Take 5 – Most disappointing reads of 2016

This has been a great reading year for me – the sort of year where I found something to appreciate even in the books that were otherwise major disappointments. Here are some books that I really wanted to fall in love with but couldn’t :

(Click on the images to go to their Goodreads page)


The Selection (#1 and #2)

The Selection (The Selection, #1)  The Elite (The Selection, #2)




I stopped at #2 because of the feeble dystopian world-building elements and the overwrought love triangle.

Finding Audrey 

Finding Audrey






Needed more focused and believable social anxiety and GAD representation.







Lovely writing but it was difficult to read a wafer-thin plot stretched over 400 pages.


Everything Everything

Everything, Everything




Relies too much on the shock value over a big plot twist which I guessed pretty early on. I wasn’t a fan of the twist itself because.. well I guess I didn’t like health issues being used in such a way. Read my review here.

A Little Life 

A Little Life





The most disappointing of the lot. Maybe because this was something that was on my TBR since my pre-blogging days. Oh well, I have ranted quite a bit about it here.


So, this was my list of disappointing 2016 reads. Have you guys read any of these books? Were there any books this year that you were really looking forward to reading but were seriously let down by it? Do let me know in the comments!

4 thoughts on “Take 5 – Most disappointing reads of 2016

  1. rantandraveaboutbooks December 22, 2016 / 2:34 am

    I completely agree with you on The Selection series. That was such a frustrating read. I finished it, but I can honestly say you didn’t miss anything. Most of the story was predictable.

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  2. Rebecca December 22, 2016 / 4:20 am

    I haven’t read the Selection series and have been avoiding it for those very reasons – it seemed like I wouldn’t like it at all yet I see some glowing reviews. I think I’m going to continue to avoid it.
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  3. Read Diverse Books December 22, 2016 / 5:25 am

    Oh, no!! It’s sad to see Furthermore and Everything, Everything on here 😦 I haven’t read them YET lol, but I’ve seen many positive reviews, so I didn’t expect to see them listed here. I respect your opinions, though! I read about 300 pages of A Little Life and have am enjoying it as much as a person is able to enjoy such bleak story. I’m taking it very slow, though. Not sure when I’ll actually finish it. x)

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    • Ishita December 24, 2016 / 12:40 am

      Oh, I hope the books work for you better than it did for me!! Out of the three, I probably liked Furthermore the best. It has some really charming writing and a lovely message at its core!!


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