Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading
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This week’s topic: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading
As a book lover, it always sucks to have to write a post like this, but let’s face it: there’s NEVER going to be enough time to get to all the stuff I want to read. Sometimes you just have to be picky, and as the popular book blogger adage goes, life’s too short for bad books or books that you’re no longer interested in.
A couple weeks ago, I put together this list of books that have been on my TBR for a long time (but that I still want to read) for Top Ten Tuesday, in which I also wrote about cleaning up my Goodreads to-read shelf. Part of this process involved removing books that had been there for so long that chances are unlikely that I would ever get to them, which included series I planned to abandon or books that I simply did not want to read anymore. The following are some of those books that did not make the cut. What do you think, though? Was I too hasty in removing any of these? Are there some that I should be reconsidering? Let me know in the comments.
There was such a long time between the second book and this one, that when it finally released it hit me that I didn’t actually feel invested enough in the story to find out how the trilogy will end.
“The world we knew is gone. What world will rise in its place?
The Twelve have been destroyed and the terrifying hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew—and daring to dream of a hopeful future.
But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy—humanity’s only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him.
One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate.”
This was one of the first books I ever added to Goodreads, but after reading some of Hurley’s more recent work, I realized I didn’t really enjoy her writing style, so I doubt I’ll ever go back to this one.
“Nyx had already been to hell. One prayer more or less wouldn’t make any difference…
On a ravaged, contaminated world, a centuries-old holy war rages, fought by a bloody mix of mercenaries, magicians, and conscripted soldiers. Though the origins of the war are shady and complex, there’s one thing everybody agrees on…
There’s not a chance in hell of ending it.
Nyx is a former government assassin who makes a living cutting off heads for cash. But when a dubious deal between her government and an alien gene pirate goes bad, Nyx’s ugly past makes her the top pick for a covert recovery. The head they want her to bring home could end the war–but at what price?
The world is about to find out.”
I’m not the biggest anthology fan in the first place, and after seeing a lot of the mixed reviews pointing out the unevenness of quality in some of these stories, I don’t think I’ll be reading this collection after all.
“All new and original to this volume, the 21 stories in Dangerous Women include work by twelve New York Times bestsellers, and seven stories set in the authors’ bestselling continuities — including a new “Outlander” story by Diana Gabaldon, a tale of Harry Dresden’s world by Jim Butcher, a story from Lev Grossman set in the world of The Magicians, and a 35,000-word novella by George R.R. Martin about the Dance of the Dragons, the vast civil war that tore Westeros apart nearly two centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones.
Also included are original stories of dangerous women — heroines and villains alike — by Brandon Sanderson, Joe Abercrombie, Sherilynn Kenyon, Lawrence Block, Carrie Vaughn, S.M. Stirling, Sharon Kay Penman, and many others.”
I loved the first five books of the Fever series and was so excited when it seemed Dani O’Malley was getting her own spin-off. But apparently, we’ve gone back to Mac. I’ve had enough of her already! I’d added this book to my TBR out of habit, but I was so irritated with the previous book and the direction it took the story and characters, I think I’m done with this series.
“When the immortal race of the Fae destroyed the ancient wall dividing the worlds of Man and Faery, the very fabric of the universe was damaged and now Earth is vanishing bit by bit. Only the long-lost Song of Making—a haunting, dangerous melody that is the source of all life itself—can save the planet.
But those who seek the mythic Song—Mac, Barrons, Ryodan and Jada—must contend with old wounds and new enemies, passions that burn hot and hunger for vengeance that runs deep. The challenges are many: The Keltar at war with nine immortals who’ve secretly ruled Dublin for eons, Mac and Jada hunted by the masses, the Seelie queen nowhere to be found, and the most powerful Unseelie prince in all creation determined to rule both Fae and Man. Now the task of solving the ancient riddle of the Song of Making falls to a band of deadly warriors divided among—and within—themselves.
Once a normal city possessing a touch of ancient magic, Dublin is now a treacherously magical city with only a touch of normal. And in those war-torn streets, Mac will come face to face with her most savage enemy yet: herself.”
Years ago, I used to be a big Anne Rice fan and read all of her books in The Vampire Chronicles. These days, I haven’t been following her so much. Her style seems to have changed, or maybe my tastes might have just evolved. I tried reading her new werewolf book a few years ago and thought it was okay, but thinking back now I can hardly remember what happened in the story, so I just removed this sequel from my TBR.
