Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly discussion topic originally created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the Goodreads Group to learn more.
This is my first “Top 5 Wednesday” post, and while it isn’t the happiest topic to jump in on, it’s a pretty easy one to put together. I hope to continue to participate in the Top 5 topics this year.
My Top 5 Most Disappointing reads are mostly books that I expected to love going in, but I just didn’t. Mostly this is due to hype surrounding the book and it originally sounding like something I would love. This does not include books I absolutely hated, which I normally rate 1 star, though there is a 1 star book on this list. The rest are all 2 star reads. I do not mean any harm if I do not enjoy a favorite book of yours– we are all welcome to our own opinions here.
The list is in order from least to most. I will include links to my review if I have one.
5. Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
This story is pitched as Eurovision in Space. A washed-up punk rocker has to participate in an inter-galactic music competition for the fate of Earth itself. It sounds like a lot of fun, and the author includes a lot of witty jokes. I think the way in which it was told was very fun at first, but it got to be old very quickly. I enjoyed the first couple chapters, but slowly realized the plot wasn’t going anywhere.
4. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This is actually a book very similar in theme to Space Opera, though it definitely differs in writing style. The writing style was much simpler, but the book focused more on cramming in 80’s references rather than focusing on any sort of plot. Many video game nerds enjoy this, and since I am also a gamer, I really thought I’d love this.
3. Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
I didn’t necessarily go into this book with too-high of expectations as I heard this book was the worst one in the trilogy, and I only gave it’s predecessor 3 stars. However, Mr. Sanderson is one of my favorite authors, and it’s always disappointing to read a book you don’t like that much from one of your favorites.
2. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
My review mentions this, but again, a fantasy book involving multiple Londons and a Coat of Many Sides seems right up my ally. But it was so boring, all I did was fall asleep while reading this… I’m sorry…
1. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
Unfortunately I did not write a full-review of this, but my short Goodreads review says I just couldn’t get into it, and I really just didn’t understand what was going on. Many fantasy readers loved this, and it even won the BookTube SFF awards as Best Fantasy Novel in 2017. I may give it another go one day, but for now, it remains my most disappointing read of the year.
Thanks for checking out my first Top 5 Wednesday post! What were your most disappointing reads of 2018? Feel free to link your post in the comments so I can check it out!