Book series I started…

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I love book series of all kinds. There are historical romance book series I enjoy. There are urban fantasy book series I cant get enough of. I have a few favorite manga and graphic novel series as well. It was only after I tried to keep track of the book series I started but for some reason never continued after reading only the first book did I realize how many of them are on my reading lists. It took whole two pages just to write the titles of the firsts books of the series I started reading. Now that I look at them all I see some I’ve totally forgotten about and some I keep meaning to continue but never actually do. I managed to put them all in three rough categories:

#1 First books of a series that I will not continue

#2 First books of a series I even forgot about

#3 First books of a series I want to continue

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First I had to weed out many of the historical romances I read out of order and had no desire to follow from the beginning. There were also quite the number of graphic novel series I tried out because I wanted to learn an origin story of this or that character and never actually meaning to continue reading them. Also there were a few first books of a series I read and then switched to some prequel first book series and then everything got complicated and I just let them go. Those above mentioned I’m keeping totally out of this discussion.

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#1 First books of a series that I will not continue

These are the books that for some reason did not appeal to me enough to consider to continue reading the rest of the series. As happened with Anne Bishop Ephemera book series. I expected to like the enough to continue reading and bought first two books right away. It has been years since I read the first and will probably never read the second. Demonica series from Larissa Ione was a sort of gamble when I bought it. For some reason it did not blew me away and I did not feel like buying or reading the rest of the series. On Dublin Street book series I just joined in on the hype on the first book when it was translated to Croatian. I never felt motivated enough to read beyond that first book.

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Some of them I did not like and was disappointed after reading them. My biggest disappointment was by far Hellsing manga by Khota Hirano. I loved anime adaptations and had high expectations from the original manga. I even felt cheated on it and was later glad I did not start buying the whole series. Wrinkle in Time I read this year as a book club assignment and was not impressed at all. Beautiful Disaster was one of those books in the YA genre everybody was suddenly talking about. I found it to be shallow and boring.

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And then there were some book series in this category that I just decided they were not for me and just made a decision not to continue reading the rest of the books in the series. How to Train your Dragon and The Penderwicks were both funny and lovely but I could feel they were intended for much younger audience. I’m glad I’ve read them both but will not be reading the rest. Homeland by R.A. Salvatore is the most famous Dungeons and Dragons novelization and first book in a very long book series about the legendary elf drow Drizzt. I tried it out since I was curious about the character and since I’m an avid RPG player. After reading the first book I realized that the author had decided to keep the PG rating for the mostly American market and availability. I am not a fan of books where author ends a scene with a simple curtains down and a morning after routine. I decided to give it up altogether for lack of sex scenes. I find it hypocritical how violence is OK but sex is not OK for the readers. The last book series in this segment is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. The violence and brutality of the book kept me on edge most of the reading. I decided to let it go since it bothered me too much. With the book series I even stopped watching the TV show. Now I’m having second thoughts and I’m continuing watching the TV show so I might go back to the books as well

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There are a few I was happy about reading and did not feel the need to continue it as a series. One of the books I was impressed with and was actually surprised at how much I liked it was Foundation by Isaac Asimov. After reading it and getting the general feel to the ideas behind the book I did not feel like reading the other books from the series. Same was with the Wallbanger series by Alice Clayton. I enjoyed the book and even bought it as a present for other but never felt the need to read the rest of the books from the series. The Shadow of the Wind was a book club reading assignment. I enjoyed the writing style and have read few other books by Carlos Ruiz Zafon before. The story for me felt complete enough and I haven’t searched out the rest of the books from the series

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#2 First books of a series I even forgot about

These books I read long ago and I forgot about reading them. With Blake Crouch‘s Wayward Pines thriller I was intrigued and picked it up even though it was not my favorite genre. I remember being immersed in the book. I even watched the TV show and enjoyed it. And I seem to forgot about it later on. I enjoyed reading YA novel Matched by Ally Condie. I even liked the book covers for all three books and how they actually made sense with the plot of the books. I never continued the series though…

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Some books and series were not actually memorable and nothing about them set them apart from similar books in their genre. I found Julia Quinn‘s Bridgertons book series not particularly memorable. The plot and the characters just seemed to blend in with many others I’ve read at the time. Down to You by M. Leighton also got lost in the sea of other similar books in the genre. I remember plot having potential but not actually delivering more than simple erotic fiction. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich is a first in a rather long book series that even got a movie. I remember enjoying the funny parts of the book. After watching the movie I was confused about the stupid plot holes that came over from the book and just forgot about the rest of the series altogether.

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When I first read these series I did not have other books of the series available for reading. Later on I just simply forgot about them. Love is Darkness was a freebie first book from Valerie Dearborn book series on Kindle. I enjoyed it quite a bit. At the time I was unsure weather to buy the other books or not. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was another book club assignment. In Croatian translation all five books are hard to come by since they are mostly sold out. I have a first one from my boyfriend and I for some reason I did not want to read the library copies.

