Most Disappointing Books of 2019 | Blogmas Day 23

Hi everyone! Today I’m talking about some books that ended up disappointing me because they didn’t live up to my expectations. These are not the worst books I read this year, just books that for one reason or another, left me feeling disappointed after finishing them. If you are curious, here are my 7 Most Disappointing Books of 2017 and my Most Disappointing Books of 2018.

Without further ado, here are my most disappointing books of 2019:

The Last Swipe by Alisha Rai

What’s this book about?  This is the story of Rhiannon and Samson, who hooked up once thanks to a dating app and decided they wanted to see each other again. Unfortunetely, do to circumstance one of the parties felt ghosted. Then they meet again and realize that they are working for two rival dating app and they find themselves at odds in the boardroom, but in sync in the bedroom.

Why is on this list?  I heard so many great things about this book right when it came out, so I had huge expectations when I decided to pick it up and while I didn’t dislike this, I didn’t like it as much as everyone else seemed to. I felt disconnected from the characters and I never got fully into the story and I think it may have been the writing style that made me feel that way. Still, I’m giving the second book a chance to see if I enjoy it more.

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

What’s this book about? Since this is a sequel I won’t tell you what’s about, but I’ll say that the series is a reimagining of Sherlock and Watson, but told in the perspective of their descendants, Charlotte and Jamie, and it’s set in modern day.

Why is on this list?  After loving the first book ar the beginning of 2019, I started this sequel with huge expectations and unfortunately I was let down. This was a fast and entertaining read, but the mystery left something to be desired, for most of the book, the characters were chasing a lead that wasn’t important and it was frustrating to feel like a lot of what happened in the book was pointless. I was confused the entire time while reading this and I was left confused after I finished it.  Also, there was absolutely no character development. (More of my thoughts)

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

What’s this book about? Dr. Watson, who has just returned from a war in Afghanistan, meets Sherlock Holmes for the first time when they become flat-mates at the famous 221 B Baker Street. Dr. Watson tags along with Holmes as he investigates a murder at Lauriston Gardens while narratively detailing his amazing deductive abilities.

Why is on this list?  I’m a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes TV shows and movies, so I though it was about time I picked up one of the books. But the dry and boring writing style, as well as the weird structure used to tell the story made me not enjoy the reading experience at all. This jumps 20 years in the past to tell a different story, so we actually don’t see Sherlock and Watson for a big part of the book, which was what I was interested in. Also, there were almost no clues, no interrogations and honestly, there’s barely any information about the crime that was committed and the resolution didn’t really make sense (Review)

Finders Keepers by Stephen King

What’s this book about? Since this is a sequel I won’t tell you what’s about, but I’ll say that this series is about retired cop Bill Hodges, who becomes a private detective and solves crimes with two unlikely allies.

Why is on this list?  After finished the first book and loving it, I started Finders Keepers inmediately and it was one of the mosr frustrating reading experiences of my life. My main issue was that the main characters of the series didn’t show up until like 60% of the way through the book and I was so bored before that. The first part of this book was slow and I think the backstory could have been a lot shorter.

Crush, Interrupted by Zaida Polanco

What’s this book about? When a down-on-her-luck writer gets the opportunity to house-sit at her friend’s fancy condo for a few weeks, she jumps at the chance. What she hadn’t planned on, however, is her best friend’s brother crashing at the condo as well. Her best friend’s very very hot brother who just so happens to be the one that got away.

Why is on this list?  I have been looking for more romance Latinx authors, so I was incredibly excited when I heard Zaida Polanco’s ebooks were free on Amazon. I got 3 of her books and I inmideately started reading this one and I was so disappointed. The first 70% was really bad,  the writing wasn’t the best and the romance made no sense at all.  Even if it got a bit better at the end, it wasn’t that much better.

What books disappointed you in 2019? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? How did you think about them?

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