednesday: Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

Top 5 Wednesday: Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

It’s been AAAAAAGES since I last did a Top 5 Wednesday. But here I am and here we go!

This is my Top 5 Most Disappointing Reads of 2018.

The Power by Naomi Alderman (review)

A case of hype-disappointment. I had heard amazing things about this book. Everyone seemed to be raving about it. It didn’t manage to convince me. I think I wanted more than what I got. People usually say this is a super feminist book. I didn’t read it that way. If it was, we would have been better. Now we were exactly the same. Power corrupts. I wanted us to be better.

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood (review)

I don’t get along with Margaret Atwood’s writing. I’m always waiting for it to blow my mind and it never does. I read Madeline Miller’s Circe as soon as it came out and wanted to go on a bit of a mythology rave but this one seriously let me down. It was the kind of book that left me feeling ‘That’s it?‘ after turning the last page. Unfortunately, I think I’m done with her books.

We are all completely beside ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

This book did nothing for me. It’s as simple as that. I couldn’t get myself to care… That may sound harsh, I’m sorry. I don’t pick books up with the idea of hating them, it just didn’t happen with this one.

Aristotle & Dante discover the secrets of the universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (review)

Another case of hype-disappointment. It seems like everyone has read this book. It also seems like everyone loved it. Before you come after me, relax. I’m not saying this is a bad book. I just felt a bit let down. I wanted to love it. I wanted to be moved by it. That didn’t happen. It made me feel a bit weird. I didn’t necessarily like the main characters… but you know, you win some, you lose some. (the cover is still gorgeous though…)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote 

How this ended up being a classic I will never understand… It’s a good thing it’s only 100 pages long. Nothing happens… She’s so naive. The guy sucks. It was all a bit meh… The movie, however, is even worse. They had to make it romantic, while I appreciated that the book didn’t explicitly go there. Yes, Audrey is great and I did like the cat. Other than that, there’s nothing to tell.

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6 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

  1. Haven’t read three of these, but I was also let down by Aristotle and Dante and really didn’t get what all the fuss was about. I made the mistake of reading Breakfast at Tiffany’s after I’d already read Capote’s In Cold Blood (which I loved) and wound up thinking ‘that’s it?’ I still haven’t tried anything by Margaret Atwood, but I’ll probably give her a shot this year – It feels like the Canadian thing to do. Great list!

    1. Yes, same… I just didn’t get it. Haven’t read anything else by Capote and to be honest, not sure if I will… Enough other books to read πŸ˜€

  2. I hated Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and totally agree with you. I enjoyed Ari & Dante when I read it, but that was years ago when the hype was at it’s peak. I also do not get along well with Atwood’s longer fiction, but I actually quite enjoy her short stories.

    1. I’m not planning on picking up anything by her soon but might take a look at those short stories eventually πŸ™‚ thanks!

  3. I have been eyeing The Power for quite some time now since it has been a book of the month in Our Shared Shelf. It’s refreshing to see another perspective in this book since I’ve only ever seen good reviews.

    On the other hand, Ari and Dante, I actually really adored this book. Maybe it is because I can relate to the boys in an astronomical level that I actually enjoyed it.

    It’s really fun to know that we have different opinions on books people love and people hate/dislike. I think it gives us a window to see what we weren’t able to.

    1. Hi! Thank you for replying πŸ™‚ Different opinions definitely make it interesting! and all the books on my list are dislikes and NOT hates πŸ™‚ It takes a lot for me to hate book. Mostly, I just wanted more from them mostly writing-wise…

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