Disappointing Books | Bookish List

I saw a few people on booktube doing this and I thought it would be a post that would generate a lot of discussion and I would LOVE to talk to you guys, so I decided to do it. These books are books that,at one point in my life, I had huge expectations for and that I ended up not enjoying as much as I thought I would.  Most of them still got really good ratings, but I just expected more from them. 

Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
I had heard so many great things about this book that I was expecting to love it. I actually really enjoyed it, but I couldn’t connect with the characters and I felt like the plot, especialy at the beggining, wasn’t going anywhere. Full Review.

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
I couldn’t get into this book and I even stopped for two month after the first half before finishing it, because I wasn’t enjoying it that much. When I picked it up again I got a lot more into it, and after finishing it, I do plan to continue with the series. I just felt like I couldn’t connect with the characters and the book needed more world buiding. Full Review.

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
There wasn’t anything particularly wrong with this book, I just thought it wasn’t enough; it was not good enough to be the ending. I still really liked it, I felt like it was more about the characters and the relationships that hadn’t been explored before or dealt with before and that was really good. But so much of the book was spent in little quests, that the main one that was supposed to be almost impossible to win was over in the blink of an eye, the action part of this book was actually a bit disappointing 

The Giver by Lois Lowry
When I read this book, I had heard so many good comments about it that my expectations were really high, and sadly I was very disappointed.  I felt like this book was just the first 25% of a book, like it was an introduction and all the other parts of the book were missing. I felt like there wasn’t enough character development and there wasn’t enough world building. This book needed  more pages.

Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep
A lot of people don’t know the Mythos Academy series, and I used to recommend it often because I enjoyed the first couple of books a lot, but the last books were really disappointing. Killer Frost is the final book in the series and I just felt it was really repetitive and I got bored reading it. Defenitely my least favorite of the series. 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I really liked this books, don’t get me wrong. Honestly, I felt dissapointed when I started to read this book,  because I had heard so many wonderful things about ita nd I just wasn’t connecting with it at all. I think this was in big part because of the slow pace, but then it got better and I started to get into the story. By the time I got to the last 30 pages I was crying uncontrollably.

The Death Cure by James Dashner
I wasn’t really happy with the way this series ended, I was expecting so much more and this was definitely my least favorite book of the series. I was especially disappointed about the way things ended between Thomas and Teresa.

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
I had big expectations for this book and I just didn’t connect with it. I think in part it was because even if I had not watched the movie when I read the book, I knew who played the characters in the movie and they didn’t look how I imagined Nick and Norah when I was reading. I think I  couldn’t focus in the book and I was left really disappointed.  This was more a personal thing, I guess. 

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
I didn’t enjoy this book at all; the way this series ended actually left me frustrated for weeks, I couldn’t stop thinking about all the things I didn’t like about it. I feel like this book had to be longer and there are a lot of things I would change about it. This was the first book I remember feeling really disappointed about. 

So, I want to talk to you guys! Leave your comments about your disappointing books. Tell me if you were disappointed by some of the books I mentioned in this post, too. Or if you disagree with me and you love  one of these book. 

3 thoughts on “Disappointing Books | Bookish List

  1. Oh very interesting books you chose for these! I haven't read Me, Earl and the Dying Girl but I am pretty interested in reading it. I completely agree with Mockingjay. I had to wait AN ENTIRE YEAR after Catching Fire came out to read Mockingjay and I was like “are you freaking kidding me?”. I just felt like everything was extremely rushed and there was a lot of plot time given to characters that I couldn't care less about. However, I really did like The Death Cure! I'm sorry you didn't 😦 I definitely understand where you're coming from with the Thomas and Theresa thing though … James Dashner was very kill happy with the ending of that series lol.



  2. I remember feeling underwhelmed by The Giver too! I expected to be blown away considering how popular and well received it is but I ended up feeling 'meh' about it. I'm only starting in on The Heroes of Olympus series myself, I just started the 2nd book so I'll have to come back and compare notes when I get to Blood of Olympus. Falling Kingdoms is one I remember being excited about back when it came out but now I'm just not sure if I'd like it at all, and judging from your experience with it, I did the right thing not diving in right away. LOL!


  3. Almost the same exact thing happened to me with Falling Kingdoms! I started the book, didn't quite hit the halfway point and gave up. Then the thought of finishing it got into my head and I eventually (a couple months later) picked it back up. Then I couldn't quite figure out why I had problems the first time. I've read the next two books and I really think the series improves with each book.

    Of course, being underwhelmed by a book is one of the worst feelings ever for me. I do try to temper my expectations, but sometimes I just can't.


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