“It is winter at Nideck Point. Oak fires burn in the stately flickering hearths, and the community organizes its annual celebration of music and pageantry. But for Reuben Golding, now infused with the Wolf Gift, this promises to be a season like no other. He’s preparing to honor an ancient Midwinter festival with his fellow Morphenkinder—a secret gathering that takes place deep within the verdant recesses of the surrounding forests.
However, Reuben is soon distracted by a ghost. Tormented, imploring, and unable to speak, it haunts the halls of the great mansion, drawing him toward a strange netherworld of new spirits, or “ageless ones.” And as the swirl of Nideck’s preparations reaches a fever pitch, they reveal their own dark magical powers.”
Some of the mixed reviews I seen for this one have been worrying, since I adored the first book Wake of Vultures. I’m anxious about continuing the series because the abrasive personality of the main character appears to be the focus of many of the criticisms, which is why I’ll probably just stop here and keep my fond memories of the first book.
“Monsters, magic and the supernatural combine in this sequel to Wake of Vultures, in which a young woman must defeat the evil hiding beneath the surface.
Nettie Lonesome made a leap – not knowing what she’d become. But now the destiny of the Shadow is calling.
A powerful alchemist is leaving a trail of dead across the prairie. And the Shadow must face the ultimate challenge: side with her friends and the badge on her chest or take off alone on the dangerous mission pulling her inexorably toward the fight of her life.
When it comes to monsters and men, the world isn’t black and white. What good are two wings and a gun when your enemy can command a conspiracy of ravens?
Conspiracy of Ravens continues the exciting journey begun in Wake of Vultures as Nettie Lonesome discovers that she, and the world, are more than what they seem.”
Honestly, I have no clue why I kept this series on my TBR for so long. I mean, the first few books weren’t bad, but it’s been years since I last enjoyed an Anita Blake book. I’ve tried returning to this series multiple times, and it seems every time I do I just get burned. It’s taken many years and a whopping nine books, but I think it’s finally time to throw in the towel and admit to myself things aren’t going to miraculously get better again.
“There are a lot of monsters in Anita Blake’s life. And some of them are human. One such individual is the man she calls Edward, a bounty hunter who specializes in the preternatural. He calls her to help him hunt down the greatest evil she has ever encountered. Something that kills and maims and vanishes into the night. Something Anita will have to face alone…”
I confess, I added this one years ago at the height of this book’s hype. I kinda got swept into it at the time, even though I wasn’t really all that interested in another dystopia and the story didn’t exactly excite me. Looking at it now with a clear head, there might be a twinge of interest still lingering, but I doubt I’ll go out of my way to pick it up anytime soon.
“If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.”
I recently came to the conclusion that while I enjoy the works of Seanan McGuire, I just can’t seem to get on board with the horror/thriller books that she writes under the name Mira Grant. A part of me is still curious about what happens in this series, but it’s been so long since I read Feed and I still haven’t picked up this sequel. I’m starting to think it’ll never happen.
“Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organization he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. Playing with dead things just doesn’t seem as fun when you’ve lost as much as he has.
But when a CDC researcher fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun has a newfound interest in life. Because she brings news-he may have put down the monster who attacked them, but the conspiracy is far from dead.
Now, Shaun hits the road to find what truth can be found at the end of a shotgun.”
Let’s face it, there was a lot of stuff in the old Star Wars Expanded Universe that just wasn’t that great. Now with so much of it declared “Legends” and non-canon, I’ve lost what little motivation I had left in continuing many of the series I’d been stalled on, including The New Jedi Order and Fate of the Jedi. I recently removed a lot of old EU books from my TBR, and to be honest, I’m not too sorry about it. I’d much rather be focusing my attentions on the new canon novels, which I have been enjoying a lot more.
“From Wookieepedia: Star Wars Legends, formerly known as the Expanded Universe (abbreviated EU), encompasses every one of the officially licensed, fictional background stories of the Star Wars universe, outside of the original six Star Wars films produced by George Lucas and certain other material such as Star Wars: The Clone Wars, created before April 25, 2014. It is derived from and includes most official Star Wars–related books, comic books, video games, spin-off films, television series, toys, and other media created before the date. This material expands and continues the stories told in the films, taking place anywhere from over 36,000 years before The Phantom Menace to 136 years after Return of the Jedi. The issue of which aspects are canon was one of the most hotly debated topics among fans.”