Top Ten Tuesday: Disappointied

Top Ten Tuesday


Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme, Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.   This week they ask us to share:

January 26: Freebie Week! Pick a topic near and dear to your heart! Something you wished was on our official list!

So often these list focus on what books we love, and that is a great way to stay positive and encourage others to give those books we cherish a shot too.  This week I have decided to go negative…kinda. Going back through my read shelf on Goodreads I was looking for some pattern to inspire this week’s freebie list and I was getting nothing.  A big fat zero for ideas.  Thought about picking ten books outside my normal reading taste, but that didn’t work because I tend to not push myself very far out of my comfort zone very often.  While looking for those strays from norm books I realized that most of the time I don’t read outside my favorite genres very often is because most of the time I just end up disappointed or frustrated in the book and it reinforces my desire to stay in my safe little reading bubble.  So this week I’ve decided to pick ten books that disappointed me last year.  To be on the list it must have received two or fewer stars.  Shall we begin.

Ten books that disappointed me in 2015

  1. Instinct (Chronicles of Nick, #6)  What?!  How can this be?  Isn’t this your absolute favorite author.  Yes.  Yes she is and I was disappointed with last year’s release from the Chronicles of Nick series.  It doesn’t happen often, but occasionally even my favorite author writes something that just doesn’t click with me.  Now being it is my favorite author I am still looking forward to this year’s release in this series, I don’t let one ‘bad’ book stop me from trying her again.  A new-to-me author, well that’s a different story…
  2. Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire (Love at Stake, #16)  Again another author and series I adore.  This was particularly disappointing because it was also the end of the series.  Not as infuriating as the end of the Sookie Stackhouse series, but still this book made it much easier to let this world go.  It’s time.
  3. Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2) This one and possible another I put on this list to my own peril.  I’m sorry, but Jim Butcher just doesn’t work for me.  His main character was SO annoying I couldn’t even bring myself to finish the second book.  Don’t hate me, and there is no need to sharpen those pitch forks or light the torches.
  4. The Veil (Devil's Isle, #1) This one simply surprised me in how much I struggled with the book.  I love Ms. Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires, but I just couldn’t get into this world.  Of course I struggled with the first four books of the other series, so perhaps I should have given a few more pages to impress me… I DNF the title because I simply do not need another series I’m not super excited for.  Can’t win them all…  Still I’m looking forward to the next Chicagoland Vampire book which I have waiting for me over at Net Galley!
  5. The Rook (The Checquy Files, #1) I heard so much hype about this book.  I tried.  I really did, 250 pages of trying before I threw in the towel.  It was a case of an author who thought he was farm more clever than he really was.
  6. The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1) I so wanted to love this one.  While I did finish the story I was disappointed that it just didn’t work for me.  I think this one may have fallen victim to my waning interest in YA book in general.  I tried, not going to continue and not going to watch the movie.  I’ve moved on.
  7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) Okay I can hear you all now.  WHAT!?  You didn’t like Harry Potter!  How could you?  We are revoking your bookish license and sentencing you to a life of weeding non-fiction books.  Calm down.  First of all I didn’t hate Harry Potter.  I just didn’t like it as much the second time as I did the first.  Okay.  I’ve read all the book maybe 20 years ago now… I’ve moved on and reading about students in primary school, granted it was a very cool primary school, is just something I can’t relate to anymore.  Instead of tarnishing my fond memories of the story I’ve decided not to revisit the world.  Granted with the passing of Alan Rickman I’ve been feeling particularly nostalgic for Potter, but perhaps it is best to quench that thirst by re-watching the movies.
  8. The Returned, Part III (Star Trek: New Frontier)  This book is on the list simply because it was the end of a three book run that just did not live up to the first two in the trilogy.  It was almost as if the author wanted to be done and didn’t give a damn anymore.  If the author doesn’t care than why should the reader.  I had higher hopes for this one and felt let down by the end…
  9. The Registry Okay with this one I knew what I was getting into when I started the book.  One of my challenge requirements last year was for a book with bad reviews.  This is what I came up with.  You know what they were right and I’m glad I listened to this one instead of struggling with the print version.  Of course now I can barely remember what the story was about beyond the fact that I didn’t like it.  Do any of you experience that?  I’m finding I have a lower retention rate for the story when I listen to it versus when I read it.  Maybe that’s why I’m not very fond of audio books.
  10. The Martian Chronicles Okay another audio book… I had to go and re-read my review to remember why I didn’t like this one.  Basically it boils down to I was expecting more and quite often ‘classics’ just don’t work for me.


Well there is my list this freebie week.  What books were you disappointed in last year?


11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Disappointied

  1. I’m glad I wasn’t the only one that was disappointed with The Fifth Wave! I liked the first part, but the romance scenes were just plain annoying.


  2. I wasn’t disappointed last year but I was disappointed a week ago…lol. I tried to read Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez because I LOVE her but I didn’t realize the book was written for children (ebooks from the library). It was bad enough that the writing was basic (silly me it was originally intended for 5th graders) but the protagonist was shallow and undeveloped and an annoying little pain in the butt.


    1. It was just strange, and I couldn’t connect with the lead character. Also what the hell is with that name. I understand wanting something unique, but you don’t have to go that far off center.

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