Confession time: book series I liked…but never finished

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Before I get started, let me just say that just under two weeks ago, I spent more than an hour writing this post. I was about to go on vacation, so I wrote the post and set it to publish while I was gone, which it did…however I just realized that it posed a completely blank blog post! WHYYYYY?! I’m so sorry that I just realized that the previous post was blank THE ENTIRE TIME, but I’m going to attempt to re-write the post (ahh) for you today!

That all aside, I am notoriously bad at finishing series of books, even when I like the first books! I attribute it to three things. First, I sometimes worry that the final book in a series will be a letdown, as has happened to me so many times! Second, I tend to get distracted with other books, so I’ll move to something else with the intention of going back to the series, and then I just never do. Third, I read a series that isn’t finished, and by the time the next book in the series has been published, I forgot a lot of what happened in the first books and need to re-read them before I can continue the series, and it just never happens. I swear I have great intentions of finishing all of the series listed below, but we’ll see what happens!

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Mini Reviews – quick reviews on 8 books!

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Occasionally Cait over at Paper Fury posts mini-reviews on her blog, and I’ve always loved the idea. Every now and then, I don’t feel like writing a full review on a book, so I’ll post some quick thoughts on Goodreads.

Lately, I’ve had a string of “meh” books that I didn’t love but didn’t hate, but I just couldn’t muster up the effort of writing full reviews on them. Instead, I’m going to take a page from Cait’s book and share some mini reviews on 8 different books I’ve read recently!

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Spring Cleaning: TBR Edition – how I removed 100+ books from my to read list

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One thing I’m totally guilty of is adding books to my “to be read” list, and then not reading them for months (or years…) later. This leads to me feeling like a) I’m going to drown under a sea of unread books b) my TBR shelf is staring at me and judging me every time I add a new book to the shelf, and c) I’m having an existential crisis about the fact that I will never get through my TBR if I add 10 new books to it for every one book that I finish!

A few weeks ago, I did a post on the oldest books that were on my to read shelf on Goodreads and in going through some of those super old books, I realized there were definitely books on my “to read” shelf that I was no longer interested in reading.

That sparked some spring cleaning, and I removed more than 100 books from my TBR list. I know, I know, some of you read the books you already have before buying more or adding new books to your “to read” shelf, but alas, I am not one of those people. At the start of the year, I had around 800 books in my “to read” shelf, and I’ve narrowed it down to less than 650 now. I know that’s still a lot, BUT it’s progress! I want to share some of the ways I was able to clean up the list, because I’ve heard from a number of people that it’s hard to decide what to remove!

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The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

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After Lucy and her husband Owen get a little drunk at a dinner with friends, they learn that their friends have opened their marriage. They claim that opening their marriage reignited the passion they had for each other that had long been lost, and that they were happier than ever. Lucy balks at the idea, but after thinking on it for a while, decides to give it a try in hopes that she’ll stop feeling so invisible. She and Owen set ground rules, and add a end date to the experiment – 6 months, no questions asked, and no falling in love. When Lucy realizes she’s broken one of these rules, she has to decide if she wants to stay in her marriage or if this new romance is more intriguing.

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Books everyone loved that I…didn’t #unpopularopinion

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The other day I completed a book tag, and one of the questions asked me to name a book that everyone loved that I didn’t. I started thinking about it and realized that I actually could think of a few that I didn’t love the way it seems everyone else does, so I decided to write a post about it and share some of my unpopular book opinions. Please don’t shun me!! I also want to be clear that I have zero issue with anyone who did like any of these books – clearly I’m in the minority here because they are all highly rated! All titles link to Goodreads 🙂

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Book hoarding: what’s been on my backlist the longest?

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I know I’ve had this conversation with many of my fellow bloggers and book lovers before, but I am the WORST at buying books with grand intentions of reading them right away…and then letting them sit on my shelf for months years. So today, I decided to go through my Goodreads “to read” shelf and sort them by date. Below, I’ll show you the 10 books that have been on my list the longest, regardless of how embarrassing my choices were! This will also help me with my Beat the Backlist challenge, because if I can get through some of these this year, it will help me reach my BTB goal!

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The Circle by Dave Eggers

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Mae Holland is thrilled when she gets hired at the world famous company The Circle. The Circle is the leader of technological advances and has basically monopolized the use of the internet and social media. In addition, they strive to streamline daily activities, so they found a way to integrate all social media accounts, payment options, purchase history, etc to create a single online identity.

In this new age of transparency, Mae is excited to see what else The Circle comes up with…until she has a strange interaction with a coworker who talks of the problems the lack of privacy can cause. The Circle is a book full of technological innovations, suspense, and moral questions, and I couldn’t get enough of it.

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