This year there were a few popular-fiction type books that I read a couple pages of and gave up on because of the awful writing style, but there were also a few books that I made it several chapters into before realizing I was wasting my time.
I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter series and while I knew Rowling's adult literature would be very different, I was disappointed in the overly bleak and depressing tone of the book. I read multiple reviews where people consistently had the same problem with this book and who said it never redeemed itself, even by the end. A couple friends who are big Rowling fans said the same, so I quit a couple chapters in rather than putting in weeks in reading the book only to be let down at the end.
Ew ew ew. I can handle a lot of dysfunction in literature, and often writing that shows sympathy and empathy towards very dysfunctional characters is what I love (Flannery O' Connor, Sherwood Anderson), but I do not like writing that glamorizes dysfunction. This psuedo-memoir absolutely did that and was not even amusing in the process. I tried to make it through the book, but gave up when descriptions of the young teenage Burroughs being sexually molested by an older man made my stomach churn. Blegh.
I like to have a decent grasp on the classics and there are many that I hold near and dear, including Jane Eyre. I thought I'd give the other famous Brontë sister a try since she seemed to have just as many fans as Charlotte. Sadly, I was not impressed with Wuthering Heights. Catherine and Heathcliff are out of control crazy without being interesting. Most of the book that I read (I stopped about halfway through) consisted of them throwing giant temper tantrums for very little reason. I read enough to get a good grasp of what the book is like and now I can happily never attempt reading it again.
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers
I was not impressed by this book. The tone was too intentionally witty and trendy for my taste. I quit a couple chapters in.
Did you have any books that disappointed you this year?