Discussion: Do You Jump Ship or Continue the Journey?

March 21, 2014 Discussion 33

Back before I was a reviewer/blogger I used to be determined to finish the series of any book that I picked up. Making reading decisions is hard…

As readers I’m sure many of us have encountered this issue – that need to complete the story or series. To simply…




Now I find myself more and more shying away from that. If I don’t fall in love completely with the world and characters, why should I continue?

There are always more and more new books coming out that I want to read that now that I read and review more I have to be super persnickity about the series fiction I choose to continue on with.



Each year there are those shiny new ‘firsts in a series’ that I simply HAVE to read and then I frequently find older series that I haven’t yet tested the waters on and I must read those as well! Seeing as how I am likely not going to live forever (come on immortality come save me I have a lot of books to get read) – I have to give up one or the other.

What to do what to do? Jump ship I say!

That’s right – I’m in deep waters here folks and there are only so many books I can either carry on my back or make a damn floating raft out of. Some of them have to go.

Of course the 2 star ones are easy to chuck into that water, because hey…I’m just not going to need to finish that series if I didn’t even think it was ok…but the 3stars? That is where things get hard!

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Sometimes those 3star book one in a series, can really have a lot of potential. I can see them going places that I most definitely want to see.

Other times well – let’s face it. It was just ok and I could still peaceably live my life guilt free not having consumed it. Rather like a not so delicious dessert. All those calories (in this instance hours) spent on something that I didn’t enjoy every bit of. I like my calories to count dagnabit!!



Which begs the question…How do you decide which 3star BookOnes, to sally forth with!?

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33 Responses to “Discussion: Do You Jump Ship or Continue the Journey?”

  1. Charleen

    Blood elf ftw!

    I definitely know what you’re talking about. Even though I’ve gotten better at DNFing books, series are another matter. If I read the first one and I’m not feeling it, I’m okay letting it go, but if I like the first book enough to read the second, then I feel stuck. Especially if it’s only a trilogy, because then I only have one more book to go, so I might as well. But with longer series, there’s the argument that there’s more of a chance it will turn back around and get better again.

    I’m currently struggling with this right now with the Thursday Next series. I read the first one – 4 stars! I read the second one – 2 stars! Now what do I do?
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    • Pabkins

      That is so hard!! I’ve heard the this is gong to turn around argument before, but more and more lately I’m of a mind that I don’t want to wait for the possibility that it will when chances are so much better I will like something else by a different author so much more. I now have so many series books that I’m either behind on or have practically given up on. And when does something count as having given up on finishing!? Lol

      Personally I wouldn’t continue something if it was a two..I did once and things did not get better lol.
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  2. Mogsy

    I have a lot of trouble deciding whether or not to go on with those pesky 3 stars too! The way I’ve been doing it is 3.5 stars = definitely want to continue the series, 3 stars = considering about continuing, but only if I have time.
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  3. Cait @ Notebook Sisters

    After I finished watching that shark eating GIF for half an hour….*ahem* that’s seriously freaky! Is it Jaws? I’ve promised myself never to watch Jaws after I watched parts of the first one and it creeped me out. But I digress.

    I guess I never really finish a lot of series! I’m more like, “ooh, new shiny series, must try that now” and I wander away from most of the series I’ve started. It’s not that I disliked the first book, it’s just that I read it, did it, new book please. Mind you, this year I’m tryyyying to finish off my series (or at least read sequels). I’ve got Siege and Storm out right from the library right now!
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    • Pabkins

      I have that problem sometimes too but only on it if e first book is a three star. 4 star ones almost always get continued by me, or a planned continue!

      I don’t know if that is from Jaws….I have never watched the movies hah.
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  4. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    It’s easy for me to let go of series that starts of with a 3 star installment. IF I see a lot of potential, I’ll keep an eye on the series to see how future books are received, but if there aren’t wild proclamations of “SO much better than the first book, EVERYTHING makes sense now” then I won’t bother. Like you said–TOO many books. No time for the mediocre ones 😉

    ALSO–stop making me miss WoW!!
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    • Pabkins

      Agreed me too! I think I three star way more YA books than I do the adult SFF books that I read. But I also think that is a quality/quantity thing. Personally I can eat thru two ya books in the time it takes me to read one typical adult book. So because of the quantity of ya books I’m such a harder judge on them sometimes. It seems like its such a huge genre…i need more adult sff books made into movies because all these ya books that are being made to movies just dont look appealing to me at all?

      Miss wow, misss itttttt! It will always be a love of mine 🙂
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      • Jessica @ Rabid Reads

        Yeah, I can usually make it through YA twice as fast as SFF too. But not UF. Sometimes (Jennifer Estep, for example), I can make it through an UF paperback even more quickly. But I don’t know if I judge YA more harshly than adult books. I haven’t really paid attention to it. If I like it, I like it, and if i don’t, I don’t 😉 And I’m not much for YA SFF movies either, but I promised my youngest sister that I’d take her to see Divergent, so there’s no getting out of it. *grumble grumble*
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  5. Laura Plus Books

    Ooooh, this is a hard question! For me, I think if I give a book a 3 or lower, I probably won’t continue the series. Unless it’s a sequel and there are still more books them I MIGHT depending on how much I want to know how it ends. But generally, it takes a lot for me to go any lower than a 3 so I try my very hardest to continue with series!
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    • Pabkins

      I’m glad i’ve moved past the must continue urges I have because i enjoy reading so much more….however I think reading as many new releases as I do i have been neglecting older series that I really want to read.

