One of my goals this year was to make some good headway into the Wheel of Time series, with the ultimate aim being to get to those books that Brandon Sanderson wrote. There are fourteen books in the series. Sanderson wrote the last three. That made eleven books to read in order to get there, and only one that I’d read prior to this year.
I read that first book in 2013 and was unimpressed. I temporarily gave up the series, only to take it up again in late December. From December to February, I read through the second and third books, and halfway through the fourth. During my vacation, I didn’t listen to any audiobooks. My phone was acting up – long story – and audio simply wasn’t practical. Once I got home, I tried continuing the book…and I just didn’t want to. I found myself skipping through sections in 30-second chunks. I tried to break up the reading by listening to other audiobooks as a “break” from this super long book. Eventually, I decided to get the book in print instead.
My goal was to skim the rest of the book, then skim books 5-11 to get to the Sanderson books. That seemed a fair compromise between slogging through all the books I wasn’t interested in and outright skipping them. But then I couldn’t even get myself interested enough to skim the print book. I tried reading chapter summaries online, and I couldn’t even maintain interest in that. And at that point…well, if even chapter summaries bore you to tears, perhaps it’s time to just give up.
I thought about skipping ahead to see if I could read the Sanderson books without the background I’d need from books 5-11. Honestly, though, I don’t think I’d get much out of the experience. It doesn’t seem worth the effort. I gave it a good try, and this series simply isn’t for me. Not the first time that’s happened, won’t be the last. I appreciate knowing when it’s time to bow out and give in.