Books I Put On Hold

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Hey, lovelies! Your favorite mood reader is back again with a very characteristic post. Being a mood reader basically means I spent time switching between one book to another before I find the chosen one, the one I’m in the right mood for. 

Sadly, in this frenzy, there had been books that I’ve read a few pages of and then never came back to, I might finish them in the future, I surely intend to. But so far, it hadn’t happened and these are the books I’ll talk about today.

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12812550#1. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

I’ve read the first book in the trilogy and absolutely adored it, but then I tried reading this one twice and I never stick to finishing it. I’ve also heard very mixed things about the series, many people said it got bad as it progressed and I kind of lost hope of ever finishing it. If you liked this book or the series in general, give me a nudge to read it because I really need it.

 

 

 

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#2. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

I think I wasn’t in the right mood for this because I’ve read Since You’ve Been Gone and it’s one of my favorites books, but this one just didn’t feel right for me. It felt like it was dragging on for too long and I had read 100 pages and nothing happened, the plot wasn’t going anywhere and I just…well, I gave up and promised myself I’ll give it another try when I’m more patient. This hadn’t happened so far, but I hope it will, maybe this month since it’s summer??

 

 

24493738#3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

I’ve tried to read this book so many times I lost count, one of these days I’ll probably give up and just watch a movie adaptation because ugh, that start is too slow. I know everyone loves this book and it’s a classic and I was supposed to love everyone, but I read 100+ pages and it was so boring.

Can you already see what an impatient reader I am? I think it’s so obvious.

 

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#4. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

This one started out so good, I was super fascinated with the writing, it was so poetic and enigmatic and I wanted to know more. But at some point, I just lost interest because I was getting very confused, I didn’t know what was going on anymore. I don’t really know what happened??? I feel like it might have been caused by the fact that I didn’t know the original myth. I don’t know, I want your opinion here because I know everyone loves this book and I adored the first half of it, I don’t know what happened afterwards. help.

 

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#5. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

This might come as a shock for some because you know I’m a huge fan of Tolkien, but this one is so much heavier than Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit. I feel like there are so many characters and it feels a lot more like a history book than fiction. I’ll probably still finish it at some point because I feel it’s a huge part of Middle Earth and I’m forever in love with that world.

 

 

#6. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden25489134

why am I so horrible at reading books inspired by russian folklore???

I don’t even have an explanation for this one besides being very busy when I started reading it and then it took me so long to get back to it and now I don’t remember much from what happened. I will probably have to start reading from the beginning. I’m trash.

 

 

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So, apparently only six??? Wow, I was expecting more considering who I am. But I didn’t count the ones I’ve only read a page of and then decided my mood isn’t right for said book. The list would have probably been huge if I did. I feel kind of bad even with this list because it includes some very loved books, maybe convince me to pick them up again? Thanks!

 

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What are some books that you’ve put on hold? 

Did you love books off my list? What did you like the most about them?

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56 thoughts on “Books I Put On Hold

  1. Olivia Emily says:

    I found The Unexpected Everything to be a bit slow-starting when I read it, too, but once I got past around 150-200 pages I was engrossed! I think sometimes with Morgan Matson I have to persist until I’m firmly rooted in the story haha

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    • Marta says:

      That might very true, I’ll probably get back to it once I’m in a more patient mood and can handle slower books. I really love her writing and I adored the characters in Since You’ve Been Gone, so I really want to read another book by her in the future.

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  2. Dorine says:

    My friend really wants me to read Jane Eyre too (it’s her favourite), but I’m so scared haha! I recently read Pride and Prejudice which was really boring in my opinion, not bad, just not my thing. I’m currently reading Wuthering Heights which is also a battle to go through. So I’m not sure if I’m ready yet for the battle that is Jane Eyre haha!

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    • Marta says:

      I actually borrowed Jane Eyre from a friend as well and she was very persistent about me reading it and keeping it for as long as I needed. But in the end I just couldn’t read a lot 🙈 I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice, though I read it after watching two adaptations and already loving the story. I’m not particularly fond of Wuthering Heights, but it’s not the worst book out there 😂 it just has lots of unlikable characters, I guess.

