Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by those lovely gals at The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is Book Series I Haven’t Finished (either because of procrastination or dislike, etc). This is such a big issue for me because I have a tendency to go on and on about how much I love a series, and then I wait forever to read the next books. Sometimes this is pure laziness, other times it’s because I can’t bear to say goodbye to a story I love (it’s too final!) and sometimes (or in my case lots of times), I just can’t muster up the interest. And usually these are books everyone loves and then I feel like something is wrong with me for not liking them so I vow to read them again. It never happens though.
Books I Just Disliked (or hated)
1. The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead– I know, WHATT? I really, truly, with all of my heart hate Rose and think she’s a ginormous, stuck up beeotch. Also, that whole business with Dimitri (who has a PONYTAIL!!!! What year is it?) in the first book, I could not get into it. Maybe it’s because my husband is a teacher or maybe it’s because it’s UNBELIEVABLY WRONG. Anyway, I read the first two or three and just couldn’t take it. And holy cheeseballs, don’t even get me started on the covers. Really?
2. Angelfire by Courtney Moulton– Again, I hated the MC in this book. I hated her inner monologue. I hated everything about her. And I know I’m in the minority here because these books get solid reviews–but not from me.
3. The Caster Chronicles series by Kami Garcia and Maragret Stohl– I’m not sure what happened here. The set up for Beautiful Creatures was great with its awesome creepy, southern vibe–but I couldn’t get into it. That being said, I’m psyched for the movie. Sometimes I don’t make sense.
4. Need by Carrie Jones– This is the series that helped me once and for all to realize how much I despise faerie (and fairy) books. I didn’t find this book to be creepy or enthralling or interesting on any level. Thus, I never went past the first in the series.
5. Matched by Allie Condie– There were so many things I liked here, but somehow the book overall fell quite flat for me. It was slow and I felt no real connection to Cassia, the MC. I’m not in any way opposed to reading the next books, but let’s be real, I barely make time to finish the ones I’m supposedly dying for.
6. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini– Another book that had so many things I liked, but lots more things that annoyed me (mostly I felt there were too many story lines and it was a reach to pull them all together in an effort to fit some Greek Mythology/Romeo and Juliet prototype). Again, people love this series, so it’s probably just me.
7. The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater– I know, right? What’s wrong with me? Mostly I hated Sam’s poetry and I hated the fact that Grace was into him in a creepy weird way before she knew he was human–when she thought he was purely a wolf. Hello, crazy alert! Does this bother no one else? I would be willing to give this series another shot though simply because I liked The Scorpio Races so much (which I know is a departure for the author, but still).
Books I Liked (or loved)
8. Across the Universe by Beth Revis– A Million Suns has been on my bookshelf since February. And I loved the first book. I cannot explain this.
9. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer- I really liked the first book, despite the fact that I normally have an aversion to wolfy things. Also, Ren= hello sexy.
10. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles – Loved the first book. Totally loved it. I have no explanation here.
Oh, there’s more….
11. Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick– I liked both of the main characters here, as well as the BFF. This is truly a matter of procrastination.
12. Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready– I’ve just requested this one from the library because I think I can finally handle saying goodbye to these characters. I love this series, but I’ve held off in reading the last book for a while now.
13. Divergent by Veronica Roth– Yeah, still haven’t read Insurgent yet. You know it’s bad when everyone you’ve recommended the first book to has already read it and the sequel. At this point I should just wait until all of the books are out.
14. Appaloosa by Robert B. Parker- This is one of my my husband’s favorite series and I really, really liked the first book. The problem here is that we own all of the books so I always put it off in favor of books from the library or books that have to be completed in a certain time frame.