worst books read 2017

The 10 Worst Books I Read in 2017

Us bloggers always do our “top books of 2017” posts (see mine here!), but deep down we all know that there’s  nothing more we love than some good trash-talking. So here I’ll leave you with the worst books I read in 2017.

10. DNF: The Saturday Evening Girl’s Club

the saturday evening girls club

This book was just UGH. I really am not a fan of chick lit, and this was grocery-store chick lit to the extreme. It bored the crap out of me, and it majorly annoyed me that a book taking place in 1908 was using a modern-day dialect.

9. DNF: Roseblood

RoseBlood AG Howard

I really wanted to like this Phantom of the Opera retelling, but alas, it was not for me. It was way too weird and way too confusing. You can see my thoughts while reading this book and reasons for DNF-ing this one here.

8. DNF: Carnivalesque

carnivalesque neil jordan
I didn’t get very far into this one before I had to DNF it (which is too bad, because it seemed BA). This one didn’t have much wrong with it necessarily. I just wasn’t for me. See my review here.

7. 2.5 stars: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr penumbra's 24-hour bookstore

You know, this one wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t that exciting for me. See my review here.

6. 2 stars: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

the watchmaker of filigree street

This book is a combination of a bunch of things I don’t like.  A LOT of people loved this book, but it definitely wasn’t a me-book. See my review here.

5. 2 stars: Unicorn Tracks

MAN I wanted to like this one. Sadly, it was pretty meh. See all the reasons why I didn’t like it here.

4. 2 stars: A Strange Companion

a strange companion

Another sort of chick-lit type book (this one helped me to realize I don’t like chinsy chick-lit). There was a lot of implausible things in this story, and I really didn’t like the main character. See my review here.

3. 2 stars: The Crowns of Croswald

crowns of croswald

This one had a lot of potential, but it just fell kind of flat. I do maintain that I think kids would love it! See my review here.

2. 1.5 stars: Artemis

artemis andy weir

One word: DISAPPOINTING (AF). Good god this was a let-down afterThe Martian. See all the reasons why here.

And the worst book of the year was…

1. 1 star: The Graces

the graces laure eve

LOL. This book was so bad it makes me chuckle every time I think about it. I’ll spare you all the details here, but I do invite you to read my GIF review here if you’d like an elaboration on why I did NOT like this book.


What was one of the the worst books you read in 2017?

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    1. Hahaha, I mean you never know if you’ll love a book someone hates BUT yeah I definitely wouldn’t recommend any of these…

  1. Yes trash-talking! lol I have to also agree with Penumbra’s. It was okay but nothing special. And Artemis! Nice to see a little more measured response since I’ve seen a few raves. It just doesn’t appeal to me much even though it’s sci fi.
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  2. I also DNFd Roseblood, it was terrible. As well, I DNFd Wintersong and the Selection. And Throne of Glass was definitely my most disappointing of the year. Everyone else seems to love it and I hated it.

  3. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who felt the need to post a list like this. We read so many good books, but can we talk about the bad ones for a sec? Yes please.

    ROSEBLOOD: This is on my TBR because I got it in an OwlCrate and I am DREADING it. Splintered, also by A.G. Howard, was on my 2017 #Nope list. Was it filled with blooding heroes and a heroine who was floppy and useless?

    MR. PENUMBRA: I found this one underwhelming as well. I sort of want to go back and re-read it now with the knowledge that nothing exciting happens at the end. I’d be more forgiving if it was a series, but as far as I know, it isn’t.

    ARTEMIS: I am trying so hard not to compare this one to The Martian and I haven’t even read it yet. So nervous.

    As for the other books, I have no opinion because they aren’t really too heavily on my radar… though given this, I imagine they’ll stay that way!
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    1. Hahahah I loved your break down. I got Roseblood in my Owlcrate, too. My recommndation? Don’t rush into it XD I like your idea of re-reading Mr. Penumbra knowing it has an underwhelming ending, because I definitely expected something more epic! As far as Artemis goes, there are some people who have been enjoying it…. so maybe you’ll be one of those? I’ll cross my fingers for ya! XD

    1. I think I was set up to find Mr. Penumbra’s mediocre. I had seen some references to it being kind of like Ready Player One (one of my all-time favorites)…. which it’s not really at all, so that didn’t help its case much!