After taking a quick inventory of the books I’ve read (or haven’t), I realized there are a few that are somewhat in limbo. That’s the gray area where I really want to read them, but I also, kind of don’t want to for one reason or another. Do you have a book like that? I’m sure all book geeks do.
So, here’s my top three books-on-pause for 2017 (in no particular order). And hopefully, maybe, possibly, I might have the courage to dive into one of them before we close out 2017.
The Dire King (Jackaby #4) by William Ritter
I love this series. Absolutely love it. It’s the perfect mash between my love of the paranormal/supernatural world and my love of Sherlockian-type stories. I was so excited for The Dire King, the final in the series, that I even preordered it on Amazon so I could have it uploaded to Kindle and ready to go at midnight. Yet, I was too nervous to open it!
Reason: I’m scared to find out what happens between Jenny and Jackaby. I scared that the story will pull a Sookie Stackhouse nose dive and I would be so disappointed because it is the best of both worlds for me.
Lord of Shadows (Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare
The Shadowhunter universe is simply amazing. This whole world is so fascinating to me, especially where Will, Tessa, and Jem are concerned. I’m sorry, but this trio is what kept me going, is what keeps me going. And you know what? I enjoyed reading Emma and Julian. Not as much as WTJ, but I really loved Emma’s relationship with her adopted family and the complicated bond she and Julian shares. And with that doozy of a cliffhanger at the end of Lady Midnight I was anxiously waiting for Lord of Shadows. I was dying to know what happened/happens! I borrowed it a couple of times and just couldn’t bring myself to open it. Sighs.
Reason: With that cliffhanger at the end of Lady Midnight, I don’t think I could handle another one. Don’t know if I could take it and wait another year or so for the next installment to alleviate another whopper of a cliffhanger.
Remembrance (Mediator #6) by Meg Cabot
I love Meg Cabot. Absolutely love her writing. Her characters always crack me up and I find her stories pretty entertaining. So far she’s three for three. I love The Princess Diaries (except for book 9, did not read that one), and I love her Queen of Babble series (because Chaz), and now add this one to my list. Suze rocks. Suze and Jesse rocks even more! I love this series. Ghosts. A hilarious heroine. A great duo. The Mediator series was an unexpected find earlier in the year and I binged on it all the way up until the final installment. Checked it out and everything. Just never opened it.
Reason: It’s the end of a wonderful series! sniffs This is it. No more Jesse. No more ghost mystery solving stuff. No more Suze. Binge reading this story I’ve seen her character grow (so to speak) and I don’t know if I can part with it just yet. Usually, I’m not so attached. When I commit to a series I commit and “not wanting to let go” is usually never the reason I don’t close out the series. I’m a bit surprised at my reasoning, but it is what it is.
I hope to complete at least one of these reads by the end of the year. I don’t want to keep it open-ended like I have with Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series. Until I muster up the courage, though, let’s see what else books I can get to before New Years Eve.