      Really hard for you to give lower than a three huh? I feel that way sometimes too!
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    • Pabkins

      Agreed! I really think that sometimes even if I gave a book more than three stars and its the starter of a series I sometimes don’t even feel compelled to continue because I am satisfied with the ending and I can just imagine the rest. Like The Passage….i haven’t read any further. It was a great book but I just don’t feel the need to continue. And i think i 4 starred it. I’m giving myself more and more leeway to mood read as I please.
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      My thoughts exactly! I’m all about heave ho with the books that I’m not in love with. There are WAY too many series fiction books out there. I have to see something really promising to get me to continue. Sometimes I even won’t continue reading if I feel like I’m satisfied with the first book even if there are going to be more and it was good.

  6. Pamela D

    I’m a bit of a completionist, so I usually stick a series on my TBR list if I gave it 3 or more stars. The real question is whether I *actually* prioritize the series and sit down and read it. I have good intentions to finish series, but…

    • Pabkins

      Me too! I have read a bunch of first and think ohhh I’ll read more of this but then other things just look more interesting and that other book continues to sit. It happens to me with brand new books too. I just need to be more picky with the ya cause its always the ya this happens to me on… Ok well the most common.
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  7. Anya

    This is me with the Divergent series. I thought the first book was all right, continued with the second which was meh for me and now I kind of want to finish the series, but I just don’t know if it’s worth it. I sometimes end up choosing to listen to audiobooks of the book in that case since then I only half pay attention and get the gist without feeling like I’m missing anything, haha. They definitely end up on the back burner of “Maybe I’ll get to it someday” though, since I still haven’t read Allegiant even though I have a copy. And I’m all right with that. If I get caught up with books when I stop blogging and look over and feel like reading that one, great, otherwise I won’t be heartbroken, haha. The problem will come when I need to move and have to decide whether to keep those copies :-/
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    • Pabkins

      Wen you move you are going to lose so many books! It always happens! Books are damn heavy and take up so much room. I used to get rid of several boxes of books each time I moved!

      I still don’t feel the desire to read Divergent…and I’m beginning to think I wont ever lol.
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    • Pabkins

      It is really hard for me to DNF as well! I am totally giving myself more leeway to dnf books now adays though. I reallllllly try to give it several weeks and re-attempts before I give up altogether. Continuing is another matter indeed. There are many series I have not continued.
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  8. [email protected]

    It really depends on how I felt about the ending. If I’m satisfied enough, I might quit the series even if it’s 3 stars. If I’m interested to see more of the story, I go on 🙂 I have a list of series I want to finish, I possible want to finish and the ones I DNF. So those ‘meh’ series go on the possible list, just in case I feel the need to read them in the future :p
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  9. Angie

    The origin of the GIF with the kid falling on the bed?? Hilarious.. remote up the butt. I usually always finish series. ALWAYS. The first book has to be bad bad for me to not continue. I am a little OCD about finishing a series. I had to DNF a book let alone a series!
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Haha – yeah I think that was the kid that was told he wasn’t allowed to play World of Warcraft. Insane huh?

      I just can’t bring myself to finish something that I don’t enjoy or that I only marginally enjoyed because I have such limited time and so many other books that I think I’m much more likely to enjoy.

      I used to never DNF…but now I read so much more because of the reviewing that I just can’t. Most of the time I finish but if its absurdly not my cup of tea I just won’t. Why bother?

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Heck I don’t always even go thru with the second book in a series now a day. Wait ok so I did read the Crewel and Altered and not going any further. I also read What’s Left of Me Kat Zhang …I think thats the title I read the second to that and I won’t be going further on that either.

  10. Kelly

    When you find the answer, can you let me know?

    But seriously, I’ve got so many unfinished series that they’re becoming oppressive with their weight. Part of me knows when to walk away, but the other part of me is stuck on getting a resolution. Especially when books are so bad, they’re good. In that, I enjoy reading them to pick them apart. Is that awful?


    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      jeezuz I know exactly what you mean! I felt that way about the Anita Blake, LKH books there for awhile. Like I kept reading them even though I wasn’t enjoying them anymore to the point where I was just picking them apart. I finally stopped though and haven’t read anymore of them since haha. See I learned how to let go haha.

  11. Leanne @ Oh, the Books!

    (Hey there, WoW cinematic!)

    I was like that also before I began blogging. I’d keep up religiously with any series I started, waiting patiently every year for the next book to come out. But since I started blogging and have been introduced to a whole lot more books I want to read, I’ve been shying away from some of those series. I had fallen kind of out of love with them already but kept hoping the next book would redeem all the bad ones, and I would finally get some satisfaction out of waiting around on it. There are a handful I’ll continue but some of the series I was super into before I pretty much relegate to fluff reads when I just want something trashy and insubstantial. (Thankfully, that’s only once every couple years.)

    If I start a series and think it’s just okay, I usually don’t continue on with it. I don’t make myself a hard rule to not pick up the next book, but it continually keeps getting pushed down the pile for books I’m more interested in. Whenever I have a crazy completionist moment I may consider it again, but usually I just let it stay there in limbo and wait for something better to come along.
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      I was the BIGGEST WoW fiend ever years ago. I mean seriously I once took a whole month off of work just to play. I didn’t leave the house at all. Did you know…groceries can be delivered? And who needs to check that mailbox really?

      So I stopped playing WoW oddly enough I did get the itch and turned my account back on a month ago and only logged in twice. I think my MMO days are behind me now that I have a child and book blogging and dabble more in my artsy hobbies.

      I agree – if its just ok and I don’t feel it was stellar I’m not continuing. I’m just not a completionist anymore!