I read 57 books in 2020 and of those, six were one star reads. I am a more critical reader but I don’t tend to give one star unless I really, really hate a book. I would like to give a couple of disclaimers before I get started. One, if any of these books are your favorite, I’m happy for you. We all have different tastes and preferences so you may love what I hate and vice versa. Two, this is not an attack on any of the authors. I’m sure they’re great, hardworking people. With that out of the way, let’s talk about some garbage books.
Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman is the nonfiction story about the author’s escape from Hasidic Judaism. I won’t criticize the actual story because it is her story to tell how she sees fit but trying to get through this book was a miserable experience. If books from the point of view of a perpetual victim who thinks they’re better than everybody else sounds good to you, then read this book. You can read my full review here.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is one of the MOST hyped books in the YA fantasy world and honestly, I felt lied to after reading it. I just don’t understand how the horrible book I read is the same one so many people love🥴 It is slow, boring and filled with bland, forgettable characters. You can read my full review here.
The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller is another hyped YA fantasy book that I thought was just awful. It’s supposed to be a villain romance story but all of the characters were horrible, and not in a good way. There was no world building and the story didn’t even make sense. You can read my full review here.
The Anti-Virginity Pact was written by a YouTuber I really enjoy, Katie Wismer. I wanted to support her so when this book became available on Netgalley, I requested it for review and was accepted. This book is a YA “drama”… or that’s what it’s supposed to be. To put it simply, this book is very amateurish. The characters are all older teenagers but they act MUCH younger. The drama seems childish and fake. The romance is very cutesy and again, immature; even for YA. This just wasn’t a good or well written book BUT I know how hard Katie works and I’m still rooting for her future projects. For some reason, my full review has been completely deleted off my blog but you can read it on my Goodreads.
Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer was the release I was most excited for in 2020 and therefore, the most disappointed by. There is Twilight fanfiction out there that is better than this book. I LOATHED being stuck in Edward’s head for over 500 pages. He is just so miserable and depressing. I don’t feel that this book added anything interesting to the Twilight universe and was honestly just a waste of time. You can read my full review here.
Desperate Measures by Katee Robert was so bad that I didn’t even bother reviewing it on the blog. Part of why I disliked this book is my fault. I watched a Youtube video and the person was talking about how much she loved this book and that it was a great retelling of the Aladdin story. From what I understood, it was a romance between Jasmine and Jafar. Sounded weird but the book was free on Kindle so I downloaded it. I didn’t read the synopsis or anything else and I definitely should have. This book is straight up erotica. If that’s your thing, that’s fine but I STILL wouldn’t recommend this book even if it is. The writing (and everything else) is so horrible. You can read my review on my Goodreads.
Those were the six books I regret reading in 2020. Six out of 57 isn’t bad though, so I won’t complain too much. I’d love to know your thoughts on these books, whether they’re the same or different. Thanks for reading and have a great day!