Let me begin by saying thank god this craptastic year is almost over. I know that it most certainly CAN get worse, but by nearly every measure, this year has really felt like the The Worst. In an effort to get some of that negativity out, here is a list of my worst reads of 2016.
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon – DNF
Oh boy. Let me begin by saying I loved Outlander and thoroughly enjoyed Dragonfly in Amber. Romance is most absolutely one of my genres. I cut my teeth on romance back in the days when consent wasn’t really a thing, and I wasn’t actually all that bothered by the whole spanking thing (bad feminist, I know).. BUT GOOD GOD GUYS! *SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER* Read the thing I wrote about if you want the details.
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld – originally 2/5 stars, revised down to 1/5 bc seriously?
I love Jane Austen! I love Pride and Prejudice (though I’ve recently downgraded it to my second favorite Austen, but still – love)! I read a Curtis Sittenfeld book before and don’t recall hating it! But this book, guys… it’s a transphobic piece of garbage. It did at least provide a good friend with entertainment as she watched me get progressively angrier while reading the book, so that’s something, I guess? Here’s the thing I wrote about it.
Ok. I know there’s good stuff about this book: the food writing is gorgeous (I really wanted to eat all the things); it’s wonderfully evocative of a very specific time and place; and the characters are (often) delightful and well-drawn. But I just can’t with doomed romances that do nothing but make everybody around you miserable. Not everybody gets to have True Love; that doesn’t mean your life (and the lives of everyone around you) should be ruined though. Viva Gertrudis though!
How to be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis – 2/5 stars
I feel like it’s a little unfair to mention this book here because it’s actually not that bad. But. It’s written by a person who thinks Catherine Earnshaw was an acceptable romantic role model. There are Jane Eyre people, and there are Wuthering Heights people, and as a Jane Eyre person, I should have stayed away from a book by a Wuthering Heights person.
So that’s actually it. For some reason, I thought there were more angry-making books this year, but I suspect it was more that the year just made me angry.
Next up – my best 2016 reads!