Manga series I won’t be continuing ’22

My previous post was fiction series I won’t be continuing, and this post is for manga! So here we go!

I think the only caveat here is Attack on Titan. I have I think 18 volumes of it, and though I honestly have no desire to get any more, I can’t say I never will. I don’t feel like purging them, so the possibility is still there. The others all have been purged already. :p So five definite, one maybe?

That’s it peeps. Next post is fiction series I will be continuing. Peace.

Fiction series I won’t be continuing ’22

Hi! I haven’t made one of these posts since 2020 because 2021 was The Great Blog Slump™. So this could be neat. Manga I’ve decided to separate into a different post, just because I have so many series going on now.

Series I’ve decided to discontinue:

And that’s it, honestly. Most of the series I’ve started within the last couple years I’m still set on continuing. These are the ones that didn’t make the cut. If you notice though, The Witcher is absent from this list, even though I DNF’d Blood of Elves…. and that’s because I’m thinking to give that series another shot. At some point, I will re-try Blood of Elves and hope I’m more in the mood for it. Do wish me luck.

Soon there will be manga series discontinued, manga unfinished, and fiction unfinished lists popping up, so keep a look out for those. Peace!

Bottom books of 2021! | Blogmas Day 30

Blogmas is almost over and these are the worst books I read this year!

These are my three DNFs of the year.

The Moth Diaries for me was too slow-moving and I couldn’t get into it. Like the premise sounded interesting but I felt like I got fifty percent into it and the premise hadn’t even hinted at happening yet. Sooo.

Hood was another DNF. The main character drove me nuts and honestly I’m just not a fan of Robin Hood stories so this book wasn’t made for me in the first place. It’s not the book’s fault, it’s mine.

And Blood of Elves was probably my biggest disappointment of the year. I read the first two books of short stories so I could read this novel. I don’t like short story collections. I had a hard time getting through them and the only reason I did was I kept telling myself that I had a novel to look forward to, and that the novel would be great, and blah. Well, got to the novel, and DNF’d it about 30% of the way in. The writing was not great, the pacing was not great. I do love the tv show though so the storytelling is great. The book just didn’t mesh with me unfortunately and I’m really bummed about it.

These are books I actually finished.

The Book of the Dead Days was a disappointment. And I’m really bummed because it’s one of my friend’s favorite books and she recommended it and I feel bad that I didn’t like it.

Notre-Dame de Paris was…. a trip. It was a buddy read with Katy @Bookbinderway and I think she liked it more than I did. Honestly I kinda hated it and I have since gotten rid of it. It was dry and the art history tangents were entirely unnecessary. I have never recommended an abridged version of a book before but if you want to read this one, pick up the abridged one.

And finally, I really disliked The Return of the King. I buddy read this with a couple buddies, both of which I think liked it more than me as well. I do want to state that the movies are some of my favorites of all time, and I knew that the books were ‘harder’ to read. Honestly I didn’t find them hard to read, I just found them hella boring, particularly this last book. It was the worst out of the three.


And that is it. Six books out of the eighty I read I deem ‘the worst’ of the year. If you’ve read any of these, and particularly if you liked them, do let me know your thoughts. Happy reading!

Unfinished series and ones I won’t finish 2020

Well hi! Today is a combination of two posts I try to do every year. Mostly for my own sanity, this year I’m combining them into one: My unfinished series and ones I’ll be discontinuing. We’ll start with the ones I won’t be continuing, then go onto the ones I will be.

Series from last year’s post that I’ve decided to discontinue:

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)Walk on Earth a Stranger  (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1)Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to LovecraftY: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned
Illuminae by Amie KaufmanCrazy Rich Asians by Kevin KwanBitch Planet, Vol. 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnickSnow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)
Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Volume 1 by Naoki UrasawaAngels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1)

So, the only one above that I might continue at some point is Snow Like Ashes, because I do own the first one. I have read the second, but I don’t own it. Aaaand if I were to ever read the third, I’d have to reread the first two. Right now I don’t see myself doing that, but hey, it could happen.

Series that I started this year and have decided to discontinue:

Heaven's Devils by William C. DietzHitorijime My Hero, Vol. 1 by Memeko AriiAgain!!, Vol. 1 by Mitsurou KuboLDK Vol. 1 by Ayu Watanabe
I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1 by Skottie YoungMars, Vol. 1 by Fuyumi SoryoEvery Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuireThat Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Vol. 1 by Fuse
Pestilence by Laura ThalassaThe Maze Runner by James DashnerThe Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The majority of these I read and wasn’t too impressed with. The only exceptions to this were Again!! and Every Heart a Doorway. Both of them I did like, but I just feel no urge to continue them.

