It’s that time of year again. It’s time to look back on my reading year and see what worked for me and what didn’t. As always, I like to get the negativity out of the way first, and then tomorrow we’ll move on to the best books of the year. Let’s talk about my disappointing books of 2022.
A History of Wild Places
A History of Wild Places was my first disappointment of the year. In its defense, I had Covid when I read it, so I really didn’t like anything right then. But I went back to read my review and I still agree with some of the things that I wrote. The main reason I picked it up was because Travis’s gift interested me. The cult part interested me as well. But it was so predictable. I knew what was going to happen right after Travis went missing. Plus, the twist didn’t seem all that believable to me. I really just didn’t like this one at all.
The Turn of the Screw
The Turn of the Screw is a cult classic that I expected to love. It has all of the elements in it to intrigue me. But it was so vague. Nothing was answered. I didn’t care about any of the characters. There was almost no point to the story at all.
This whole book was disappointing. I didn’t enjoy anything about it. The character development was bad, the premise was slapped together and questionable at best. I think it was trying to be campy like a horror move, but it didn’t have anything to back it up. And then the big reveal was told through diary entries that made everything feel like a gigantic info dump. I gave it two stars, but now that I think about it I was being generous. I’d probably drop it down to one star if I read Hide right now.
The Great Hunt
I didn’t necessarily dislike The Great Hunt, but it did disappoint me. After all of the journeying in book 1 I was hoping that the characters would slow down and that the plot would come together. But that didn’t happen. There was more journeying to do. I was also hoping to learn more about the Aes Sedai, but that didn’t happen either. Pretty much everything of importance happened at the end of the book. It was just a lot of filler to get through and I never felt like I got to the meat of the story.
The Slow Regard of Silent of Things
Lastly, we have The Slow Regard of Silent Things. This one disappointed me because I loved the first two books in the series so much. But this one was pointless. It didn’t tell me anything about Auri and it didn’t expand the series. I just wish I had have skipped over this one.
So those are my disappointing books of 2022. Let me know some of yours in the comments.
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