And then, there are those books where you are SO SURE you’re gonna LOVE it, but as you’re reading, you realize more and more that nope, it’s not gonna happen. This section is dedicated to those books I was really optimistic about but fell flat.
Mars – I think what made this book so disappointing was how much I truly loved Mars, how I desperately wanted to go as a child, and how the book was just so meh. So much silly character drama, with boring, awful characters. The exploration of Mars didn’t disappoint, but with racist jokes like “Red Man on the Red Planet”, it was hard to appreciate the good.
The Walking Dead – Everyone, I mean EVERYONE, gushes about The Walking Dead. And while yes, it’s cool to watch these people shamble along like morons, basically this is your average soap opera with zombies. It doesn’t help that Rick “Marty Stu” Grimes dominates the whole thing with his imagined awesomeness.
The Mermaid’s Madness – Jim C. Hines seems like an AWESOME GUY! I wanted to LOVE his books to death, to hold and snuggle them to my chest! Unfortunately, the book just didn’t make me want to read it. SO MUCH SADNESS.
Jesus Feminist – I really don’t like fluffy emotional stuff most of the time, and that’s what this book was. A bunch of “Chicken Soup for the Christian Feminist Soul”. Nice for that niche, but not for me.
Tell the Wolves I’m Home – Here’s another one I was really excited for! I’ve lived under a rock for most of my life, so I was itching to read something different, to get a flashback at the 80’s and understand better the AIDS crisis in the gay community. I just found I hated the narrator and thought the whole relationship was creepy, not endearing.
Lord of the Rings – Before you pelt me with tomatoes, let me explain! First, I rated most, if not all, the books, 4 stars, so I did still like the series. The reason it’s even here is that the first time I read, I LOVED THEM SO HARD and placed them on this super high pedestal, but when I reread more recently, I was surprised at how, erm, dry they could be. There were things that I thought could have been focused on better, other things could have been cut wholesale. Anyway, the point is, while I still enjoy the Lord of the Rings, the reread showed that *I* have changed quite a bit!