Literature · Novels and Novellas

Top 5 Worst Books of 2016

I didn’t read that many bad books in 2016. I try to only read books I have a good feeling I’m going to enjoy. Struggling through a bad book isn’t something I have the patience for these days. With that said the a few of the following books aren’t really “the worst” more like “disappointing” instead.

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Wide Sargasso Sea is probably the worst book I read in 2016. The more I think about it, the more I dislike it. At this point I’d probably downgrade it to one star. Really, it does very little with its premise and its source material (Jane Eyre). In the end, it’s overdramatic and unfulfilling. Someone else should tell the madwoman in the attic’s story. Full Review.

Jasmine by Bharati Mukherjee

This is a novel that starts out good but then becomes very soap opera-like. I wouldn’t have a problem with that except it fails to be entertaining enough. Maybe if the story was written in a more coherent structure I might have liked it more but it isn’t it’s told in a fragmented way that just didn’t work for me.

The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancy
curse of the wendigo

A very disappointing book since the first novel was so amazing. Sure, it has its shocking moments but I don’t like the character development of the main characters. I don’t like the direction the relationship of the two mains went and hate that Dr. Warthrop had some lame love interest.

A Nightmare on Clown Street by R.L Stine
a nightmare on clown street

I read this out of nostalgia. I must face the fact the goosebumps books just don’t hold up because this book was dumb beyond belief. Almost incomprehensibly dumb.

Alice by Christina Henry

This book is not bad or the “worst” , in many ways it is a very good read. But for me it could have done more. The pieces are there but in the end the book just doesn’t do anything great. Full Review.

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