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If all the books on my Kobo eReader were physically brought to life, my room would surely look like this:
I’ll be the first to say that I am terrible at reading books I buy; especially those that I buy for my Kobo because they are out of sight and out of mind. That’s why I’ve made it my mission over the last year to read more of the books I own with various reading challenges and by limiting the number of books I read from the library and for review.
Earlier this year, I started to read some books I pulled from my TBR jar…and promptly DNF’d them. Which was a hard thing to do because I hate leaving books unfinished on my eReader (I like my “% of library complete” stat to be as high as possible)–especially ones I’ve spent money on– and I just loathe DNFing books in general.
I know it is impossible to like every book you read, but I try to buy books that I know I’ll like–obviously. I mark all the books I buy on Goodreads and give a little ranking for how excited I am to read them when I first come across them or buy them to give myself an idea of my expectations when I do pick up to read.
So I was a little surprised when 2 of the books I DNF’d were marked “high anticipation”–meaning I was really, really excited to read them. This called for an investigation.
Case #1 – Covet by Melissa Darnell
When I Purchased It: November 2012
Why I Picked It Up: It’s a sequel to a book I read in 2012
Why I DNF’d It:
It’s been so long since I read the inaugural book (August 2012) in the series and despite my wonderful notes, I struggled to get back into the story.
I’ve also realized, I don’t particularly care for the common tropes in YA paranormal romances at this point in my life. They come across as petty and simple and I just want more out of my paranormal reads.
Case #2 – Undescribable by Melissa Darnell
When I Purchased It: March 2014
Why I Picked It Up: I like the “playboy” finds love trope
Why I DNF’d It:
This book didn’t grab my attention right away. It was so slow and dwelled on unnecessary aspects for too long.
I also didn’t like the one-dimensional leads. I’ve come to realize I like my leads to have a little more depth to them; especially if they have 3 books focusing on their relationship.
The lesson: my reading preferences definitely change as the years go by.
I have no doubts that if I had tried to read these books when I bought them all those years ago, I would have finished them. I might not have given them super high ratings, but they would be marked as “read”. And I kind-of regret not doing that because I feel bad that I didn’t enjoy these novels as much as I wanted to.
And it worries me going forward that the 29 standalones/series I bought before 2015 are going to be books I’m going to end up DNFing because the interest just isn’t there…
So if anything, this reaffirmed my book buying ban. The idea that I shouldn’t go out of my way to buy more books and that I should focus on reading the books that I already own. In a dream world, I’ll be at the point where I can buy books and read them soon after purchasing them because I’ve read everything else in my personal library.
What about you?
How backlogged is your personal TBR? Ever read a book and went, “I would have loved this 3 years ago?!”