Oh, where to start... I've talked in other places about my disappointment with the second of KJ Taylor's griffin books (The Griffin's Flight), but my disappointment had more to do with my own expectations (raised greatly by the first book, mentioned in the previous post) than any true fault with the book. I was frustrated with Demon Moon, the first of Meljean Brook's paranormal series, because I adored the short set in that world that I read in an anthology, which prompted me to buy the first three books of the series! I haven't yet worked up the courage to try book 2. A great number of the YA books I read while judging this year disappointed me in their "happy endings" or parochial gender issues - c'mon people, teens know bad stuff happens and that things don't always end well!
But probably the most disappointing book I've read this year was from one of my favourite series, JD Robb's In Death books. It's an early book I'd somehow missed reading, and I was stoked when I realised that. However, I really didn't enjoy Ceremony in Death like I usually do this series, for many reasons. Apart from the supernatural elements (which detracted from the usual SF feel of the books), there is a LOT of point-of-view jumping around, sometimes from paragraph to paragraph, which is, to me, a sign of lazy writing. Aof a disappointment, and that's the first time I've ever said that about one of the In Death books!
Day 01 – A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just freaking end already (or both!)
Day 02 – A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about
Day 03 – The best book you’ve read in the last 12 months
Day 04 – Your favorite book or series ever
Day 05 – A book or series you hate
Day 06 – Favorite book of your favorite series OR your favorite book of all time
Day 07 – Least favorite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise
Day 08 – A book everyone should read at least once
Day 09 – Best scene ever
Day 10 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11 – A book that disappointed you
Day 12 – A book or series of books you’ve watched more than five times
Day 13 – Favorite childhood book OR current favorite YA book (or both!)
Day 14 – Favorite character in a book (of any sex or gender)
Day 15 – Your “comfort” book
Day 16 – Favorite poem or collection of poetry
Day 17 – Favorite story or collection of stories (short stories, novellas, novelettes, etc.)
Day 18 – Favorite beginning scene in a book
Day 19 – Favorite book cover (bonus points for posting an image!)
Day 20 – Favorite kiss
Day 21 – Favorite romantic/sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)
Day 22 – Favorite non-sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)
Day 23 – Most annoying character ever
Day 24 – Best quote from a novel
Day 25 – Any five books from your “to be read” stack
Day 26 – OMG WTF? OR most irritating/awful/annoying book ending
Day 27 – If a book contains ______, you will always read it (and a book or books that contain it)!
Day 28 – First favorite book or series obsession
Day 29 – Saddest character death OR best/most satisfying character death (or both!)
Day 30 – What book are you reading right now?