Hello, fellow readers! Admittedly, this list is going to be short and sweet, but I consider that a good thing! I read a lot of disappointing books in 2019, but there were very few that I just did hated. Some of the books on this list even earned a three star rating from me, but only because I recognize that it was not for me or did not live up to my expectations.
Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
It is as bad as everyone says, but I had to find out for myself. Kepnes basically takes everything you loved about You and throws it out the window. Save yourself the trouble and skip this one.
Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus
Plenty of people loved this one, but I thought it was messy and not suspenseful at all. As a matter of fact, I had to look at my old review to see what I even said about this book because it was that forgettable.
Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
This book exploded on bookstagram over the summer, and I just had to see what the fuss was about. First of all, it is really steamy but also cringe-y at times. I didn’t like the side plot that was there simply to open up the possible sequel (it’s happening). My biggest pet peeve was for the overuse of the pet name “baby girl.”
The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani
This book is only 200 or so pages, but it was such a chore to read! It started off really great for the first 50 pages, and then suddenly the book feels more like a character study than a story.
A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman
This book is marketed as horror, but it was far from it. The story focuses more on first love between two teens than it does the mysterious house at the bottom of the lake. It was another short book that felt like a chore to read.
This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher
This is the book that pretty much solidified my belief that YA thrillers are not for me. This Lie Will Kill You is marketed as Clue meets Riverdale, which sounded really interesting. I love games in mystery/thriller books, especially in isolated settings. Unfortunately, this one missed the mark for me, as it was too easy to figure out and focused more on teen angst than the mystery.
What were some of the worst books you read in 2019? Let me know in the comments!