Oct 26, 2013

Discussion: Series Intimidations


As I started as a blogger back in 2008 when I first started up. I saw a lot of books out there that so many people loved. Some of which sounded really good, some of which sounded horrible. None the less, they still loved them. Everyone has their books that they are scared to read because of the hype they get.

I ended up buying a few of them but they have sat on my shelves for years. I had to give up blogging for a few years, so I didn't feel the drive to read any of the books everyone loved. The poor books just sat there, some I even gave away to charity (I'm not happy about that anymore).

Now, years later I'm back blogging again and loving it. I am still seeing the same books around that everyone raved about even years ago. I have taken that as a sign. Even though I have a lot of books that I need to read, I keep trying to balance new series with old ones.

Since I've waited so long to read a lot of the books, I am lucky and can just buy the rest of the series and fly through them. Others I have decided I will do the wait with everyone else and picked up recent series as well that everyone loves.

I want to make a list of a few of the series I have been scared to read or just didn't want to read them like everyone else wanted to.

1. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
2. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
3. Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
4. Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
5. Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan

I decided to list 5 for you though I am sure I can keep going. I know all of these series has a lot of attention from a lot of bloggers. Some I have read, some I am reading now, and some I have yet to read.

I have read The Hunger Games and The Mortal Instruments. Both I thought sounded horrible. But I gave into the Hunger Games a couple years ago and I recently read The Mortal Instruments due to the movie. I will admit if the movie didn't come out I don't know if I would have read that. With that said though, I LOVED both of them. They each had their issues, sure, but I loved them. That got me thinking, if I was scared of these which other series am I am not giving a chance that I should.

Then there is Vampire Academy. If there was ever a series I didn't want to read, it was this one. I would see it around I was like why do people read this, it sounds stupid. Plus I heard it was close to Twilight, and me being a Twilight fan, I couldn't bring myself to even give it a look. I then was in my local bookstore and saw I could get the ENTIRE 6 books in the series for 20 dollars. I just couldn't pass that up. 2 of them are even hardcover books, definitely couldn't pass that up. I got the whole series for what would have cost me to just buy 1 normal price. My boyfriend being so sweet bought me the series for my birthday present. We don't have a ton of money, so I can't throw out a lot on presents and neither can he, so I was happy with the 6 book set he got me. Then, like most series, it sat on my shelf for a while. The thing that got me to pick it up was he bought them for me. The poor guy saved money to take me to dinner and buy me a couple books and then I was just letting them sit there on my shelves, so while I was looking for books for my October TBR list I decided to throw them on there. I started the first book and it took me a couple weeks to get halfway through the first book. It was slow and I just wasn't into it. Then one day it finally got good. Now I am hooked and on the 5th book of the series. If it wasn't for him getting them for me I would never given them a shot.

There is also Divergent and Percy Jackson on my list. Those two I have yet to read. I have had the first 2 in the Divergent series for a few months now as the same as all 5 of the Percy Jackson series. I am scared of Percy Jackson because I heard it is kind of like Harry Potter. Obviously different worlds, but similar. I didn't want to cheat on Harry, so I haven't touched them. But my friend Amanda at I Solemnly Swear loves Harry Potter just as much as I do and she still loves Percy Jackson. So I am going to give him a shot. Divergent I haven't read mainly because I was waiting for the last book so I could read them all at once. I now own them all so I will make time in November to read them.

I know its hard to read all the books out there, but I have decided with all the series I was scared of and not read because of it, that I need to stop being a coward. So I have now been buying here or there when I have the money to buy some more series to try to read sometime soon. Some of the series I have recently bought is the Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner and The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater. Hopefully between those and the ones on my shelves I have plenty of series to keep me busy the next few months.

Is there any series that intimidate you? Have you decided to read or have read any of the ones that have intimidated you?

1 comment:

  1. I love series. The one thing I don't like about series is that they take so long to come out in between each book. Sometimes I find it hard to remember what happened last book. I prefer to read them after the complete series is out but I generally don't have the patience to wait.

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