Parting is such sweet sorrow..


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is :

Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

Well, this week’s topic, to be clear, it’s not so much that I’m not interested in reading these more that I’ve realised it’s just not going to happen (although a small bookish voice inside my head is whispering ‘never say never’).  So, these are books that I’ve been wanting to read for a very long time, many of them are impulse buys or recommendations that I was determined to read – but, it still hasn’t happened.  I have to be realistic, I’m constantly adding more and more books and although this has been a guilt inducing exercise I think these books will have to go to into the ‘not going to read’ room.  It’s sad, and, to be honest, even now I’m thinking that I might one day rescue them.  Who knows, maybe somebody will invent a way to distort time and make 24 hours a day feel more like 48 – it could happen:

  1. Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler
  2. Insurgent and Allegiant by Veronica Roth – I enjoyed the first book but I never felt compelled to continue with the series for some reason
  3. Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes – I bought this after reading and loving Into the Darkest Corner, but just simply haven’t had chance to pick it up
  4. Timeless by Gail Carriger – I am literally never going to finish this series.  I have a mental block
  5. The Sin Eater’s daughter by Melinda Salisbury – this is a book that I loved the sound of but then found myself knocking it down the list after seeing reviews that were a bit negative – I know it shouldn’t make a difference but sometimes it’s off putting.
  6. Monster by Ilsa Blick – this is another book that I was keen to read but then just got put off – similar to No.5
  7. Days of Blood and Starlight and Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor.  I absolutely loved the first book so have no idea why these didn’t get eagerly devoured.  The thing is, it’s been so long now that I can barely remember what the first book was about.  Such a shame.
  8. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine – this is a series that I fully intended on reading but as I’ve got further and further behind I’ve realised it’s not going to happen.
  9. The King’s Blood and the Tyrant’s Law by Daniel Abraham.  I read the first book as part of a readalong and enjoyed it.  But, I don’t think the group then picked up the second book or if they did I missed it – so, I’m probably not going to complete this series at this point.
  10. I usually leave this one blank for you to add your own book – what book did you have the best intentions of reading but then just didn’t manage to succeed?

27 Responses to “Parting is such sweet sorrow..”

  1. proxyfish

    Ink and Bone and The Sin Eater’s Daughter are both on my bookshelf but I’d entirely forgotten about their existence! Oops!

    I like that your list is written with regret though, it’s a god mindset! Mine is more regret that I ever bought them in the first place! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – I like your honesty. I do regret that I have so many books that I truthfully know (deep down) that I will never pick up – I think I have an illness that compels me to buy more. The one excellent thing about this week’s TBR is it won’t add any new books to my tbr!
      Lynn 😀

  2. Annemieke

    Ah sometimes that just happens. Seeing a series (especially one that goes beyond 3 books) continuing and when you haven’t started the first one, can just be so off putting when you have so much else to read.
    I read Ink and Bone and thought it was just average by the way.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ahh, good to know – now I don’t feel bad that it’s on the list.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    #10 – 2 words, Anita Blake. I really like Ink & Bone but like you, never picked up the sequel and it seems the longer I go, the harder it is to do so. I will never finished Allegiant and Insurgent because I couldn’t stand the movies and Tris got on my nerves. My friend at least read all three of my box set so the money spent wasn’t a total waste 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I think that when I’ve read the first in a series but then not continued with the follow ups I can’t really have loved it in the first place.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Tammy

    I have the same problem, if I don’t get in early with a series, it just never happens. It’s like a speeding train leaving you behind at the station. I’d have to quit blogging and give up other books in order to catch up, and that’s not a choice I’m ready to make!

