I am someone who is rather easy to please when it comes to books. I often fall in love with the books that I read, and it’s not very often that I find a book that I don’t like or even a book that I rate lower than a three stars. I always try to find something redeeming, and maybe that’s a bad thing, but it’s just the kind of reader that I am. I tend to fall deeply into whatever book I’m reading. However, I can’t say that every book I read in 2019 was a positive experience for me. Below the cut, you will find the five worst books I read in 2019.
- The Fall of the Butterflies by Andrea Portes
This was my most recent worst read on this list. I picked this audiobook up on a whim. I didn’t really know what it was about, but the summary sounded interesting. I liked the idea of a quirky teen having to take care of her friend who didn’t seem to need help, but ended up needing help. In that sense, the book really pulled through with that idea. However, it also snuck in some things for me that I don’t really like. It had a teacher/student relationship. This relationship was by no means glorified, but it still made me really uncomfortable. It also kind of opened up with the main character planning on committing suicide, and I just wasn’t a fan of how it was dealt with. This book just wasn’t for me. I’m sure other people might love it, but I just wasn’t a fan. I finished it, because I’m stubborn and refuse to DNF books, but I kind of wish I had never picked it up.
- There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
I had such high hopes for There’s Someone Inside Your House. I loved the idea of a novel that was a slasher book. I loved the mystery aspect as well. It seemed like it would be right up my alley. But then I read it, and I was just so disappointed. It was predictable in a way I couldn’t get behind. The main character’s secret was totally overrated. And then the way it all played out was a let down compared to the hook of the novel. I could see where some people could really love it, but personally I just didn’t love it. I didn’t even really like it.
- Girls Like Us by Gail Giles
This was an audiobook I picked up on a whim, and it just wasn’t good. The novel contained a unique perspective, so it definitely had that going for it. However, I didn’t really like the characters or the storyline. It really, really didn’t work for me.
- Haunted Canada by Pat Hancock
I was hoping for something different when I picked this book up in the library. I wanted ghost stories, and I guess I got ghost stories, but it just wasn’t the way that I wanted them. I wanted more thrills and spooks I guess. This book just didn’t really do that. It was really unfortunate.
- Birdie by Tracey Lindberg
When it came to this last book, I was really excited because it was set in a town near my hometown. However, the actual story of it was rather anticlimactic because it didn’t really have a story. It had a point, where the character was dealing with their trauma, and that was really interesting. However, it was hard to pull that story out from between the layers of flashbacks and current timeline to really fully figure out what was happening. It’s worth reading, but it wasn’t for me in the end.
What were the worst books you read in 2019? Let me know in the comments.