REFLECTING ON CURRENT READS

I have way too many books on the go at the moment and I need your help to decide which to prioritise. I’m really struggling with concentration and focusing on one thing lately, hence why I seem to have amassed a pile of current reads- but I need to know which ones deserve my time and which ones can be thrown back onto the TBR for later.

Book 1) Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

If you know me at all, then you’ll know why I’ve picked this one up. Hint: it’s not because I’m a fan. The exact opposite in fact. I’ve DNF’ed Nevernight at least three times due to sheer confusion and the struggle of turning over onto the next page when there’s absolutely nothing about this book that makes me want to keep going. I’ll admit, I’m being harsh but also as honest as I can be. I’m trying to give this book one last chance before I throw caution to the wind and get rid.

Book 2) Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

A Jay Kristoff book I adore! I actually only picked this one because of my struggles with Nevernight and I wanted to restore my faith by falling back on our fave Australian duo. I’m now around 100 pages in after starting it yesterday evening and I’m very willing to continue reading this one right through to the end. But that also means Nevernight isn’t getting the attention it should be.

Book 3) Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

This one is a familiar comfort to me, the faithful friend that always guides me through a reading slump and makes me want to read again. Nevernight resulted in me having to revisit this gorgeous contemporary as I was dangerously close to falling into a deep slump that I wouldn’t have escaped for a long long time. I’m close to the end, so there’s no doubt I’ll be finishing this one. It’s the perfect read for after a long day at work, and I have one of those today.

Book 4) Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige

This one was a review copy that arrived in the middle of my confused funk. I decided to put it next to my bedside rather on the shelf because if I put it away, I’d forget all about it and never do the job I’m supposed to. I know it’ll only take me an hour maximum as a super short graphic novel, but I’m just not feeling the overwhelming desire to pick it up. I’ve made it about 20 pages in and it’s not bad it’s just the pressure of the overwhelming reading slump hanging over my head.

Book 5) Vicious by V E Schwab

I picked this one up because I actually want to read it. I have the old paperback copy and the new editions have recently been released and I’m pretty diddly darn desperate for them. But in order to reason buying a second copy of Vicious and the sequel, Vengeful, I need to actually read this book. I’m about a 100 pages in and loving it, but I haven’t picked it up in 2-3 days now and that’s a problem. A HUGE PROBLEM.

Book 6) The Opposite of Always by Justin Reynolds

Okay, I’ll admit: this is the only one on my list I haven’t started. It’s on the pile because I know I want to read it this month, and because I had a dream about it (don’t ask my why). So I grabbed it off my bookshelf and put it on the growing-pile with the plan to eventually get round to it. Now I’m about 100 times more willing to pick this one up than Nevernight and that is not good. Apparently I’ll be getting through Nevernight one page at a time.

Obviously, my mind is all over the place. With this many books on the go, I can’t keep track of which character is in what book and my reading experience is miserable as a whole. April has cursed me to never finish, only ever start books.

Sometimes endings are the best part.

Please help?

4 thoughts on “REFLECTING ON CURRENT READS

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  1. So many times I’ve wanted to be “currently reading” a whole host of books. Right now I’m reading three and hopefully that won’t roll into four, but instead I’ll finish the one I’ve been reading for two months and move onto the next. And that leads me to my suggestion for you with Nevernight: put it down. If you’re having that hard of a time getting into it then let it go. The book I’ve been reading for a couple of months I swear was the same way for me, I so badly wanted to like it I couldn’t DNF it but every time I went to read it I just wanted to read something else. I have finished several other books while not finishing that one. Now that I’m 3/4 through I can’t put it down but it has taught me I have to be okay DNFing if I’m ever going to work my way through books that I might love or know I will.

    Then maybe if you put that one down and any others that just aren’t doing it for you (maybe some of those just need to be moved down the list for another time and some need to be deleted all together), it’ll be easier for you to get into the books you really want to read. I also DNF’d a short anthology that I swore I’d finish just because it was short. Not quite halfway through I thought, I am not enjoying these stories AT ALL, they aren’t even stories if you ask me. If there’s 80 pages left, that’s 80 pages I could be into a book or collection I am entertained by. DNFing it was a huge relief for me. It was like, “Thank you, NEXT”.

    So I’m thinking your comments speak for themselves. Cut the list down. I tell myself when I think I want to read five books at once that I could stick to 2-3 (with one being non-fiction) and get them done faster and more focused than if I spread my attention all over the place. Good luck, let us know what you decide.

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    1. I’ve cut the list down! I’ve put Vicious down for now, as I know I’ll love it – I just need to be in the right head space. I managed to finish both Mera: Tidebreaker and Not If I See You First, so I can cross those off my humongous list. I’m half-way through Illuminae and I know it’s the book I really want to be reading at the moment so I’m going to be ignoring any others. You’re right about Nevernight… I’ve given it so many attempts – I should just DNF it. I’ve wanted to love it so badly and felt pressured by the STANS to be just as obsessed but I need to admit it’s not for me. I find it difficult because I have the super ultra-rare Waterstones UK HC editions of both Nevernight and Godsgrave, but I need to accept that passing them onto someone who would appreciate them is probably the best course.

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