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series thoughts

thanks for sticking with me through the vacay! i'll be back and scheduling soon, i'm pretty sure. you know, after i sleep 53293174 hours.

to conclude the week of reruns, i share with you this post of mine that always gets the most views each month. ENJOY.

while doing nerdalicious reformatting of the ol' blog, i noticed i have started a crapton of series. as an avid task-completer, i've decided there are some series i'm going to continue to bookworm through...and some series i'm just crossing off the list and will not feel guilty about them. at all.

sayonara, series
those series i'm prepared to leave behind...forevah.

Gemma Doyle series. i just could not get into the future of Gemma in A Great and Terrible Beauty and i SOOOOO wanted to. which is a shame, really, since that title rocks my world.  i KNOW people love this series and i've heard time and time again to give it a shot. but there are SO many other series (as you'll soon see) that i'm genuinely interested in that i don't want to bother. so there.

His Dark Materials series. i think part of this was because the movie sucked so much. but a much bigger part was that the hubs read the second book in the series and gave it a resounding 'meh'. he then proceeded on to the final book which he didn't finish. i shall learn from his persevering and willingness to give something lukewarm a try by NOT giving it a try. i was initially interested, but now...not so much.

The Modern Tale of Faerie series. i started this series around the time i started Wicked Lovely, and i just lurved Wicked Lovely so much  more.  that being said, i still gaveIronside a try...and wasn't loving it as much as i thought. when i'm so into Wicked Lovely, why bother with finishing up the Tithe series? exactly.

The Immortals. again, i know people just adore this series so i'm in the minority here. i think this book marked the beginning of my jadedness with paranormal romance. the girl being too two dimensional. the boy being so smitten with the girl for reasons lost on me that it's nauseating. the paranormal swirling around the girl character and constantly having to grapple with feelings of 'oh my GOSH i didn't know this world existed now what do i do etc etc'. plus, i am still holding on to the horribly dated - if it were ever even real - concept that Damon bought her a Mickey Mouse sweatshirt. she's in high school, for craps sake. she's not wearing a MM sweatshirt because her secret, dark, paranormal boyfriend bought it for her OKAY?! ugh. UPDATE: I'm going to give this series a try...honest.

Shadow Children series. so the concept was crazy awesome to me, but the book was for an audience that felt too young for me to enjoy. there were some uber-cheesy elements that i wasn't such a fan of either.  it reminded me of a less-awesome boxcar children for some reason. anyway, it felt too young to sustain my interest.

meh, maybe later.
those series that i was not nearly as excited about as the rest of the world...but something prevented me from ditching them altogether.

Forest of Hands and Teeth. okay so i really really REALLY didn't like Mary. but i liked the story and the idea and the idea of the world continuing on after the first novel, so i think i might give Dead-Tossed Waves a try. i mean, it will be a new protagonist set in the same crazy world with the same solid writing...so we're halfway there. but i'm not ready to dive in full force...i can't help but be hesitant after that selfish cow, Mary.

Caster's Chronicles. i did not love this nearly as much as the rest of the blog world. i mean, at first you were hard pressed to find anything negative about this book at all. i thought i missed a crucial element or just didn't know what good ya lit was for awhile there...and then the criticisms cropped up and put my impending complex to rest. i adored Ethan's voice - i much prefer a male voice in my lead characters anyway - and i remember listening to Norah Jones the whole time i read it which was just perfect. but this didn't blow me away. the gothic part was cool. the mystery was cool. Ethan was cool. i did not love that it was unnecessarily long and repetitive.

series that i am ashamed to say i forgot about...but want to pick back up! right stat now!

Generation Dead.  i received Passing Strange from the publisher about a year ago and have yet to read it. what the hell am i waiting for?!  the differently biotic are trying to make it they only way they know how! there are zombie parties! there are zombie hunters! i loved this book. i'm a bidoof for abandoning this series. plus all i need is Kiss of Life since i already have Passing Strange...now i'm dwelling on that massive cliffhanger from the first book! gah!

