After a HUGE blogging drought, I am here with a book wrap up. I just barely hit my 100 books, and YES I think there is a Gillian Flynn short story in there that doesn’t really count, but I AM TRYING PEOPLE! May eek in Carrie Brownstein’s memoir today.
Runner up worst book – “Shipwrecked” by Emily Bleeker. It was a Kindle First book, so low expectations, which means it was hard to even get a worst book consideration. But omg. This book. There is a plane crash and the survivors try to cover up one of the plane crash deaths because of guilt? It was a plane crash. And then after being stranded for over a year the man and lady survivor hook up and then try to cover this up because Lord knows why. (Melissa’s moral compass: it’s not cheating if you have been stranded and aren’t being rescued.)
But the WORST WORST WORST book of the year (and honestly, it’s very possibly my worst book ever) is “The Hand that Feed You” by A.J. Rich. It ranks very high on the disappointment scale – this book was blurbed by freaking Joyce Carol Oates (granted she is old and dumb and says dumb things – but she is JCO!). And Chelsea Cain, who while hardly a literary genius can write a decent thriller! But even without that – omg, the stupidity. Instead of going on for days, I’ll just say this – the protagonist a) doesn’t know how to use a Swiffer and b) feels the need to mention this, apropos of nothing, for an ENTIRE PARAGRAPH. And finally, if someone opens a cupholder for you because you are holding coffee – that doesn’t make them a mind reader. It makes them a person with functioning eyeballs who doesn’t want coffee spilled in their car.