Not too long ago, I published a post on my favourite books of the year. In order to create a bit of balance, it is only right that I shed some light on some of my least favourite books of 2017.
In terms of the books on this list, all of them are those I managed to finish reading. There are no DNFs, although I have had quite a few of those over the year and some of them are quite surprising. Most of these books are the ones that got a 3-star rating. That doesn’t mean they are bad though. On the contrary, these were all okay, but they were just not as good as they could have been, and I didn’t completely click to the plots or the characters. Nevertheless, they just weren’t for me. I won’t leave a synopsis as we’d end up reading this post all day, and I’d end up repeating myself with each book. Saying that, the last book on the list does have a synopsis as it is the only non-fiction book on the list and it truly bugged me.
So with my rambling over, let’s get started.
I know there is no plot to the Art of Aardman but this is one book I was incredibly disappointed in. There was a lot of concept art and brilliant photography but little to no writing about any of it. That’s what threw me because I have quite a few books like this about other films and tv programmes and there is an equal ratio of artwork and description. I know a picture is meant to be worth a thousand words, but none of those included in the book tell me how many people worked on making each feature-length or short film, what happened to the figurines when the fire broke out at the studios etc. I got nothing interesting from it and that is a huge shame because next to Disney and Pixar films, I grew up watching Aardman’s evolution on tv and the big screen.
Those are all the nine books. Again, I didn’t feel the need to write synopses for nearly all of them because my general thoughts would be the same – not as good as I thought, mediocre stories and characters etc..
However, if I had to choose one of the books to be at the number one spot, I think it would definitely be The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman because it fell incredibly short of my expectations. It had been described to me as Jane Austen vs Shadowhunters, but it took ages for any demon action to happen and I did not like Lady Helen or her tall, dark, handsome, suitor, of whose name I’ve completely forgotten. It is the book of the year I wish I had DNFed as I didn’t enjoy any of it.
What are some of your least favourite books from this year?
Have you read any of my selection? Did you like/dislike them?
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!