Ongoing series from last year’s post that I do plan on continuing:

And how many of them I’ve read. If I’ve increased the amount that I’ve read from last year, I’ll bold the number.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
2/3 read, 3 owned
Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft
1/3 read, 2 owned
Land of the Lustrous, Vol. 1 by Haruko Ichikawa
9/11 read, 0 owned
Fruits Basket Another, Vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya
2/3 read, 3 owned
My Hero Academia, Vol. 1 by Kohei Horikoshi
2/30 read, 20 owned
Chew, Vol. 1 by John Layman
4/12 read, 4 owned
Descender, Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire
2/6 read, 2 owned
Priest, Volume 1. Prelude for the Deceased
2/16 read, 6 owned
Rave Master, Vol. 1
3/35 read, 11 owned
Dragon Ball Z, Vol. 1: The World's Greatest Team (Dragon Ball Z, #1)
4/26 read, 4 owned
InuYasha: Turning Back Time (InuYasha, #1)
18/56 read, 26 owned
Trigun Maximum Volume 1: Hero Returns (Trigun Maximum, #1)
4/14 read, 4 owned
Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit, Volume 1 (Ikigami, #1)
3/10 read, 6 owned
Attack on Titan, Volume 1
18/33 read, 18 owned
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
4/5 read, 4 owned
The Gunslinger by Stephen King
1/7 read, 0 owned
Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)
1/2 read, 2 owned
Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)
2/3 read, 3 owned
The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)
1/4 read, 3 owned
Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)
1/3 read, 2 owned
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)
3/5 read, 0 owned
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
2/6 read, 6 owned
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)
1/3 read, 3 owned
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
5/8 read, 8 owned
Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1)
1.5/9 read, 2 owned
Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)
2/3 read, 2 owned
Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard
4/4 read, 3 owned
Fence, Vol. 3 by C.S. Pacat
3/4 read, 3 owned

New series I started this year and plan on continuing:

And how many of them I’ve read.

Otomen, Vol. 1 by Aya Kanno
12/18 read, 12 owned
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
1/13 read, 1 owned
A Man and His Cat, Vol. 1 by Umi Sakurai
1/2 read, 2 owned
Black Butler, Vol. 1 by Yana Toboso
28/29 read, 28 owned
The Way of the Househusband, Vol. 1 by Kousuke Oono
2/6 read, 4 owned
Takane & Hana, Vol. 1 by Yuki Shiwasu
3/18 read, 4 owned
Confidential Confessions, Volume 1 by Reiko Momochi
1/7 read, 3 owned
Magus of the Library, Vol. 1 by Mitsu Izumi
1/5 read, 3 owned
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
1/2 read, 2 owned
Model, Volume 1 by Lee So-Young
1/7 read, 2 owned
Waiting for Spring, Vol. 1 by Anashin
4/14 read, 7 owned
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
1/5 read, 2 owned
The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Vol. 1 by Yoshiki Tanaka
2/15 read, 0 owned
Shaman King, Vol. 1 by Hiroyuki Takei
8/28 read, 0 owned
Yarichin Bitch Club, Vol. 1 by Tanaka Ogeretsu
2/3 read, 3 owned
Blue Exorcist, Vol. 1 by Kazue Kato
3/27 read, 0 owned
Given, Vol. 1 by Natsuki Kizu
1/7 read, 3 owned
Kakuriyo by Waco Ioka
3/6 read, 3 owned
Candy Color Paradox, Vol. 1 by Isaku Natsume
2/4 read, 4 owned
Ajin by Gamon Sakurai
1/17 read, 1 owned
Shaman's Crossing by Robin Hobb
2/3 read, 3 owned
Hands Off!, Vol. 1 by Kasane Katsumoto
4/8 read, 8 owned
Graineliers, Vol. 1 by Rihito Takarai
1/3 read, 1 owned
Act-Age, Vol. 1 by Tatsuya Matsuki
2/14 read, 2 owned

Aaaand that’s it. I had no idea I was in the middle of so many series until just now, when I went through and listed them all out.

Man.

I think one of my 2021 read goals is going to be to finish some of these, holy cow. Also, this list does not include series that I ended up finishing this year or series that are unfinished, but I’m currently caught up with. So keep that in mind, too.

