DISAPPOINTING BOOKS OF 2020

Hollis here. Despite the title, this isn’t a post where we plan to poo-poo on authors who have disapponted us. It’s more to be reflective on the books we were initially anticipating or desperate for.. and how they fared in execution vs expectation. Also please know that if any of these books, or authors, are your favourites, that’s great! Every reading experience is different.

Worth noting is some of these books might have been three stars. But if we expected it to be a five, it’s kind of disappointing to only like, not love, it. Please bear that in mind. Disappointment doesn’t mean hate; but there might be some on those in this list, too. And so with that disclaimer out of the way..

In order of publication, here are the books that disappointed us in 2020 :

Infinity Son by Adam Silvera — January 14, 2020
Only Most Devastated by Sophie Gonzales — March 3, 2020 (Hollis only)
Docile by K.M. Szpara — March 3, 2020
The Rich Boy by Kylie Scott — March 9, 2020
A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourne — March 10, 2020
The Honey-Don’t List by Christin Lauren — March 24, 2020 (Hollis only)
The Switch by Beth O’Leary — April 16, 2020
The Girl And The Stars by Mark Lawrence — April 30, 2020
Q by Christina Dalcher — May 4, 2020
Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn — May 5, 2020
The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper — May 14, 2020
Conventionally Yours by Annabeth Albert — June 2, 2020
Again Again by E. Lockhart — June 2, 2020
Dragon Unleashed by Grace Draven — June 9, 2020
The Dare by Elle Kennedy — June 16, 2020
Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall — July 7, 2020 (Hollis only)
The Damned by Renée Ahdieh — July 7, 2020 (Hollis only)
Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston — August 4, 2020 (Hollis only)
You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daris — August 4, 2020
Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar — August 11, 2020
Here Is The Beehive by Sarah Crossan – August 20, 2020
Better Than People by Roan Parrish — August 25, 2020
A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dumore — September 1, 2020 (Hollis only)
Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin — September 1, 2020
The Roommate by Rosie Danan — September 15, 2020
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke — September 15, 2020
Well Played by Jen DeLuca — September 22, 2020
All This Time by Mikki Daughtrey & Rachel Lippincott — September 29, 2020
In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren — October 6, 2020
Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer — November 3, 2020

While this looks fairly intense when you pit it against our total books read for the year — for Micky (232) and Hollis (235) — it’s not actually that bad! Do you have a list of any disappointments, say top five? Let us know in the comments!

MONTHLY WRAP UP – DECEMBER 2020

To close out each month, we’ll be posting a break down of everything we reviewed, beginning with the reads we loved.. and ending with the reads we didn’t. Not only does this compile all our reviews in one handy summary for you to peruse, or catch up on, it also gives us an interesting birds eye view of the month and our reads. And maybe, even, our moods.


☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ star reads

Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor — see Hollis’ review here
Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier — see Micky’s review here

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ star reads

Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor — see Hollis’ review here
Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor — see Hollis’ review here
Every Last Secret by A.R. Torre — see Micky’s review here
The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan — see Hollis’ review here
Starbreaker by Amanda Bouchet — see Micky’s review here
Heartstopper Volume 1 by Alice Oseman — see Hollis’ review here
Heartstopper Volume 2 by Alice Oseman — see Hollis’ review here
Heartstopper Volume 3 by Alice Oseman — see Hollis’ review here
A Virgin River Christmas by Robyn Carr — see Micky’s review here
The Office Party by Whitney G — see Micky’s review here
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden — see Hollis’ review here
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden — see Hollis’ review here
The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden — see Hollis’ review here

☆ ☆ ☆ star reads

Brambles by Intisar Khanani — see Micky’s review here
Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera — see Micky’s review here
The Sugared Game by KJ Charles — see Hollis’ review here
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas — see Hollis’ review here
A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova — see Micky’s review here

☆ ☆ star reads

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab — see Hollis’ review here
Love in Lockdown by Chloe James — see Micky’s review here
Layla by Colleen Hoover — see Micky’s review here

star reads

u n r a t e d

DNF


additional reads not reviewed for blog : too many that Micky’s lost count
total reads by Micky : 10 on the blog, about 18 in reality
favourite read of the month : Daughter of the Forest
least favourite read of the month : Layla
most read genre : contemporary

total reviews by Hollis : thirteen
favourite read of the month : all my rereads!
least favourite read of the month : The Near Witch
most read genre : fantasy/urban fantasy