Welcome back to Birdie's Books! After a long hiatus I'm back with a new post! I've been seeing a lot of people talk about their favourite and least favourite books of the year and I've enjoyed doing this in the past so I'm bringing it back to this blog for this year. I wanted to start off with my least favourites to rip off the Band-Aid, if you will. I want to put it out there that if you enjoyed these books I've listed I'm in no way trying to belittle you or insult you. I'm just sharing my personal opinion and am in no way trying to be mean. I also want to let it be known that these are in no particular order. Here we go!
1. The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
I read this in the very beginning of 2016 and was my first 1 star book of the year. I think I might just name this my least favourite book of the year. I just didn't like the writing at all and I was so confused as to the origins of this world and how anything made sense. I was constantly confused and I thought a lot of what happened was so dumb. Ok, rant over. If you want to see more of my thoughts, I'll leave my review here.
2. That Boy by Jillian Dodd
Another book I didn't like because of the writing. I think that's going to be a theme here. The writing was just so frustrating and pointless. I was looking for a cheesy romance to read when I was feeling sad and couldn't even have that! The back and forth between the love triangle just got so tiring and again...THE WRITING. My gosh, I remember this one part so vividly because it was the biggest wtf moment I've ever had while reading a book: there was literally a good page of her talking about the history of beanpoles and what a beanpole is. I digress. Here's my review.
3. Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay
I was so excited to read this book because I've seen so many positive reviews and I was so ready to read a Sleeping Beauty retelling but boyyy was I disappointed. Another book where, guess what, the writing was so slow and boring. I honestly skim read so much of this book, which is something I rarely do, because I literally could not keep my eyes open while reading this. The characters are on a long journey for the majority of this book and I just couldn't take the constant descriptions of landscapes. Sure, it adds to the world, but after 20+ pages of description I think I get the picture. There was also little to no world building which I found made the story extremely confusing. I have a Goodreads review that I'll leave here if you're interested.
4. Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins
This is a least favourite for me of this year because I just found it so disappointing. It felt more like the author was trying to get the series over with and get a conclusion out there rather than completely wrap up the story. Everything was a little bit rushed and didn't have the same feel as the first few books. I loved the first one so much; it definitely started the series out with a bang. But sadly, the sequels weren't able to meet the high standard. The humor and action that I loved in the first book just felt muted in this one. Another Goodreads review of mine.
5. Run by Kody Keplinger
I was highly anticipating this book because I loved the DUFF by the same author. I enjoyed getting to see from the perspective of someone who was legally blind and that the two P.O.Vs took place at different times but again, the writing. I just didn't find myself getting attached to the characters much and never found myself really getting into the story. I found both the main protagonists to be so immature and rude to both their parents, and to each other. The ending had me fuming. The only character I liked was Colt. Sweet cinnamon roll I wish we got more of him. I have a more in-depth review if you're interested in reading more of my thoughts.
Welllll are you in for an angry rant? I picked this book up because my friend was reading it and I wanted to give it a try too. Let me tell you, after reading this book, I am so done with the girl-has-to-decide-between-two-brothers trope. This book had me frustrated to no end. Patrick was so snotty and just plain mean to Molly for the whole book I couldn't take it. And Molly kept going back and forth between Gabe and him for the whole book. The whole situation was just toxic and I couldn't stand any of it. Molly should've just moved on from that family completely and lived her own life. I couldn't stand that she was so impulsive and didn't think through any of her actions. The only thing I really liked about this book (and was what made me give it an extra star) was Molly's relationship with Pen and her kids. These scenes were my favourite scenes in the whole book. You can find my review on my blog here.
Alright, so that's about it. Out of 83 books there were only 6 I didn't like, not too shabby. Like I said before, if you liked these books I have absolutely nothing against you, every one has their own opinion. I hope you guys had an amazing Christmas and I'll hopefully have another post up soon.
Thanks for reading!
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