My Least Favorite Reads of 2020

A few weeks ago, I published a list of my favorite reads of 2020, and I thought it’d be fun to do the same thing for my LEAST favorite reads of 2020! I know it’s already March, and that I should be leaving 2020 in the past (where it belongs), but venting about books I hated can be so cathartic… I couldn’t NOT post this list! While I didn’t read that many downright TERRIBLE books this year (which is a good thing), there were a couple that I really struggled to get through. And I’ve listed them all down below!

Please keep in mind that reading is completely subjective, and if a book you love is one of my least favorites, it’s totally okay! No one is “right” or “wrong” when it comes to reading, and that’s the beauty of it! We all have different tastes, and that should be celebrated!

So, with that being said, in no particular order, here are my least favorite reads of 2020!

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The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

The Betrothed by [Kiera Cass]

Like most people, I picked up The Betrothed because I loved The Selection, Kiera Cass’s most well known series. I was expecting a light, fluffy, and charmingly royal romance novel, but yikes… this book was simply horrible. The protagonist, Hollis, was about as interesting as stale bread, and the same thing can be said about literally every other character in the story. The plot was essentially non-existent, and the so called “romance” was very poorly developed. Such a let down from Kiera Cass!

Crave by Tracy Wolff

Crave (Crave Series Book 1) by [Tracy Wolff]

I was warned about how terrible this book is by many of my fellow readers, and oh, how I wish I had listened to them! Crave, in short, was a massive waste of time. It reads off like a sloppily put together Twilight fan fiction written by a thirteen year old. The main character is “not like other girls”, and her love interest is a grumpy, manipulative jerk… They both annoyed the heck out of me! I’ve heard that book two, Crush, is a lot better, but I doubt I’ll read it. If it’s even the slighest bit like Crave (and how could it not be?), I probably wouldn’t enjoy it. Maybe YA vampire fiction just isn’t for me!

Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas

Catherine House: A Novel by [Elisabeth Thomas]

This is another book that just felt sloppy to me. The writing was all over the place, and I had a lot of difficulty connecting with the characters. The ending was annoyingly open ended, and while the author might’ve intended for it to feel thought-provoking and powerful, it was just confusing and odd!

Ink in the Blood Kim Smejkal

Ink in the Blood (Ink in the Blood Duology Book 1) by [Kim Smejkal]

I really, really loved the idea behind Ink in the Blood, but the execution failed to impress me. To be fair, I think this is a matter of personal taste. I found the writing style bland and boring, but I know that many people would disagree! And that’s okay! I’ll give credit where credit is due and say that I really enjoyed the magic system in this story, but sadly, that’s about it. The flat characters, slow pacing, and dull writing made Ink in the Blood beyond redemption for me.

Queen’s Peril by E.K. Johnston

Queen's Peril by [E. K. Johnston]

I’m a big Star Wars fan, so I was super excited to read this book! Unfortunately, though, it didn’t live up to my expectations. It’s supposed to be a prequel about Padmé’s backstory, but it didn’t add anything new or refreshing to her character arc! It was incredibly boring and uninteresting, which is such a shame, since I love Padmé! Fellow Star Wars lovers: I recommend sticking to the movies. This book isn’t worth the read!

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

An Enchantment of Ravens by [Margaret Rogerson]

An Enchantment of Ravens had the potential to be an incredible book, but it was ruined by a nasty case of insta-love! YUCK! The worst trope ever! There’s nothing worse than watching a seemingly intelligent female character completely lose her wits the second she meets her love interest. UGH. A lot of people compare this book to ACOTAR, and personally, I think that that’s an insult to Sarah J. Maas! ACOTAR is worlds better than this hot mess of a book!

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game: A Novel by [Sally Thorne]

Meh. This book had a few enjoyable moments (most of which took place within the last 100 pages), but as a whole, it wasn’t my cup of tea. The main characters, Josh and Lucy, are both extremely toxic and unlikable, so I guess it makes sense that they’re attracted to each other? I don’t know. I feel like I’m missing something, because everyone else seems to love this book, and I just found it very cringey and underwhelming. Oh well, we can’t love ’em all!

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And, there you have it!

My least favorite reads of 2020! Please remember that this post is all in good fun, and that if you liked any of the books listed above, that’s perfectly fine! After all, we each have different tastes when it comes to reading. But… I’m sorry for roasting them so harshly 😂

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you did, feel free to stay tuned for more fun bookish content that will be coming your way soon!

That’s it for now!

Until next time,

8 thoughts on “My Least Favorite Reads of 2020

  1. Jamie @BubblyBooks says:

    i heard the betrothed is horrible. Which is quite a let down bc I adore Kiera Cass’s selection series! I’ve also had my eye on An Enchantment of Ravens but am scared to start it bc of the horrible insta love?? Sorry The Hating Game wasn’t a win for you – hopefully 2021 will be all fab books! Great post 🙂

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    • Octavia @ Mermaid Reads says:

      Thanks so so much! Yeah, The Betrothed is NOTHING like The Selection! Such a let down! A lot of people really, really love An Enchantment of Ravens, but if you despise the insta love trope like I do, you might want to skip it. Or at least read up until page 50 (that’s when the insta love really kicks in), and decide if you want to continue on.

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  2. Julie Anna's Books says:

    I haven’t read the Star Wars books, but I have a mini Star Trek book collection and I just feel like I’m not the biggest fan of the tie-in novels! I guess it depends on the author (and they’re not even canon for the most part anyway), but so far tie-in novels have been just okay for me.

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