Monthly Wrap Up

Disappointing Reads Of 2022

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I’ve done posts about my favorite audiobooks, my favorite nonfiction books, and my favorite debuts of 2022, and now it’s time to talk about those books that let me down. While the majority of the books that I read were really enjoyable, they can’t all be winners, right?

Not every reader is going to love every book, and my opinion is exactly that—my opinion. It’s subjective, and it doesn’t mean that a book is necessarily bad, it just means that I personally didn’t enjoy it. I’ll link my review to the book so you can see what t was that I didn’t like about it, but here’s my most disappointing reads of 2022:

  • The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris – this one started off really well and had so much potential, but veered off the rails and required entirely too much willing suspension of disbelief.
  • A Tiny Upward Shove by Melissa Chadburn – this was a slow read with a lot of disturbing and graphic substance use, sexual abuse of children and a rape scene of a young girl, and harm to an animal, and although I really wanted to learn more about the Filipino culture and folklore, it was difficult because the Tagalog words weren’t always defined explicitly or through context.
  • The Candy House by Jennifer Egan – this had so many disconnected characters and I struggled to stay invested and follow the story at all.
  • Blood Metal Bone by Lindsay Cummings – this slow-paced and predictable story tried to do too much as far as combining genres, but never really managed to quite get there.
  • Zodiac Academy: The Awakening by Caroline Peckham and Susanna Valenti – this was probably the worst book I’ve ever read. The plot, the characters, and the setting were atrocious, it was just a full book of bullying, and it didn’t appear to be edited at all. Yikes!
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – this one just wasn’t for me.
  • Twisted Love by Ana Huang – the best part of this book was the cover and the male narrator. His sexy voice was the only reason I didn’t DNF.
  • From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout – where to start? This is one of those super hyped books and I have no idea why.
  • Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin – this was a DNF for me at 62%, and everyone seems to love it. The story never really felt like it was going anywhere, except as a vehicle to use as many pretentious words as possible.
  • Six Feet Deep Dish by Mindy Quigley – fatphobia is never a good thing in books, and this book was full of it, as well as the term “pillowy lips.” If I never see either of those things again, it’ll be too soon.

What about you? Which books let you down in 2022?

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