I’ve made two posts about the books I own but haven’t read yet (You can read them here and here.) Those have all been physical copies and my Kindle is even worse! Not only is it filled with unread ARCs, but books I actually spent money on and can no longer return/ever sell. Eventually I will get through them. Probably.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
I’ve heard bad things about this series in general and the ending especially, which is why I have been avoiding it. But I already own it so I will have to get to it eventually (I think I might own the whole series on my Kindle…oops). I have to at least give it a chance.
Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras
There is just something about a younger sister/brother’s best friend relationship that I love. And it seems like a second chance romance which again, is another of my favorites! I think I started avoiding this one because I was wary of NA, but now I don’t really have an excuse other than the fact that I’m terrified I will hate it.
Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler
I was putting this off because it was a series in progress. But I found out that they are more companion type novels than an actual series, so I do plan on reading this sometime within 2016.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Well, technically I don’t own this one. It’s a Kindle Unlimited, but I got it MONTHS ago. The main reason why I haven’t read this is because it’s a series in progress that isn’t expected to be finished until 2020! I would have to reread this a lot between now and then for me to even remember anything from in 2020. I guess I should just return it.
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancy
I bought this when it was on sale in the Kindle store. If a book is under $2 I really can’t say no (who am I kidding? I can’t say no to a $20 book). I’m sure I’ll check it out since I did enjoy Yancy’s The Fifth Wave.
I’m sure there will be a 4th installment of Books I Own But Haven’t Read Yet at some point! What about you guys? Is your Kindle filled with unread books?
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?
I’ve decided to join the 2016 Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!
Here’s All You Have to Do:
I’m going for 1-12: Discussion Dabbler!
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??