Even though I’ve read so many awesome books this year, there have been some that I didn’t like at all. I mean, I only have one 1-star book that I truly hated, but there have been a few that I didn’t like. I will also be doing a Best Books of 2018, and that will be up a little later on in the month.
Also, I’m not hating on the authors of these books, I just didn’t like their books. But this is my opinion, and all opinions are different.
So, without any further ado, let’s get going!
1. The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill
This is by far the worst book I read in 2018, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. Well, that’s a lie. I do know some people who have read and liked it, so if you want to read it, it’s your decision. But I gave this book one star and the only thing I liked about it was the sea queen Ceto. I actually have a review for this book, and if you want to read it, I’ll leave the link right here.
2. Darcy Swipes Left by Courtney Carbone
This book isn’t the worst, but I’d strongly recommend not reading it if you love, or even like, Pride and Prejudice. It actually kind of ruined Pride and Prejudice for me, but thankfully that’s gone now, and I like Pride and Prejudice again. I just think turning a classic like Pride and Prejudice into a modern text-based format wasn’t a good idea. It was a very quick read, so I wasn’t dragging myself through it for too long. I think I also read it for Booktubeathon, so, hey, another book read.
3. One by Sarah Crossan
This was another book I read for Booktubeathon, and it’s written in verse. The verse was actually the thing that ruined it for me, since I didn’t connect with the characters at all. And this is a book you really need to connect to the characters. But even though the book was 430 pages, I felt almost nothing for the twin sisters who we’re following. I just don’t think I’m a fan of verse, and I might not pick up another Sarah Crossan any time soon.
4. I Hate Everything But You by Gaby Dunn and Alison Raskin
This book is written in emails and messages sent by the two main characters to each other, and while I liked that, I didn’t really like the story. Ava seemed to think that people are only either gay or straight, and there’s no in between, and Gen seemed to spend the whole book cheating, having sex and getting drunk/high, which I did not care about AT ALL. And then when Ava tried to stop Gen from making all these bad decisions, Gen would suddenly hate her for doing the right thing. Just thinking about this book is making me a little bit angry.
5. Literally by Lucy Keating
Lucy Keating is actually an author I definitely want to read more from, especially Dreamology, but this book wasn’t my fave. It sounded like a very cool premise, but I don’t think it was executed that well. I’m not blaming Lucy Keating, because time travel and alternate realities and stuff like that are a very hard thing to get right, and unfortunately she didn’t hit the nail on the head. And even though this book is around 250 pages, this took me AGES to read, and I think it might be because I didn’t understand some of it. Mainly, if Lucy Keating made up this world for the main character, why is she living in it herself? What’s her real world?
6. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
This book was absolutely fraught with problematic elements. There was transphobia, fatphobia, suicide jokes, and general problematic stuff. And it was all the main character, Georgia Nicholson, thinking these things. The book was okay, it was just Georgia that brought it down for me. But since I love books like this, I’ll probably continue on with the series, even though this book wasn’t good. Because I’m ridiculous.
So those are the worst books I read in 2018. I’m not saying all of these books were terrible, they just didn’t really work for me. But as I said before, every one’s opinions are different, and something I hate you might love. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this blog post and please tell me in the comments your least favourite book of this year and I’ll be sure to respond. Have a great day and I’ll see you soon, bye!