Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Bookish Things I Want To Quit or Have Quit
Things I’ve Quit
- Worrying about whether it’s OK to read certain types of books, like YA or children’s or romance. I decided years ago that if a book is good, and I enjoy it, that’s all that matters.
- Being a print book snob. I’ll always love my print books. There’s something special about the weight, the feel, the smell of a book, whether old or new. And I love beautiful covers and illustrations, and the interesting things that authors and designers sometimes do with text. But I’ve also come to love ebooks for their portability and practicality (scalable fonts are great for my aging eyes, and I can read in the dark without having to hold a flashlight as well as a book.) And I’ve come to appreciate audiobooks, and even prefer them for some books – especially when the narrator is really good, or a full cast is used for the characters. Because in the long run, what really matters is the story.
Things I Want to Quit
- Waiting too long to write my review. This is a huge problem for me, and I really need to get on top of it. At least I’ve started jotting down notes right after I finish a book — most of the time — so when I do get around to writing the review, I have something to jog my memory about what I liked or disliked. But I really ought to write my reviews within 2 days of reading the book.
- Having too many unread books on my shelves. Thanks to library book sales, I have probably 200 to 300 books that I haven’t read yet. I want to prune these and then start reading some of them.
- Adding books to my Goodreads TBR lists without pruning or taking anything off. When your combined want-to-read and perhaps-someday lists total over 1200 books, they’re too unwieldy to do any good. I need to find a better solution. I’m just not sure what it is yet.
- Buying Kindle books and not reading them. This is something I think I should quit doing, though I’m not entirely sure I want to. Because when I buy the books, it’s because I want to read them someday… but I don’t have time right now, or I’m not in the mood right now. Only now I have a bunch that no longer appeal to me much at all.
- Feeling like I have to own every book by an author I like. As my bookshelves have started to overflow (and for the record, we have 18 bookshelves and about 11 of them are exclusively mine) I’m realizing that maybe, just maybe, keeping every book by an author is a mistake. Because, you know, as much as I like that author, there’s often that one book or series that just doesn’t do it for me. If I’m not going to re-read it, why keep it just for the sake of having a complete collection of that author’s works? (Note that this doesn’t apply to series. If I keep a series, I need to have the entire series. Except maybe long-running series where the books are kind of stand-alones. I’m not sure I need to own every Poirot novel, for example.)
Books I’ve DNF’d
- Mysteries by Duffy Brown. I’ve tried and quit the first book in two different series, and for some reason, the narrator’s voice and style just grate on my nerves. I know people who really enjoy this author, but her books just aren’t for me.
- Boys Don’t Knit by T. S. Easton. Oh, I wanted to love this MG/YA book. I really did. Because knitting. And a boy knitting. But… it was getting off to a rather slow start, and I wasn’t really liking the main character, and it just wasn’t working for me. I actually do plan to try this one again someday, in hopes that it was more the wrong time than the wrong book for me.
- Califia’s Daughters by Leigh Richards, aka Laurie R. King. I adore King’s Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes mystery series, but I simply could not get into her standalone SF/F novel written under another name. I might give this one another try someday… or not.
So. . . What are the books and bookish things that you’ve quit?