Five For Friday – Disappointing Reads

There are some books you are really looking forward to reading because they have been highly recommended or it’s just something you think you will love but you end up feeling cheated when you finish it as it’s a disappointment. I always find these books annoying as you invest time and energy reading them, but I guess no one loves every single book they ever read. Anyway here are my Top 5 Disappointing Reads…

1.Lord of the Flies by William Golding

A classic, a classic that was banned and challenged from 1974-2000 for it’s excessive violence, racism, lurid sexual passages and demoralisation of humans. A book about children becoming deserted on a desert island and become savage. Like anyone else would, I though fantastic… a savage novel about children killing each other on a deserted island, I had hopes it would be a bit like Battle Royale….well it was nothing like it. Probably one of the dullest books I have ever read. Yes I made it to the end, yes I understand this book was published in the 50s and was shocking and provocative for it’s time but it was a giant boring disappointment and I would never read it again.

2. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwarb
Probably a controversial choice to be on a disappointing reads list, but I was not enthralled with this book AT ALL! The reason why I picked it up was because I heard everyone at book club chatting about how amazing it is. I love fantasy novels, I love magic novels and I love adventure novels…A magician who has the ability to travel between parallel versions of London, smuggling things across each one, but when an exchange goes wrong he is on the run from a deadly enemy and treachery lurks at every turn… Sounds exciting right? This seemed PERFECT for me. A 4.1/5 on good reads, 4.7/5 on Waterstones… An exciting plot there was magic I was hopeful… and then disappointed. I do not see what all the fuss is about. I love this genre and this books was just meh. The characters had no punch about them, the writing wasn’t captivating at all, it was all just very flat and dry. I haven’t continued with the series. If it gets better let me know, but I probably won’t continue with it.

3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I still don’t understand why this book was so hyped up! At one point everyone was talking about it, everyone was loving it. Why? I haven’t a clue, the characters were awful I didn’t like a single one, I guessed the plot twist. Also I could not comprehend how much this woman was seeing on a train?! Did she slow down time and have microscopic vision to see all these things? Like get a grip, that was so unbelievable. If you want a good thriller on a train read The Orient Express. This was very disappointing and didn’t live up to the hype at all! Also I keep reading these “comparisons” to Gone Girl which is ridiculous, it’s nothing like it and Gone Girl is a fantastic novel.

4. The Revenant by Michael Punkin

I don’t say this very often, but I actually preferred the film 10000x more than the book. I watched the film first and enjoyed it a lot; gory, gritty, raw, heart stopping, action packed a serious revenge and survival story bursting with interesting and slightly insane character. The book felt so different, it was boring, dry and the ending was different, I just didn’t feel the impact that the film gave me when reading this, so I was really disappointed.

5. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

I picked this book up randomly in Waterstones one afternoon, firstly the book cover intrigued me and so did the premise of the story. David a young boy mourning his mother’s death and hurt that his father has moved on he feels lonely, and not part of his father’s new family. He hides himself away in his attic bedroom with only the books on his shelf for company. The books start to whisper to him in the darkness and soon David is propelled into a strange world of odd fairytale characters including the evil villain the crooked man. The book has a great dark fantasy theme to it, I thought it had a good potential but the way it was written just didn’t live up to this dark magical fairytale land. It felt quite stark and cold and boring at times. I was just expecting more, but more of what I don’t know. Also the ending was so terrible I wanted to scream! I won’t give it away but it was like the ending of one of my stories I would write in school at 12 years old.


Have you ready any of these books were you disappointed or did you love them? Are there any books you thought you were going to love but they didn’t live up to your expectations? Get in touch, I would love to know. Katie x

11 thoughts on “Five For Friday – Disappointing Reads

  1. LMOORE says:

    I agree 100% about Girl on the Train!! It was horrible and everyone couldn’t stop talking about it! Glad to find someone else that didn’t like it! It was nothing like Gone Girl, except that they both have “Girl” in the title.

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    • brunchingbookworms says:

      Haha totally agree!! The whole book was terrible! Worst “thriller” I’ve ever read, I think. Then the film trailer came out and it looked awful, I just thought how could they make a terrible book into an even more terrible film. I haven’t actually watched the film though, the book was enough haha

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      • LMOORE says:

        I know!! Although, I did watch the movie because I love, Emily Blunt. Plus, my husband wanted to watch it. We are big movie people. It actually wasn’t as bad as the book!! lol

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      • LMOORE says:

        I LOVE the Devil Wears Prada! One of my faves bc Meryl Streep was also awesome. I’m excited to see Emily play Mary Poppins this December!


  2. Elysa says:

    I’m very intrigued by your take on these novels. I’ve never wanted to read Lord of the Flies because I’ve never met a person who had anything good to say about it. The sentiments you expressed are what I always hear, and I have no idea why it’s still revered as a classic. I really want to read V.E. Schwab’s series for all the same reasons you were excited for it, so I guess we’ll find out where I fall with that one. The Book of Lost Things is one of my let’s call them second-tier favorites. It’s not quite up there with my all-time favorites, but I still love it. Oddly, I came across the novel similarly to how you found it; I was wandering around Borders during their closing sales and was drawn to the cover.

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    • brunchingbookworms says:

      Hi, thank you for reading the post and getting in touch. Before I read Lord of the Flies I had only heard good things which seems odd as it was so boring! I honestly wouldn’t read it again. Do you think you will give it a go or not bother?
      If you read Darker Shade let me know what you think, so many people love it, I feel like I’m the only one who doesn’t! I love the book cover of The Book of Lost Things, I only noticed it in the shop as the same illustrator did a cover for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin that I have, I really love the graphics on both.


      • Elysa says:

        I probably won’t ever give Lord of the Flies a shot. I haven’t seen or read Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, so I don’t know what it looks like. I wonder if they have the same designer though.

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