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Most Disappointing Books I Read In 2022

January 4th, 2023

Hi Readers!

2022 was an amazing reading year for me with a record 41 books getting a four star rating from me. But there were still a select few that really disappointed and those are the books I’m going to be talking about today.

In 2022 only one books got one star from me, and that was right at the end in December. But nine books got 2 stars. So here are the ten books I rated two stars or below.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

This was a reread and really wasn’t a surprise that I didn’t enjoy it my second time around. But I was in the mood to read some romance and absolutely every list I looked at recommended this book, so I felt the need to give it a second chance. Maybe I wasn’t in the mood the first time around, maybe I didn’t give it a fair chance.

Nope. This book and I just do not get along. I also watched the movie recently and whilst it was slightly more enjoyable I can’t say I would ever watch it again. For me, these two characters have zero chemistry and there are some moments between them that just made me uncomfortable.

I’m sorry if you love this book. I know it’s very popular. I just don’t get it.

Full Review

The House In The Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

This one was a blow because it was also one of my most anticipated reads. I had wanted to read this for so long and finally my library got some copies in and I got my hands on it, and I barely enjoyed a second of it.

It was all just a bit much. Too sugary, too rosey. I don’t remember much of the writing but I remember it was filled with inspirational quotes that felt like Klune had written down seperately and then sprinkled throughout the book, squeezing them in wherever he could. I just ended up not really being my thing.

Full Review

Grown Ups by Marian Keyes

This book started off so well. I was so intrigued by this cast of characters with their complex relationships. But boy did it drag and there were a few times when I felt like DNFing it. In the end I percervered and I still don’t know whether it was worth it.

I still haven’t picked up anything else by Keyes but I do sometimes feel tempted to as she is so popular, and I’d love to love her too!

The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton

I read this book because it was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and it was one of the books on the list that most excited me. The premise and format reminded me of Daisy Jones. I’m sure you’ve all seen the comparisons if you’ve heard of this book before. Most people prefer one or the other, I prefered Daisy Jones. This I just found forgettable.

Full Review

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Yep, most people will have this book on their best books of the year list. It’s on my most disappointing. And I probably won’t pick up another book by Hoover again. I just find her books are too hyped up for me to really enjoy them whic may be unfair but I can’t shake that thought.

A Lady’s Guide To Fortune Hunting by Sophie Irwin

I don’t request many books on Netgalley anymore, but this one really caught my attention and I couldn’t not give it a try as it sounded like something I would enjoy. But unfortunately it had such a lackluster romance that I could barely bring myself to finish it. It’s a shame because it had the foundations for a great story.

Full Review

Bunny by Mona Awad

I feel like I don’t really need to explain myself here. This book is pure marmite. Some people love it, some people just don’t get it. I’m one of them. I was disappointed I didn’t get it but, yeah, I did leave it thinking ‘wtf have I just read?’

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

This one hurts because I love Richard Osman, but I hated this book. Their was just too many characters, too many POV’s, too many plot diversions. The chapters were too short that I never felt the book flowed and I lost complete interest in the mystery by the time we got to the finish. I probably won’t read any of the other books in this series.

Full Review

The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan

This was the first Christmas book I read this year and it was such a bad start that I almost declared I would never read another festive romance again. Thankfully afterwards I read The Holiday Swap which was good enough to make me take that back. But this was really disappointing, especially the romance aspect of it.

The Christmas Murder Game by Alexandra Benedict

Finally, one of the last books I read in 2022 and it ended up being the only one star read I gave this year. Boy was this bad. My Nan had read this and then lent it to me full of praise and i loved the idea that there was a game in a book and it was set at Christmas. But the revolutions were so tropey and overdone, the characters were so flat and one dimentional, and I couldn’t find a single annogram. I did not enjoy reading this book.

Full Review

Again, so sorry if one of your favourite books was here. Have you read any of these books? Also, what was your most disappointing book of 2022?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X


5 thoughts on “Most Disappointing Books I Read In 2022

  1. A lot of these don’t surprise me but I am a little disappointed about The Christmas Murder Game, it sounded so interesting. Shame you didn’t enjoy them more.
    I think my most disappointing read was ‘All These Bodies’ by Kendare Blake. I expected so much more from it.
    Thanks for sharing!

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