Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Probably Won't Finish

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic. I'm a huge fan of lists, so this meme is right up my alley! 

This week's topic is Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit. The Broke and the Bookish suggested many different categories ("aka ten book series I think I'm going to abandon, ten bookish habits I want to quit, ten authors I quit reading, ten types of books I'm quitting, ten tropes I want to stop reading about, ten books I marked as DNF (did not finish) recently, etc"). I've decided to focus on series I'm going to abandon.

I have a spreadsheet of all the series I've started and I've given each series a certain code or codes. My codes are F=Finished, FB=Finished But (for the series that I've read all the primary books for, but I haven't read all of the secondary works like novellas), U=Unfinished, MTC=More to Come (For series where there are still books yet to be published), PWF=Probably Won't Finish, and WF=Won't Finish. For today's TTT I'm going to focus on the books I have coded as PWF and WF.

So here are my lists of the Top 5 Series I Probably Won't Finish, and the Top 5 Series I Won't Finish (in alphabetical order by the author's last name):

Top 5 Series I Probably Won't Finish

Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich
I've only read 2 books in this series, but my friend was giving away some of her books a few years ago and I snagged a whole bunch of this series. But I've recently set them aside to give away because I really don't think I'm ever going to get around to reading them.

Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
I read Beautiful Creatures years ago for my old book club and although I love that cover, I just didn't love the book. And I really felt like I could tell what was going to happen in a lot of the sequels, so I really don't think I'm ever going to finish this series.

Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
I read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo years ago for my old book club and I thought it was okay. I have seen all the movies, though, and I also started reading the graphic novels. I think I'll probably just stick with the graphic novels and pass on the books, since I already know what happens. I hate to say that, because the books are often so much better than any adaptations, but I just don't think I'll ever get around to reading the rest of this original series. (Check out my review of the first two Millennium graphic novels!)

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
I had ISSUES with the first book in this series. And then I read the first novella and I liked it a lot better. But then when I started reading the second book I started having major issues again. I own all of the books on my kindle but I just don't think I'll ever finish them. (You can find my review of Shatter Me here, and my DNF review of Unravel Me here.) 

Night World series by L.J. Smith
This one has as much to do with the author as much as it does with me. L.J. Smith, author of The Vampire Diaries series, had her first Night World book published in 1996. There were to be 10 books in all, and the last one was supposed to come out around 1999, because the story had to do with Y2K. But the thing is, the last book NEVER CAME OUT. It's STILL NOT OUT. There's been a cover for it for years, but it's NOT OUT. Now, I didn't start reading the books until the late 2000s, when Simon Pulse repackaged the series into volumes, so I haven't been waiting for this book for 15+ years like some readers, but still. I don't remember too much about the series, and honestly, if the last book does come out I don't know if I'll be running to buy a copy anyway. It's just rude to make your fans wait that long. If it's never coming out, just tell them. They'll be disappointed, but you won't be stringing them along. Anyway, /end rant.

Top 5 Series I Won't Finish

Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I couldn't finish Obsidian. I think if I had read it when it first came out, I may have enjoyed it, but as it is, I just really don't enjoy paranormal romances anymore. So I know I won't enjoy the rest of the series. (You can find my DNF review of Obsidian here.)

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Nope. Nope nope nope nope nope. (You can find out why all the nopes on my DNF review of City of Bones.)

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
Bird people, small birds living inside people's chests, singing into each other's mouths, among other NOPE things. (My review of Magonia.)

Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Another big NOPE. (Why nope? Read my review of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.)

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
I know this is more of a companion series, but I'm counting it. I didn't hate Pushing the Limits, but I didn't really like it all that much, either. It's just not my kind of book. So I just know I won't enjoy the companion novels. (My review of Pushing the Limits.)

So what bookish things have you quit or do you want to quit? Let me know, or leave a link to your TTT in the comments, and I'll try to stop by your blog!

Sundays in Bed With...The Monk

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sundays in Bed With... is a meme/feature started by my friend Kate at Midnight Book Girl, where we can highlight the book that we're spending the day in bed reading (or the one we wish we could be reading all day in bed!).

I'm hoping to spend the day in bed with...

