Tabled Audiobooks: What’s on my table?

 

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Ta·ble (verb) to postpone consideration of

I hate not completing something. It’s like I have this is compulsive need to finish what I’ve started. I see people DNF-ing books (labeling as Did Not Finish) all the time and I think “Dang, I wish I could be that carefree.” I’ve even tried it a few times, but it only takes a matter of hours for me to feel guilty about “giving up” on an audiobook. Indeed, there have been a few times when my persistence paid off and I ended up loving something I almost gave up on. Those few lucky times tickle at the back of my mind whenever I try to DNF. It’s like when a parent tells a child “Maybe” instead of flat out saying “No.” It leaves a little room for hope! That’s why I started “tabling” audiobooks. Because sometimes the problem is actually with me and not the book itself. I’m very much a “mood reader” and it often happens that I’m not in the right place (mentally) for a particular story. Yet, when I come back a few weeks or months later, I have an entirely different perspective on the same story. If I’m still not feeling it after a few tries and retries, then I know the problem (most likely) doesn’t lie with me and would probably consider DNF-ing. But that has yet to happen. In those situations, I usually try to power through and leave a negative honest review.

Semi-specific reasons I table an audiobook:

  1. Not connecting with characters
  2. Strongly disliking the narration
  3. Being lured away by shinier things
  4. Wanting to save it for a specific time
  5. Disinteresting/formulaic plot
  6. Loss of interest (sometimes due to too much time between installments in a series)
  7. Disliking the writing
  8. Need time to process

⬇︎ Currently tabled ⬇︎

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Audiobooks: Reasons for tabling

  • The Truth About Alice: 8
  • The 5th Wave: 1
  • Vicious: 2, 7
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: 2
  • Linger: 1, 5
  • Dreams of Gods & Monsters: 3, 6
  • The Martian: 3
  • Outlander: 1, 5, 6
  • Half-Blood: 2, 5, 7
  • Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief: 2, 7
  • An Abundance of Katherines: 3
  • Attachments: 3
  • Obsidian: 2, 5, 7
  • Under the Never Sky: 1, 3
  • The Lady of the Rivers: 3, 4, 6
  • The Other Queen: 3, 4
  • Reached: 3, 6
  • Compulsion: 2, 4, 5

Most to least likely to complete

  • Dreams of Gods & Monsters
  • The 5th Wave
  • The Truth About Alice
  • The Lady of the Rivers
  • The Other Queen
  • An Abundance of Katherines
  • Under the Never Sky
  • Attachments
  • Vicious
  • Compulsion
  • Reached
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Outlander
  • The Martian
  • Linger
  • Half-Blood
  • Obsidian
  • Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief

I’m sure most of you will take a look at this list and think I’m absolutely bonkers. My Tabled list probably looks very similar to a lot of other people’s “Favorites” lists. I’ll admit that kind of hype gets to me and is probably what motivated me to try several of these to begin with. For the most part, I’d say I am a pretty average fan. More often than not, I will like what the majority likes (at least enough to finish). But there are times when my tastes and opinions vary considerably. A great example is anything written by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I find zero appeal in her writing style. None. Zip. Nada. It’s generic and extremely bland. Couple that with a nasally, irritating narrator and I don’t even make it more than a few chapters in. I’m not holding out much hope that my opinion of her work will change, so if I ever were to DNF something, it would probably be something written by her. Another example is the Percy Jackson series. I’ve tried to complete The Lightning Thief on multiple occasions, but can never get over its immaturity. I’m just not someone who can listen to the middle grade genre. Sometimes I wonder if it would be more tolerable with a different narrator (one that doesn’t sound so juvenile). He’s also the narrator for the Miss Peregrine series, which probably has a lot to do with my struggles with it as well (although I like the writing much better). The Martian was a little too technical/scientific for my tastes, but I see myself getting in the mood for that kind of thing one day. Vicious was something I tried listening to in January because it had a really intriguing plot and really great reviews. But, as I said in my January Rewind, the writing and the narration fell a little flat and it wasn’t nearly as interesting to me as I think it could have been. I also mentioned the rather complex reason I tabled The Truth About Alice. Long story short, it was taking an emotional toll on me, but I hope to finish it in the future because it was really great. I think I could enjoy Outlander, if I gave it a long enough chance to really get into it. I was really into Philippa Gregory novels a few years ago, but my immediate interest has definitely waned recently. I still plan on finishing all of her series since I have already put so much time into previous installments and I do really enjoy them.

Dreams of Gods & Monsters is the final installment in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and I am almost halfway finished with it. My interest in that series has steadily declined with each installment. I suspect that I am largely to blame because I remember really enjoying the first installment. My plan is to wait a while before returning to the series and see if time can renew my interest. Finishing a series is even more rewarding than finishing a single installment and that promise of fulfillment is what keeps me hanging on to the Matched series finisher Reached. That was one of the first audiobook series I ever heard and looking back, it was just “Meh” compared to those I would hear later. Still, it wasn’t a terrible series and I would like to complete it, especially with only one installment left. Linger, however, is only the third installment in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series and I don’t think I have what it takes to make it through to the end. Especially now that I know the type of work Maggie Stiefvater is capable of producing (The Raven Cycle, Scorpio Races). I try never to write off and author just based on one disliked story or series, and Maggie Stiefvater is the perfect example of why. The 5th Wave is another audiobook that I have started a couple times but I have never been motivated enough to finish it. I am hoping that the recent release of the movie well solve that. I started An Abundance of Katherines and Attachments around same time because I had just finished very enjoyable stories from both authors, but halfway into each of these, I lost interest. Neither one was terrible and I am already a ways into them both, so these are definite future finishes. I rented Under the Never Sky back in the fall and wasn’t able to finish it before the due date, so I made a mental note to return to it in the future, but it’s not a priority. Compulsion is an audiobook I stop listening to because of a “droning” narrator and semi-predictable plot. I am planning to binge on Southern Gothic this summer so I will probably end up finishing it then, since there aren’t a lot of other choices in that sub-genre.

All of this is as of early February 2016. I think it will be interesting to do a follow-up post in a few months to see how this list has changed (or not changed). ♣︎

Let me know what you think!