the disappointing reads of 2019!

a yearly overview.

Hello, friends!

Today, we’re here to finally talk about the most disappointing reads of 2019. As much as I love hyping up reads, I am also always here for some rant. These are some of the most entertaining posts to read at this time of the year, plus I’m a Grinch, so I felt like it would be fitting to post this while everyone else is enjoying Christmas time.

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But, since I am the Grinch, I am also really into Christmas music. However, Christmas music is just the worst to make a negative post around, because everything is holly and jolly and nice. So, instead of comparing my disappointing reads to Christmas tracks, we’ll be going for other music that it’s still just as lovely.

Hope you enjoy taking a break from Mariah Carey to enjoy this post to its fullest!

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I was cheated by you, and I think you know when. So I made up my mind, it must come to an end. – Mamma Mia, by ABBA

17259690I guess there hasn’t been a bigger cheating since The Foxhole Court, which I read earlier this year. At first, I thought it was just a weak start to a book and I’ll get more of it once I continued reading. But no. And I finished this read infuriated by the lack of plot and the fact all the characters sounded and looked exactly the same.

And the truth is, considering I’m a Mamma Mia hoe at my core, I’m probably going to say “here we go again” and pick up the second book in this trilogy. There’s still hope that my ending is as happy as Donna‘s, but I guess not every book can be a Pierce Brosnan.

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This is not what I want; this is not what I’d planned. – Stick to the Status Quo, High School Musical Cast

You know when you pick up a book and you think you had this premise figured it out? It sounds amazing, just like something you’d enjoy. It ticks all your boxes and you pick up thinking you know exactly what you’ll get from it. And then nothing happens like you’d planned.

41150487. sy475 Yes, I felt just as betrayed as Sharpay after reading Red, White & Royal Blue. I know, this is probably one of the most loved releases of the year, but I really didn’t click with it. Again, the premise sounded amazing, but the book took forever to happen – the chapters were so long and the paragraphs were humongous. It felt like I was reading and reading and never moving on.

Plus, I really didn’t connect with any of the characters and some scenes just really felt like a low-budget Netflix rom-com. (Like, that one scene one of the characters serenades the other with Your Song, by Elton John? Jesus Christ, the corny-ness.)

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We could’ve had it all, rolling in the deep. – Rolling in the Deep, by Adele

44017627The best way I could describe Wayward Son is wasted potential. We literally could’ve had so much here: so much more of the characters – talking without being interrupted -, so much development of the magical world, so much more closure. And, yet, we had 350 pages of nothing.

The thing that makes me the most mad about this book is that I legit thought I had this plot figured out. When I re-read Carry On back in August, I was coming up with all these headcanons about what was going to happen in Wayward Son, what they could give us now that these characters were in America. And yet, all we had was vampire non-sense.

Queue the dramatic song.

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Nobody said it was easy, no one ever said it would be this hard. – The Scientist, Coldplay

31931941. sy475 When I picked up Eliza & Her Monsters, I truly expected to like the characters from the second I started reading it. I don’t know why, but since everyone and their moms adore this book, I just thought it would be one of those that you fall in love during the first chapters.

But it wasn’t. At all. And maybe that was just an unrealistic expectation or maybe it was indeed that Eliza was extremely unlikeable and constantly complaining. Not to mention the story inside the story – Monstrous Sea – was so poorly explained and gave me zero feels, along with the borderline abusive romantic behavior by the end of it.

Again, I really wish someone could’ve warned me that this is a story you have to warm up to and be open to character development, but I really thought it was going to be much easier to get through it than it was.

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Or maybe this thing was a masterpiece, ‘till you tore it all up. – All Too Well, by Taylor Swift

35380157. sy475 Ok, I even feel kinda bad associating this song to this book, because it wasn’t even that bad. It certainly didn’t deserve a song as mad and full of heartbreak and pain as All Too Well, but this was certainly a case of a perfect book being ruined by a really bad ending.

Opposite of Always has a lot of amazing things going for it – the writing is great, the dialogues are hilarious, there’s A+ family and friendships and it’s super diverse as well -, but the ending was a mess. I felt like all the decisions the characters made by the last 20% were super annoying and OOC, in addition to the fact the story wrapped up in the weirdest possible way and gave us a really unrelatable life lesson out of it.

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It might sound crazy but it ain’t no lie, baby bye bye – Bye Bye Bye, ‘NSync

36596583. sy475 Considering how much I loved American Panda by Gloria Chao, it is kinda crazy to think that there’s a book by her in this list. And I still stand by the fact Chao’s writing is phenomenal – it’s realistic, while still being romantic and giving the taste that I love about fiction. But Our Wayward Fate was just not it, man.

I was a true fool, player in this game for two. First, because this book had one of my least-favorite romantic tropes: insta-love, then, the development of our main character that felt so rushed. Finally, it just felt like the book was trying to do too much in not enough time, which made me so frustrated.

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You had your chance, you blew it, out of sight, out of mind. Shut your mouth, I just can’t take it again – Since U Been Gone, Kelly Clarkson

I apologize, but I just needed the angriest song I could get and of course it had to be Miss Kelly Clarkson to deliver. This is my least-favorite book of 2019, and I thought about not even including it, since I technically DNF-ed it, but it wouldn’t be accurate to my year.