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  3. LittleIrishbookcat says:

    I feel you! I’m a mood reader myself and therefore have 11 books currently on hold: some even popular like, And I Darken and Harry Potter( believe it or not) 😂 There have been a few I’ve managed to come back to and have then enjoyed but for the most part I still haven’t been in the right mood to read them.

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    • Marta says:

      I’ve also read Harry Potter quite late and I remember reading the first book and then not liking the second and putting it down for a year until I tried reading it again and enjoyed it. I really liked the series overall ❤ I know what you mean, I think I put up this list hoping to motivate myself to pick up some books. Hope it works 🙈

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  4. tasya @ the literary huntress says:

    It took me two tries to finish Days of Blood and Starlight and almost a month for Dreams of Gods and Monsters. I guess if it’s the writing that turns you off, then better abandon the books because it did not get better :/ I didn’t enjoyed Deathless the first time either, mainly because I read it right after the death of a family (worst timing to read a book about Death, ever), so I was not in a right place, but I would love to give it a try! The Bear is a pretty slow paced books and there are so many names (actually a little, but there are a lot of nicknames) to keep track of, so maybe keep it later for the winter holiday where it’s more atmospheric, relaxing, and perfect timing to read books based on winter-demon 😀

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    • Marta says:

      Hmmm, I think I liked the writing, I just never bonded with the characters as much as I would have liked??? I liked Karou, but not loved her or anything.
      I’m sorry about that, I hope you enjoy when you decide to pick it up next! ❤ I did try to read The Bear in the winter, but it was exam season soon and I was pretty stressed, which is probably why I couldn’t focus on the story that seemed pretty complex.

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  5. Kat Impossible says:

    I completely understand what you mean by The Unexpected Everything dragging on. It is too long of a book :/ but it does have a great love interest and the fantasy bits inbetween make it really interesting. I am still holding out hope that she’ll write a fantasy book for it one day. But to get back to the topic at hand, there were a lot of mundane scenes that didn’t really do anything for the plot and I definitely think that it could have been shorter and therefore a bit better paced.

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    • Marta says:

      Fantasy bits??? What fantasy bits? I suppose I didn’t get there, now I’m a bit intrigued, Kat. How do you always do this? Yes, I got quite bored when there had been 100+ pages and nothing really happened besides her getting the job. I was a bit confused about whether things will ever happen and I was comparing it with Since You’ve Been Gone a lot and it wasn’t faring well, sadly.

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      • Kat Impossible says:

        Between parts of the story there are excerpts from a Fantasy story that exists within the world of TUE. It’s quite cool, but obviously not a whole story with beginning and end. I still really liked it though.

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  6. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series is an all-time favourite of mine, and going against the majority here I actually think the series gets better with every book so I hope you manage to pick the series up again soon, and I hope you really enjoy it as well. 🙂
    Also I struggled a little bit with the beginning of The Bear and the Nightingale but when I finally got into it I thought it was a great read. I feel like it’s one of those books where if you make it last the slow start you’re rewarded with a brilliant and beautiful book. 🙂

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you, Beth! Loved hearing your opinion! I’ll surely give another try to The Bear and the Nightingale since I wasn’t in the right mood, I was a bit stressed with the exams and the book is quite complex and needs your full attention.
      I hope to reread The Daughter of Smoke and Bone and then maybe read the next books as well. Though I’m not sure when it will happen, but I really hope I’ll do it soon.

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  7. Ruby's Books says:

    It took me 5 months to read The Silmarillion – no joke! I do wonder if reading it in English doesn’t help the reading a little bit, but like you said, it’s almost like a history book, a heavy, heavy history book. I’m also bad at reading classic literature. For some reason I expect classic literature to be tragic, full of a lot of turmoil and pain for the main characters, so when it’s not I just get bored. Also the slow pace kills me. So I have stayed away from Jane Eyre so far, but I am getting curious in my old age lol

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    • Marta says:

      Lol, I think that would have been me as well if I did commit to the book entirely. I also tried to read it in English, I might switch to Romanian if I find it in the library, so far I had no luck 😂
      Well, classic literature is usually tragic and full of turmoil and I suppose Tolkien really intended on writing the history of Middle Earth, he was super committed to the world. If you read and finish it, let me know, it might just motivate me enough to read it 🙈

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  8. Nina Rapsodia says:

    Gurl I read most of these so here are my two cents:

    -> I finished days of blood but still not my favourite. I never finished the series because I was bored and did not liked the characters that much (only Brimstone gurrl). I am reading now strange the dreamer and kinda bummed because I don’t know if it’s Laini’s writing what I don’t like.

