Books I’ve Struggled to Finish in 2018 (So far!)

Hey guys! I hope you have all had a lovely weekend! So far this year I have read 20/30 books for my reading challenge and according to Goodreads, I am 10 books ahead of schedule which is fantastic! I thought it’d be cool to look at, out of the 20 books I’ve read so far, which ones I have struggled to finish and why. I have look at what I’ve read so far and picked 5 books which I don’t think is bad out of 20. Here’s what I picked:

Zenith1) Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings: My main problem with this book was that it was too long, had too many chapters and too many POVs. There’s like 99 chapters (why?) and six POVs (again, why?) which was just too much for me. It just felt very unnecessary and it was really confusing to follow. I got to around page 300 and felt that the book should have finished there. But instead it went on for another 200 pages which to me kind of felt like it should have been the second book. So I was contemplating not finishing it but because it was co-authored by Sasha and I had been looking forward to reading it, I pushed through and finished it. This was the first book I read this year and I gave it two stars, so it was not off to a great start!


Fear2) Fear by Dirk Kurbjuweit:

This is probably one of the worst books I have ever read and I don’t think I have felt so disappointed by a book. I had been waiting over a year to read this and when it finally came out, I was so excited. But unfortunately, it’s nothing like what the synopsis promises. It’s not a thriller and it’s more like an autobiography for a fictional character. I feel bad because the author based this book on his own experiences but it was just so boring! I wanted to be excited and scared by it but I was just so bored. Bored. Bored. Bored. It’s supposed to be about a crazy stalker but the character spends like 90% of the book talking about himself and his daddy issues. I think the only reason I finished it is because I was hoping it would get better but it didn’t.

He Said:She Said3) He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly:

This was another book that I was really excited by because it sounded amazing but it turned out to be so incredibly boring. The start of the book doesn’t make any sense and and I was really fed up because nothing was being explained to me. I nearly didn’t finish it because I didn’t like any of the characters and I thought the plot was just ridiculous. It was all so over the top and so dramatic. I was expecting this to be a five star read and I ended up giving it two stars. I finished it because it was a book I had been really excited about and I didn’t want it to end up on my DNF pile.



Nightfall4) Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski:

You know it’s bad when you get 50 pages into a book and think to yourself, “I can’t read this.” Let me introduce you to Nightfall! One of the strangest books I have ever read. I finished it and I still can’t explain what this book was about and what happened because I’m not even sure myself. I finished it because my friend picked it for my April TBR and I felt like I had to finish it. Every 50 pages I was questioning why I was wasting my time on such a terrible book that felt like the authors were on drugs when they wrote it. I’ll be glad to never set my eyes on this book again!


Friend Request5) Friend Request by Laura Marshall

It sucks to include this book on here but it just wasn’t very good. I found it really boring and it felt like nothing happened until the last 30 pages. It dragged so much and I definitely think it had the potential to be a lot better than it was. It was definitely an interesting and unique idea for a story which is partly why I felt inclined to finish it. The other reason is that it’s Laura’s debut novel and even though I found it boring, it wasn’t terrible. I gave it three stars which is a lot better than the ratings I gave the books above.



There we have it! Have you guys read any of these books and did you feel the same? What books have you struggled to finish so far this year? Feel free to leave a comment below! I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading!

6 thoughts on “Books I’ve Struggled to Finish in 2018 (So far!)

  1. Katie G says:

    Yeah I agree that Zenith was far too long and could have been broken up more. I’m not sure I’m into Sasha and Lindsay’s writing style in general and definitely wanted to like it a lot more than I did. Also totally on the same page about there being too many POVs I kept getting lost between each storyline!

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    • Beth says:

      Sorry for the late reply, I have been away and have neglected my blog! Yeh I had really high hopes for it and was majorly disappointed when I realised how much I disliked it 😦 I also think it didn’t flow together very well at times and it felt very stilted. I’m still intrigued about Sasha’s Project Red book though and can definitely see myself giving that a try!

      Same! A character would pop up who we hadn’t heard from in ages and I just kept thinking, who the hell are you?? I couldn’t keep track of everyone!

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      • Beth says:

        I have a feeling it will be a romance in Scotland but then it might end up being a fantasy haha xD Yeh Zenith was just so rushed but she seems to be taking her time with this one, so hopefully it will be better!

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