    • @lynnsbooks

      That’s how I feel – if I get too far behind then it feels like too large a hurdle. For example, I’ve just read the most recent book by John Gwynne and I loved it but I’m not going to go back to the previous series now – I’ll just continue with this one because I’m not playing catch up.
      Lynn 😀

  5. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    I think that’s a good cal with Ink and Cain. 5 Stars reviews EVERYWHERE for the first book, but oh my… from what I’ve seen, that series has taken a steep downfall since then :/ I wonder if it worth reading just the first book? Would it be satisfying enough to just stop after that, or would there be too many cliffhangers leading you to want to know more, but you knowing the book will only get worse?

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, it’s a shame about that one – I really fancied reading it, as it happened I just fell behind (which happens with a lot of my own books) and then I did read that the series had tailed off.
      Lynn 😀

  6. ChrissiReads

    I’m not that bothered about reading Days of Blood and Starlight. I wasn’t fussed with the first book!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I liked it up to a point. I got a bit tired with the beautiful angel theme I think.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Ash

    I just read Ashes and I want to read the second and third, but they’re seriously intimidating.
    Great list!
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  8. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I’m actually enjoying Daniel Abraham’s series (I’ve read the first two books and need to start nr. 3 soon), but I’ve seen many readers comment on the fact they don’t feel invested enough in the story/characters to move forward. I guess I’m among the lucky ones 🙂
    And anyway, there is a HUGE amount of books out there to chose from… 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, tbh I enjoyed the first but then I was waiting for the next readalong and I either missed it or it didn’t happen – then I just got behind and now I would have to reread the first if I was going to continue with the series – so it’s not realistically going to happen. Glad you’re enjoying it – I’ve heard good things about the series from others and kind of wish that I’d not falled behind.
      Lynn 😀

  9. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, I really enjoyed the Insurgent series by Veronica Roth, but like you I started the The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger and never continued!

    • @lynnsbooks

      So many series that I haven’t completed – it’s quite embarrassing really.
      Lynn 😀

  10. thebookishlibra

    I finished the Divergent series but will admit that my interest waned with each passing book. The first one was definitely the best. I’m still hoping to get to the Rachel Caine series, although it has been on my TBR for ages.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I was really looking forward to the Rachel Caine series and bought the first (and maybe even the second!) book – and yet still they languish unread. I have to make some decisions and perhaps start finishing some of the series I’ve already started before starting new ones – but it’s difficult!
      Lynn 😀

  11. Greg

    I made it through Insurgent but didn’t get very far in Allegiant… and the Great Library series is another. Thought I wanted to read ’em but I just haven’t really been motivated to start them…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Or we simply haven’t had enough time. Tough decisions are needed: something has to go.
      Lynn 😀

  12. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I can’t come up with many reasons to keep books like Insurgent or Monsters on either, to my recollection both were pretty awful, haha. I also thought Daughter of Smoke and Bone was the best book of the trilogy, the rest kinda went downhill. And while I’d love to keep reading Daniel Abraham’s series, it’s getting more and more unlikely I’ll ever get to the second book. I also took Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series off my TBR, I read the first book and it was okay, but the romance aspect was just a tad too heavy for me.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I actually think I need to go through all my uncompleted series and make a list deciding which ones I’m going to complete and which ones I’m going to concede on. It sounds a bit drastic but some of them just aren’t going to happen. The Daniel Abraham series is a perfect example. I want to read it but I know at the back of my mind that I’ve probably got at least 10 – maybe 20 other series that I would put ahead. It’s time to get ruthless.
      Lynn 😀

  13. sjhigbee

    Yes… I’m abandoning Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series. I didn’t like the assault on her much – or how quickly she bounced back afterwards and haven’t felt like returning to the series since, though Himself assures me the later stories are really strong. I just simply find other books that call louder to me…

    • @lynnsbooks

      These are the choices that we sometimes have to make. I found that assault difficult to read but like your partner I have pressed on with the books and they are really good – just not for you at the present time. 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Yes – it really isn’t that I disapproved, it was that I mostly read to escape and that made for an upsetting read…

      • @lynnsbooks

        It was upsetting – I know where you’re coming from.
        Lynn 😀

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