The Luxe. i totally blew through the first three...i have no excuses for why i'm not finished reading the most deliciously bitchy, catty, luxurious ya hist-fic ever! Splenor, wait up for me! i'll be there soon to pick you up and read you into the wee hours of the morning.

Uglies. this one is always on my list, but never a top priority. despite the fact that i really liked it. despite the fact that i hear nothing but good things about Scott Westerfield. despite the fact that i genuinely WANT to read the series. let's do this thing, Pretties.

Princess Diaries. i think i'm intimidated by how massive this series is. but no more! i remember that i LOVE Meg Cabot and i want more of the sassy, quirky, lovable Princess Mia. i even love the movies! the worst part is, i know that i will absolutely adore the rest of the series.  i'm not the slightest bit hesitant. i just need to get over the fact that there are a dozen books in this series and just start already!

Wolves of Mercy.  a world where Werewolves are the main attraction, and not vampires? how could you not love this! and the cover...SO much love for that pretty cover. and the rest of the covers are just as pretty! i adored the love interest and the sacrificial elements and the winter setting and everything. it's winter right now! it's perfect for me to read! what am i waiting for?!

Hollow Kingdom. my first goblin-lore love, and still my favorite. i was so reluctant at the beginning of this series, and  now i'm a total fangirl. to be honest, i think i've been putting this one off because as soon as i read it...the journey is over. how lame is that? but seriously i'm going to finish the journey this year. i mean it!

Wicked Lovely. i'm just not a huge fae fan, but i did enjoy the darkness that Marr infused.  when i was editing this review and i re-read the 'choked on icicles' line, i was like oh YEAH that was awesome...let's do this thing. and her name is Ash (like from Pokemon) and i think that's pretty cool.

Ruby Oliver. i loved her voice. i loved the authenticity and pain and awkwardness and cuteness and awesomeness. i want more Ruby Oliver, darn it. and i shall have her.

Mortal Instruments. i was not nearly as in love with this as the rest of the world. i have some serious qualms with the first book...but dash it all i am so CURIOUS as to where the rest of the series goes. i have to know what happens. this is borderline guilty pleasure for me...but i do dig the paranormal crime-fighting elements. okay Cassandra Clare, i'm down for the sickness. you have NO idea how close you were to my 'meh' pile! don't let me fall.

love me true.
no rush on these bad boys. i know they'll always be there, waiting until i'm ready.

Dark Tower. this was my first Stephen King book, and it was a damn good one. now, i'm not ready to branch into the rest of his stuff, but i am interested in pursuing the rest of the Dark Tower series. the Gunslinger was SO incredible. i'm one of those people that when i find someone else who has read the book, i immediately launch into discussion - sucks to anyone around who HASN'T read it! but i'm not feeling a push to finish just yet.

Southern Vampire Mysteries. i'm a Sookie Fan, straight up. sometimes i crave these books hard core, and sometimes i just need a break. but either way - i know that Sookie is waiting patiently for me. thanks, babe. i'll see you soon. promise!

Vicky Bliss. she solves crime. she's snarky. she's clever. she has romances with snarky and clever men. it's everything i love about Sookie Stackhouse, but with normal people solving historically based mysteries. okay and she's more intelligent than Sookie. but that's okay! i love them both. it's been awhile since i've visited my gal pal Vicky, so perhaps the next novel is in order sooner rather than later...

wowie zowie. i have my work cut out for me! please tell me i'm not the only one out there who has started a series and totally forgotten about it? i know i'm not alone!

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. I keep debating reading the Mortal Instruments series...people love it!

    And u know of course how much I love my sookie!

    Great list girl...I am sure I am the same way with some series and should probably figure out next steps as well...hmmm

    Hope your trip was fabulous!! :)

    Katie W

  2. Sigh, I love Gemma Doyle.

    BUT OMG I am with you on The Mortal Instruments, I don't love it at all but everyone else does and City of whatever left me totally underwhelmed. Like what is the big damn deal about Jace.


    I think we would have a field day discussing The Dark Tower because those are my favorite books ever. Roland Deschain ILY!

    And and I have to finish Ruby Oliver too. And begin Shiver.

  3. Roland Deschain is a bad man. that is all.


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