I am always raving about my favorite books and often times it can be hard to pick which ones stand out above the rest. Occasionally I will read a book that just falls flat. I had high hopes for all of these books, but these are my least favorite books that I read in 2017. I’ll start with the “best” to the worst.
Radical Self Love
This book seemed to have a lot going for it. It’s about a topic that I really love, which is probably why I am so hard on it. I’ve read many books that are similar to this one, that just do it better. While there are some ideas that are specific to this book, most of of it felt like a watered down version of books I like a lot more.
I really did enjoy this book to an extent. I had fun reading it and the main character was relatively likable. My issue with this book was the end. I am not going to give any spoilers, but let’s just say that I felt like I had wasted my time reading such a silly story.
Similarly with the “Radical Self Love,” this felt like a happiness book for dummies. While the content was generally decent, it felt a little too simple to have any lasting impact. In fact, I’m having a hard time critiquing it because I’ve mostly forgotten about it.
Oh, Ian Harding. My little teenage heart fell in love with this man from Pretty Little Liars, so naturally I was really excited to read his book. He documents his love for bird watching with a few other stories sprinkled in. While a few parts were touching, the majority of the book was a snooze fest. A book about bird watching: it’s about as exciting as it sounds.
My Seinfeld Year
I HATED this book. It is probably the only book that I feel that strongly against on this list. Everything about it annoyed me. The author is a common guest star on TV shows that you would most likely recognize. He has a few lines here and there on just about everything. In “My Seinfeld Year,” he talks about his year as a writer for the sitcom Seinfeld. Anyone who knows me, know that this is my favorite series of all time. The more I read, the more I realized that this book was nothing more than the author bashing the set and crew. He detailed every unfortunate communication he had while working on the show, and it honestly pissed me off. Working in the film industry, I know stress levels can get very high. Rather than step up to the plate, he seemed to find endless things to complain about. I found it unnecessary for him to drag names in the mud just to sell a book.
Have you read any of these? What was your take on them? What are some of the worst books you’ve ever read?