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Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’m quitting

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’m quitting

Top Ten TuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday is about bookish things you want to quit.

I had to think about it for a bit. Recently I finished yet another disappointing first book in a series, and thus I decided to go with series I’m not going to continue reading. I always feel a bit sad when a series cannot capture my attention. I read very few series to begin with (I like standalone books more), so if I decide to pick up the first book in a series, I am usually dedicated to reading the rest. Plus, I am naturally curious, so I want to know what happens in the next book. And I don’t like leaving things unfinished. Unless, of course, it’s a disappointment…

Ten Series I’m Quitting (or rather: have quit) in no particular order

  1. The Grisha by Leigh Bardugo
    This was that recent disappointing series I was talking about. I was really, really looking forward to this. I got the first book for Christmas from my dad. Unfortunately, it didn’t deliver. I am not seeing what everyone else is seeing 🙁
  2. Micah Grey by Laura Lam
    Ok ok. I quite enjoyed the first book and I had every intention to keep reading. The second book is on my book shelf. But I read book one nearly a year ago and somehow haven’t felt the need to pick up the second book…
  3. Adaptation by Malinda Lo
    I confess, while I love the idea of Lo’s work, her writing style doesn’t work for me. Adaptation was another series I couldn’t wait to read, but for me it didn’t deliver. After book one, I actually read Natural Selection too, and enjoyed that short story more than Adaptation, but I dunno…
  4. Divergent by Veronica Roth
    Hahahahaha nope.
  5. Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
    I actually thought the first book was quite a fun read. But haven’t felt the need to keep reading.
  6. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
    Hahasklfj;aslfja;sf NO.
  7. Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente
    I only read the first book and I don’t know. I just don’t know. I recently gave away both the first and second book to a friend.
  8. The Hungry City Chronicles by Philip Reeve
    I enjoyed the first book, I guess.
  9. The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss
    I have every intention to read the second book but it’s huge and intimidating and I read the first book back in 2012 and I really feel I have to reread it before starting the second book but it’s also huge and intimidating.
  10. The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries by Gyles Brandreth
    I wasn’t going to put this on here, because for me it falls into the same category as Sherlock Holmes, and Agatha Christie’s books (i.e. books that you can read whenever you want, out of order, etc.). Still, I do not think I’ll pick up another book in this series any time soon.
Top Ten Tuesday: Five New Series I Want to Start

Top Ten Tuesday: Five New Series I Want to Start

Top Ten TuesdaySorry for being relatively absent the past weeks! I returned from my vacation in Canada (it was amazing) but now work is busy, my schedule is full, and winter has started so I’m tired all the time ;( And to make matters worse, I have to study hard for my Japanese exam in December so I’m getting very little reading done too T_T And sorry for not replying to all the comments you left! You’re all awesome ♥ and I’m a bad book blogger!

Anyway, I’ll stop complaining!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about series. New Series I Want to Start, where ‘new’ are series from the last two or so years. Because I generally avoid series (because it takes me forever to finish them!) I decided to go with a top five and ‘new’ might be a little bit more broad (i.e. series where the latest volume was published within the last few years)…

Five New Series I Want to Start

Lunar Chronicles Proxy

  1. Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  2. Proxy by Alex London
  3. The Grisha by Leigh Bardugo
  4. Discworld by Terry Pratchett (this is cheating, I know I know.. :P)
  5. De Verborgen Universiteit by Nathalie Koch

The Grisha Discworld De Verborgen Universiteit

Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Soooo this was going to be a post about series in general but instead ended up in gushing about just one series that I recently finished… Had I had more time and no other obligatory reading, I would have finished this series much faster than I did, that’s how much I loved it!

Warning: incomprehensive ‘review’ because.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone Dreams of Gods & Monsters Days of Blood & Starlight

I don’t even know where to start. This is the first series in a long time that I am head over heels in love with. It has everything I love. Angels and monsters. Great characters, awesome world building, plot twists and turns, best plot ever. Amazing writing.

I swear Laini Taylor is some magician with words. I loved her descriptions, of the worlds, of the characters, of the feelings. And there’s so much more than the book. I really enjoyed looking up photo’s of the places she described, and the fanart that readers made of the characters.

She transported me right to Prague (I visited Prague a few years ago and loved it, and now I want to go back asap).



But not just Prague. I have always wanted to go to Morocco but thanks to Taylor I think I will try to speed up my plans a little..! And that’s just the human world… her descriptions of Eretz are just as vivid.

(photos of Prague are mine, photos of Morocco sadly not mine)

And then the characters. She has managed to give each character, even the most minor appearances, depth. You can’t help but fall in love with the characters (or passionately hate some others, which means the characters are a job well done imho). Taylor even treated her readers with a little extra, Night of Cake & Puppets, aka part #1.5, a cute little novella dedicated to Zuzana and Mik.

Night of Cake & Puppets

I refuse to talk about the plot because you will just have to read the books.

So what am I to do with my life, now that I finished this? I am afraid to move on to the next series…

What’s the last series you absolutely loved? Have you read Daughter of Smoke & Bone and what did you think?

When Covers Don’t Match…

When Covers Don’t Match…

Oh I can just hear you book lovers grind their teeth at the idea!

A few scenarios. You are enthusiastically collecting a series, and you want them all neatly on your shelf…

The latest volume is announced and…
They changed the cover design.
This time there’s no mistake. That cover looks the same as what’s on your shelf!
The latest volume arrives, you open the box, and…
This wasn’t the cover that was listed online, surely?
Great! You double checked with the seller and he/she confirmed that the cover is the same as the rest of the series. Only one edition, so there’s no mistake.
The book arrives, you open the wrapping, and it’s the same cover!
At last! You put it on your shelf next to its mates.
You stand back and proudly look at your shelf… to discover they changed the spine.

Do you recognise these situations? Does it bother you when covers don’t match?

It sure bothers me *sadface* Let me show you some examples…

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Break up, make up or keep up?

Break up, make up or keep up?

This week Cayce looked at series and asked in her blog: Break up, make up or keep up? A really fun question that I decided to answer too!

On the whole, I tend to avoid series. I rarely read them back-to-back, with the only exception ever having been The Hunger Games. And as such, it sometimes takes forever for me to finish a series, as you’re going to see in this post…

Break up

Divergent Soulless

Divergent I mentioned this in my February wrap-up. It’s just too… meh. The first book did absolutely nothing for me (two-star nothing). I will live this one through the movies.

Parasol Protectorate This is not a definite break up… I liked you alright, Soulless, but I think we should part ways for now. Who knows what might happen in the future.

Make up

Name of the Wind Vampire Blood Trilogy The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making Mortal Engines

Kingkiller Chronicle I absolutely loved The Name of the Wind, but it was a slow read. At a whopping 300 extra pages (992 pages!) I’m a bit reluctant to read the second book, The Wise Man’s Fear

The Saga of Darren Shan I started reading this partly out of nostalgia but darn, I love this series. After finishing the first six books a while ago I haven’t really continued reading. And I really should. Apparently it’s only going to get better!

Fairyland I quite liked The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, nice and trippy, but something is keeping me from reading that second book that’s been on my shelf for a while now…

Mortal Engines Quartet We read Mortal Engines with my book club and then I just… forgot about these books. Interesting enough world building so I really should continue reading?

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