2018 Reads I Didn’t Like #Project14Lists

2018 Reads I Didn’t Like #Project14Lists

What is #Project14Lists? Check out the details here! This is list number 4 and Day 4!

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Unfortunately, not every book can be loved. Even if other people love a book, it is impossible for every reader to love it too. But the good news is that we don’t have to take it personal if a person hates the book you love. Some of my most hated books are beloved by  some of my best friends, and thats ok!

So here are my biggest disappoints of 2018. Be warned that there are some very popular and loved books in this list.

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  1. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
    • The writing style killed it for me. I kept getting lost and my mind would wander frequently. It was an easy decision not to pick up the second book. Watch my video review here.
  2. My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
    • This book was not what I thought it was about. I was expecting a really cool ghost story but what I got was a cheesy story of friendship.
  3. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  4. The Oracle Year by Charles Soule
    • The summary drew me in but the story was bland and did not draw me in enough to want to see what would happen.
  5. The Rules Magic
    • What the hell is the point of this book? I got well over half way through and was still waiting for a climax to happen. I did listen to this on audiobook so maybe that had something to do with it but it just wasn’t exciting enough to keep me intrigued.
  6. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
    • I know it is an origin story but I felt like the characters decent into “evil” was way too rapid and quick which made it not believable.
  7. City of Bones by Cassandra Claire
    • I was kind of digging it for what it was up until the twist at the end. Absolutely a hard line for me. I don’t know why the author made “the thing” an entire plot line for the series. YUCK. Here is my video ranting about this book.
  8. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
    • The insta-love killed it for me. They both obviously love each other but they each seem oblivious to how the other feels about them. It was eye roll-y and predictable. The main character did make me laugh and I can appreciate the neuro diversity!
  9. Circe by Madeline Miller
    • This read more like an epic. The time line was too huge for me to really care what was happening. It was interesting but I don’t think it was executed very well. The ending was bizarre as it wasn’t really concluded fully.
  10. Looking for Alaska by John Green
    • I don’t even know why this is a book. I could go my whole life without reading this and not feel like anything is missing. I don’t think I am a YA contemporary fan because this was DRAGGED. I couldn;t figure out why I was supposed to care about a teenage boy being in love with a rebellious teenage girl. borrrrinnngg.

*hides* Alright, do you hate me now?😉 I hope not!  Were you surprised to see any of these books on my list? Do you agree with me on any of them? let me know in the comments!

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15 thoughts on “2018 Reads I Didn’t Like #Project14Lists

    1. As soon as I finished the book, I knew that it couldn’t really be true. So I asked a friend who read the whole series to confirm my suspicions. So even though its not *really* true, its still a thing and I just CANT with it. I do own the second book so maybe one day I will be intrigued enough to continue the series to see how Claire plays it all out.


  1. I am reading “Let it snow” which is YA contemporary romance. 3 short stories and one of them was written by John Green. I am pushing through but they are all VERY anticlimactic. Short stories, and they all are connected which is cool, but I feel like if I was reading this style as a regular novel I would have easily DNF’d by the halfway mark.

    I will never go back to the Mortal Instruments, but Grace is trying to convince me to read the Infernal Devices. She says it’s way better so I may give it a chance.

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    1. I think I was supposed to read Let it Snow for Tistheseasonathon but I never got around to it. Now I know I am not missing anything lol.

      Yes, Grace has told me to give infernal devices a try and I might one day. Not anytime soon because there are a million other books that have my attention haha


  2. OOOOH what a pretty controversial post 😆 I like! There are a couple books here on my TBR, which are Strange,The Kiss Quotient, and Circe. I haven’t started Strange yet but I have read Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone and I loved it. I’m also curious about Circe. Most of the reviews I’ve read and have watched are positive ones and I’m reaaally curious about your whole thoughts on it! Oh, and I don’t hate you because of this, btw! ❤️

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  3. To me Circe is more of an artful piece. I didn’t feel connected to Circe as a character at all. It does have some feminist tones in it but I had to push myself to finish it. I am definitely the minority when it comes to Strange the Dreamer, Kiss Quotient, and Circe. If you liked Laini Taylor’s previous books, then you’ll likely love Strange the Dreamer. Her writing style is what I have the biggest qualms with.


  4. oops, i see some of my fav in this list. but it’s understandable why some of this books aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. i didn’t like heartless as much as i wanted to mainly because of the main character. she dragged the situation far longer than it should’ve been, and was really whiny about “not being able to do anything about it”.

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  5. I am so happy to read this post! Glad you told your honest view on the books instead of jumping on the bandwagon. I feel a lot of reviewers(read:famous booktubers) don’t give honest reviews. Need more honest reviews like this!

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  6. I tried to read Strange the Dreamer but my mind was wandering so much, never made it past page 20!! I unhauled it, don’t know if I’ll ever feel like trying again.
    The Hating Game sounds meeeeh at best, and Circe sounds super boring, so I’m not really interested even though everybody and their mothers have been raving about them 😉


  7. I’m so sorry you didn’t enjoy The Rules of Magic, it was one of my favourite reads from last year! Also, yes the fact that Cassandra Clare went THERE in City of Bones was a seriously weird choice.


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