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What are some popular series you haven’t tried or have and stopped because they just don’t appeal to you?
Oh man, there are A LOT of series that I haven’t tried or have actually had to stop reading, because they just didn’t appeal to me. I have sort of a mixed bag full of feelings about some of the books/series that Amanda Hocking has written, like for example the Watersong series. I’m not saying it was a bad series, but at the same time as it went on with each book it just didn’t possess that “wow!” factor that some of the other series I’ve read had and I sort of grew bored or frustrated with it. Other series that I sort of grew bored with and felt kind of went on too long were The Immortals by Alyson Noel and the House of Night series by .
There are a TON of series/books written by many authors that I would absolutely LOVE to get around to reading. Like I’ve read the first book in the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson and absolutely fell in love with the whole dynamic of world building, the depth of character, and just his writing style in general. These are typically books that have been hyped up quite a bit and I’m almost afraid to dip my toes into the series (so-to-speak) because I’m afraid that I’ll just end up being disappointed. That is SO NOT the case at all with this series or this particular author, because it is so FANTASTICAL! I am definitely making it a priority to continue on with this series and to actually finish it up sometime next year.
Another author that I’m definitely wanting to read is Rick Riordan, since he wrote the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and the Heroes of Olympus. SO MANY people recommend these books and one of my best lifemate’s actually bought the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series for me as a Christmas gift this past year. So, I definitely don’t have any reason to not be reading it and I’m actually thinking about starting it within the next couple of months. Again, it just goes back to that not wanting to be disappointed if it doesn’t turn out the way that I expect it to be after having seen everyone and their mother hyping it up to high heavens. I’m kind of funny in the sense that if a series has what I feel like is already too many books or too many spin-off’s that I haven’t had the chance to catch up with or start at least the first book in one of the series, then it’s more than likely that I probably will be passing it up for that reason. It’s not because I think the book/series will be bad in any sort of way, but rather the daunting task of actually having to take on another big series with multiple spin-off’s when I have so many other books sitting on shelf begging to be read.
Now, I say that, and then what am I doing? I’m going to talk about another author, Cassandra Clare who’s series The Mortal Instruments I only have two books left to finish up the series and having already read and finished her Infernal Devices – I’m halfway through the first book in her Dark Artifices series. So, yeah…there’s that. Because, I’m actually interested in finishing the Middle Grade series that she has co-written with Holly Black, the Magisterium series. I have already read and reviewed the first book in the series on Goodreads, which can be found here if anyone is interested.
I’ve noticed that she seems to be an author who is sort of “hate reviewed” on Goodreads by some people and I really don’t like calling it that, but that’s how it comes across to me. It’s almost like people want to read her books, just so that they can pick them apart and give them a really bad review for the sake of writing a bad review and for some reason that just leaves a bad taste in my mouth when it comes to reading and review books as a blogger and individual. I mean, sure, people have every single right to their opinion and she definitely doesn’t come without a spotted past either, but at the same time don’t we as avid readers, bloggers, and individuals have some sort of responsibility to give an honest review that’s full of constructive criticism if it needs to be there, but also not just for the sake of tearing an author or a book shreds for the sheer fun of it?
I don’t know, you tell me.