    -> I liked deathless a lot but me, as a non native english speaker, was so confusing too. It’s worthy but you have to endure reading it.

    -> Jane eyre! I loved it but took me ages to read even though it’s a classic and there are parts so religious and boring. I get it! Still it’s so worthy.

    -> The silmarillion! Read it years ago! I liked it but yes it’s dense!

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    • Marta says:

      I had issues with the characters as well, I feel like they were all kind of okay, but they never really made me feel stuff. I should have been pretty devastated after the first book and want to see what happens next, but I didn’t care all that much 😐
      I’m not a native english speaker either and the book really made me doubt my skills 😂 it’s good to know I wasn’t the only one.
      Ugh, everybody is telling me the same things about Jane Eyre and I’ll probably watch the movie and then if I like it, try again. Maybe this way, I’ll actually be excited and look forward to the more interesting parts.

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  9. Kathryn Jankowski says:

    I love Laini Taylor’s writing, but admit I had to slog through Books 2 & 3 in the DAUGHTERS OF SMOKE & BONE trilogy. Couldn’t believe that I’d ever find her work tiresome, but I did. Disappointing, too, as I really loved Book 1.
    A current book I stopped reading was THE SAVAGE SONG (Monsters of Verity). Just couldn’t connect.

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    • Marta says:

      I really like the writing as well, I don’t think that was the issue. I guess I just didn’t connect with the characters as much as I would have liked 😢
      I’m sorry to hear that! Everyone has been praising The Savage Song and I’ve been excited to pick it up at some point. Hope your next read is better ❤

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  10. Thingsinherhead says:

    Give The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series a second chance, please? It is one of my fave series and the story might drag on for quite some time but it really gets better.. Most of trilogies really drag on in the second book but once you get past that everything will go well. Well, no pressure but I do hope you give it a chance 🙂

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    • Marta says:

      That’s because you’re a great person that doesn’t form weird attachments with her books no matter how bad they are 🙈 I’m somewhat like an old lady refusing to sell anything. But I think most of these are ebooks, so there’s no way of selling them anyway 😂

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      • LacesandBooks says:

        hahahah
        well, that’s a good thing though because maybe now is not the right time for you to read them. who knows you’ll want to give the books a second chance in the future

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  11. Marta says:

    That’s interesting! I’ve never considered myself a mood reader, but it /has/ happened to me quite a few times. I had started Lady Midnight in January, for example, but because I was busy back then and that’s a huge book, I set it aside. I never picked it up until June, and that’s because I kinda made myself do it. I ended up really liking it. Last week, I took part of a read-a-thon,and before that I was reading Written in Red by Anne Bishop, but didn’t finish it in time and set it aside to read the books for the read-a-thon. I have no motivation to pick it back up, and I’m now reading Six of Crows, oops. I hope you finish all of these books 😛

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    • Marta says:

      Haha, it happens to all of us from time to time. I just really hope that these books don’t end up as dnfs because I’d really love to finish them at some point.
      I hope you finish Written in Red as well, I’ve heard some great things about it, though it doesn’t seem like my type of book 😊

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    • Marta says:

      Ah, I’m sorry to hear that! I always hear people praise Strange The Dreamer and say it’s even better. I was actually looking forward to it, it’s a bummer it didn’t work out for you.

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  12. Andreea P. says:

    I put books on hold a lot too!! I have a book started in January last year and I do plan to get back to it one day, just not now… ?

