posted at Monday, July 28th, 2014 at 10:44 AM | Discussion Posts
Currently, I’m reading the final book in Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy. This has gotten me thinking about my choices and how sometimes they don’t make sense. See, I started this series when I had a cold and I read A Discovery of Witches all in one day, which is actually a feat because these books are monsters, and I loved it. I can only presume it was the cold. When I read Shadow of Night the illusion crumbled and I wondered how I’d gotten myself into this series that is totally Twilight for wine and history nerds. I didn’t really want to read The Book of Life, and yet I have to. I needed to know and nothing would satisfy me but actually reading the whole unnecessarily long book myself.
I quit series all the time. According to my fairly up to date series spreadsheet (courtesy of Snuggly Oranges), I’ve quit 258 series. Of course, the All Souls Trilogy is in it, so this isn’t entirely accurate. I hoped for myself that I wouldn’t finish reading this series, but I couldn’t resist. I tried to help myself, but I could not. Sometimes, though I hate a series, I HAVE to finish it, against my own will. I am, somehow, too curious to know the ending despite otherwise a lack of caring. WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF? Is it masochism? It must be, because, sometimes, I might even do some rereading so that I can understand the stupid ending I kind of don’t want to read in the first place.
If you personally love these series, I mean you no offense. Odds are I’m really into some series you would hate or dislike, and that’s totally fine. We all have different tastes, which is part of what makes book blogs so much fun.
I Couldn’t Quit
The Maze Runner – James Dashner: I read all three books in The Maze Runner trilogy, even though I was meh about the first book and strongly disliked the second. In this case, I do know why I was curious and had to finish. I wanted to know if Dashner would ever explain anything, if there would be a point to it all. Nope is the answer to that. I LOATHED the third book. Also, as a sign of the madness, I was really tempted to read the prequel, but managed to resist. So far. My reviews of The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure.
Parasol Protectorate – Gail Carriger: Carriger’s series has five books and I read them all, despite the second book making me want to set them all aflame. Honestly, the first one was fantastic, but I didn’t do more than feel mild affection for anything thereafter and all of book three was totally unnecessary, spent resolving a plot line that was out of character and idiotic. I had to finish, even though I knew I wouldn’t be able to look back on the series happily after book two’s ending and that I would never be able to feel the same about the characters. I still had to know. And I’ll probably read anything else Carriger writes. Reviews to come.
Chemical Garden – Lauren DeStefano: *groans* To be fair, I was “forced” to read the final book for Sadie Hawkins, but if I were truly unwilling I could have just said no, because it’s my blog and I do what I want. Honestly, I was curious. I wanted to know if the series really was upholding all of this terrible stuff or if the ending would save it somewhat. Nope, it will not, I can now say with authority. My reviews of Wither, Fever and Sever.
Evernight – Claudia Gray: I sort of liked this vampire series at the beginning, but it swiftly went the way of the frustrating. Yet I put a hold on the final book when it came out and read it right away. It was worse than I imagined. I have, however, managed to avoid the spinoff novel, so that’s something. I wouldn’t have but I actually won it in a giveaway and it never came, so that fueled my righteous indignation enough that I didn’t touch it. Hurrah! My review for Afterlife.
Divergent – Veronica Roth: Okay, I actually had managed to quit this one. Twice. First, I got a review copy of Insurgent unsolicited, so okay fine I’ll give this series another chance, I thought. Some people said Insurgent was better. (Negative.) I quit it again. But then I got Allegiant in the mail and, what sealed the deal, I learned about the spoiler and I had to see it happen. Or hear it happen in this case. I actually ended up liking book three best, unlike everyone else in the world, but I never felt anything but judgment for these books. My reviews for Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant.
Paranormalcy – Kiersten White: The first book was cute and fun. I will give it that. By book two, I didn’t care anymore. I didn’t. Yet there was only one book left and maybe it would be good again and I should totally finish. I should not have finished. Why do I ignore my instincts? My reviews for Paranormalcy, Supernaturally, and Endlessly.
The Bronze Horseman – Paullina Simons: *LOUD SOBBING* I may never have read a worse book than The Summer Garden, though The Bronze Horseman was pretty fucking shitty too. Book two was actually kind of okay. This series was over two thousand pages long. I hate myself.
I Probably Won’t Be Able to Quit
Women of the Otherworld – Kelley Armstrong: Typically, I enjoy Kelley Armstrong, but I didn’t like the first book in her adult series. I actually took this series off my to-read list, but then I put it back. I am compelled. I’ll probably read all of them and rate them 3.5 stars at best. Is this the best potential use of my time? No. Will it stop me? Probably not.
The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken: So far, I’ve only read The Darkest Minds, but I do HAVE Never Fade. I really just want to be able to see why everyone I know loves these books. I want to know if it gets better, even if I didn’t like any of the characters and suspect my least favorite trope will happen.
Stephanie Plum – Janet Evanovich: I just read a negative review for the latest installment (21) in the Stephanie Plum series that referenced The Monkees’ “I’m Henry the Viii” to great effect. It’s very true that the verses are all the same. I made it through fourteen or fifteen before I stopped grabbing them as they came out. I was already fed up with the fact that Stephanie’s plot arc plum stopped. However, I suspect that I’ll be binging all of the rest whenever the series finally ends so that I can see how the romance finally plays out.
Delirium – Lauren Oliver: I did like Delirium when I read it in my early blogging days, but I sort of doubt I’d like it now, with so much more of the genre and more analytical thinking about my books under my belt. Yet, I am 99% positive I will reread Delirium and then read the other two books, so that I can experience the ending and see how I feel about it. Plus, Lauren Oliver’s books have been such a mixed bag and I’m just all kinds of curious. Even though I know I probably won’t like it much and shouldn’t spend my time on it.
Steelheart – Brandon Sanderson: Though Steelheart was one of my biggest disappointments last year and I hate all of the characters, I do not have it within me to quit Brandon Sanderson. It’s got to get better, right? Because I know he’s capable of writerly magic. That CANNOT be it. But unless he kills the characters and starts over I know I should stop. BUT I CANNOT.
Anita Blake – Laurell K. Hamilton: I didn’t get to where this series went completely off the rails into orgy town. I quit it. Sort of. I have a sneaking suspicion, though, that I’m going to read more of it someday. If I’m lucky, I’ll not end up finishing both this and her Merry Gentry books. This should not be so tempting, because I know how terrible they are. AND YET.