The Worst Books I Read in 2021

Hello friends!

If you saw my last post The Best Books I Read in 2021, you know I had a great reading year last year. But even the best reading years have terrible books, and that’s exactly what I’m sharing with you today.

Today I’m bringing you the 8 books I read last year that I disliked and the reasons why I disliked them. A big disclaimer: please don’t take it personally if I mention a book you loved! We all have different opinions and tastes when it comes to reading and I’m not trying to offend anyone… this is just my personal opinion 🙂

Okay, now let’s go into the list! Here are the books:

  1. Twelve Nights by Andrew Zurcher
    This book… oh Lord, where do I start with this book? I’m always very grateful when authors and publishers reach out to me and give me books to review, but I have to be real when I review them and this book ended up being absolutely dreadful. I wish this was only my opinion, but apparently it is a very popular opinion with almost everyone who read this book. This was the worst middle grade book I have ever read, and one of the worst books I have ever read. I think it had great potential, but the execution killed the story. I personally wouldn’t recommend it, but if you’re curious give it a go.
  2. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
    I spent almost 4 months trying to read this book, and I jumped with happiness when I finally ended it. It was one of the most boring, dense and confusing books I have ever picked up. There’s like six or seven POVs in this, and it’s very difficult to keep up with what’s going on. Not only that, but I found the book extremely slow and uninteresting. I personally wouldn’t recommend it as well, but in this case I think it’s a matter of taste.
  3. Maid by Stephanie Land
    Although I’m a big fan of reading true stories and non-fiction, this was a major flop for me. I think the intention of the book was to show resilience and strength from Stephanie, but it definitely backfired on her, because it ended up giving the opposite effect. Stephanie was unbearable, whiny and kept a “poor me” attitude through the entire book. It wasn’t even inspiring, just a waste of time.
  4. The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
    What made me dislike this book so much was the main character. I never disliked a character more, like I disliked this one. She was annoying, entitled, mean and was always jealous of other people. The story also wasn’t very strong, so overall this was a fail to me.
  5. Normal People by Sally Rooney
    This is a very unpopular opinion and I’m aware of that, but I really disliked this book. I just couldn’t take the romance or the characters seriously, because I found them childish and immature. I’m not sure if my experience would be different if I read a physical copy instead of the audiobook version, but I don’t think I will ever find out.
  6. Hungry Hearts
    This anthology disappointed me for different reasons. As a foodie, I love to read about food and cooking, and even though this had that, it was the only thing I enjoyed about this book. The stories on this were crazy and other than being in the same neighbourhood, there was absolutely nothing that connected these stories. You get a bit of everything here: one story is about romance, another is paranormal, another one is fantasy, another one is about dangerous gangs and killers, etc. There was a lot going on, and at one point the range of genres just felt silly. Didn’t work out for me, but maybe you’ll enjoy it?
  7. Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards
    The problem I had with this book was the weak plot and slow pace. It almost feels like the story didn’t progress, and there were too many loose ends and nonsense. I wouldn’t recommend this one. If you’re looking for a good mystery, there are many amazing books out there… this is not one of them.
  8. Eight Perfect Murders by Peter May
    This story was overall okay, but there was something in this story that really made me dislike this book: the spoilers. So, if you don’t know, this book basically exposes the mysteries of some well-known books, and I was furious because I wanted to read some of the books mentioned. I’m still really mad at this and I can’t comprehend how something like this happened. Why not make up books and stories to use in this book? Was it really necessary to spoil mysteries from books that actually exist?

Like I said, please take my opinion with a grain of salt. Everyone likes what they like and we all have different opinions! So tell me, have you ever read any of these books? Let me know in the comments! I hope you enjoyed this post and I will see you in my next review 🙂

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