Disappointing Books of 2015

I want to preface by saying that I don’t think any of these books are inherently bad.  They are ALL well written or they obviously wouldn’t have been published.  Really, it is about the high expectations I set for each book and feeling that the books were flat, confusing, or predictable.

The Wicked And The Divine There is a lot of hype around this graphic novel series and I totally had high expectations for it because of that.  My reasons for disliking this book is simple: I couldn’t follow the plot.  It is confusing from the first page and I could never really figure out what is happening.  I gave up about half way through it!  

The Duff  I was hoping for a lot of cheap laughs when I purchased this book, but this is another book I couldn’tfinish.  It is a well written book but I found the immaturity of the characters unrelatable. (I had no idea until just now that unrelatable is not really a word. I learn something new every day!

Maybe it’s because I’m so far passed the teen phase…I don’t know.  Overall, I found it a bit cheesy.  Is ‘cheesy’ showing my age? Case and point!

The Boston Girl  Again, this was a much talked about book and I found the plot to be predictable.  I was able to guess nearly every story in each chapter.   Nothing really excited me about this book past chapter 2.  Overall, It wasn’t my taste or my speed!

End Times  This was a ‘take a chance’ YA book.  I saw someone else reading it and thought it was up my alley of interests.  Turns out, not so much.  I found the mixture of biblical end time warnings mixed with her own end times imagination to be sporadic and lacking sense.  I like the overall idea of the story, but I feel it wasn’t executed well.  Also, the characters are too fickle. (seriously! who acts like that, let alone an entire town.)  Speaking of town, why are the end of the world events only taking place in this town while the rest of the world doesn’t seem to notice?  In all, the story can carry your attention to the end out of curiosity, but in order to find what really happens, you need to read the second book.  

I think what it really boils down to is this:  I’m passed the YA books.  I have a hard time relating to the thoughts and decisions the characters make in most of them.  

Do any of you feel this way about YA books or do you still find them to be enjoyable?   Did you find any books disappointing in 2015?    

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Flour || The Beginning Of Something Great

 Picture of Joanne Chang from Flour Bakery website http://flourbakery.com/team/joanne-chang
Picture of Joanne Chang from Flour Bakery website http://flourbakery.com/team/joanne-chang

I read cookbooks like they are a work of great literary fiction.  I can’t get enough of them; especially the author’s who weave their life stories into the recipes.  It makes me feel warm and cozy inside.  As fate would have it, one day I rushed through the library shelves eager to find a particular cookbook that was said to be checked-in, but I wasn’t seeing it.  Frustrated, I did that bit where you keep going over and over the books, sliding your finger across each spine hoping you’re missing it.  Turns out I wasn’t, the book wasn’t on the shelf, but my finger did land on a different book that piqued my interest. 

It is called, Flour

The cookbook was well used and included splatters of food across its pages.  This is always a good sign.  As I read through the first pages, and then flipping through each recipe, the book began to stir something inside me.  I could tell that this book had a collection of recipes that could take my ho-hum baking skills to the next level while still appealing to the the bakery style baked goods I love. 

I was in. 

I tried making one of her recipes that very day and failed miserably. Twice.  At 11:00 at night, the third time trying, I was successful and it was worth every error to get it right. 

I learned that weighing ingredients really is important.  Because of Joanne, I have a scale and oven thermometer stored in my kitchen and use them regularly.

Enough of that though.  I’m really just building you up to tell you that I have decided to cook my way through this cookbook.  Every recipe.  As best as I can.  I look at it as a challenge that can only improve my knowledge and skills in my baking. 

Much like Julie Powell did.  I’ll document each recipe here and hopefully inspire you along the way;  So stay tuned.

-Liz

 

 

 Picture Source from Amazon Books
Picture Source from Amazon Books

Knits

This darn blanket is taking forever.  I didn’t realize how much monotonous work it entailed.  I have grown so accustomed to quickly producing hats. 

Anyway, this blanket is discouraging me a little with how long it takes to knit just one row!  Thank goodness I am fairly stubborn because this blanket will be finished one day!  I’m actually a little further than what is shown in the picture…but still a loooong way from finishing. 

As for my reading, I checked out The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen.  So far so good.

Linking up with Ginny at  Small Things today for her yarn along.

Until next time!

-Liz