Worst 5 Books of 2018


What were your least favourite books in 2018?

You may have noticed that I didn’t post a Sunday Rundown yesterday. That was mostly because, after a bad night’s sleep, I fell asleep before writing it. But it was also a tactical choice. After all, it’s New Years Eve so it’s time I started doing my rundown of the year. And what a year it’s been. I’ve already posted my Top 10 Books, Top 10 Films, and Top 10 TBT Films lists. But, let’s not forget that 2018 wasn’t a completely positive year. The political situation of the UK is pretty shitty moving into the new year so it seems only fair I add my least favourite books to the pile. Thankfully, after my top 10, most of the books were fairly middling so I could only scrabble together 5. I guess reading-wise, 2018 wasn’t so bad after all.


5. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll 5_star_rating_system_2_and_a_half_stars

I bought this as a quick read so I would have something to review. Bloody good job considering how disappointing it was. Read my full review here.


4. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo5_star_rating_system_2_and_a_half_stars

I went to see the stage show of this for my mother’s birthday present this year. It was an amazing and life-changing experience. The book, not so much. It didn’t come as much of a surprise as I’d hate the film when I saw it. At least the book was a little better than that. Read my review here.


3. Your Creative Career by Anna Sabino5_star_rating_system_2_and_a_half_stars

I got this free in exchange for a review. It’s not on this list because it was bad, per se, but because it wasn’t particularly relevant to me. I didn’t write a proper review but I did write a little about it on Instagram if you can be bothered scrolling back that far.


2. Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig 5_star_rating_system_2_and_a_half_stars

I’d heard nothing but good things about Matt Haig’s discussion about dealing with anxiety so I bought it on World Mental Health Day to see what the fuss was about. Turned out, I didn’t actually find out. A lot of this book ended up making me angry and kind of sad that people were seeing it as actually helpful. This is all just a trite self-help book that should be taken off the shelves. To hear more ranting find my review here.


1.Mad by Chloe Esposito 5_star_rating_system_1_star

I fucking hated this book. It made me angry. I’ve never read anything so stupid and badly written. I hated it. Here‘s my review that’s written at a similar level of outrage.

Author: Murdocal

Who is Murdocal? A casual critic who is a little bit too obsessed with pop culture. A young woman who swears and rants much more than she knows she should whilst trying to make her way in an adult world she isn't prepared for. A not as recent as she'd like literature graduate who, between job applications and subsequent rejections, has turned to the internet to fight the boredom and review the shit out of everything. "Maybe, just maybe, I'm the faller. Every family has someone who falls, who doesn't make the grade, who stumbles, who life trips up. Maybe I'm our faller."

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