Following Jo’s request, I will present the books that disappointed me this year.
The Heart Goes Last, by Margeret Atwood
Such a pretty book, such a huge disappointment… The book start with a great idea: homeless people are offered jobs and houses, but they have to stay every other month in prison. It is an experiment to show that if everyone in a city spends half their time in prison, there will be no crime. Then the book becomes totally stupid… I wrote more here.
Audition, by Ruy Murakami
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
I am sorry, but I got bored… I know it is a very important book and it is about a topic that interests me a lot. But the writing style did not agree with me. I did not find it bad or anything, but I expected more. I got lost in his writing, I prefer more precise writing and making specific points. More about it here. Read Americanah better.
The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, edited by Hope Nicholson
Many short stories by female writers or artists… I liked the most of comics parts and some of the stories, but generally I was disappointed. More about it here.
Tokyo Year Zero, by David Peace
Nope, just nope! I am sure many people will find his writing style amazing. But I found it very tiring and complex. I love Japan, so I thought I would love this book. But nope. More here.
Letter from Odessa, by George Saris
She is one of my beloved childhood authors, so I was very disappointed with this book. I found it very sexist and old-fashioned, not like her at all. More about it here.
That was it!
Of course everyone has a different taste, this was just my opinion about some books, it does not mean they are objectively bad (although I can’t imagine how some of them could be considered good). Also the mood you have or the environment can be important factors on your opinion about a book.
This is certainly a very important factor. For example I read The Gunslinger (Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King while on a big trip and I did not enjoy it as much as I would if I read it in my own house. And always I don’t enjoy that much the first books of the readathons, because I feel I have so much to read and I should be fast. So mood is important always!