Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Top 10 Tuesday: Bookish Things I Want to Quit

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today I'll be listing some book related things I want to quit:

Book Series' I think I'm Going to Abandon

1. 'Delirium' by Lauren Oliver - I loved the concept, but not so much the execution. Although I liked the writing style, it was too romance driven when I was hoping it would be more like 'The Hunger Games' where the protagonist would try and solve the corruption of the dystopian society.

2. 'The Maze Runner' by James Dashner - I only have the prequel left to read, but considering I have never been so disappointed with the end of a series as I was with this one, I'm not too excited to read it.

3. 'The Shadowhunter Chronicles' by Cassandra Clare - 'The Infernal Devices' was one of my favourite series', and they encouraged me to read 'The Mortal Instruments'. I have now finished both and looking back I feel like I've grown out of them (particularly TMI, which I enjoyed significantly less than TID). These books meant a lot to me at some point, but I no longer feel inclined to keep reading about the Shadowhunter world. I'm still excited about the TV series though.

4. 'Gone' by Michael Grant - I started this series ages ago, and although it was good, I felt it drag on a bit. I don't feel motivated enough to read the other five books.

Bookish Habits I want to Quit

5. Loosing Bookmarks - We've all been there.

6. Reading multiple series' at once and taking forever to finish them - I am in the middle of WAY too many series' right now and it's hard to keep track. There's the 'Sherlock Holmes' books, 'The Darkest Minds', 'Throne of Glass', 'The Land of Stories', 'Half Bad' and 'The Raven Cycle'. Obviously some of them aren't all released yet, but I need to catch up. Plus there are roughly 11 other series' I really want to start and I keep starting new ones and then never having time to finish the old ones.

7. Not reading enough non-fiction - I think I'm quite good at reading a range of books, but I tend to stick more with fiction than reality which is something I want to work on.

8. Forcing myself to keep reading a book even though I'm not enjoying it - Of course, for school it's a different case, but when it comes to reading for myself, I should actually enjoy it rather than force myself to continue with a series or a book that doesn't grab my attention in the first 100 pages.

Tropes I want to Stop Reading About

9. Girl's life changes after meeting boy - It's not always bad, there's just way too much of it. There needs to be more stories about girls changing their own lives rather than having a mysterious boy edge them on to do something they wouldn't normally do. Also on a sort of related note: I cannot deal with any more stalker romances. It's not cool and mysterious. It's just creepy.

10. Holding back information for too long and then explaining it all in one go so we have no opportunity to work things out for ourselves - It's probably obvious from the lack of subtlety in that title that I have something specific in mind. It's actually not a book, but the movie 'Jupiter Ascending'. Honestly, considering the concept and the world that was built it had so much potential. But I had absolutely no idea what was happening for a large portion of the film because the male love interest was too busy brooding to explain anything and Jupiter was too busy staring at him to ask any intelligent questions, and then all of the world building was suddenly explained in one go. When that happens in books or films it can really throw off the pace (and we all know how important pace is to me), and that causes you to throw off your audience.

Do you have similar bookish problems with bad habits and annoying tropes? Can you think of any examples where those tropes were done successfully? Maybe you can think of worse tropes. Let me know in the comments below what you think.


  1. Girls life changes after meeting boy is such an annoying trope. It's like saying the biggest event that will happen to a teenage girl is meeting a guy. Pffft, that's so not true! I want to see more creative storytelling and this trope is wore out.

    1. Absolutely. Why can't girls be allowed to push forward the story themselves once in a while?

  2. I gave up on the Mortal Instruments... even though I'll probably pick it up again to start off fresh.. but the Infernal Devices is the best series from Cassandra Clare !

    Here's my list... 10 Reasons why I've stopped lending out books

    1. I really liked some of the characters in TMI (in particular Magnus and Alec) which is what kept me reading the series. But TID will always be my favourite Clare series.

  3. #8 is one that I wish I could quit! It's so hard though, I feel bad when I can't finish a book.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/top-ten-tuesday-25/

    1. As do I, especially if it's a book someone recommended or if it's really popular. Sometimes so many people see something in a book that I just don't get which makes me feel guilty for not trying to stick with it longer.