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Will I Finish That Series?

How do you feel about abandoning book series? I think Dnfing books is great even though it never feels great at the time. In the end though it’s better to have moved on to something that interests you and you enjoy. I know for most of us reading is for fun so why read something that isn’t fun?

Most of these are series I started as far back as 7 & 8 years ago. This is just books in a series that are completed otherwise this post would double in length 😐 I’m not here to disparage anyone from reading these books or bashing people who did like these stories. I think it’s freeing to talk about stories that you’ve had to leave behind because they no longer serve you. I’m a mood reader so I rarely know what I’m picking up next which I assure you only sounds fun, but it’s cool to see the journey of a reader.

In an earlier post I made, Books I Forgot, I talked about series that I was contemplating finishing. There are but a few on this massive list that I could be swayed to finish but for the majority I have given up on that notion. This is not to say that these books are bad it’s just been too long and my interest in them has faded. So to answer my question Will I finish that series? Probably not. To see which books I reject and which I may continue with, read on.   

Die for Me (Revenants, #1)
Until I Die (Revenants, #2)
If I Should Die (Revenants, #3)

Revenants series by Amy Plum, Until I Die, If I Should Die, I have only read the first book which is Die for Me. There is too much use of the word die for my liking even though it serves a heavy handed purpose. This is like Anna and the French Kiss except make it paranormal. It has the Paris setting romance with a side of paranormal. I read this so long ago that I can’t recall much about the powers associated with the characters that have the ability to save lives. I didn’t love this book by any means because I don’t like romance centered stories. This is a series that will remain unread for me.

Black City (Black City, #1)
Phoenix (Black City, #2)
Wings (Black City, #3)

Wings by Elizabeth Richards, This is the third book in the The Black City series. I only have the third one left to read. And I’m sure you’re thinking its the last book just read it but it’s been well … 7 years and I can’t. LOL I don’t know why I didn’t read it after it came out but that’s just how it is sometimes. I do however remember HATING the second book in this series. Just AWFUL. SO that may be the culprit lol The fact that I even picked the first book is surprising because 1. it has vampires and 2. it’s post apocalyptic &/or dystopian. Two things I dislike a lot. However the first book wasn’t too horrible but the second book LOL Just NO!

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)
Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2)

Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik this is the second book in the Temeraire series, The first being His Majesty’s Dragon. I did want to continue with this series but I’ve heard from others that the other books are slow & boring. I really love this book because of Temeraire. He is a talking dragon who is baby but powerful & so dang smart. This was also funny at times because of Temeraire. If you love talking animals than you must pick this up. Also it’s historical fiction. This book is firmly in the maybe pile.

Warcross (Warcross, #1)
Wildcard (Warcross, #2)

Wild Card by Marie Lu, This is a sequel to a duology the first book being Warcross. Again one book and I still can’t manage it because I just didn’t care for the predictability in Warcross. I won’t go into too much here since I did in Books I Forgot, but basically, the first book didn’t leave me with wanting more.

Renegades (Renegades, #1)
Archenemies (Renegades, #2)
Supernova (Renegades, #3)

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer. I have only read the first one and it was just alright. I love the Lunar Chronicles but I’ve struggled with her other books and this was no different. I like the idea and the superpowers but everything was pretty predictable. I don’t see myself finishing this series.

What’s a series you’re not finishing and why?

Thanks for reading!!

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Longest Books on my TBR Shelf

One way I’m trying to dismember erm, cut down on my mountain of a TBR is to start with the oldest. I’m using Goodreads for this as I don’t actually keep good records otherwise, opps. I’m then discerning if I actually still want to read it because it’s been years so taste and energy has changed. Also, I’m just generally very curious as to what I still haven’t read in all this time.

I should also add that I will be skipping over the classics, like Persuasion by Jane Austin, Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë, & Villette by Charlotte Brontë. Classics are not something I can easily pickup whenever and the goal of this is to read these books sooner rather than later.

These are ranked from oldest to still pretty old. For additional info on synopsis or to add to your shelves the image will take you directly to their Goodreads page.

I’ve rambled long enough on to the books

Prophecy by Ellen Oh

Prophecy (The Dragon King Chronicles, #1)

I would never have guessed this to be my longest held book but who can remember all the way back to 2012??

Judging from the reviews not many enjoyed this story. I have yet to try it to my knowledge plus the book that people say this reminds them of is something I haven’t read. So, I’m taking that as a good sign and hoping that I’ll actually like this story even though it has the chosen one trope.

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

The Summer Prince

This I would have guessed as being one of the oldest. I’ve been “meaning” to get to it since its release.

