Thinking Out Loud is my version of a discussion post and/or a place to just get things out of my head and off my chest. I have no plans for it to be a weekly feature, but more of a space that’s here when I have something to say.
Waiting on Wednesday: Worth the Wait?
Last year about this time, I came across what I thought was a really interesting post on Inspiring Insomnia about all those Waiting on Wednesday posts we write throughout the year. In that post, Stephanie talked about what was worth the wait, what wasn’t and what she’s still waiting on. I wrote a post of my own last year, but I only had a handful of WoW to talk about. I decided I wanted to do it again this year with a (nearly) full year’s worth of WoW posts.
In 2014, I participated in Waiting on Wednesday 48 times. If I’m being completely honest, I’m pretty shocked I did that many! Maybe in 2015, I’ll do all 52 weeks… (I sense a goal here.) Now, let’s break that down…
Totally worth the wait!
I consider my WoWs to be mostly successful this year because 25 of the books I read were awesome. (Or, at least good and worth the wait.) Each of these books were rated 3.5 stars or higher. You can check out my reviews by clicking on the thumbnail. (And if I didn’t write a review I’ll link you to the book’s Goodreads page.) 😉
Not at ALL worth the wait!
There were just 2 of my WoW posts that just didn’t work for me this year. Now, both of them are very popular and I’m in the minority here, but it’s my opinion and I’m going to voice it. 🙂 One of the books, Stepbrother Dearest, started out alright, but quickly lost me in the very much repetitive second half. It was still a three-star book, but if I’m honest, it’s probably closer to 2.5 for me and I was definitely disappointed by it. The second book, Beautiful Oblivion, greatly disappointed me. I used to really enjoy Jamie McGuire’s books. But, I’m finding myself more and more distracted by some of her online behavior and less inclined to read or review her books. Don’t get me wrong, I still love Travis. He was one of my first new adult book boyfriends, but BO just didn’t work for me. I don’t think I’ll be continuing with the series at all. But, like I said, I’m in the minority here. Large numbers of people loved both these books. I just wasn’t one of them.
There were also 2 WoW books that I DNF’d. I was really excited for both The Jewel and The Aftermath, but had a difficult time getting into the stories once I started them. I might go back and try again. I might not. (I probably won’t.) I’ve read good and bad reviews for both. But they just didn’t work for me.
Didn’t read yet…
So, if you read my resolutions post, you know I am terrible at putting aside “required” reading to read those books I’m ridiculously, grabby-hands excited about. (Something I *will* be better at in 2015.) Well, 6 of my “need-want-must-have-now” books in 2014 still haven’t been read… I own them. I wanted them so badly. But, other things got in the way… I’m so ashamed. I should probably make one of my 2015 resolutions to finish these six books… (Though, in all honesty, there’s at least one book here I’ve totally lost interest in and likely won’t ever read. I won’t point fingers, but this author’s comments after that whole crazy author stalking thing last year made me even less inclined to read her work.)
A whopping 13 of the books I featured in my WoW posts haven’t yet been released (I have an ARC of several of these… I’ve just not read them yet). But the long, painful wait continues for several of these.
Have you ever taken a look back at your Waiting on Wednesday posts to see how you felt about them once you read them? Or how often you *actually* read them? I’d love to know!