2017 – Most Disappointing Reads

A list of the most disappointing books I’ve read in 2017. I did not say “worst”, for no book deserves that label. Even the most ill-conceived ones are an experience, a window for self-reflection.

After having wrapped up a disconcerting read, I often feel unimaginable sadness on my own behalf for failing to appreciate, and on the writers behalf for being unable to drive the message home.

Here’s the list from the most disappointing “I-wish-I-had-never-known-you” to least disappointing “I’m-willing-to-give-you-another-chance”:

  1. The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe by Andrew O’Hagan (review)
  2. Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors (review)
  3. Tuesday’s with Morrie by Mitch Albom (review)
  4. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen (review)
  5. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig (review)
  6. Cosmopolis by Don Delillo (review)
  7. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (review)
  8. Neuromancer by William Gibson (review)

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