Most Disappointing Books of 2019

Every year there are books that I hope to at least mildly enjoy but that end up being disappointing for a variety of reasons. 2019 was sadly full of those books. And they were not disappointing in the sense that I only didn’t love them as much as I was expecting to. I truly didn’t like them. Some I read in their entirety and rated with two stars, while others I decided not to finish, as I had no hope to start enjoying them at any point.

First, there were three books that I read until the very end but that I didn’t like.

 

The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin

Two women, Hester and Rebekah, who are developing feelings for one another, try to discover why people are disappearing around London in 1831. The premise sounded promising. However, there is no aura of mystery throughout the book, in part because the descriptions are soulless. The plot is unjustifiably meandering. Some events are completely unnecessary for the clarification of what is supposed to be the main mystery. And there is also too much telling and not enough showing. I only kept reading because I was mildly curious to know the reason behind the disappearances. Continue reading

Book Haul – September / October 2019

I was not expecting to buy as many books as I did during September and this month. However, after deciding not to finish four novels in the latest months, I was running out of books to read. I usually keep a relatively small number of unread books on my shelves. I tend to only buy new ones once I’ve finished a few of those that I already owned.

So, I acquired nine new books!

 

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Set in Paris and in London, it was described by Dickens as his best story. A French aristocrat and a dissolute English lawyer face chaos and fall in love with the same woman. I’m expecting it to delve into a variety of social issues that characterised the 19th century. Continue reading

2018 Releases I Want to Read… Next Year

I usually don’t attempt to read books around the time of their release date. The main reason for that is that I much prefer paperback editions to hardbacks. They are much easier to carry around and don’t have exasperating slippery dust jackets. But I also don’t tend to read brand new releases, because I don’t feel the need to rush, unless I have been waiting for a particular book for a long time. That can happen, for example, with the next instalment in a book series. In Portugal, books are usually only released in paperback, nonetheless I hardly ever buy them at the time of their release.

However, some of the books that were released this year really caught my attention and, thus, I want to read them sooner rather than later. Soon will have to be next year, though, seeing that I probably won’t have the time to read them until December, as I still have quite a few books left to read for the ‘EU still 28’ project. Also, some of these books will be released in paperback at the beginning of next year, and I feel like I can wait until then and own the edition I most fancy.

The five books I have in mind are: Continue reading