So I’m back to blogging about books. Yayy! Unfortunately, the disease that takes the guise of exams is still infecting me, but I’ll be cured next Friday.
There are some books with which I had REALLY high expectations. But once I actually read them, I was a bit . . . meh. That DEFINITELY didn’t live up to my expectations. When you read an average, below-average book you don’t get too much affected (unless you spent your entire month’s worth pocket money on it. That tears your heart too). But when you have good vibes of the book and then it crushes you . . .
So here are some of the books which I had really high hopes for, but I ended up being ‘meh-d’:
1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
What can I say about this? I had waited patiently, patiently, oh-so patiently. I cannot accept this as the eighth canon. I will not. Now I know it was only based on the story idea by queen JKR and written by Jack Thorne but IT DIDN’T HAVE THAT HARRY POTTER SPARK WHICH MADE HARRY POTTER HARRY POTTER
(Cursed Child defenders everywhere, defend this as much as you want but this is definitely not as rocked-away amazing as the other 7 books)
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them kinda made up though . . .
2. Catch a falling star by Kim Culbertson
As I mentioned in my review, it had a nice protagonist, nice setting, etc, etc, but the PLOT. The synopsis gave the promise of a good read . . . but then it was just a WAY too clichéd book with a bleak, milk-and-water plot.
3. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
I gotta say this one could have been SO much better . . . but I got the feeling the author was trying too hard to fit both worlds in, the 1950s sleepy English village detective case and a present day story of secrets, bitterness, and mystery. It had a novel INSIDE a novel. That was an essential part to some extent. But sleepy village + modern day + the dots interwoven with the both, it was hard to pull off.
4. Confessions of a booklover by Ruskin Bond
When I bought this I though these were ACTUAL confessions of a book lover, y’know. The title was misleading. Very. This is actually an anthology of classics (most of them are pretty amazing by the way), along with Ruskin Bond’s footnotes before each extract. But I really would have loved to read about actual experiences of a book lover – Bond does non-fiction so well, so why not something like that?
5. Meluha by Amish Tripathi
(VERY sorry in advance, to one of my best friends, Pulkit. I know you LOVE this book but it just didn’t jell with me)
Since my bestie loved this book so much, and there was all the hype surrounding it, one fine day I sat down and read Meluha, with huge expectations. Everything looks okay. BUT – I don’t know, I just found the book a bit too, um, over-informative. Call me weird. I feel that the author was trying too hard, and filling too many details. And I like historical/mythological fiction! But hey, I guess it’s just me ’cause all those people who love this out there can’t be wrong.
6. The School Of Good And Evil by Sonam Chainani
Somebody had given me this book with glowing praise. And I was very intrigued to read it, too
because the cover looked so pretty. But it wasn’t all THAT good. The ‘good and evil’ school concept was interesting to read, if not a bit stereotypical. And the stereotypes just did it, for me. Any other good feelings I had for this vaporised. While I still have some interest in reading the sequel, it’s definitely gonna happen in the distant future.
So, these are some of the books that crushed me. There are more of ’em, lying in my bookshelf but this is all for now. What about you? Did you ever have high hopes for something and were crushed? Any of the books from above? Do share your thoughts in the comments section!