25883848. sy475 I never DNF books, ever. Even if I put a book down, I always have the intentions of getting back to it – sometimes it doesn’t happen like that, but still. However, with The Hating Game, I put it down and could’ve set it on fire if I wasn’t reading it on my phone.

The writing was so weird – like, the girl could’ve just said “I touched his arm”, but instead she’d prefer to put it as: “I leaned in, my fingertips slowly brushing his muscular forearm, grazing so slowly through the hairs there” and I was just exhausted by page 2 -, the characters were cardboard cutouts of Judy from Zootopia and the guy from The DUFF and there was, no joke here, a line that literally went: “If you were mine for one night, you wouldn’t be able to walk afterwards”, which made me thraumatized for life.

I read 56% of it and got one kiss out of it, which is the most infuriating part of all. Basically: Sally Thorne and I are officially broken up and our relationship didn’t even last, which just makes the use of Since U Been Gone even funnier to me.

Okay, friends: now it’s your turn. If you had to choose one song to define your least-favorite/most disappointing read of the year, what would it be? Let’s chat in the comments!

Hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas!





22 comentários sobre “the disappointing reads of 2019!

  1. evelynreads1 25 de dezembro de 2019 / 14:48

    Always sad when books don’t live up to our expectations!
    I hope you have a great Christmas though!


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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 11 de janeiro de 2020 / 16:22

      tysmmm, evelyn! christmas was okay – it’s not my favorite holiday by any means, but it was better than most years, hahah.
      thanks for stopping by!

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 11 de janeiro de 2020 / 16:23

      I totally didn’t realize how many unpopular opinions there were until I started seeing posts titled “favorites of the year” that had pretty much the same list I had here, hahah.
      Thanks for reading, Catarina!

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  2. Naty 26 de dezembro de 2019 / 13:16

    This was a fun read! I love the format you wrote this into. I agree that Red White took forever, but I actually enjoyed that. I absolutely see your point, though!

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 11 de janeiro de 2020 / 16:25

      Hahah, it is a long book, but for some reason, I still expected it to be fast-paced. I don’t know why, though, and it totally set myself up for failure.
      Thank you so much for reading, Naty!

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  3. Ruby 27 de dezembro de 2019 / 08:10


    I shall cry with you for not liking these books. Because SO SAD. I loved RW&RB. And Eliza is like my favourite book of all time. So upset that we couldn’t experience them the same way.

    Also yeah Wayward Son. We’ve discussed it many times now…

    I really need to read Opposite of Always, the author is super nice, so hopefully, I like it *crosses fingers*

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 11 de janeiro de 2020 / 16:26

      Hahaha, I just *needed* to find the right opportunity to include a Mamma Mia song on this post, lol.
      Indeed! And I do hope you enjoy Opposite of Always more than I did!
      Thank you sooooo much for reading, Ruby! 😊

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  4. vaishnavi 27 de dezembro de 2019 / 15:58

    aaa, ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS (a.k.a. the only one of these i’ve read *facepalms*). i did feel like it was overhyped and had the potential to be so much MORE. the mentions of “monstrous sea” were absolutely amazing, so i wished there was a lot more!! anyways, now i have more books to add to my TBR, haha 💙

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 11 de janeiro de 2020 / 16:27

      I really think Monstrous Sea had been more significant in the story, because it sounded really interesting, but it wasn’t totally developed imo.
      Thank you soooo much for readinggg! 😌

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  5. Olivia @ Purely Olivia 27 de dezembro de 2019 / 19:05

    This is so creative!! I love pretty much all the songs you used here, so now I have them stuck in my mind as well. ;) I’m sorry all these books disappointed you, though!! I understand what you mean about RW&RB. Personally, I enjoyed it a considerable amount, but I didn’t think it was *quite* as amazing as everyone else hyped it up to be.

    Yes to Opposite of Always! Again, I liked it fine and thought it was super funny and enjoyable, but at a certain point the continued time traveling got to be too much and it made me not love it as much as I thought I could have.

    I hope you read a ton of books you love in 2020, Lais!

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 11 de janeiro de 2020 / 16:29

      Thank you so much! It was a lot of fun thinking about songs and matching them with books. It’s one of my favorite exercises, so I hope to do it more often in the future.
      Hyped books can be so tricky! I felt the same way about Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, though I didn’t add it to my list, because I do think it was a great book, despite not having loved it as much as everyone else did. But when it comes to books so hyped like that one, my expectations were so unrealistic, I think it was bound to happen.
      Exactly! I think it turned out repetitive, especially when the characters weren’t making much progress towards their goal, but rather, it felt like they were walking backwards.
      Thank you so much! And thanks for reading, Olivia! 😊

