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Romance Books I've Abandoned 🙊



The one where I come clean and reveal all the books I’ve recently abandoned. My hope is to get to them one day… soonish! Will 2021 be the year?? We’ll see!

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32 Comments

  1. DR. Suezette Aloysia and Carl Avery Cooper

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    2021 wiill BE the YEAR sis :~)

  2. Nicole E

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    Woo hoo! I just woke up to this notification 😊❤

  3. hea booktubes

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    Did you really post a dnf video for me while I drink my coffee?!?!? My babe. ♥️🎄

  4. hea booktubes

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    Lol the final 200 pages of Crescent City makes it all worth it. But… it’s annoying that it takes 600 pages before you start really getting that pay off. ♥️🎄♥️ Oh my gosh, I’m cackling at you starting Crescent City over. ♥️🌙

  5. hea booktubes

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    My video today is all the books I wish I’d read and want to read next year. 😆

  6. Jaleesa Washington

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    I'm a mood reader and am often between many books at a time. I somehow am able to pick a book back up and keep reading. However, I will read a chapter before the last bookmark location if it's a book that has a less memorable story development. One book that I've been picking up and putting down for years is Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach. You would think I'd DNF it by now. 🤷🏾‍♀️

    My excuse for taking my time with House of Earth and Blood is because the next book isn't out yet. 😂 I'm on page 600 something. It does take time get settled into the world. I didn't get into it until the 120 something page mark. After that, the book hits the ground running. It takes focus on just that one book to invest in the story because trying to reading it alongside other books that have a lesser page count can deter anyone from picking it up. 😂

  7. Barbara Desmond

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

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  8. Kristi

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    I totally understand where you are coming from with not finishing books. I have so many books to read that I DNF books easily if it doesn't hold my interest. I usually do this when I read about 100 pages and I'm not even interested to pick up the book to keep reading or if I read a book with so much internal thoughts that take up 2-3 pages here and there. I have also noticed that I do not end up liking overly hyped/marketed books so now I don't even pick those up. I don't feel bad about doing this as I usually end up finding/reading other great books. There are just way too many books for us to pick from and what a lovely thing that is!

  9. gonebananas 36

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    With your question of continuing a book where you left off it actually depends how long it’s been. So if it’s been a while let’s say weeks or months I would have to restart the book again because I would’ve forgotten by then. If it’s been a few days or so I’ll just read the previous chapter and then continue on from there because usually the story will come back to me in memory. It sucks when we abandon books happens to me quite often and then I feel so guilty. 😣😩 keep up the great content. Btw You Had Me At Hola sounds good.

  10. Vamps Rock

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    No, nothing to be ashamed of but… 😱THE HORROR😱!!! If I start a book and am enjoying it I'll read till the end because I get lost in it. The thought of putting it to the side to pick up another book and lots of unfinished books fills me with dread😥. I'd rather have a thousand unread books than 10 unfinished ones! I do have 2 more serious (non-romance) books that I stopped reading at some point before 2020 turned to a dumpster fire, and even those are giving me heart palpitations!

    It does seem like you were caught up in the hype and perhaps not all of these titles are ones you would have picked up without it? Maybe that's why you haven't rushed to read them. And the SJM book (which because of the colours is possibly the most stunning cover I've ever come across!) sounds like a stretch especially as it seems to be a mix of both high fantasy and a lot of elements normally found in urban fantasy (PNR). If you are not that used to either, I would try to read a few shorter ones before getting back to that chunker!

    An as an aside, I'm almost a newbie to HR this year too, only having read a handful before 2020. The Beast of Beswick was my first of the year and my first nobility romance ever! I didn't love it but I did enjoy it much more than I expected to. TFS 🙂

  11. Tara North

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    Oh you KNOW I'll torture myself and finish almost every book but I WISH I could let it go lol!

  12. April W

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    Brazen and the Beast! that book is all about Hattie! Year of Hattie! it's so good. definitely finish that one when you are in the mood next. its so great.

  13. *hahaa* Great confessional. It happens to us all.

  14. messy678

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    Ok, hear me out. I too have DNFed a lot of these same books. Kleypas, Bailey, McLean…. I just got bored. But you HAVE to read Spoiler Alert! So so good. I really liked the fat rep, I liked that it tackled really stuff in a logical and adult way; I hate when the characters misunderstand or make assumptions or get super jealous. These characters are adults who talk to each other and respect each other and I just ate it up. Hope you give it another go!

  15. bookswithsamantha

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    I literally gasped when you said Mine Till Midnight 😱😱 my jaw hit the floor! 😂 Not my poor baby Cameron 🥺 Haha, I’m just messing with you but I think I’ve read that book like three times 😂

  16. Aleksandra Rahmanovic

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    I have struggled with this "problem" for a long time thinking I have to finish the book which I had started. Not anymore, I have thousands of books and I don't want to waste my time reading something that I don't enjoy. So as soon I realize I don't like it, I dnf it. Sometimes even after few pages but usually I give it some time.

  17. Yirong Li

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    Omg, l love you. I had the same problem with Sarah j Maas’ new book. (See I forgot the title already). And the worst thing is, I don’t own it, I borrowed it from library. Now I am struggled to hold it again ever time I log in my library.

