Sunday, September 18, 2016

Daisy's Thoughts About Reading The Mortal Instruments After the Hype (and watching the TV show)

I have an amazing book club and the last weekend of August we had a sleepover (which was AWESOME obviously) and one of the things we did was watch a lot of bad tv. Which is always better with friends who give snarky commentary for obvious reasons. So we watched the first 5 episodes of Shadowhunters and because I was like what the heck is going on??? (because there was a significant lack of explaining things in a manner that wasn't making my head hurt) I decided it was time to finally read the first book in the series.

And I ended up liking it, but I remember when this series had just come out and the obsession was of somewhat Harry Potter proportions. But I'm kinda liking reading this when not everyone and their great aunt it talking about it, because now I can just make my way through it (probably slowly with spaces of time in between) without all of the opinions hitting me in the face and influencing the experience. Don't get me wrong, I sometimes LOVE all the excitement that surround the release of books, especially if it's for a series that I'm loving and am also not behind on. But it creates all these expectations and then when the book actually DOESN'T live up to all the buzz, it's a disappointment that I feel more than when I hadn't been hearing all of those things before starting it.

It's fun though to think back to what was all over the blogosphere back then and all the swooning over Jace and other boys and how everyone was basically pining for the next book. Starting a series when it's already finished is also a whole different feeling than when you know you're going to have to wait a year in between reading them, even when they end on a cliffhanger. ESPECIALLY if they end on a cliffhanger.


So, am I the only one who hasn't read this yet or just the first book? What's holding you back or what is making you excited to finally start it? Are there any other books that you've read way after the initial release that had a LOT of hype?


  1. I've read the first book by not any of the others yet, mostly because I wasn't that IN to it, but over this past winter I started and finished The Infernal Devices so I've promised myself that I will attempt to finish TMI.

    The Bookish Loner

  2. I find the books to be more interesting than the show. I have read the books multiply times and really like them but the show kind of rushed things a little. I still like the show and can't wait for the new season!

  3. I watch the series with my daughter who loves the books and wants me to read this. I haven't read it yet. Enjoyed your review. Happy Reading!

  4. I read the first 3 books - City of Bones/Glass/Ashes - because it was a trilogy at the time. It was supposed to be a trilogy too and then she'd move on. But then $$$ came and she wrote 3 more books, and then another trilogy and another... I felt a little tired by hearing all of this. I did see the movie which I REALLY enjoyed--while not perfect it was fun -- and I watched 1 episode of the TV show and felt bored/annoyed. I hope you keep reading the series-- the first 3 are really fun

  5. I read City of Bones for the first time just a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I completely agree that it feels better reading this knowing that not every man and their dog are going on about it, it gives me time to soak it in and make my own opinions about them.
    I also found that "twist" pretty underwhelming so I hope they can remedy or make some sense out of this soon.
    Great post!

  6. I totally get what you mean by reading a book/series when the hype has gone away. I actually read these books prior to even being a part of the online community so I had no idea they were even popular haha. I never finished though, I stopped at book three because I thought it wrapped up pretty nicely. >.<

    Molly @ Molly's Book Nook

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