Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, a weekly meme that now resides at That Artsy Reader Girl. The meme first came about because of a love of lists. Who doesn’t love lists? The original creators also wanted their lists to be shared with fellow book lovers and to ask that we in turn share ours with them and connect with other book bloggers. To learn more about participating, stop by their page dedicated to it and dive in!

This week’s topic: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

Mogsy’s Picks

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.

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

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.”

God’s War by Kameron Hurley

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.”

Dangerous Women edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois

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.”

Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning

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.”

The Wolves of Midwinter by Anne Rice

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.”

Conspiracy of Ravens by Lila Bowen

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.”

Obsidian Butterfly by Laurell K. Hamilton

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…” 

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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.”

Deadline by Mira Grant

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.”

Star Wars Legends by Various Authors

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.”

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44 Comments on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

  1. Dangerous Women *nods* I had this and a few other anthologies on my TBR for a while, but I’m never gonna read em. 🙂 I have MAze runner and might read it, but it’s not like next on my list or anything! And Star Wars Legends- yeah there are only a few that really appeal t me at all.

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  2. I quit reading ‘Mira Grant’ part of the way through the first book. I read the first ‘Fever’ book but although I liked the story enough I didn’t like the violent so called hero and the dumb MC so I never read on! I quit the Maze Runner as it was frustrating me that nobody would answer a simple question and it was slow-but I am still kind of interested in it. As for LKH, I got tired of Anita Blake’s orgies a long time ago!

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    • Yeah, Grant’s protagonists are super annoying to me. And Fever had character problems too. But things looked up when it seemed she was starting a spinoff series with a new character, and it was so disappointing when she went back to Mac. And ugh, don’t even get me started on LKH’s orgies!

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  3. When the Passage came out, i heard it was really good, and i decided i’ll wait until more parts are published before i start. I found that’s a good way for me to actually stick to series 😀

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    • The series was a trilogy and it is finished. I would recommend it but it has indulgent parts; City of Mirrors, the last part, has an awful long flashback segment about the head villain’s supposedly tragic romantic past that I would skip entirely. Cronin writes really good horror and dystopian fic but I actually don’t think he is much of a literary writer, which he seems to want to be.

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  4. Couldn’t agree more with the Anne Rice books. I couldn’t get into the werewolf books. I read the Vampire chronicles up to the fifth about 20 years ago. Recently I started rereading them to finish the series but couldn’t make it pass the fourth. Found them to be slow and boring. The Mira Grant books might face the same fate. Wasn’t crazy about Feed but going to give the second one a chance.

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    • I hope Deadline works better for you! And regarding Rice, I was much the same way with her vampire books. I kept reading them as they came out, but over time I became less and less interested in the stories and characters.

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  5. I found this topic so difficult this week. It feels kind of negative and I hate to say never but realistically there are just some books that I’ve held onto for so long that I’ve lost interest – even though that sounds bad.
    The first four books on here were never really on my radar – or if they were I’d given up any hope of getting to them. Anne Rice I can take or leave. I enjoyed Interview with a Vampire and thought the writing was beautiful but then I read the first in her werewolf series and although the writing was good and at the time it seemed okay – I haven’t continued with the rest.
    The Bowen book – I have the first one – so maybe I’ll just take your advice and leave it at the first.
    I’ve not heard of the Obsidian book.
    Maze Runner – I didn’t enjoy it to be honest and didn’t read any further.
    Mira Grant – I’m with you. I don’t understand how I can love McGuire’s works but then be left flat by Mira Grant. It’s a puzzle. I feel like I should still give the mermaid books a go but we usually share fairly similar taste so I’m on the fence after reading your review.
    I haven’t read any Star Wars books so probably not going to ever start them tbh.
    The one very good point about this week is I don’t imaging my tbr will be increasing – which is usually the end result of TTT.
    Lynn 😀

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    • Oh believe me, I know how it is! I have books that have been on my TBR for 8 or more years, it’s pretty sad! And yes, glad to hear I’m not the only one when it comes to my feelings on McGuire writing as Grant. I just can’t seem to get into her horror/thriller.

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  6. I really can’t make an argument for you to read any of these but can say I eventually hope to get to Feverborn one day. Like you, I loved the first 5 and even though most people practically revolted, I was okay with the Dani book as well. I too am having a hard time grasping that we are back to Mac. The Anita Blake books also made it on my list and I LOVED Anne Rice’s first werewolf book but apparently not enough to pick up the second one when it came out.