The Monk by Matthew Lewis

I read The Monk years ago in college, and I remember LOVING it. And I was very excited to hear about some bloggers having a readalong for it this month! So I grabbed my old copy that's falling apart and started reading it yesterday. Supposedly there's a free Kindle version, so if you want to join the #monkalong you can check it out at Reading Rambo.

What are you spending this Sunday in bed with?  Let me know in the comments, or leave a link to your post if you're participating in this meme and I'll try to stop by your blog!

Recs for a Comic/Graphic Novel Noob

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hi everyone! 

Recently I took to Twitter and asked for recs of great graphic novels and comics, as well as sites with great graphic novel/comic news and info. I also attended Worldcon last month, and one of the panels I went to was called Discovering New Comics, and authors James Bacon and Patrick Hester shared a ton of recs. I got permission from Patrick to list his recommendations here, and I sent a message to James, but never heard back from him. I've gone ahead and listed his recs anyway, so I hope he doesn't get mad at me for that... I've also included some other sites and comics/graphic novels that I myself have found and enjoyed.

So if you're a noob like me, or you just want to find some more great graphic novels and comics to read, I've got some great recommendations for you!

Great Websites/Blogs for Graphic Novel/Comic News and Recs

Awesome Graphic Novels and Comics

Fantastic Web Comics

Subscription Box

  • While on Instagram the other day, I came across a photo from Gail/Irish from Ticket to Anywhere, where she was showing off her Comic Bento subscription box. It looks so awesome so I thought I'd include it here on this list. It's a box of graphic novels that you receive through the mail each month, and Gail said, "They do a new theme every month and you get your money's worth each month. It's def been more hit than miss for me and a great way to explore new comics."

While Graphic Novel Month here at The Overstuffed Bookcase is winding down, I just want to thank everyone who visited during the event, as well as those who gave me some awesome recommendations for graphic novels and comics, as well as sites to find out more info and recommendations. I'm feeling less like a noob when it comes to graphic novels and comics, although I really have only scratched the surface.

And what about you guys? Do you have any favorite graphic novels or comics that aren't listed here? Or any sites or blogs where you find info and recs for comics and graphic novels? Let me know in the comments, or send me a tweet (@OverstuffedBook) and I'll add it to the list!

Short and Tweet Review: The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger

Monday, September 28, 2015
Title: The Night Bookmobile
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Series: None
Publisher: Abrams ComicArts, an imprint of Abrams
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 40
Format/Source: Hardback Graphic Novel/Library 
Age Group/Genre: Adult/Magical Realism
First serialised in the Guardian, The Night Bookmobile tells the story of a young woman who one night encounters a mysterious disappearing mobile library that happens to stock every book she has ever read. Seeing her history and her most intimate self in this library, she embarks on a search for the bookmobile. Over time, her search turns into an obsession as she longs to be reunited with her own collection and her memories. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)
My friend Kate at Midnight Book Girl has this feature called Short and Tweet Reviews where she reviews books in 140 characters or less, like a tweet. With this graphic novel, I didn't have many notes written, so I thought I'd write a Short and Tweet Review for it.

So here's my Short and Tweet Review for The Night Bookmobile:

The art reminds me of Waking Life. Love the concept, would love to see my bookmobile! Loved it until the end & I now don't know how I feel.

My rating for The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger:
Probably would have been 5 huge stars, if it wasn't for that ending. I still don't know how I feel about it.
Find it:  Goodreads │ Amazon │ Abrams

Disclaimer:  I borrowed a copy of this book from my library.  I was in no way compensated for this review.

Stacking the Shelves (72)

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme, hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews, where bloggers can share the books and bookish items that we've bought, borrowed, or received each week.

This StS is for the past two weeks.

For Review
Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto
My Life with the Liars by Caela Carter
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano
(Thanks so much to Simon Pulse, HarperCollins, and Edelweiss!)

I'm so excited I received the first 4 books through Edelweiss! I've been blogging for three and a half years now, but I've only requested one book from Edelweiss before now, and I'm thrilled to have been approved for all of these in the past two weeks. And I was super excited when I received Diary of a Haunting in the mail. I can't wait to read all of these!

What did you guys get this week?  Let me know, or leave a link to your StS post (or IMM or any other alternative) in the comments and I'll try to stop by your blog!
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