With over 100 books read this year, there were bound to be some that fell flat. Sometimes a book is good enough not to DNF, but still as good as I had hoped. It’s always a bummer to feel disappointed when you finish reading a book, but considering the fact that I really had to look through my list of books I read this year to find five I wasn’t happy with, I’m not complaining.
Here are my five most disappointing reads of 2022.
She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan – I loved the beginning of this book. Then there’s a time jump and I didn’t love it anymore. The romance felt undeveloped, the motivations of the main character didn’t seem to have a point beside being power hungry, and the fantastical elements seemed out of place. For such a promising start, this was a big let down.
For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten – This one was fine, but it wasn’t as engaging or magical as I had hoped. A fairy tale with too many familiar elements and not enough of a unique spin on anything to be memorable for me.
Turning Darkness Into Light by Marie Brennan – Although I enjoyed the Memoirs of Lady Trent series, this spin-off wasn’t as good. The format was a nice change, and it had some good moments, but overall the plot was predictable and not engaging, and the main character felt like another Isabella but with nothing to lose.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune – Although I loved some of the characters in this book, the heavy focus on the romance and the way too direct delivery of the message took away from the good points. A well loved book that was not for me.
Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones – I hate to say it, because I loved the other two books in this series, but this book didn’t do anything for me. It didn’t capture the same whimsical, chaotic magic of the other books in the Howl’s Moving Castle series, and it nearly deterred me from picking up The House of Many Ways, which I loved.
Were you disappointed with anything you read this year?