Friday Fives | Excited to Read in 2020 but Were Let Down

Posted December 26, 2020 by TheNonbinaryLibrarian in friday fives / 0 Comments

I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to #FridayFives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

Today’s topic covers books that I was excited to read this year but were supremely let down.

Reason I wanted to read it: I’ve read Stephanie Perkins previous books which were always fun, lighthearted books. I’m also a sucker for a good murder mystery story.

Why I was let down: The book felt rushed, and I called who the murderer was super early in the book. It was mostly a fun weekend read.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Reason I wanted to read it: Books centered around a bisexual woman are sometimes hard to find. I also absolutely love, love, love the title; it’s such a perfect title for what LGBTQ people deal with in general.

Why I was let down: I was annoyed by most of the characters and the perpetuation of the myth that bisexuals are sex obsessed or sex addicts.

Full Review

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Reason I wanted to read it: The fantasy elements and again, another book that features LGBTQ+ characters. I’ll read any book that has diversity.

Why I was let down: The world-building was a bit weak, and I never felt any real connections with the characters. They weren’t bad, they just didn’t feel fully fleshed out.

Full Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Reason I wanted to read it: The cover was what drew me in, as well as the contemporary fantasy elements.

Why I was let down: I was, well, bored. I didn’t feel attached to any of the characters nor did I feel the need to keep reading either.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Reasons I wanted to read it: I love a good re-telling of classic stories or fairytales. Also, I was kinda hoping that the girls also turned into wolves.

Why I was let down: The author let it seem that the point was to not kill boys and men, but to stop them from turning into wolves in the first place. Yet, that wasn’t played out in the book, so it seemed contradictory. Also the slight transphobic elements in the novel left a bad taste in my mouth.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Happy Reading Lovelies

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