Least Favourite Books of the Year 2018

It is that time of the year again where we all look back and talk about the books we read this year. I am starting with my least favourite books and will then during the next days talk about the best books of my reading year. Overall, I had a wonderful year but there were five books that disappointed me for one reason or another. None of these books got one star from me and they all are books I am sure would work for a different reader. I think the fact that I haven’t disliked a book I have finished this year enough to give it one star is a wonderful development. As much as I like reading other people’s one star reviews, I don’t always like reading books I dislike.

Folk by Zoe Gilbert

35892355This is one of those books that I grew more irritated by the more time passed. I initially gave it three stars on the strength of one or two stories in it but now I can only remember my feeling of deep disappointment in this books of interconnected short stories. If I hadn’t been so very excited about this release, I might have enjoyed this more but as it stands, this is by far my least favourite short story collection of the year. You can find my review here.

The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale

34846987I adored the prologue of this – and then the book rapidly lost my interest. It is wordy and descriptive with characters that more often than not follow tropes in a way I do not appreciate. The whimsy of the language (and the endless descriptions of millions of inventions) were at odds with the ever darker path the story took. My full review can be found here.

 

Suicide Club by Rachel Heng

35530073I adore the premise of this book – I think there really was something interesting to be explored in a book about a society where ideals of health and long living become oppressive. But again, this book’s failures came from uninteresting and ill-defined characters. The main character is around 100 years old but behaves like a particularly stupid teenager – it drove me up the walls. My full review can be found here.

 

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

31445891Brilliant premise – that could not sustain a plot that seems rushed and a tone that swung widely between glib and humorous and incredibly brutal. One of my reading resolutions was reading more novellas, an experience that did not quite work for me – and this book is emblematic for that. My full review can be found here.

 

Sick by Porochista Khakpour

32600407This was definitely my biggest reading disappointment of the year. I was looking forward to this for month and then did not enjoy my reading experience. I found the writing to be weirdly clumsy in parts and long stretches of it unclear. Khakpour wrote parts of this while in the throes of a Lyme relapse – and I think this shows. My review can be found here.

 

What were your least favourite books of the year?

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16 thoughts on “Least Favourite Books of the Year 2018

      1. That’s awesome. My reading year was so-so. I had a lot of highs and a lot of lows… and a lot in between, come to think of it. Hopefully 2019 brings more consistency.

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  1. Oh wow I was kind of looking forward to reading Sick eventually. But I think I’ll pass up on it. Also, I’m so disappointed you didn’t like Folk! It was one that I put on my 2019 TBR and I was super excited to get to it… Oh well!

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  2. Ugh, Suicide Club. I read the first two chapters online (The Pool had it as one of their bedtime bookclub choices) and was so deeply distraught by the awkwardness of the writing (and, as Laura says, the thin world-building) that I didn’t go on.

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    1. Yes, ugh, really fits here. I was so disappointed. Rachel and me accidently buddy read it and that was mostly the only way I managed to get through it. And it is such a shame because I really think the premise is amazing and the author seems so lovely on twitter.

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  3. Oh, man! I thought River of Teeth sounded so cool! I’m bummed! It’s like Gothic swamp fiction. Gah. I was really disappointed in this immature novel called Losing It by Lindsay Faith Rech. It has some sexual assault-y undertones and a lot of body hate.

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    1. I was so very disappointed as well because I just adore the premise. But I found everything except the bare bones of the story not very convincing.
      Sexual assaulty undertones is a total dealbreaker for me as well. I makes me ver grumpy.

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