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The Worst Books I Read in 2017

Happy Wednesday Everyone :)

I hope that 2018 is treating you all well so far, and that you're already diving into many amazing new reads.

My first read of 2018 is soooo good so far, and I can't wait to review it all for you guys, hopefully next week.

Today however I want to continue on with my 2017 wrap reading wrap ups.

On Monday, I posted The Best Books I Read in 2017, and so today it's time to share with you all the Worst Books I Read in 2017.

I don't mean to offend anyone with my picks, if any of you guys loved any of these books, that's totally awesome. They just weren't books I personally enjoyed.

The Christmas Mail Order Bride by Kit Morgan:

I wasn't expecting a ton out of this book, but I was anticipating a sweet, Christian holiday romance. However, this book was so far fetched, and the villain and her mother were basically laughable. I only ended up rating this one two of out five stars, and it's definitely a series I will not be continuing on with in the future.

A Season For Fireflies by Rebecca Maizel:

This one was one that I had been really looking forward to reading, mainly because I'd really enjoyed Rebecca's previous novel Between Us and the Moon. However, it ended up being a massive letdown, as I literally felt nothing for any of the characters, and I really didn't care about what was happening. I found the story dragged, it wasn't all that interesting and I really had to push myself to finish it. It was a total one eighty from her previous novel, and I only ended up rating it two out of five stars.

Taken By Storm by Jennifer Lynn Barnes:

I was so disappointed in the way that Jennifer Lynn Barnes chose to end her Raised by Wolves series. I couldn't stand the way that Bryn's character changes in this novel, and the ending seemed so unnecessary. I really loved the first two books in this series, but this one just didn't live up to my expectations, and was a massive disappointment. I rated it two out of five stars.

The Bailey Flanigan series by Karen Kingsbury:

I'm pretty sure this is the first time ever that I'm including an entire series in my worst books of the year wrap up. I've mentioned many times throughout the last year on my blog how I'm no longer a fan of Karen Kingsbury's books, and this series was the final culmination for me. I'm tired of reading about perfect Christians doing perfect things, and never knowing a problem, and Bailey Flannigan is the worst case of this I've ever seen in contemporary Christian fiction. I really wanted to see her character go through trials and truly learn to deepen her faith, and instead I felt like the reader watches nothing but a perfect teenager grow into a perfect adult, and it just didn't sit right with me. I don't foresee myself picking up any Karen Kingsbury novels in the future, and I only gave this whole series a two star rating.

Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks:

Back in the day I used to be a big fan of Nicholas Sparks' books, but this has definitely tapered off in recent years. However, I did want to give this one a try, but it just wasn't my cup of tea. I felt like the main character's divorce had no build up, and the whole relationship just didn't make any sense, and I only ended up rating it two out of five stars. 

Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven:

I honestly have no idea what I was thinking picking this book up in the first place. The first one was definitely not my kind of read, and I really really disliked it, but I think I maybe just wanted to see if the characters would show any growth in the second book. However, if possible it seemed they were both even more obnoxious than in the first book, and this one got a rare one star rating from me. I was definitely not the intended market for this book, and it just wasn't my cup of tea.

Winterspell by Claire Legrand:

I reviewed this one fully on my blog earlier this year, which you can find here. I basically found it really weird, really dark, and not at all what I was expecting. Plus I found the plot jumped around in a strange way, and I only ended up giving it a two star rating.

That's Amore by Janice Thompson:

It really kills me to have to include a Janice Thompson book on my worst books list, especially since I loved the previous books in the Weddings by Bella series. However, the humor just didn't work for me in this one, and I found so much of this book dragged from one page to the next. Mainly though, the reason I found myself really disliking this book was Bella herself. Most of this book was her whining about her situation, and failing to see just how blessed she truly was, and it really grated on my nerves. Overall, I only ended up rating this one two stars, and it definitely failed to live up to its predecessors.  

Nanny Returns by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus:

I'm going to be completely honest and state that this book took me over six months to finish. I kept reading a couple of chapters, getting bored with it, putting it down, picking it back up a few weeks later and forgetting what I'd read previously. It seemed like one of those cases where a sequel wasn't truly needed, and I had a hard time relating this to the beloved first novel. Plus, it all seemed extremely implausible in the first place. Like why on earth Grayer contacts Nan in the first place, considering they haven't spoken in over ten years. Overall, I just didn't like this one plain and simple, and it only got a two star rating from me.

Tempting Fate by Jane Green:

Ugh must I talk about this book. I honestly don't know why I'd wanted to read it so badly in the first place, but there must have been something about the synopsis that drew me to it. However, I completely could not stand the main character, Gabby, right from the get go. She was one of those people who's so selfish that she literally thinks of nothing but her own desires, and then is completely devastated to find out there's consequences to her actions. In the process she basically drags both Matt and Elliot through the grinder, and creates nothing but stress for her two daughters. This is another book that got a rare one star rating from me, and its currently in my book unhaul pile for 2018.

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers:

I didn't like the main character, I couldn't stand her three best friends, I couldn't stand how it felt like almost every word was a swear or a reference to drinking, drugs or sex, and most of all I couldn't stand how the main character basically learned nothing over the course of the entire story, and uses the only two decent people in the book to get what she wants. I gave this one a one star rating, and you can read my full review here. 

Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers:

Similar to how I felt about Some Girls Are, I just really didn't care for this book. I find Courtney Summers' characters to be the type of characters that I can't emphasize with at all, and overall, while I liked this one more than Some Girls Are, I still really didn't care for it, and I only gave it a two star rating. 

and lastly is,

The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman:

You can find my full review of this one here, but suffice to say that this book was not at all what I was expecting, and I honestly didn't really like any of the characters. As well, I felt that almost every character featured was a pretty horrible person, and I hated how lightly that was treated. This book got a two star rating from me, and it is also currently in my unhaul pile for 2018.

And those are the worst books I read in 2017 guys! I'd love to hear what you all considered to be your worst and/or best reads for 2017!

Thanks so much for reading, and I'll see you all again on Friday where I hope to share What I received for Christmas this year :)

This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The photos do not belong to me, and all rights to the respective owners. 


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