Worst/Disappointing Books of 2020

Hi everyone, hope you are doing well. I thought for today I would let you know some of my worst books for 2020. 2020 was a relatively good reading year for me, so I don’t really have that many worst books. But I do have a couple that I thought it might be fun to talk about.

These are in no particular order, they are just the order that they came to me. All of my opinions are my own, and I know that some of these books may be other peoples favourites.

Without further ado, here are some of my worst/most disappointing books of 2020.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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I had heard some fantastic things heading into this book, and I thought it would be something that I would love. But I was thoroughly disappointed with it. I wanted so much more from the characters and the plot because I felt a story there to tell. I particularly found the main character extremely annoying, which really detracted away from the story for me. I will not be carrying on with the series, and I don’t think that Mackenzi Lee will be an author I will be reading from in the future.

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

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I thought that I would love This Mortal Coil as it sounds like everything that I love from the dystopian books that I read. I liked the sound of the concept, and the science behind it made sense to me. But I didn’t enjoy it, to me, it felt very disjointed, and I didn’t feel anything for the characters. I very much am a character driven reader, so I think this is why I didn’t like it. I wanted so much more that I just didn’t get.


Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

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Murder Most Unladylike was the Middle Grade Monthly pick for June, and I know that lots of people love the series. But I had some very big issues with it. The relationship between Daisy and Hazel was toxic, and I couldn’t get past it. I also didn’t like the setting, because I found myself forgetting the time period that the book was setting because it felt very modern compared to what it was meant to be. The books later in the series may get better, but I don’t think I will be reading them.

Supernova by Marissa Meyer

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Supernova by Marissa Meyer was a book that really disappointed me. I loved the first two books in the series, but Supernova let me down. I had all these ideas about how the series was going to end, and I was disappointed. I didn’t feel as connected to the characters as I wanted, and the ending felt very quick for the groundwork that had already been done. I’m sure I will pick up another Marissa Meyer book in the future, but they will not be as high up my priority list.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was a book that I had had on my TBR for several months, and I finally got round to reading it in 2020. I expected more from the story and didn’t feel invested what happened to the characters. I was also able to guess the plot twists chapters before they happened. So I don’t think I’ll be reading another Michelle Hodkin book.



I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman

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I had really high hopes for I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman, but it didn’t hit the mark for me. I wanted more from the story and didn’t believe in the plot. I found the main character to be slightly annoying and only thought about herself. I also wasn’t a massive fan of Alice Oseman’s writing style, which did detract from my enjoyment. I think I will probably stick to Alice Oseman’s graphic novels rather than her books.


Defy Me by Taherah Mafi

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I enjoyed the first three books in the Shatter Me series, but they have gone downhill from then for me. I felt like the second trilogy didn’t need to be written as it ended with a perfect ending. I felt like there was some real character regression, and the plot felt all over the place. I will be DNFing the series because I don’t think I can put myself through the final book.



Fence by C. S. Pacat

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I usually love the graphic novels that I read, but Fence didn’t hit the mark for me. I found myself getting really confused by the plot and didn’t feel any connection to the characters. I also felt like the plot was quite messy and didn’t progress as much as I wanted it to in the time. I will probably give the second volume a go to see if I like it any more.



The 100 by Kass Morgan

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The 100 wasn’t one of my worst books, but I was disappointed with it. I liked three of the POV’s, but the fourth let me down, and it brought down my reading experience. I think it may have been because this was the only POV on the spaceship rather than the ground. I will definitely be trying the sequel to see if I like it a bit more.



There you have it, some of my worst/disappointing books of 2020. Some of the authors I will be trying again, but some I will not. It all just depends on the concepts that they come up with next. Tomorrow I have my best books of 2020 coming out, so do keep an eye out for that.

9 thoughts on “Worst/Disappointing Books of 2020

  1. Finally! Everyone I know loves the Shatter Me series, and I don’t! Even my non reader friend likes Shatter Me 😭😭 I haven’t read Defy Me, since I dnfed it earlier on, so I’m glad I did now.

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      1. Yes! I think it was the writing that I didn’t like, and the insta love at the beginning. Which is odd since I do love the author’s other works- A Very Large Large Expanse of Sea is one of my absolute favourites πŸ˜…

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