My Least Favorite Books Of 2017

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.
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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.

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Everything, Everything

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.

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Love Louder

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.

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Odd Birds

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.
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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?

32 Comments

  1. I feel a bit smug and victorious because of the 71 books I read last year, none of these wasted my time! (I read my own share of stinkers, though.)

  2. I never even thought about the books I disliked last year. I’ve *finally* given myself permission NOT to finish a book that’s irritating or dull. (There’s a stack of them waiting to be recycled!) I do appreciate your input – if I come across them, I’m going to keep on going!

  3. Thanks for this review! The only book on this list that I have read is Love Louder, and I completely agree that it fell short. Will not be adding the others to my reading list!

  4. This is a fun departure from the normal favorites lists! I haven’t read any of these, but the worst book I’ve read in a long time was Lolita. Ugh!

  5. What a great concept – we always hear about why books are great – but they aren’t all great! My two biggest pet peeves are self-help books that don’t actually give any concrete methods to work on yourself and just basically wax on about why you need to and novels with weak endings – don’t make me read the whole book if you’re just going to flake out at the end!! My most recent book that disappointed was Love In a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly. The story was fine right up until the end. The ending was just so sudden and quick that it didn’t work! Disappointing for sure!

  6. I haven’t read any if these — and now I don’t want to. Lol. I haven’t read a stinker in a long time — this us due to the decision I made to stop reading something if I am finding it horrible — my too be read pile is just too big to waste time on a stinker

  7. I have heard mixed reviews about these books but I’m happy I never read them. I just bought, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, pretty interesting book 🙂

  8. I’m so glad you shared this! No one ever shares the “meh” kind of books. I’ve had a few of these on my list, but I think I’m going to switch it up now. Thanks!

  9. Urgh I hate it when you have such high hopes for a book and then it lets you down! Kudos to finishing it though, I always try my best but end up giving up half way which probably is such a faux-pas!

  10. I love that you were honest in your reviews! I made a rule with myself that, if after the first 60-100 pages of a book, if I’m not IN LOVE or interested…I stop reading it. Even if people say that it’s a good book or a MUST read, books are kinda like people. Sometimes they just don’t vibe with you!

  11. Usually, I don’t finish books that I didn’t like or didn’t catch my attention enough. Some of the books that I hated are Fifty shades of gray (I began reading it and I couldn’t finish, it was badly written and the story too silly) and Harry Potter and the cursed child (I’m a big Harry Potter fan and this was a big disappointment). I wish I could ask for my money back 😛

  12. Really a great and audience friendly post! Thank you for the heads up on those! My mom and I share books (usually historical fiction or suspense) and sometimes there is a bad apple and its such a disappointment! this is a brilliant idea!

  13. This is a great post idea. Normally I see posts talking about best books but this one really helps people who are so choosy about selecting their books. Knowing this list, they can e careful on choosing their books and not waste their time.

  14. i actually haven’t read these although a few of them are in my que. Interesting perspective I’ll have to keep in mind!

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