My least favourite reads of 2019 including Conversations With Friends, The Raven Boys and more

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Even though I read many great books last year, there were some disappointing ones too. I’m sure others have their reasons for liking these books but they just weren’t my cup of tea.

Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney 

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I was so excited to read this after reading Normal People. However, I found the two books to be very similar in the way they are written. I found the writing style and some plot lines repetitive and tedious. It is quite depressing at times too as there are lots of self harm issues in the novel and the characters were difficult to connect with due to their self indulgence. Of course, Rooney has a great gift for writing but this one just wasn’t for me. If you’re going to pick up one of her books, I suggest you read her second novel, Normal People.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson 

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Detective novels are usually one of my favourites. However, this is a very slow read because nothing much happens. This could be because it has a sequel but it didn’t have the fast-paced narrative that is usually present in murder mysteries. The characters are quite annoying and the plot was weak too. I wasn’t blown away by Johnson’s book and felt a bit frustrated at the ending.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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There are many reasons why this book made this list, which is disheartening as I was very much looking forward to reading this hyped novel. First of all, what on earth is going on? The plot is so bizarre and overly complicated that I found myself having to reread sections.

I also might have had an issue with the fact it is based vaguely on Welsh history and I am Welsh myself. The addition of Owain Glendower was very problematic. He is based off a real person, Owain Glyndŵr, who was a massive part of the Welsh Revolt in 1400-1415. It was an odd addition to change the name of a historical figure just to make it easier for people to pronounce, especially as Glyndŵr translates to “water valley” and Glendower is completely made up. I’m surprised there hasn’t been more outrage at the anglicisation.

One Day in December by Josie Silver

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This sounds like the perfect romantic comedy but it isn’t funny in the slightest and I hate reading stories where women gush over men that treat them badly. Affairs or storylines involving betrayal are always the most difficult to read too. It isn’t light and fluffy but a little bit of a gloomy read.

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes  

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The TV series is so good and I loved series 2 even more than the first. Luckily the books are nothing like the show. This book is very crude and all the characters are unlikeable. The C-word is used excessively. Joe has no redeeming qualities in this book at all. At least he’s semi-likeable in the show. In this second book, there’s no reason for any of his actions and it seemed like the author just continued with it because of the success of the first book, You.

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