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  6. Lila @ Hardcover Haven 27 de dezembro de 2019 / 20:24

    ah, i’ve been trying to read RED, WHITE, & ROYAL BLUE but i just can’t seem to get into it, it’s so disappointing! granted, i’m only 2 to 3 chapters in, but it’s still rough going! first off, the audiobook narrator isn’t my favorite, but more than that, i live 10 minutes outside of washington, dc, and thus am familiar with the culture of politicians’ kids, as well as american political culture in general and the entire way the characters in RED, WHITE, & ROYAL BLUE act just strikes me as so unrealistic. i mean, i get it, suspension of disbelief, but it’s just really hard for me to do that given i’ve spent almost my entire life embedded in this community. *sigh* i really want to love it but we’ll see…

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 11 de janeiro de 2020 / 16:32

      Ahhh, I feel you! I think a lot of things in this book sadly were really unrealistic. And not the part where we have a woman from Texas in charge, or anything like that, because I do understand what the book was trying to do in these aspects. But the way it talked about the Royal Family, for example, felt like lacked a lot of research. And maybe that’s the same thing that happened with the political culture in Washington D.C, though I’m not as familiar with that one. It’s a shame, truly, because the book held a lot of potential.
      Thank you so much for stopping by, Lila! 💛

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  7. El 28 de dezembro de 2019 / 07:45

    I love this idea!
    Ok I had to google sad songs because it’s too early in the morning for this….I’ve got say something by a great big world because I read what I couldn’t tell you by Faye Bird & it was the MOST ANNOYING book ever. It was strange because she literally couldn’t speak because of a form of anxiety (I can’t quite remember) which at first was interesting but it was just written so strangely & the main character just annoyed the heck out of me 😡

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 27 de janeiro de 2020 / 21:32

      thank you so much, el!
      hahaha, i relate. i actually had to use google numerous times while writing this post, because i was also blanked from sad songs ideas. i’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy this one as much. i’d seen this book before when i was looking for recommendations for books featuring mental-health issues, but i’ll stay away from it now, hahah.
      thanks for stopping by! 😊

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  8. Charlotte 3 de janeiro de 2020 / 14:23

    Ooh I love how you compared all of these to songs. And some of these are books that I really want to read sometime so I hope that I enjoy them more 😅 I think my biggest disappointment was probably Slayer by Kiersten White. It wasn’t terrible and it captured the feel of Buffy really well but I was expecting to absolutely adore it so finding it just average really broke my heart. I look forward to checking out your 2019 favourites now (:

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 27 de janeiro de 2020 / 21:34

      hopefully you’ll have a better experience than i did! i know a lot of people who loooove some of the books i mentioned here, so there’s still hope you’ll enjoy them!
      i haven’t heard the best of praise for slayer before. i saw a lot of people saying that it just looked like something they’d read before, which can be a bummer, especially if you were anticipating it a lot.
      thank you so much for stopping by! ❣️

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      • Charlotte 1 de fevereiro de 2020 / 13:57

        Thank you (:
        Yeah it was a real let down as I was so excited for it. I kind of regret my rating of it tbh as I gave it an extra star for capturing the tone of Buffy so well but I think I just should have made it half of one as I keep feeling like the ratings too high now. Anyway I’m hoping I’ll enjoy the sequel more.

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  9. Sophie @ Me and Ink 5 de janeiro de 2020 / 20:50

    I love how you related the books to music and those lyrics are perfect for books that failed to live up to your expectations.

    It is disappointing when books aren’t what you hoped they would be but the book community can be a good place to share with people who feel the same way!!

    Whilst I did enjoy Red White and Royal Blue (although not as much as some) I can definitely see your points, it was long and it could have been shorten in the end. Plus there were some corny scenes 😂

    It was such a shame about Wayward Son because I had great expectations about the plot too, I have always been curious about what happens after the big story ends as there is a lot to deal with and deciding what to do now but it just didn’t itch that scratch at all!!

    I’m so sorry Our Wayward Fate was disappointing for you but insta-love and rushed character development aren’t my favourite things in books at all!!

    I DNF’ed my first book this year too (I shouldn’t be happy about it but it is a fun link 😂– mine was Black Wolf, Red Leopard. I think the song I would pick for this is Bet On You by The RockAteers because this line sums up my feelings “I took a chance on you, but this is what I get, nothing else is left but pain and regret” I actually sing this line all the time 😂) but I’m sorry The Hating Game wasn’t for you. I got it my sister a year or something ago because I’ve heard good things. I think she didn’t mind it but I could tell she didn’t love it (even if she didn’t want to say it) 😂

    I hope you have less disappointing reads in 2020!! 💛

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 27 de janeiro de 2020 / 21:38

      hahah, i think i was so salty about red, white & royal blue because i’ve only seen people raving about it. but i’m over it now, lol.
      EXACTLY! considering how carry on presented a twist on so many famous YA fantasy tropes, i was excited that we’d get a follow up to what happens after “the big war”, which hardly ever books touch on. if anything, there’s only an epilogue, so i was excited to see a whole book about dealing with the aftermath. sadly, it was really surface level. hopefully, the 3rd book in the series will make up for it!
      hahahah, i love that!!!!! i’ve never read this song before, but i’m 100% looking it up right now. i guess this line does describe it perfectly, if you did dnf-ed it after all.
      hahah, i get that. the hating game is really hyped, so i’m sure i was on the minority.
      tysm for reading, sophie! 😊

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