  18. Laura

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    I don't really consider Brazen and the Beast a Beauty and the Beast retelling. If that helps give you motivation to read Brazen 🙂 Also, the audiobook for that one is quite good, if your eyeballs aren't feeling it but your ears are up for it 🙂

  19. RebeccaW

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    I do this with many popular books😂, I tend to start them again fresh, after some time – to forget what I’ve already read; or to forget any hype; or forget things I’ve heard about them. Hype is a thing – sometimes lots of hype kills it for me, and I just have to let it stew, let it simmer, and eventually pick it up when it’s all died down and I can read it in my own time, and usually love it. Mood is a thing – sometimes I try to read something I’m just not feeling, because mood. The next time I pick it up, I either get into it… or I don’t. And finally, when I “have” to read a book, I don’t wanna😂. Other times, I may have just seen a review that spoils a book for me, perhaps a book friend didn’t love it – but I have to remember, we all read differently, and perhaps I will love it?
    The Sarah MacLean – you have the second book of the series there, I wouldn’t read it out of series order, because book 1 perfectly sets up the world, and all of is characters. I loved book 1 – a 5 star read for me. Perhaps, because I love a bit of a bad boy, a bit of a vigilante, and the male characters in this series are made men on the poor side of London, through illegal means (smuggling), and their sister was a female fighter, who now owns a brothel – for women, with male prostitutes – I sill have to read that book.
    As a historical romance newbie, I suggest Tessa Dare, who writes Rom-Com historical romance. Also, Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series, which book 1 gets to the sex earlier, and it’s a fun ride with pirates, masked vigilantes and boys on the wild side of the law… do you see a pattern happening here with Sarah MCLean😂? Yeah, Tessa Dare and Elizabeth Hoyt were my gateway books into historical romance, and bad boys with hearts of gold, about 3 years ago.

  20. Cookie A

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    Oh my…I bought You Had Me At Hola…had so much hope for it but I did not like it. For Crescent City…it is definitely worth a read. Part of me thought it would be similar to her Court of Thorns and Roses series, which I love. There is a lot of world building….and I will admit it took me 2 weeks to read, but oh my goodness…I can't wait until the next in the series!!

  21. Ashley Easterling

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    You Had Me At Hola was a total impulse buy when I was at Target. That cover 😍 Gave me Jane the Virgin vibes. I did finish it within a few days. I really enjoyed it.

  22. Francesca Graziella

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    Ahhhh You Had Me At Hola! Well at least is a pretty cover on your shelf 🙂 lol no shame! Also if I stop reading a book and want to read it another time I tend to start over because I also have terrible memory

  23. Aimee Reads

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    You need to get back to You Had Me at Hola! I feel like it took a bit to pick up but the leads have great chemistry. And those sex scenes 😳😳

  24. In Love & Words

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    Ughhh I need to read Tools of Engagement, too!

  25. persephonereads

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    First of all, I just want to say that I discovered your channel tonight for the first time and you have such a lovely, inviting personality. I laugh and smile with you; it's very endearing. And I'm literally the worst about start/stopping books lol. So thank you for making me feel a little less alone.

    If I reread a book from the beginning after putting it down for awhile, it truly depends on 1) how long ago it was, 2) how far into it I was 3) how well it had held my attention up to the point I put it down. Sometimes I put books down because they aren't capturing me, and sometimes I put them down because something else comes out that I'm even more excited for. So it truly just depends on the mood and the moment lol.

  26. Always Booked

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    I'm one of the few that didn't love Mine til Midnight. I get it!

  27. the Beachbumbookworm

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    I'm with you! My tbr is TOO big to not DNF a book im not enjoying! great video!

  28. nylorac1984

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    I love this video. I haven't read most of these books, but they sound interesting. I want to read Brazen and the Beast. I want to read Tools of Engagement. To answer your question about picking books back up I will tell you that I have a tiny less than 200 page harlequin book that I have been supposedly reading before bed. I try to read physical books before bed to I am not playing on my phone. Whelp I am now on page 57, not to mention I started and stopped this book 5 years ago. I can restart from the beginning especially if it has been century's since I started it, or I can start from the last chapter I recall reading. With this romance book I have just been rereading the last page read and continuing, I doubt I am really absorbing the story as I would if I read it over the course of a few days, but I am not too concerned because I really am reading it to pass the time. I think of it as passively reading the way you would if you watched an episode of law and order before bed.

  29. nylorac1984

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    Oh on rereading I forgot to mention that some times starting a book and then rereading the beginning again helps me to get through a story better. When I read the first book in the Mortal instruments by Cassandra Clare I barely made it through the book and stopped, when I restarted it again from the beginning it really helped me get through the book.

  30. nylorac1984

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    A Tip for reading fantasy and House of Earth and Blood in particular. The main thing to remember about fantasy is beyond the world building there is still mystery and romance plots within the fantasy setting. Trust yourself and the author. You almost have to imagine you are a passenger going on a trip and you don't know where you are going. The author is the driver and you have to sit back and check out the scenery. Initially there will be a lot of information that doesn't make sense, focus on the main character and the storyline concerning them. With House of Earth and Blood you have a young woman that is of mixed ancestry, she is deemed an outsider in her community. She ends up working a case after experiencing loss. As the character gets pulled more and more into the world so will you the reader. There is a lot up front in the story that doesn't really make sense until you have further context. Hope this helps.

  31. bookishdea

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    sometimes I can pick up a book months later and remember where I am. Sometimes I put a book down and a week later I can't remember where I am. But then I just kind of…read on and hope that the plot and characters will come back to me. I used to hate DNFing a book and would force myself to finish them, but this past year or so, I've been working on allowing myself not to finish books. I started a DNF shelf on Goodreads, and while some of the books I may go back to, the likelihood is not high… Thanks for the video!

  32. Sally McTaken

    August 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    Thank you for this video. You are so much fun!
    About those big fantasies–maybe someone should create a line of books, like the old Cliff's Notes, but it would only cover the first 100 pages, so the book's readers could jump right in "where the action starts."

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