Disappointing books I read in 2020

Hello everyone!

I have seen a lot of people in the book community do this. I don’t usually like posting “negative” content on my platforms, but I think it’ll be fun to share with you what books I didn’t like in 2020. I hope this list is not very long and I also hope you don’t take it personally if you see a favorite book of yours in my list. Reading is subjective, so what you like I might not and vice versa.

Oh, there’s not particular order to this list. And if you want to disagree with me, please feel free to do so in the comments below, but please, let’s always be respectful and kind when expressing our opinions! Without anything more to add, here are my most disappointing reads of 2020!

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

I DNF (did not finish) this book. I thought I was going to read a new favorite book based on the synopsis but that didn’t happen. I couldn’t connect with the characters and I didn’t care about the plot. I just think this book was simply not for me and that’s why I decided to DNF it.

Archenemies (Renegades #2) by Marissa Meyer

I love the Lunar Chronicles, so I thought I was going to enjoy this new trilogy by Marissa Meyer. I was so mistaken. The first book was okay, I enjoyed it, but the second one was not for me and so I didn’t continue with the last book in the series. Nova is the reason why I couldn’t force myself to read the trilogy, I was liking her in book 1, but in book 2 I couldn’t stand her. I am so sad to be one of the few people that dislike this trilogy.

Doctor Dearest by R.S. Grey

I have read other books by R.S. Grey before and I’ve enjoyed them, they are fun, light and quick to read. This book was also light and quick to read but it was not fun. The main characters were so childish considering they were adults and I just didn’t like their love story at all. I also discovered a certain thing I don’t like in romances thanks to this book, so I guess not everything was bad.

The City of Brass (The Daevabad trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty

This might be a very unpopular opinion, but I didn’t like this one. I actually DNF it because I wasn’t going to make myself go through this book and suffer all the way through it. The world building was so confusing, I felt stupid. I didn’t care about the characters and what they were going through either. I wanted to like this book so bad since a lot of people love the series but this was not for me at all.

Hands Down by Mariana Zapata

I love Mariana Zapata, she writes the most painful slow-burn romances ever! However, this friends to lovers romance was not the best. The chemistry between the main characters was there but I never believed in their love story. It felt like we were reading about these two friends re-connecting after years apart and building their friendship once again (which was fun and all) but then at the end, like a second thought, it was like “oh yeah, this is a romance book so here’s the romance”.

The Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray

The covers for these books are beautiful. Sadly I didn’t enjoy this first book as much. It was kind of spooky and mysterious and I liked how different all these characters were from one another but I couldn’t stand Evie so she’s the reason why I can’t continue with the rest of the series.

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

I was so excited to read this book but it was not what I expected at all. The synopsis was so misleading or maybe the author didn’t know how to execute what the synopsis said, but it was not what it was promised. Yes, Alessandra was determined and she kind of scared me at the beginning but she lost focus of her true goal very fast. I guess I would have enjoyed this one a lot more if I didn’t know what the book was about before reading it.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-García

I was so excited to be reading a book set in my country, Mexico. The setting was great, it did feel like Mexico, what I didn’t like was the fact that I expected this book to be horror. I don’t like that genre, but I was mentally prepared to be scared. I wasn’t scared, but I was grossed out lol. I’m not going to say much because the main reason why this disappointed me has a lot to do with the big plot twist.

And that’s it. They are a few more than I originally thought but I hope this was a fun post to read. I would also like to clarify that just because I didn’t like these books, it doesn’t mean they are bad or that you shouldn’t read them. If any of these catch your attention or has been in your TBR, then go ahead and read it because you never know, it might be a new favorite of yours.

Until the next post!

Happy reading 💙

5 thoughts on “Disappointing books I read in 2020”

  1. Aww, I was kind of sad to see City of Brass on this list, since I really enjoyed it, but I could see how it was confusing and easy to get lost. I have The Shadows Between Us, and I’m hoping to get to it soon, so hopefully I enjoy that one more than you did. But … not everyone is going to love every book.

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