It’s Not You, It’s Me (It’s Totally You): Series I’ve Abandoned

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Sometimes I’m really bad at finishing series, especially if the series isn’t complete.  If I read a book and then I have to wait months for the sequel, there is a good chance I won’t continue because I will have forgotten 85% of what happened in the original.  Sometimes it happens when the whole series is complete and I love the first book.  I just wait too long before actually getting to the 2nd book and then I still forget what happened.   I’m getting better at waiting for the majority of the series to be out before I begin, but it’s still an issue.

There are, however, quite a few series that I have knowingly and willingly abandoned.  There are some I would consider giving a second chance and others you couldn’t pay me to touch with a 10 foot pole. (Total lie. I would read almost anything if you paid me. Even 50 Shades of Grey.)

Here are 8 series I have abandoned within the past couple of years.  These do not include any series where I have DNFed the first book.

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Forever Book Boyfriends

Sunday is Valentines Day.  Now I buy my boyfriend cards and we usually go out to dinner, but neither of us makes that big of a deal about it.  It’s just another day when we are together and that’s fine with us.  This year I’m actually not even spending V-Day with my man because I’m in Florida at the moment with my friends! Woo.  Harry Potter World is better than boyfriends any day of the week!

So in honor of choosing bookish things over my boyfriend, I decided I’d discuss some of my all time favorite Book Boyfriends.  Most of these guys have stuck by my side for the past decade since I got out of high school, so I think they are in it for the long haul.

*also I’m going to try and fancast, something I’ve NEVER done before

Marcus

 

OK I didn’t even try hard with this one. I linked to the original source where I got my inspiration.  I’m going to say that Jackson Rathbone’s bone structure and farcical features are on point for how I pictured Marcus.  I think I was in 9th grade the first time I read Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings.  Immediately I fell in love with Jessica Darling, and with Marcus Flutie right along with her.  I loved him when he was a pot-smoking, class skipping, womanizer, and I loved him even more when he “Reformed.”  Damn I just really, really love Marcus.  Now, I like to pretend the last 3 books of this series just don’t exist and that it ends with the perfect song at prom and the perfect graduation speech.

Dexter

From the moment I started reading This Lullaby for the first time I knew Adam Brody was my Dexter.  It was the heyday of The OC and I was into tall, skinny boys with dark hair.  And Ugh Dexter. I think my favorite part about him, is that he was such the perfect foil to Remy’s cynicism .  Yeah he starts off as a bit of annoying, but he grows on you, and sometimes that kind of love can be pretty great.

Wes

Sam Claflin wasn’t my first choice to put as Wes, but whatever. He is sa-wooon worthy if I do say so myself. Seriously, if there was ever a book that was made to be a movie it was this one.  It’s one of my absolutely favorite Sarah Dessen books. And Wes.  Strong, silent, artistic, and a reformed bad boy?  Be still my heart.  I’m not really sure if I love Wes so much because of his personality, or because the romance is such a slow burn romance.  One of my all time favorites.  And I love the name Wes because of him.

 

So there you have it.  My three original bookish boyfriends.  Actually, when people ask if I have any, these are the only three that ever come to mind.  I actually find that I don’t fall in love with characters they way I did when I was in high school, so these three will always have a special place in my heart.

 

Who were some of your first book-boyfriends?  Have they survive multiple readings and stuck by you? Or have you had to seriously question your judgement when you look back?  (um, 2008, freshman year of college, Edward Cullen).

 

 

*This is  a scheduled post. I am on vacation!*

I don’t own any of these pictures.

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A Major Bookish Pet Peeve

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Ok, so this might be more of rant because I’ve discovered one of my bookish pet peeves and it has to do with high school parties.  Now, I have absolutely no problem with drinking, drugs and sex in YA books.  Teens drink, do drugs and have sex in high school, so sometimes it is important to portray it in YA. I also have no opinions about them actually doing those things.  I just felt like I should say that before I start.