Happy Blogmas!

Top Ten Tuesday: The last ten books I abandoned

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So I gotta tell ya, I don’t DNF books too often. I have no qualm in doing so, mind you, but most of the time I’m pretty accurate when it comes to picking out books that are to my taste, so it doesn’t happen much. Because of this, my definition of ‘abandoned’ is going to include ‘books I’ve dnf’d’ and ‘books that went on the back-burner‘. By back-burner I mean books I’m ‘currently reading’, literally haven’t picked up in ages, but do intend on finishing.


Books on the back-burner:

There are only three at the moment. Usually there are five or six on this list. Basically all of these I’ve started but haven’t picked up in a good while. I haven’t DNF’d them, I intend to continue on with all of them. I just… haven’t in a bit. I’m pretty sure that counts as abandonment.

The DNFs:

So going by date, these are the most recent seven DNFs of mine.

  • The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan – I picked this up as a read-along book for r/Fantasy’s book of the month but I just didn’t vibe with it, and quit it after about 150 pages
  • Weaveworld by Clive Barker – This one I feel bad about every time I mention it. This book is one of my mom’s favorites and she lent it to me hoping I’d love it. Well, I really didn’t, and it was really hard for me to tell her that, haha.
  • The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells – Honestly I could see myself giving this one a second chance. I quit it because of the narrator on the audio book, and I didn’t have a physical copy to pick up
  • Beginning Programming with Java for Dummies by Barry Burd – Honestly I quit this one because 1) it was too low of a level for what I was after and 2) it didn’t have an actual coding exercises, which is what I wanted.
  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray – I get that this was supposed to be a huge satire but I just couldn’t get into it
  • Keepers of the Garden by Dolores Cannon – This is a metaphysics-y spiritual-y book that a friend in college lent me and while it was interesting, by chapter ten it was basically repeating the same concepts over and over, so I decided to bail.
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess – I tend to dislike books where the main character is an asshole and surprise, surprise.

And that’s it! According to Goodreads at least, I’ve not finished only 12 books, so I’m glad this isn’t top twenty tuesday or we’d be in trouble. Happy reading!

DNFing Books: Time Wasted vs. Money Wasted

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Hi, today I wanna talk about DNFing books and the struggle I tend to go through while contemplating it.

Let me preface this by saying that I tend to buy books. I do have a library available to me as well, but this discussion is specifically about after one has spent money on a book and decides it’s not great. So saying ‘just get it from the library’ isn’t a good solution when the dollars are already gone from my wallet.


Late January, a book came out that I was highly anticipating. You can probably guess from my ‘Currently Reading’ post if you saw that, but I’m not going to state which it is specifically because I’m still not sure if I’m going to quit it or finish it.

So, I bought the book new from the bookstore – new release as stated, kinda impossible to get it super cheap. The list price of the thing was $30, but with coupons/etc I got it for $20. Twenty is still a lot for me to pay for a book. I like used books and heavily-couponed/discounted/on sale books. So really, if I pay more than like $13 or so for a book, I really really want that book. I did really want this book, so I forked over the twenty bucks without complaint.

Then, I started reading it. I knew within fifteen pages that I wasn’t going to love it, but I kept reading because ‘You spent twenty bucks on this thing’ popped into my head and I hate wasting five bucks on an unfinished latte because it got cold (pop ice in and boom: iced latte) let alone twenty bucks on a book that I hadn’t even read 10 percent of.

Now, I do not have a problem in general with DNFing books – I have a shelf on goodreads of all the books I’ve put down. But I noticed a trend with them after having difficulty with this current book. All the DNFs were either library books, borrowed from friends, or purchased used or discounted. None of them were.. well, a twenty dollar book. And that made me think…

How much time are we willing to waste on something we don’t enjoy, and does it change with how much money is involved?

Because… if I had spent $5 on this book, I would have put it down by now. I’m absolutely certain. The money-to-time-spent ratio is more… justified, I guess. (For the coffee mentioned above, I get that thing for thirty minutes before it’s cold – you bet your butt I’m finishing it.) If I had spent $10… would I have? I don’t know. Why does the amount of money spent on a book determine how much time I’ll spend not enjoying it?

How much do I feel my time is worth? It’s easy to say ‘I’d rather eat the five bucks and move on to the next book’ but saying ‘I’d rather eat the twenty bucks and move on’, that’s harder. And I don’t feel that it’s tied to my income either – when I was in college I was making minimum wage, and I’d still quit a five dollar book no problem.

