T5W: Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Samantha and you can get more details at the Goodreads group.

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do a worst books of 2018 post, but I think “disappointing” works better. What I want to talk about are not the books that I rated 1 or 2 star but actually 3 stars, those books which I had really high expectations about but they didn’t turn out to be that great. So, let’s get started…



This book was only on my radar because all bloggers seem to love it a lot. And once I read Carry On and enjoyed it very much, I really wanted to give Fangirl a try too. But it turned out to not be what I expected. I usually love great characters in contemporaries and don’t bother much about the plot, but I just couldn’t like the characters much in the book and the romance didn’t work for me either.

The Hating Game


This is another one of those universally loved romance novels. I don’t think I’ve seen any criticism of The Hating Game till now. But I just didn’t like it. I also happened to listen to the audiobook and being in the head of Lucy was not a good experience. Maybe I would have preferred a dual POV. The author’s writing style is humorous but also not exactly to my taste.

Leah on the Offbeat


Simon vs was one of my favorite reads of the year, so when Leah on the Offbeat released, I was just so excited and even preordered the book. However, I guess I was wrong in expecting a book on similar lines. While Simon was a fun, delightful character with a charming personality, Leah was too cynical for my taste, the romance felt too rushed and I only enjoyed the parts with Simon and Blue in it. But many still love the book because of it’s representation and a sapphic romance, I just think I had different expectations.

A Court of Frost and Starlight


To tell the truth, I didn’t actually expect a lot from ACOFAS and just wanted to know what all my favorite characters were doing. I liked the fluffy parts in it but even those scenes felt too superficial and on the whole, it just didn’t feel like an SJM book at all.



The one book I probably had the highest expectations on in 2018 was Furyborn. From the first time I saw the cover and read the synopsis, I was impressed and tried every possible avenue to get the ARC (and was unsuccessful). I was just so excited when I got the book after release and after an explosive prologue, the book kinda went downhill. It still has a very interesting premise, so I still want to read Kingsbane and see what happens next.

What are some of the books that disappointed you? Feel free to share them or your lists with me in the comments below…!!!

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  1. I haven’t read Carry On, but I thought Fangirl was alright too..not over the top exceptional, but alright.
    I really didn’t like The Hating Game.. I’m not sure if I’ve written a review for it on my blog but I couldn’t feel the chemistry between the two characters when I read the book 😏

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      1. I guess I won’t go into them with super high expectations.. 🙂 That’s kind of why I wait till the hype has died down before I pick up some of the books. That and because most of them take months to release here and by then, I’m not that hyped up to read them. 😂

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