Recently I was reading a NA book where the characters go to a frat party and they slow dance. As soon as I read that I got, admittedly, irrationally angry because, no. Sorry. I didn’t go to that many frat parties in college (because there are only so many nights you can stand around on the quad waiting for a ride just to drink in a dirty basement) but I can tell you for a fact, that at none of these parties were there any people slow dancing. A slow song totally brings down the mood of a party, everyone knows that.

But then it got me thinking to how the majority of high school parties I read about in YA are just so out of control with how they are portrayed. There are always hundreds of people, someone’s mother’s expensive vase always seems to break and a lot of times, the cops show up. And for some reason, there always seem to be people dancing. The dancing part is actually what annoys me the most.

Now I’m not saying there aren’t wild high school parties that are thrown at the richest kid in school’s mansion where the entire school shows up, but come on. For the most part, they are usually just a core group of friends getting drunk in someone’s basement or garage. We would play beer pong, card/dice games, or sit around a table and talk.   If there was music playing, it was never loud enough that you couldn’t have a conversation. And the only dancing I can ever remember is the group of girls choreographing a dance to Vanessa Carlton’s “White Houses”. No one was grinding in dark corners or slow dancing to a love song.  Basically, it wasn’t a middle school dance.

Of course, I’m basing this off my own high school experience, but still. The majority of “parties” I went to in high school, there were at max, 50 people, but most of the time it was just a core group of friends. Very rarely did anyone who wasn’t invited show up, no one’s house ever got trashed, and the cops were never called. And we still had a lot of fun.

I’m sure there were high school parties like this, but I’m just so sick of every single party I read about being portrayed this way. I’d love to read one book with a more realistic version of a house party. Just one.

Does this annoy anyone else? Am I alone here?

 

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Why I Try Not to Read Reviews

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I don’t like reading book reviews before I read the book.  That might sound totally crazy as someone who created a blog in order to write reviews, but it’s become kind of an issue for me recently.

Why don’t I like to read reviews, you ask?  Well, thank you so much for asking, so I can now try to organize my thoughts into a coherent discussion.

I’ve discovered I’m easily influenced.  If I read a bad review before I read the book I will go into the book with points already against it. I will pick up on the things the reviewer had against it, and it will color my own opinion.  Yeah, I should probably learn not to care what other people think, but if I haven’t learned it in 26 years of life, I don’t think I can start now.

And then if I read one 5 star review after another , I go into the book with high expectations that are usually dashed and I end up bitter and angry at the book for not living up to my expectations and myself for clearly not understanding why so many others love it.

It’s a bit different after if I read reviews after finishing the book, but before writing my own review.  This happened to me most recently with This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. I already didn’t really enjoy the book, but after reading a few reviews, I just couldn’t ignore something that had barely bothered me while reading. It didn’t necessarily change my outlook on that particular book, but it did affect my review.

So in 2016, I’ve decided that I’m going to try and be a lot more careful about reading the review until AFTER I have read the book and written my own review.

What about you?  Do reviews affect how you read, rate and review books? How do you stop other people’s opinions from coloring your own?

Do Book Buying Bans Work?

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I’m going to be honest right now, I suck when it comes to money.  I mean, I know everyone says that, but I have really bad impulse control when it comes to spending, especially on books.  I went into the used bookstore the other day to sell 6 books and I walked out of there with 5!  Now, technically, I didn’t really pay for them because I had $45 in store credit for selling books, but STILL.

So I’m going on a Book Buying Ban.   I’m a bit iffy if I will be able to control myself, but so far so good (it’s officially been 2 days).

I want to try the ban for 6 months.  Obviously I’m bound to mess  up at some point, but I won’t let that stop me. I even have more store credit and $100 amazon gift card that I will NOT use until July.

This ban is for 2 reasons, and one of them is definitely the spending issue I have.  I am also trying to go 31 days with spending $0, except on food and necessities as they arise).  Again, it’s been 2 days, but so far so good!

The 2nd reason is that I simply own so many books that I haven’t read yet.  I got tired of counting after I reached 75 and I was basically on the 4th shelf.

Has anyone ever done one?  Has it worked? Have any advice??