Biggest Bookish Disappointments of 2021

Honestly, 2021 has been a great reading year for me. When I post my reading wrap-up with all the statistics you’ll see that I’ve had mostly 4 and 5 star reads. I won’t say that I got lucky, I just pick and choose the books I want to read very carefully. And I’m a huge believer in dnfing πŸ™‚

Nevertheless, there are some books that greatly disappointed me this year. I was so looking forward to these stories but I was greatly let down. Now I don’t usually do negative posts on my blog but I feel like ranting a bit as to why and how these books failed my expectations. Of course, you might have ended up loving these very books and that’s completely fine. Sometimes I wonder if I didn’t hype up these books in my head would I have been as disappointed?

In the end, it’s all about personal choices and perspective.

So let’s get going and look at the books that disappointed me this year.

Biggest Bookish Disappointments of 2021

Rise of the Red Hand by Olivia Chadha

This was honestly one of my most anticipated books of the year and it failed me so miserably. I just couldn’t make myself read it. I was bored to death because there was so much information and world building being dumped on me and yet I had no reason to care for the mc or any character really. I felt detached, not pulled into the story at all. Another thing that bugged me was that all the other characters seemed to know the mc and respect or hate it like how???

The world doesn’t revolve around you. I ended up DNFing it pretty early and felt terribly let down.

Gamechanger by Neal Shusterman

I actually finished this one. First off, I had high hopes not only because of the author but also the premise sounded super intriguing. The main character, Ash keeps accidentally travelling to alternate dimensions and I thought that would be pretty fun. Unfortunately it turned out problematic in many ways and just made me so freaking uncomfortable. I never even wrote a review for it because I was just so unsettled?

Ash is a cis-white jock male looking at the issues like homophobia, racism, sexism and so on and the author tried to make him deal with it by travelling different universes in one of which Ash is gay and another in which he is a girl? Honest to god, it was so uncomfortable to read through and I was just cringing so much. In addition to that, the mc suffered from your typical white saviour complex and was honestly dumb when it came to everything going around him. Also I don’t like how the book seems to say you can only understand and support issues like these if you’re at the center of it. Like why does a dumb white jock have to become gay in another universe to realise the widespread homophobia? It’s just so self-centered and I could honestly rant about this book for hours.

I guess the author may not have had these intentions but it’s just a very bad take and I just wish this book didn’t exist.

God Loves Hair by Vivek Shraya

Okay I think 90% of the fault here was mine. I absolutely loved the last book I read by Vivek Shraya which was a semi-fiction piece and I expected similar things from this one as well. Instead I got an autobiographical piece with descriptions of short events that didn’t really give me a cohesive reading experience I wouldn’t say that it’s a bad book, it’s just not what I expected and ultimately not my cup of tea.

Sisters of the Snake by Sasha and Sarena Nanua

Why have my most anticipated releases disappointed me this year? Again, I was super psyched for Sisters of the Snake which is supposed to be a story about a lost princess from a set of twins and inherently a book about royalty, sisterhood and magic. I think someone on Goodreads said the book reads like a first draft fanfiction and I would have to agree. The writing style isn’t really refined and within the plot itself there are so many inconsistencies or tropes written poorly. It was all super predictable and hence boring which is why I dnfed the book. I mean I might have enjoyed it if I closed off my mind while reading but I just can’t do that. I wanted to love it for the desi rep and culture, which by the way was beautifully done, but I couldn’t just ignore everything else…

I might be in the minority here but yeah I didn’t enjoy this book, even though I really wished I could.

What were some books that disappointed you in 2021?

Do you think your expectations have a big role in whether you enjoy a book or not?

Have you read any of the books I mentioned? If yes, what are your thoughts on them?

10 thoughts on “Biggest Bookish Disappointments of 2021

  1. Oof i’m so sorry those let you down!
    *Yikes at the game changer.. sadly that is how many people still go through life- not caring about ANYTHING else until it happens to them 😐 I can’t with humanity as a whole sometimes πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

    Happy reading! xx

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  2. Ouch, The Game Changer sounds so uncomfortable OMG!

    Sisters of the snake will be removed from my TBR.

    My disappointments were definitely She Who Became The Sun, Boyfriend Material, A Love Hate Thing and The Love Hypothesis. And The Midnight Library and some more.

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  3. I always like seeing disappintments lists haha! HavenΒ΄t read any of these, although Gamechanger is on my radar, since indeed the premise sounds good!

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