Friday Wrap-Up: What Book Did You Not Love?

There are those books that you just want to love. You just want to cuddle up in it and luxuriate there. And then.


No chemistry. No spark.


Kind of like a really bad first date.

I’ve had a few books like that. Storm Front by Jim Butcher. The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier. The King Must Die by Mary Renault. Insurgent by Veronica Roth.

I wanted to love all of them–looked forward to them so much and then they fell flat.

Has this ever happened to you? What book was it? 

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  • Amanda @ On a Book Bender

    *pokes Insurgent* THAT BOOK.

    Supernaturally by Kiersten White. Loved the first book, and the second book was just meh.

    • Nikki Steele

      Yeeah. THAT book.

      I think sequels could be a post in their own. I enjoyed Dragonfly in Amber, the second in the Outlander series, but just didn’t LOVE it in the same way.

      • Amanda @ On a Book Bender

        Oh yeah. The second book syndrome. I think I’ve seen those posts. It’s rare to find a second book that’s as good or better than the first.

        • Nikki Steele

          I know. Sad story.

  • Cipriano @ Bookpuddle

    I can think of a few. I hesitate to say it, because I like her other books — I did not like Great House by Alison Krauss. Yet I finished it. Thought it was too weird and irrelevant.
    But maybe my all time NOT-FAVORITE book was by a Nobel Prize Winner. The Tin Drum, by Gunter Grass. Halfway through I said, “You know what? I only have so long to live, and I am not going to spend part of in the last half of this book!”

    • Nikki Steele

      Hehe right? There is not enough time in life for bad books!

  • Marie Stone

    I tried listening to The Ocean at the End of the Lane on audiobook last weekend. I made it several hours into it, and just couldn’t take any more. I so wanted to love it! Maybe it would have made more sense if I’d been reading an actual book, but there just didn’t seem to be a plot. I loved Neil Gaiman’s famous Make Art speech, and I adore his speaking voice, but the book just seemed to have no direction. I’m not a fan of forming opinions of books that I haven’t finished, so if I have the opportunity to read this in book-form I will probably give Neil another chance.

    • Nikki Steele

      Oh no! I definitely have more of that sense when listening to audio books, so hope reading it will be better.

  • Jennifer Hartling

    I’ve had a billion of those throughout my reading life ;) But a recent one, that I really thought I’d like, was Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. It wasn’t at all what I expected. Ah well. Onward and upward!

    • Nikki Steele

      Ah, yes I did hear things about this one and kind of sort of had it on my TBR list.

  • The Lonely D12 Team

    Struggling to finish Talulla Rising word by word. I think Duncan did too good of a job making me despise the main character, at this point I am finishing it out of spite.

    • Nikki Steele

      Hahah finishing a book out of spite is as good a reason as any other!