Least Favorite Books Read in 2020

Hey, guys! So I almost always do a ‘favorite books read this year’ post, and it’s almost always a Top Ten Tuesday post. You can see my 2020 post here if you’re interested. I thought this year I would also post a least-favorite books list as well. Like, I gave you my recs, now here’s a list of books to avoid in case you missed my reviews. So, if you’re curious which books you should not pick up in 2021, here are the books I read this year and wish I hadn’t.

Top 10 Worst 2020 Reads

1. The Umbrella Academy, Vol 3: Hotel Oblivion

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I was super disappointed in this book. After loving Volumes 1 and 2, and enjoying the show, I couldn’t believe how bad Vol. 3 was. It was super scattered and seemed to focus a lot on Number One, my least-favorite character. It just wasn’t a good addition to the series. *2 stars*

2. In the Hall with the Knife


A CLUE-inspired YA mystery series? How could this not be good? Well, spoiler alert, it was bad. The plot was OK, the cliffhanger ending was bad, and the writing was just awful. Definitely won’t be reading the next book. *2.5 stars*

3. Artemis


This was my biggest disappointment of the year. Andy Weir wrote The Martian, and it is AMAZING in every way. The fact that he also wrote Artemis is mind-boggling. His main character is a 26-year-old Arabian female, but you only know that because it’s stated to you at some point in the book. Without knowing this, I would have thought the MC was a 19-year-old white male with an ego problem. Stick to writing male protagonists, Weir…please. This book was super sexist. And very poorly written overall. Just a hot mess. The plot was mostly boring, too, making this an all-around fail. *1.5 stars*

4. Red Queen

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Don’t judge a book by its cover. They can seriously mislead you. I mean, look at this cover! Gorgeous. But the book…was not. I was on a real YA fantasy kick this year, but Red Queen was the one that I did not enjoy. It’s super boring until the last couple pages. I didn’t feel any emotional connection to the characters. And I hate Mare with a blinding passion. She is not likable. The only aspect I enjoyed was Maven’s character arc, but that’s not enough to keep me reading. *2.5 stars*

5. Red Hood

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I gave this book 3 stars after reading it, but that was pretty generous. The more I think about it, the less I liked this book. I wanted to DNF it almost right away, but I stuck with it. I liked how ultra-feminist the book was, and that the action towards the end of the book kept me reading. But other than that, it was pretty meh. *3 stars*

6. In the House in the Dark of the Woods

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I kept seeing reviews of people saying “I don’t get this book,” and I kept thinking, heh, losers, I’m going to read and love this creepy fairytale-esque little book. Well, dear readers, I was wrong. This book makes no sense and is very bad. It’s jumbled and uninteresting and far too ambiguous for my liking. Don’t take this as a challenge because it’s just not worth it, it’s just bad. *1.5 stars*

7. Burn Our Bodies Down


I’m really upset with myself for not liking this one. I love Rory Power, but this was a snoozefest up until the end. If the whole book were as creepy and sci-fi-y as the end, it would have been great! But the pacing here was just way too slow, and I was uninterested and felt disconnected from everything. *2.5 stars*

8. The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily

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Okay, once again, I rated this one like, 3 stars, but only because I love these characters. This installment (and most likely, the next one) is utterly pointless. Dash & Lily ended perfectly, and writing these sequels just didn’t do it for me. They are unnecessary. Unless you love love LOVE the characters and their world, you won’t really care about the next books, and to be honest, they aren’t that great. *3 stars*

9. Watch Over Me

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Another disappointment. After loving We Are Okay, what even is Watch Over Me??? Not good. I didn’t connect with the main character at all. I didn’t care what happened to her. The story was odd, but not interesting. I kept reading to see if I’d understand the point of the story, but I never really did. It was underwhelming for me. *2.5 stars*

10. Die for Me


I didn’t want to read these books in the first place, but I at least tolerated books 1 and 2. However, this last book in the series was just horrible. If I could have rated it 0 stars, I would have. The switch from third- to first-person for book 3 was probably the biggest travesty, but there were many, many other transgressions. Just a bad books overall. Love the show? Keep watching, don’t read. Interested in a lesbian spy series? It’s really, really bad, don’t read it. *0.5 stars*

So there you have it: my least-favorite books of the year. Have you read any of these books? If so, do you agree or disagree with my ratings? Let me know in the Comments, and feel free to link your own least-favorite 2020 reads posts—I’d love to see yours!

6 thoughts on “Least Favorite Books Read in 2020

  1. Sad to see Burn Our Bodies Down on here, really loved that one!
    Also sad about Watch Over Me, want to read thsat one soon! Hopefully I like it better then you did!


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  2. Sometimes you can REALLY tell when a book is written by a man, and they really shouldn’t bother writing female characters. I was expecting Burn Our Bodies Down to be a major release for everyone this year after Wilder Girls was much hyped, but I don’t know many people who have actually read it.

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    1. Completely agree. Some men do it right, but many, many others fail, and it’s painful. And yeah I myself wasn’t too excited for BOBD just based on the synopsis, but I loved Wilder Girls so I thought I’d give it a chance. Super bummed about it!


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