Worst books of 2020

December 23, 2020 Misc. 2

So here it is the dreaded worst books of 2020 and I think this list is making me reevaluate my love of horror or that maybe my taste are changing. I get that way sometimes when I read a lot of a certain genre I get tired of it and then don’t read it for a while. I might need to think this over as most of these are horror books. 🙁

Jaunty the Clown just wants to entertain families with lighthearted slapstick antics, but people think of clowns as terrifying, nightmarish creatures who hide in closets or under beds. When Jaunty, along with his fellow performers Guffaw, Wagon, Reginald The Pleasant Clown, and Bluehead are fired from the circus, they’re told that the world just doesn’t like clowns anymore.

Still, clowns have to eat. And since these clowns don’t eat children, to make ends meet they’re eventually forced to take a job in a popular haunted attraction, the Mountain of Terror. Instead of charming entertainers, they’re now scary clowns. A zombie clown. A demon clown. A creepy doll clown.

But the town is about to discover something more frightening than clowns. Because on opening night, millions of oversized spiders emerge from a cave and begin their deadly invasion…

From Bram Stoker Award-nominated author Jeff Strand comes an insane mix of shameless silliness and grisly creepy-crawly horror. Clowns Vs. Spiders. Who will win?

This had potential to be fun but all it did was bore me. I could have cared less about the clowns and if they survived or not. Listened to this one and the narrator was okay it was just not a great story line. I know this author liked to use humor in his books and I enjoyed Wolf Hunt by this author but just not this one.

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides — or are chosen.

I am sure you guys remember Barb and I ranting a bit about this one in several post…lol. I loved it as a teen but something happened to my love as an adult because it bored me so bad. I hated some of the character and having to read their sections just made it drag on and on. So bored, did I mention I was bored! 🙂


Something is wrong in the small outback town of Morgan Creek.

A farmer goes missing after a blue in the pub. A teenage couple fail to show up for work. When Patrick and Sheila McDonough investigate, they discover the missing persons list is growing. Before they realise what’s happening, the residents of the remote town find themselves in a fight for their lives against a foe they would never have suspected.

And the dry red earth will run with blood.

The best part of this one was the Killer Kangaroo! Other than that it really was lacking in plot. The author was trying to hit a word count using the F word in every which way he could about every other sentence and that is not my thing. So loved the killer roo but that was it.

A tale of revenge, cultural identity, and the cost of breaking from tradition in this latest novel from the Jordan Peele of horror literature, Stephen Graham Jones.

Seamlessly blending classic horror and a dramatic narrative with sharp social commentary, The Only Good Indians follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives. Tracked by an entity bent on revenge, these childhood friends are helpless as the culture and traditions they left behind catch up to them in a violent, vengeful way.

Okay, don’t come after me with this one! I know a lot of people enjoyed this one and I am so in the minority but this was such a dud. I pretty much hated every minute I read and should have DNFed it but kept going hoping I would like something. I also tried Night of the Mannequins and hated it too, so I think it’s the authors writing style that I am not a fan of so I am probably not going to try any more.

Once there was a girl who ran away and joined a traveling carnival. She married a man she grew to hate—and gave birth to a child she could never love. A child so monstrous that she killed it with her own hands…Twenty-five years later, Ellen Harper has a new life, a new husband, and two normal children—Joey loves monster movies, and Amy is about to graduate from high school. But their mother drowns her secret guilt in alcohol and prayer. The time has come for Amy and Joey to pay for her sins…

Because Amy is pregnant.

And the carnival is coming back to town.

This was not fun…lol. This was boredom from the get go and never quit being boring. I don’t even really have anything to say about it except it’s a good thing I tried Dean Koontz before trying this one by his alter ego or I might not read him…blah!

Twin Peaks  meets Riverdale in this twisty atmospheric mystery from the critically acclaimed author of A Lite Too Bright, Samuel Miller, about the search for a missing girl at an elite prep school.

Everyone knows Emma. Neesha’s her best friend, Aiden’s her basketball star boyfriend, and Evan’s her shadow, following Emma’s every move.

Emma stands out, which is hard to do at Redemption Prep, a school where every student has been handpicked to attend its remote campus in the forest of Utah. So when she goes missing in plain sight during mass, everyone notices.

And everyone becomes a suspect, especially at a school with so many rules: Don’t skip mass. Don’t break curfew. Don’t go into the woods.

Emma’s disappearance ignites an investigation, and Neesha, Aiden, and Evan all want to find her—for different reasons. But they each have their own secrets to hide, and not everyone wants Emma to be found.

As the search continues, the students start to realize that they’re not the only ones trying to hide something. Redemption Prep has secrets, too—secrets bigger than any of the students could have imagined, and Emma could be the key to finding out the truth . . . if anyone can find her. 

This had the potential to be a good one up until the end!!! I don’t know what the author was thinking with that ending and I am guessing that is where the twins peak type thing might have popped in and it was the wrong call. I can say I am not the only one as this has a 2 star rating on goodreads…lol. So yeah, started out decent and then bombed.

What was your worst books?


2 Responses to “Worst books of 2020”

  1. Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

    I know we disagree about The Only Good Indians, but I get it. Its definitely one of those books that isn’t for every one. I had some disappointing books this year but I wouldn’t say I hated any. My lowest rated book was Docile by KM. Szpara.

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