These Books Will Self-Destruct | 2021

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I’ve seen Booktubers do something like this, but I’m changing it. On this list, yes are books I’ve had on my TBR for a while, but additionally, these are all books I’ve picked up, started reading, then put down for one reason or another and never picked up again. Some I think I remember what I read, others I don’t remember anything. Some I put down because I wasn’t enjoying them, I wasn’t in the right mood, some I put down due to getting too busy and never got back to. I’m giving these books a last chance to impress because they’ve been on my shelves and need to be read or go.

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  • The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
    • I was listening to the audiobook, and I think work got in the way where I needed to focus on what I was doing, and somehow I lost interest and moved on to another book.
  • Die Again by Tess Gerritsen
    • This I read as part of a try a chapter video, some years ago when I was posting on YouTube. It lost the challenge, just due to another book being more interesting; hooking me better in the first chapter. It has since been a few more years and I’ve yet to read this book. Another thing against this, is I have it in a physical format.
  • The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
    • I think I actually just need to read this book. I have an audiobook copy, and think I was just having a hard time absorbing the story and following along. So, I can try listening again, but may need to try an ebook so I can read the words rather than listen.
  • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
    • This may have been bad timing. I picked this up I think around the start of the Pandemic for a readathon. The story is slow in the start, and I’m not yet through the slow part. Slow stories have a hard time holding my attention, and I was also entering my slump. I became more interested in crafting face masks, knitting, and learning to crochet.
  • Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
    • I started listening to the audiobook trying to find something to pull me out of the slump I was in. I don’t think I even made it an hour in before I put it down for something else.
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
    • I was gifted this book years ago for my birthday. I started it, I think last year as part of a Tome Topple readathon, and didn’t make it very far. I think the main character had mostly just been sent back in time, and I can’t remember her name. I’d like to give this another chance though.
  • Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas
    • Hmm…I see a theme emerging, maybe? I started this also for a Tome Topple readathon. Unfortunately, I don’t remember what, but there was something else happening and I was only able to read a few pages at a time. This made it hard to get in to the story, and I decided to put this down until I had more time to read more than maybe 2 or 3 pages at a time.
  • Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
    • Definite theme. I started this, can you guess now? It was part of a Tome Topple readathon. It’s a slow story, at least to me, but I do want to give this another go. I wasn’t exactly hating my time with the book, just wished things would happen.
  • Daemon Seer by Mary Maddox
    • I think I was even almost done with this book, and I don’t remember why I put it down. For some reason though I did.
  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
    • This one I may not ‘destruct’ so to speak if I don’t read it in 2021. I started this as part of a Tome Topple readathon I attempted to participate in this summer. However, I could not focus on this or the other books I tried to read. I don’t even remember what the other books I tried to read were. I couldn’t find that I declared a TBR to maybe jog my memory of what books I tried to pick up. I was apparently already full slump mode or something at the time. I was excited to read this one though which is probably why I remember I tried it. I also do want to read this and soon. By putting it here, maybe I’ll get to it sooner in the year rather than later?
    • Fun Fact: I went to school with a kid named Marlon James. I actually had to look up the author to see if it was the kid I went to school with. It is not. If I remember the birth year of the author, I think he’s around a decade too old to be my classmate.
  • Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
    • This series was all over booktube years ago. I started the book, and then put it down. I just wasn’t enjoying it, and yet it is still on my shelf for some reason, even though I’ve done a few unhauls. Of all the books on this list, this is the one which will truly self-destruct if I don’t read it in 2021.

There are many more books I could add, but we would be here forever. And I would need to stare at my shelves longer or look through by ebooks to try to remember what I started, and maybe want to get back to. But also, trying to keep this list manageable, and something which won’t take a week to read through. So I’ll end this here, and maybe make notes if I remember others, and do this again for next year.