Least Favorite Reads of 2017

It’s the end of the year and time for some recaps. I think this year was my best reading year and I am shocked by that. I enjoyed most of the books I read, with a few exceptions. These books are not books that I hated. I liked some aspect of them. They are just books that I didn’t find as enjoyable as I had hoped. Please understand that I am not bashing these books at all. If you liked them or love them, I’m happy. This is not a reflection of you at all. I’m sure there are some books that I like that you hate. I am merely presenting my perspective on why I didn’t find them as enjoyable.


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My first least favorite read is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I read this book during the summer and it took me about a month to finish. I had to put it down a couple of times because I just couldn’t get into it. I expected so much from this book because of how popular the series is on Twitter, Instagram, and Booktube. I REALLY wanted to like this book. Feyre had all the attributes of an intriguing character. Sometimes, Feyre reminded me so much of Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games series. I wanted to connect with Feyre and the other characters but the writing did not work for me. Feyre was bland and I didn’t want to be inside her head. The plot pacing was really slow and I just couldn’t get into the whole fall in love with your captor thing.


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The second book on this list is also by Sarah J. Maas. This one had potential and I rated it 3.5 stars. I liked Throne of Glass more than A Court of Thorns and Roses. I liked the dynamics between Caelena, Chaol, and Dorian. They seemed like the makings of a great trio. What I didn’t enjoy about this book was that the competition (mentioned in the summary) was secondary to everything else. I was tired of being told Caelena is an assassin who likes pretty dresses. I was into Throne of Glass until I noticed this pattern. I didn’t think it was necessary to emphasize that she’s a feminine assassin to readers. I understood it the first time and did not need it to be repeated. I didn’t care if she was feminine. I wanted Caelena the assassin.  Towards the end, I had a feeling the book was heading towards a love triangle trope and I could not continue with the series. I wish there was more focus on Caelena the assassin.


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The Young Elites was my first Marie Lu book.  I like morally ambiguous characters, but villain origin stories don’t particularly interest me unless the villain is really compelling. From the synopsis, I thought the plot would be focus on recruiting, world building, Adelina discovering her powers, and missions.  The pacing was slow at first, but once it picked up I kind of enjoyed some aspects of it. I even liked a few of the characters. The reason The Young Elites is on this list is because the writing felt off and I never truly became “hooked.” I read Marie Lu’s newest book, Warcross, and I enjoyed so I don’t know how to describe what didn’t work for me with the writing. There was also very little interaction between Adelina and other characters. I would’ve liked to see more dialogue.


So there you have it. Out of 42 books this year, I only had 3 that I didn’t find as enjoyable as the others. Let’s hope 2018 is even better. Have you read any of these books? What were you least favorite reads of 2017? Thanks for reading!

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3 thoughts on “Least Favorite Reads of 2017

  1. I felt so-so about Throne of Glass but then I liked Book 2 and 3. But then the books and the character completely change in Books 4 and 5…. sigh. I thought Throne of Glass would have a long lasting impact on me. Celeana is still my favorite leading female character. I really enjoyed ACOTAR (Beauty and the Beast is my fav) BUT the third book of the series was a bit sloppy in my opinion……. so I don’t know if I can even recommend trying the sequels :X

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    1. Someone on Twitter told me the 2nd book in ACOTAR is really good. I might change my mind in the future about reading the rest of the series. Nothing from the first book made me want to continue though. I’ve heard similar things about ToG from people on Booktube and Instagram.

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