This is a post-apocalyptic novel set in what used to be Brazil. A king is sacrificed every year. I think it also leans Science Fiction which also makes me intrigued. This has art, politics and mythology.

The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #2)

This is the first and I believe only book on this list that I have actually started, just never finished. I’m honestly questioning everyone who recommended this to me. I don’t know if this is a product of its time ( I make it sound like its ancient) It’s just that modern YA is quicker paced.

This series so far has made me want to quit reading. It is so freaking boring I can’t handle it. There is so much love and hype for this beloved series but I’m struggling to find what everyone else is seeing.

The Fifth Doll by Charlie N. Holmberg

The Fifth Doll

Usually, her books would be at a higher priority and wouldn’t even be on this list except her books of late have not been great. She’s very original in concept but the last two books from her just fell flat.

I really like how fresh her stories always feel and this one in particular. I’m just having cold feet.

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game, #1)

Why have I not picked this up??? This is a frequent question I ask myself. But I’m more perplexed than usual. This seems to be like everything I would enjoy and yet…it just sits there unread. unbelievable. Is this book negligence?? In any case, now that I’m writing this I feel more compelled to pick this up.

Jade City by Fonda Lee

Jade City (The Green Bone Saga, #1)

Speaking of negligence……………… *hangs head in shame* This haunts me. I think this is a case of intimidation, I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things paired with the size of this tome and I just can’t bring myself to commit.

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers #3)

I’m currently reading this book, YAY! One down a bajillion more to go. I don’t know why it is taking me so loooong to finish this book. While I’m reading it I’m enjoying it but the minute I have to put it down I find it incredibly difficult to pick it back up. LOL WHY??

My mind never ceases to confound me.

Veins of Gold by Charlie N. Holmberg

Veins of Gold

Welp, like I mentioned earlier this author has a tendency to be a hit or a miss and the last few books have been a huge miss.

This kind of reminds me of Rae Carson’s The Gold Seer trilogy

Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury

Last of Her Name

This has me at Anastasia retelling in space. That animate movie left a big impression on me as a kid, okay.

Anyway, I loved Khoury’s Forbidden Wish, an Aladdin retelling. So I picked this up and it has been waiting to be read ever since.

Have you read any of these? Did you like them? Let me know.

Thanks for reading! ❤

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A Roast 2 Me part 2

This is a follow up on my Roast to Me post. If you haven’t read it please do so here, It’s a grand ole time.

Basically, I’m trying to see if I made any progress on those books.

Let’s find out.

First up, Jade City by Fonda Lee, Ah, darkness my old friend, this beast still sits wondering when it’ll see the light of day. & I wonder when I’m going to stop lying to myself that I’ll get to it soon.

The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang, I guess I’m still planning to die waiting to read this.

Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett, I actually read this. Yay me! One down and oh, too many to go.

The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard, Well, that victory was short lived. This story is as short as that victory and yet…

Artificial Condition; Rogue Protocol; and Exit Strategy by Martha Wells, Since writing the previous post I believe another was released and to no one’s surprise I haven’t read any of them.

The Thief series by Megan Whalen Tuner, I have read 1 ½ books in this 6? book series. So half a point for doing bare minimum effort. To be fair, I absolutely hated the first book and I put down the second one at the halfway point because it was a booore.

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, I actually forgot I had this so, nope, haven’t read it. Go Me for buying and not reading. Oh, wait, that isn’t the goal? Darn.

Lirael & Abhorsen by Garth Nix, Hey, hey, hey add two points to my net negative because I have read these two. I don’t know if this is a win since I didn’t enjoy these much 😦

Scooby- Doo! I have read a few of these comics but not all of the ones I have. I think I have 3 more to go. These are fun and I love the Scooby Gang so this is a win either way.

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli, A dragon better not eat me now because I finally read this and freaking LOVED it! Now to just read the last book in the series.

Fairest of All: A Tale of the Evil Queen by Serena Valentino, I wave at this one as I scroll on by. Shame, my name be thy.

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal, By my calculations I’m still in the red. Hopefully, I’ll get to this before people start colonizing Mars.

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna, One of my Favorite books of the year!! Also Past me was right to be super jealous. I am so glad I picked this up. Now if I could do that with the rest of these.

So, what have we learned? I buy books and then never read them, check. I then go on to roast myself over this in not one but two posts, check.

I’m only sorry for the books that languish in the ether of my kindle or on a shelf, you deserve better!

I guess the upside is they have each other for comfort in these trying times. I too, have them to turn to if only I remembered to do that.

Are any of these books on your never ending tbr pile? Let’s commiserate in the comments.

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