I’m not in my third year of high school anymore. I currently can’t read 20 books in a month, I don’t see that happening again anytime soon, and I want to keep that in mind. I want to be honest with myself.
Which means, I want to reduce my TBR, which is currently more than 170 books.
This is a category I struggle to get to. The year gap between a book and its sequel often makes me forget the details that make reading the sequel enjoyable, which is why I try to reread the first book before getting into them… but I’m a very slow rereader, and I’m not going to dedicate so much time to a book that wasn’t a favorite. So, the “being honest with myself” part one has to be “get rid of some sequels“.
It’s just that – I don’t want to read them, but I feel weird recommending the first book, even when I loved it, when I consciously decide not to finish the series. I need to get over this.
Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao – this is a sequel of a book I gave four stars to, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. However, it follows a character I’m not as interested into, and the main character was what made me love the first one. I’m going to remove this for now, and let Song of the Crimson Flower (an unrelated book by Julie C. Dao I have an ARC of) be the book that will make me decide if I like this author’s books even when they’re not about villains.
The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden – I loved the first book, but the more I think about it, the more I dislike the second one. However, I don’t remember nearly enough about it to get into the third. I think I have to admit to myself that this isn’t happening, since I have so many books on my TBR I actually want to read instead of rereading The Girl in the Tower. Removed, even though it makes me sad
All the Wandering Light by Heather Fawcett – I might have read this, hadn’t this come out a year after the first one, when I had already lost interest and forgotten everything about the first. I skimmed a preview, and I really don’t care – but I’m glad to see that a certain something that bothered me about the ending of book one wasn’t there! That’s all the closure I need. Removed.
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A Matter of Oaths by Helen S. Wright – remove
On one hand, I kind of wanted to read the queer space opera novel that came out in 1988 (!). On the other hand, I’ve tried this first chapter two times already and it’s not working, I don’t think I like the writing. (Also, I’m glad it’s 2019 and we don’t open books with two chapters of non-stop infodumps anymore.)
How It Feels to Float by Elena Fox – keep for now
I wasn’t sure about the writing at first, since it’s kind of stream-of-consciunsness-like and that doesn’t always work for me, but I think it could. I’m kind of hesitant because of it but I’ll give this book more of a chance in the future.
This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender – remove
I’ve been on the fence about this one for a long time, since it’s a story about a queer black boy written by a queer black person, but all the people I trust who have read it rated it from one to three stars, and I… I have a lot of contemporaries on my TBR, I’m never going to get to this realistically. Or that’s what I try to tell myself – the most common complaint is the casual cheating, which might not be a bookish dealbreaker for me. However, while I can’t claim to understand romantic jealousy, it’s still characters breaking other people’s trust and that could be not fun to read anyway?
Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer – remove
The promise of gray morality almost made me keep it. Almost. It’s just… the first chapters are so boring. You can only go on with “and by the way, did I tell you my main character likes to dissect bodies??” so much before I get bored. The writing is also boring. The cover is more boring than both the writing and the content. I’m tired.
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – remove
I said many times that I was going to read this, and it has been recommended to me by… so many people? However, the impression I always get from Jay Kristoff’s writing is one of someone who is desperately trying to be edgy, and this excerpt was no exception. Some say that you get used to the writing, and I kind of want to read this because there’s f/f content in the sequel, but seriously, there are so many f/f books on my TBR that aren’t written by someone whose writing voice I can’t stand.
(Also, it’s a fake!Italy setting. No thank you.)
The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt – remove
I had this on my TBR because queer sci-fi, but I can already tell it’s not going to be my kind of book – it’s that kind of space opera with aliens I tend to hate. Then I saw the reviews and they’re comparing this to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, so. Definitely not reading this one.
Stats Right Now
After removing these books + some novels that sound good but will come out in 2022 (I… don’t need to keep them on my TBR right now), I have a TBR of 154 books. Of these, more than 30 won’t come out until 2020 or later, and less than 70 are out right now. Not bad!
Do you struggle with continuing series too?