And does it change, depending on the person? If you spent $20 on a book, were half way through, and were certain it was going to end up a 1 or 2 star book, would you finish it? What if the book made you angry? What if it made you bored? What if it made you confused?

I think the emotion felt while reading a disliked book also plays into it. 

I definitely tend to finish books that make me angry. Hate-reading is its own source of enjoyment and motivation. I tend to hate-read a lot of bad romance trope-containing books. I go in them hoping to love them by the way, but by the end, my rage gives me life fuel.

Boring books though… it’s much harder. You know, it’s funny, I was thinking about this topic last night while I was reading the book I’m contemplating DNFing, and came across this quote:

A man will suffer misery to get to the bottom of truth, but he will not suffer boredom.

And my brain read that and went ‘Heeeey did you know you’re making me bored? Because that was uncanny.’ But it’s right (and it’s the one line of the book that I have enjoyed so far) I’d rather hate-read than be bored by a book. I’d rather read something that makes me highly uncomfortable than be bored. And because this book is making me bored… right now the twenty dollars doesn’t sound like a terrible price to escape it.

There’s also the ego to consider.

Freudian theories aside, something is keeping me from putting down this book aside from money. Maybe I just wanna show that I can handle something I dislike. Maybe it’s so I can write a damn review on it and give it a fair rating since I would have read it all. All I know is every time I think about quitting it, my brain goes ‘Oh no you don’t, you’ve come this far’.

Reading books I dislike makes me slumpy.

This is another factor that leads towards not wanting to waste time more than not wanting to waste money. When I’m reading a book I dislike, specifically one that bores me, it makes me not want to read period. I don’t want to read it, and I don’t want to read other books I’ll enjoy more because I’ll feel guilty for not focusing on the boring one. I can already feel the slump setting in, so maybe slowing down the pace of this one and reading other books and coming back to it will help.

So. Will I finish the book? I haven’t decided.

As of right now, I’m still unsure. I just hit the 50% mark of the book, so I feel like quitting it now would be silly (it’s my ego telling me that) but at the same time, the remaining 50% is over 300 pages (…and would be the ‘don’t waste time’ bit) and as mentioned multiple times, this damn book was twenty dollars.

I guess what it comes down to is.. I’m disappointed. I shelled out this money, and my time, and my anticipation on a book that I was sure I would love, and it let me down. I feel cheated in a way, and maybe powering through and finishing the book is my way of compensating for the feeling of, well, betrayal?

Who knows. A review will be up of this book either way eventually – we’ll see if it says ‘DNF’ in it or not. Wish me luck.


So, what do you think? Should money play into it? Does it for you? Is it something you’ve noticed a pattern with? Talk to me, peeps.

Series I Will Not Finish v2

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Hello! This is an update from a post I did earlier this year, so any of the books on there are still series I’m not going to finish, so these are any additional ones on top of that. 😀

Bungo Stray Dogs by Kafka Asagiri

Bungo Stray Dogs, Vol. 1 by Kafka AsagiriNow to be fair, I’ve only read the first volume. To give up on a manga after the first volume is kinda not giving it a chance… but unfortunately this manga did nothing for me. I didn’t like it, I didn’t hate it. I was really indifferent to it. Sooo while I’m saying I’m not going to finish it, I mean it in the sense of I’m not going to buy anymore or rent anymore volumes. I might read it if they were gifted to me, but I’m not going to go out of my way to request them. Y’know? This first volume was just kind of meh.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)I mentioned that I’m discontinuing this one in a post I made earlier this month, so I’m even more set on it now. I read the first book when it came out, and then re-read it when the second book came out on top of reading the second one. And when the third one came out, I had forgotten all about the series except for the feeling of awkwardness that Stockholm romance created, and decided that rereading the first two books again to read the third was not exactly on my to do list. I still have the first two… which I made end up getting rid of. I’m not sure.

The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)This is another one that fell victim to ‘took too long’ syndrome. That, and I remember distinctly disliking an action of the main character towards the end of the book – ended up being a bit jaded by it. Soooo I’ve actually already gotten rid of my copy, so I’m definitely not going to pick up the second.

 

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And I do believe that that is it.


Y’know, when I started this post, I seriously thought there were going to be more series on the list than there were. I suppose that’s a good thing? Happy reading. 😀