Disappointing Books of 2018 | a beautifully short list

I was so sure I wasn’t going to write a “Worst Books of 2018” post, just because I didn’t read any books which were that bad. But, after thinking about it for a while there were some books which, whilst not necessarily bad, were (for me, at least) disappointing, so let’s have a little chat about them.

Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell


Goodreads Link | Book Depository Link | My Review

3 stars.

Considering I bought this on a bit of a whim, I had high expectations for this book. Perhaps it was because I was in the mood for a historical fiction and I was well in a little Shakespeare phase, but I struggled through the first half of this book. It felt long and as though Cornwell was really trying to convince the reader that he knew about Elizabethan London. I’ll admit the last 100 pages or so really did grip me and I enjoyed it. This pushed the rating up for me, but on reflection, I just think this book could have done more.

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

Goodreads Link | Book Depository Link | My Review

Rated: 3 stars.

Yes, I know, but please hear me out.

The first book in this series, Vicious, is one of my favourite books. Perhaps that’s why Vengeful just didn’t hit the mark for me. I don’t want to count how many times I used the word “underwhelmed” in my review for this book. Although the new characters we meet and the plot didn’t particularly grip me, I can see the appeal of this book and it’s definitely not a bad book. Perhaps if I read it a few years down the line I would enjoy it more, but considering how much I adore Vicious, this just didn’t match it.

After looking up and down my list of books read in 2018, I can’t see or think of any books which I feel strongly enough about to put on this list, but I think this is a good sign. It means I generally read good books! Let me know if you’ve read either of these books, please let me know what you thought!


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