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#3 First books of a series I want to continue

Here I have sorted book series that I want to continue and have the books ready. All I need is to start reading them, but for some reason I hesitate. Interview with the Vampire I’ve read only recently. While I have most of the other books in this series available I still hesitate to read them. I think I want to like them and have a feeling I won’t. Howl’s Moving Castle was a book I was hyped about. I loved both of the anime versions – Japanese and English voiceovers. I expected the book to blow me away but it did not. I’m still hoping to read other books of the series and keep them close by. I liked all the books by Cassandra Clare I’ve read so far. Earlier this year I’ve read Clockwork Angel. I like it despite its steampunkish traits. While the characters are quite charming I feel a bit apprehensive toward reading next books from this series. Of Saints and Shadows is an older UF book from the Shadow Saga book series by Christopher Golden. I remember it being creepy and downright scary. I always thought of picking it up again one day. I have next tree books already waiting. I think since it has been years I’ve read the first book that I might have some problems into getting into the second one now.

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And for the end I have books that I want to read but have problems with getting the actual books from the series. Some like Log Horizon manga I have issues with identifying the second volume manga edition. I keep coming up with light novelization and I’m not interested in those at all. supposedly the author Mamare Touno had some legal issues and even the anime series has stopped. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness was an absolute pleasure to read. I really loved Croatian translation edition in hardcover. I’m thinking on getting a hardcover copy for sure. Not sure yet will it be in English or Croatian though.The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams was a part of a reading challenge from my boyfriend. It is one of his favorite book series. He used to have them and borrowed them to someone who never returned them. I’m planing to get the whole series for him someday in a nice package with the new books coming out this year.

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It has been a while since I made a post this long. Hopefully you did not find it too boring.

Monthly reading review – March 2017

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Monthly reading review – March 2017

This March I have read:

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare ★★★★

Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2) by Rick Riordan ★★★★

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare ★★★★

The Voicemail of Magnus Bane (The Bane Chronicles, #11) ★★★★

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking ★★★

Superjunakinje by Lea Brezar ★★★★

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood ★★★★★

The Second Wife by Elizabeth Buchan ★★

Ottoline and the Yellow Cat (Ottoline, #1) by Chris Riddel ★★★★

Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden, Vol. 01 by Yuu Watase ★★★★★

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1. How many books you’ve read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

After a long time I am feeling really positive with my reading. This March I’ve read ten books and I’m officially back in double digit numbers! This alone is a cause for celebration!

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in March? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is my book of the month this March. I’m still under the impression of the book and can’t wait for the TV adaptation and book club meeting to chat my fill on the subject – both are scheduled later in April. Second best read was a manga I was harboring on my shelf unread for almost a decade – Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden, Vol. 01 by Yuu Watase. I forgot how fun it was to read manga. The little details and notes from the author were very good and I enjoyed them a lot.

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3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

My least favorite book from March was The Second Wife by Elizabeth Buchan. On its own was not a bad book. But in comparison with the rest of awesome books I’ve read in March it kinda flopped. I took it on as a reading assignment for a book club. My expectations were not met and I was bothered by the lack of passion in a book I expected to be a romance novel with slightly complicated plot. It was a contemporary novel from a perspective of a “younger woman who stole a husband from a first wife”. Honestly the lack of love and lifelessness of the main characters were what made me give the book only two stars.

4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

I am happy to report that for April I’m already ahead with my designated reading on both books. What made me the happiest was actually finally finishing The Bane Chronicles collection.

5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

I’m up to date with Magnus Chase series and started one new book series I was eyeing for a few years not. I’m expecting problems with continuing Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden, manga series as they are now a bit harder to come by but I won’t let that discourage me.

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6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

I’m very much into Margaret Atwood at the moment and would recommend The Handmaid’s Tale to everyone before the TV show distorts the book to the general population – I already see some differences between the book and the show that make me cringe. Rick Riordan and Cassandra Clare remain my favorites in almost anything the write 🙂

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Final thoughts on March reading

My spirits are high and my energy feels renewed with how much happy I am at the amount of reading I managed to do in March. There were lots of YA themed books in March and that’s okay for me. Getting back to reading manga edition will be interesting. I got some new books I will soon post about.

Happy reading all 🙂

Monthly reading review – January 2017

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Monthly reading review – January 2017

This January I have read:

Ottoline Goes to School (Ottoline, #2) by Chris Riddel ★★★★

Bonjour Tristesse by  Françoise Sagan ★★★★

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter, #8) by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling ★★★★

Storm’s Heart (Elder Races, #2) by Thea Harrison ★★★

The Course of True Love [and First Dates] (The Bane Chronicles, #10) by Cassandra Clare ★★★★★

The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins by Irvine Welsh ★★★

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1. How many books you’ve read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

I have read six books and I’m happy for them in particular if not for the sheer number. I feel positive about my reading numbers climbing. It is a good start of the year reading wise.

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in January? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

The book I enjoyed most was Bane chronicles part 10. I love the character of Magnus Bane and the writing style of Cassandra Clare. I liked the new Harry Potter story and was so enamored with Scorpius Malfoy that I might go back to looking up fanfiction sites for more stories with this character. 

