2019 Wrap Up | The Most Disappointing Books I Read in 2019

Hello, fellow readers! I am continuing my 2019 Wrap Up today with the most disappointing books I read in 2019. This list will include books I was looking forward to in 2019 that missed the mark for me. This list is not the same as the worst books I read in 2019, but you will see a few repeats on that list when I post it! As usual, if you see one of your favorites on this list, please remember that everyone is entitled to an opinion please be kind when leaving comments.


In the Tall Grass by Stephen King and Joe Hill

I read this novella in January after learning about the upcoming Netflix adaptation. There was not enough explanation to satisfy me and there were some very weird, gross, and unnecessary events in the story. Unfortunately, that scene made it in to the movie, but it was very vague and not super obvious what was going on.

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

I had heard very mixed things about the sequel to You, which I absolutely loved in 2018. I finally took the plunge and decided to try this book, but everything I loved about You was left out of the sequel. Joe became a very different person and I hated it so much.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I bought the Six of Crows duology during a BookOutlet sale in 2018, but I had heard you need to read the Grisha trilogy before the duology. I had the hardest time getting in to this book. I do want to continue the series in 2020, but if the second book isn’t better, I may just go on to Six of Crows.

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

This book was one of my most anticipated books of 2018, so I was excited to finally get my hands on a copy. I would say this is the most disappointing book I read this year. The plot was too hard to follow and by the last 100 pages, I just didn’t care what happened to anyone anymore.

The Whisper Man by Alex North

I was super hyped for The Whisper Man. The book was not even on my radar until right before its release date. Reviews were calling it super creepy and suspenseful, but this book was not scary at all. As a matter of fact, I would categorize it as a detective/crime drama because it focuses more on the investigation aspect of the story.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient blew up after its release in early 2019, but I put off reading it until the end of the year. I still don’t get the hype around this “thriller.” I kept hearing about the mind-blowing twist ending, but honestly, it was not that impressive. I found this quite dull and would not have finished it if I had not been listening to the audiobook.


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