    Also, how can you get bored when reading Jane Eyre? I love that books so much! I almost gave up on Pride and Prejudice when reading it the first time, but I am glad I didn’t so maybe give Jane another chance? 😀

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    • Marta says:

      Ohhh, what book?
      Ughhh, don’t hate me, but I don’t know??? I just can’t get past the part with the boarding school, I’ve heard everyone saying the good parts start afterwards, but I always lose interest and never get past that.
      I loved Pride and Prejudice, had no issue with it 😂 I suppose I’m strange like that.

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      • Andreea P. says:

        Oh, The Archived by Victoria Schwab – I still remember where I am in the book and what happened so far, but I am just not in the mood for it… does it even make sense?

        But I get it, that part is not the easiest :C so I get what you mean. I had trouble with it at first too but now when I reread it I really enjoy it.

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  13. auroralibrialis says:

    The Bear and the Nightingale and Deathless are two of my absolute favorites, but let me tell you, I’ve read Deathless twice and I still don’t know what the heck’s going on. It’s super weird, but I feel like a lot of fairytales are super weird, so I kinda just went with it. I’d save The Bear and the Nightingale for winter time, it’s just made to be read on a winter night 😊

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    • Marta says:

      Hahaha, now I feel like I should have finished Deathless. Maybe I’ll give it another try because I really liked the beginning and the writing was really beautiful! ❤
      The annoying thing is I tried reading The Bear and the Nightingale in the winter, but somehow it still didn’t stick with me. I’d blame this on exams and a reading slump. Hopefully, the next time I try to read it, I’ll manage to finish it!

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    • Marta says:

      Same here! I’m usually looking for books that grab my attention instantly and if that doesn’t happen in the first 50 pages, I already have serious concerns 😅
      Thank you very much! ❤

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  14. Lois says:

    As much of a mood reader as I am, I find it strangely hard to put a book on hold. I’m stubborn in the way that I am determined to finish the book I read before moving to the next one, I feel like I’m cheating on the book if I start another one without finishing the other hahaha.
    Days of Blood and Starlight was actually my favourite book in the series, but the third book had some great elements but felt overshadowed by a late development and new character introductions. The Bear and the Nightingale is forever on my tbr list as well.

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    • Marta says:

      I envy you, Lois! 😅 If I didn’t pass the 100 pages mark or barely passed it, I would definitely put it on hold without much regret.
      I feel like I didn’t remember a lot that happened in the first book and that might have been a huge reason for not getting into Days of Blood and Starlight. I might try to find a summary online and give it another try.

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  15. Marie says:

    I hope you’ll give The Unexpected Everything another try at some point. It IS a bit big for a YA contemporary, but it is one of my favorites, the friends, the love interest, the character-development and everything as a whole just made me so happy and it’s a perfect summer read. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it once you feel like picking it up again 🙂 ❤

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  16. NeriSiren says:

    I’ve DNF’ed lots of books in the past few years. So much so that I wrote an ode to my DNF pile here (Juv/YA books): https://postcardsfromlalaland.wordpress.com/2018/02/22/an-ode-to-the-books-i-did-not-finish-juv-ya-edition/

    and here (Adult books): https://samestoryversions.blogspot.com/2018/02/an-ode-to-dnf-pile.html?m=1

    One more recent DNF was My Plain Jane, which I was so looking forward to because I’d loved My Lady Jane, but the sequel just fell flat. It’s like the authors were trying too hard to recreate the magic of the previous book, but failed. Reader, I was sorely disappointed.

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  17. Ilsen Leon says:

    My friend also tried reading The Unexpected Everything and she felt like it was too slow. I encourage you to try again but I heard her other books are better. As for Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I haven’t read it but I want to someday! Also a book I have on hold is The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer because I want to get to other books first and I keep getting distracted.

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  18. Ellie says:

    That’s so interesting about the Laini Taylor one. I just finished the first book and wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue with the series, and it sounds like the other books are less good. I liked her writing though, so maybe I need to try one of her other books instead

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  19. Caro @ bookcheshirecat says:

    This actually doesn’t happen to me, but recently I have definitely become more of a mood reader and put off reading a few books for a week or so 😮 As for The Unexpected Everything: I had the same issues and ended up giving up on it completely 😦

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