3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

Finishing Storm’s Heart by Thea Harrison brought me relief. I decided to go a bit harsh on it since it is a genre I love reading. The lack of enjoyment in reading it alone made me rate it with two stars out of five at first. Afterwards I reconsidered it and opted for three stars instead. While getting into this book was so hard that it took me almost a year to read it trough ending it had some redeeming qualities. The romance part of the book was not very interesting to me but after the couple was set and the author turned to some other things like world building and presenting of new characters for future books I was intrigued. Next book looks much more promising and tempting.

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4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

I was overly optimistic about my reading plans and while the books I’ve read matched them I am left with some books I’ve planned to read in January untouched and barely started. I was happy for finishing all book club required books and finishing up those I’ve been dragging on since last year. Only one that is a last year left over now is Bane Chronicles extra chapter since I can’t get a hold of it. Serves me right for not being able to buy the whole collection when I saw it in the bookstore :/

5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

Lately I’ve been reading lots of books that are not part of the series and only squeezing in a series book every once a while. This is a complete opposite of what my reading habits and tastes were when I started this blog. A book series favorite Harry Potter is once again done. I’ve moved and finished a second book in Elder Races book series and might even get to the third book by Easter. Bane Chronicles are almost done! Ottoline was a nice spur of the moment surprise and if I get the chance I will read the other parts as well.

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6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

Françoise Sagan was a thought inspiring read and as much as I love recommending my favorite authors and UF books I strongly recommend reading one of her works. 

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Final thoughts on January reading

Finishing off some long time started books has given me energy for starting on new books. While I have not done all my planned reading I am in the middle of reading some excellent books and I have a really good feeling about February 🙂

 

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Monthly reading review – September 2016

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Monthly reading review -September 2016

This September I have read:

Blindness by Jose Saramago ★★

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

What Really Happened in Peru (The Bane Chronicles, #1) ★★★★

The Runaway Queen (The Bane Chronicles, #2) ★★★★

Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale (The Bane Chronicles, #3) ★★★★

The Midnight Heir (The Bane Chronicles, #4) ★★★★★

The Rise of the Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles, #5) ★★★★

Saving Raphael Santiago (The Bane Chronicles, #6) ★★★★

The Fall of the Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles, #7) ★★★★

What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (The Bane Chronicles, #8) ★★★★★

The Last Stand of the New York Institute (The Bane Chronicles, #9) ★★★★★

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1. How many books you’ve read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

I’ve been stuck on some books  (still am!) that are simply not working out for me. To remedy this fatal condition I’ve been reading The Bane Chronicles chapters daily. I’m still missing the last one and the extra story that comes in this collection. Aside that I’ve read only one whole book. Month has been busy with many TV series and games and for that reason my reading has suffered…

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2.  What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

Jane Austen is killing me slowly. While I’m reading Sense and Sensibilities I often feel like I would have more fun staring at the wall. Fake characters and pretend well mannered ones are annoying me to no end. I keep trying to read it but every other page something makes me cringe. And then I think to myself: I’ve read many historical romance drama books that were fun to read, why is this one turning out so bad for me?

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3.How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

I’m so tilted in my reading lately that I can’t focus on any reading plan. Most I can to  is keep up with my RL book club assignments. 😦

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4. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

I haven’t made any progress with book series I am interested in and haven’t started any new ones either. I think my book series mojo has left me…

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Final thoughts on September reading:

I would love to find last two stories from Bane Chronicles so I can make a full review on them. Hoping that now that September back to  school madness is over my job will leave me with more reading time available.  I’m trying to get a reading fix with some new historical romance book or good book series. I am aware that pushing trough this dry spell will require more determination.

Reading in progress – September 2016

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I suppose it has been a long time since I was in the middle of reading this many books. Not since last year had I more than 5 books in reading at the moment situation. I’m back at choosing my reading according to my mood. Here are the many books I’m in the middle of reading this September!

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27 out of 323 pages

Storm’s Heart (Elder Races book #2)

by Thea Harrison

Something about this book just doesn’t sit well with me. I’ve said it all before in last months RIP (reading in progress) post. Some progress since then but just barely.

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88 out of 386 pages

Sense and Sensibility

by Jane Austen

Originally this was my RL book club assignment for September. I still haven’t finished it even though we already had the discussion. I have trouble with motivating myself to continue since I already know what is going to happen from the discussion we had…

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6 out of 11 stories

The Bane Chronicles

by Cassandra Clare

I’ve been reading a story from this collection each night. I love the main character and he was my favorite from Mortal Instruments book series. These little snippets reveal just enough to make me interested in some other works by the same author.

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Angel: The End

by Bill Willingham et al

I’ve started reading this compilation this August for Read Comics in Public Day ( happens every year 28th of August). It has been on my TBR for a long while. I bought it few years back. The pages are not numbered so I’m not exactly sure what page I’m on…

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9 out of 293 pages

Ensaio Sobre a Cegueira

by Jose Saramago

Another RL book club assignment for September due later this month. I barely started it to get a feel to the book and hope that I will finish it in time to have enough time to watch the movie based on the book too.

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With all this I have a few bits I read on my Kindle in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep. Also I will probably take on Foundation by Isaac Asimov by the end of the month since I have RL book club discussion on it first week of October.

Wish me luck!