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    • I actually really liked Dani’s book, despite her being one of the more annoying characters of the series, haha! She gave a new and different perspective, despite her juvenile voice. I was pretty annoyed at what Moning did to her character in Burned.

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  7. It’s hard to quit a series, I feel ya. After reading your Anita Blake reviews, I’m not surprised. I’m still debating starting that one. Maze Runner was good (at the time) but I didn’t like the sequels so I can’t say you’re missing much. Happy reading!

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    • If you’re going to start Anita Blake, be prepared to only like the first few books. Most people say the series goes downhill after that, and after suffering through 8-9 books I have to say I agree. Wish I had listened sooner!

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  8. I’m right there with you when it comes to Anne Rice. I was obsessed with all her early books but when she suddenly embraced her religion again I completely lost interest. I do NOT want to be preached to!

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    • I actually didn’t mind the preaching, and in fact I don’t even know if I noticed lol! I just thought maybe she started running out of ideas because her later vampire books were just so bland and boring!

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  9. I was acutally went to Justin’s book tour for The City of Mirrors and get a photo/autograph! (Yes, still haven’t made posted out it yet, despite it happening like 2 years ago now LOL) But I’m with you on God’s War. I was able to pick up the first two books for extremely cheap at a convention, and a littl times later I started to read. It’s weird, I got about a chapter in, and I really wasn’t feeling her writing style, so I decided I’d try it again later… that too has been over 2 years ago now.

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  10. Searching for good short stories is something of a hobby of mine, and I know you’re not very partial to them, so I agree with your decision not to read the Dangerous Women anthology: there were a few nice stories in there, but I expected much more…

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  11. Maybe good you didn’t read ‘The City of Mirrors’… It took me a long, long time to get through it. It was dragging & dragging! They even went back to the start and gave us another perspective!

    I ended up being really happy with the whole ending of the trilogy, but honestly, it could have been MUCH shorter.

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    • Oof, I thought parts of The Passage dragged, and the second book too! Now you’re telling me it’s more of the same in the third book? Yeah, no thanks. I mean, I would have liked to find out how it all ended, but in the end I think I made the right decision in dropping the series 😀

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  12. Yeah I’ve just tried Anthologies before and not been able to get into them, so I get taking that one off your tbr. I also used to like Rice- it’s good to know that her style’s changed, cos that was one of the big selling points of her series for me. And yeah, I don’t think I’ve lost interest in Maze Runner now that the hype’s died down. Great list!

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    • Yeah, I rarely read anthologies because most are so uneven in the quality of their stories! Few short stories also satisfy me in terms of character development and plot, and I would rather invest the time in reading a novel where I know I will get more substance. That said, I do read anthologies when I feel confident I’ll enjoy most of the offerings, but few collections have ever truly impressed me.

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  13. If they’re just not appealing to you any more, for whatever reason, I think it’s perfectly fine to delete them from your list or purge them from your shelves, as the case may be. And there’s no rule saying we have to finish every series or love every book by an author… something I really need to remind myself when I get around to pruning my SF/F shelves, particularly when it comes to Mercedes Lackey and Anne McCaffrey, whose books I collected almost obsessively for decades. (I will, however, be keeping all the Valdemar, Elemental Masters, Pern, and Pegasus books. I might let the Todd McCaffrey Pern books go, though.)

    You can see what I’ve deleted from my TBR pile here.

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  14. Anita Blake – I’ve actually read all of these because I LOVED the first four. They are so, so bad now. You’re right about the orgies. BUT – Obsidian Butterfly is one of those very rare Anita Blake books where she travels out of St. Louis with Edward so it’s not about the sex. It’s about the mystery. I’ve been giving the last twenty or so books 1’s or 2’s on Goodreads but Obsidian Butterfly got a four. I’d vote for trying this one so you have a good final memory and then ditching the series. I can’t quite make myself do this yet.

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    • Thanks for your input on Obsidian Butterfly! That’s good to know it’s a little different from the rest, if I ever choose to give this series one final try and pick it up. At this point, I really don’t know though, I’m so nervous now when it comes to LKH! I have such admiration for you though, for keeping at it! I know what you mean though, we all have those series or authors that are close to our hearts, that we’ll keep reading no matter what. I definitely have a couple of those, even though I know I should probably stop 😀

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