A disclaimer: I'm now at the point where if I really don't like a book, I just don't finish it. These are the worst books I've finished this year, so they can't be as bad as all that! Mostly with these books there was at least one moment of WHAT WAS THAT? Links are to my (sometimes very short, sometimes long and ranty) writeups on Livejournal.
1. Shadows in Flight (Card): Hands-down the worst book I finished in 2012. (Review contains fairly major spoilers.) WOW, this was bad. And I LIKE Card, a lot: the only reason I finished the book. Increasingly irrelevant (and what's worse, boring) fanfic about minor characters from a spinoff of his most popular work. It's frankly quite surprising to me that the same man who wrote the brilliantly disturbing Ender's Game and the incredibly moving, thoughtful, and subtle Folk of the Fringe, not to mention the layered Memory of Earth series, is putting out this kind of shallow garbage.
2. Thirteen Reasons Why (Asher): I thought I'd really like this book about suicide. I usually do like Issue-Laden YA. But I think I was supposed to be sympathetic towards the protagonist (who committed suicide --not a spoiler), and mostly I wanted her to stop whining!
3. Bathsheba (Smith): This was technically fine, I guess. But it was just boring, and given how intensely interesting the original Biblical story is, there just seems to be no need for that.
4. Incarnate (Meadows): It wasn't so much that this was a bad book -- lots of people I know, including my sister, quite liked it -- as that it hit me squarely in my large-age-difference-romance squick, and this made it impossible for me to really take it seriously as it wanted me to.
5. In Spite of Everything (Thomas). I was told this was a book about a Gen X woman who had divorced parents, swore she would never get divorced, especially after they had kids, and then got divorced. Well, that was exactly what I got. It was well-written, but... a goodreads review called it "mind-bogglingly solipsistic," and I think that's an excellent description.
What are your least favorite reads of the year?
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