It happens to all of us. We pick up a book, and we just can’t enjoy it. Whether it’s the characters, the plot, or just one aspect of the book. It can be a let down when a book you wanted to be good ends up being awful. I’ve had my fair share of books I didn’t like, but it still disappoints me when another book ends up being unreadable. These books may be favourites of others, or may hold a significance within the history of literature, but I just don’t like them. If you haven’t read these books, there may be a bit of spoilers. So read on with caution!
Bloom by Estee Lalonde
I used to be a big fan of Estee Lalonde, so when I got Bloom, I was really excited to see what she wrote with her first book. Unfortunately, I was extremely disappointed with Bloom in its entirety. The book is supposed to be very personal, but a lot of the stories she tells, she glosses over a lot of the more important, relatable details. Almost as if giving the bare bones of the story and you fill in the blanks of it. I also was disappointed in the lack of editing in the book. There were many little editorial mistakes throughout the book. I don’t know if the book wasn’t proofread, or what, but it lack professionalism in my eyes.
I think what I was most disappointed about was her remedies for social anxiety. This is a mental health issue a lot of people have, and is a real struggle for them. However, for Estee, the best way to deal with it is to “just be yourself,” or “don’t try to impress other people.” She makes a rather large list of how to be less anxious, but it reads off as if Estee is trying to equate shyness and anxiety. It’s harmful comments and associations like these that diminish the severity of mental health issues, and brings shame to people who have mental health disorders. I’m sure with this part of the book, she was trying to be helpful, but it should have been a list of how she deals with things, not how others should deal with it. It provides misinformation for people who may actually have social anxiety and may think why they can’t get over it based on her list. I was quite offended while reading that part, and with the rest of the book not being that great, I just really didn’t like it.
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Heart of Darkness is meant to be a classic among readers, so when I picked this book up, I got it based on its popularity in the literary world. The edition I have has skulls on the cover, so I assumed it was going to be a ghost story, or horror/gothic story of some sort. Before reading this book, I had no idea of what the book was about. That’s how I usually like to read my books because I don’t want to have a million spoilers thrown at me. Well, this is the book that has changed my mind about that.
The book centres around a man going to the Congo with an ivory trading company. He tells people on a boat of a man becoming “wild” and “savage” like the indigenous people there. I didn’t finish the book because the novel is full of disgusting racism against black people. Even before this man becomes “savage” there is a lot of dialogue discriminating black people and their traditions. Since I didn’t read the rest of the book, I had to find a summary of how it ends, and it made me glad I didn’t waste my valuable time finishing it. Let me advise you all to always find out more about the book you’re reading, and don’t just pick it up because it’s popular, or deemed a literary classic. I won’t make that mistake again.
The Girl Before by J P Delaney
For the past couple of years, the domestic thriller has been a very popular genre of contemporary authors. The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl, and the like have been really popular, but I never read those books. When The Girl Before was released, I was able to get an ARC, and I thought why not try out this genre? I made a bad decision there. I didn’t finish this book either.
The novel centres around this beautiful home that everyone wants to live in. But there’s a catch. The architect of this home wants whoever living there to sign a contract and answer a whole bunch of questions about themselves. Basically, the contract is for this creepy architect to find potential women that resemble his dead wife. The story goes back and forth between two women who lived there, and their experience. Once the current woman finds out she looks like his dead wife, she still ends up sleeping with him and becomes interested in him. She doesn’t seem the least bit bothered by anything this man has done so far.
The dialogue was very cringe-worthy as well. I just couldn’t stand reading it because of how badly it was written, and the fact the woman wasn’t put off by the fact she looked exactly like this dead wife, and his observations of her. This novel was definitely a pass for me, and it has put me off of domestic thrillers at the moment.
Have you read these books? What do you think of them? Leave a comment with your thoughts!