Top Ten Series I Haven’t Finished

I don’t often participate in the Broke & Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday, but this week I am because I’m dangerously low on books to review and because I think this is a really interesting topic.  Without further ado, let’s get to it.

Top 10 Series I Haven’t Finished:

1. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Without question, this is the best-written series on the list.  I don’t know what to say about not having finished the series, except for the fact that I’ve tried–and failed–several times to read the second book in the series.  Something about the beginning doesn’t grip me, and since my friend accidentally spoiled me on how the series ends, I don’t have a compelling reason to keep trying.

2. Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris

This is probably a case where the series has gone on too long and isn’t compelling to me any more.  That, combined with the over-hyped TV show True Blood, has soured me on the series.  I still really enjoy the first several books in Harris’s charming series, but I jumped ship somewhere around book 8.

3. Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal

This is embarrassing, since I have a (long-neglected) blog devoted to the series and everything, but I’ve never read the entire series.  I know how it ends, but I haven’t read all the books.  Guys, there’s something like 180 books in the series, and while I have almost all of them, I haven’t had time to read them all.  Maybe someday?

4. The Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

I read the Alice books as a pre-teen, and what’s interesting to note is that Naylor has continued to write the series well into my adulthood. For a long while, I kept telling myself that I would one day read all the books in the series, but it feels like a lot of work, and, well, I’ve got so much else to read I don’t know if it’s a feasible goal. That being said, it’s an excellent series and great for tweens.

5. The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater

I read the first book in the series (Shiver), and while I didn’t love it, I liked it enough.  A combination of paranormal romance overload and several slightly annoying things related to the author kept me from ever really trying to finish the trilogy.  I did pick up the second one, but since I couldn’t remember much from the first, I didn’t find it compelling enough to continue.  I don’t feel like my life is missing anything by  not finishing this series, so I’m going to give it a permanent pass.

6. Last Survivors series by Susan Beth Pfeffer

A series about a cataclysmic event that forever alters life on Earth is a book that’s right up my alley. I really liked the first book in the series, and I was super-stoked to read the follow-ups until I realized that Pfeffer was telling the same story over and over again from different points of view.  This didn’t make the books slow down: it made them straight-up grind to a halt.  Not interested.

7. Goddess Test series by Aimee Carter

I sort of hate-read the first in the series but also found it oddly compelling, despite the fact that Carter got so much of the mythology wrong (intentionally or not, it was irritating).  The second book in the series was a total trainwreck in my opinion, and that’s…pretty much the end of that.  Life’s too short, etc.

8. Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick

The first book was beyond problematic for a variety of reasons (google “Hush Hush and Rape culture”), but even looking away from that, the series is totally boring. I read the second book in the series and couldn’t have been less connected to its characters.  The third book was out of the question, and I actually laughed when I saw they were going ahead with a fourth one.  This is a series that I find insulting, boring, and not worthy of my time.  Pass.

9. The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

I read the first book at an ex-boyfriend’s near-constant urging. I didn’t particularly enjoy it, but I soldiered on because it was important to him.  It was overly long and in desperate need of editing.  Then he and I broke up and I didn’t have to worry about finishing the series.  This is not a pop culture phenomenon that I understand in the least.

10. Hereafter by Tara Hudson

Hands down the most boring books about a ghost falling in love with a human that you will ever read.  There are too many titles like this flooding the market for me to stick with a series that’s a chore to get through.

 

What series have you given up on? Any of these I should give another shot?

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14 thoughts on “Top Ten Series I Haven’t Finished

  1. eiko2010 says:

    I would definitely try the Millenium trilogy again. It took me several attempts to get through the first book, but at the urging of my father (whose taste in books I tend to agree with), I kept trying it. Once I got through it and started the 2nd, i couldn’t put it down. However, I found the 3rd to be somewhat clunky again, and it had WAY too many characters to keep track of. Compelling story, but it got a bit confusing.

    • Clementine Bojangles says:

      My old roommate had the same thing to say about the third one, and I’m just not sure it’s a series that’s meant for me. Maybe if I had unlimited time…

  2. I didn’t really care for Shiver! I gave up after the first book. It was okay, but just okay for me. Not really worth continuing and I found myself struggling a bit. Good to know about the Last Survivors series! I read the first and enjoyed it, but if they’re all the same, really not worth my time.

    • Clementine Bojangles says:

      Shiver left me cold (uh, pun kind of intended). I never got the hype about those books. And the Last Survivors stories could have been so much more compelling, I think. Once through the events was enough, though.

  3. I had to drop Hereafter and Hush Hush, though I hope to pick up on the Sookie books next year maybe with the final book. His Dark Materials does sound good, but that makes sense that you’re reluctant to continue since you were spoiled on the series. Great list -this exercise made me sad about how many series I’ve dropped!

    • Clementine Bojangles says:

      I actually think it’s kind of freeing–there’s such a sense of obligation with series books, and being able to let go and say, “I don’t like this, I shouldn’t have to finish it” feels really good.

    • Clementine Bojangles says:

      I tend to review books I’ve just read. If I were to go back and read Fun Home, I would probably review it. I think I’d have to reread it before reading Are You My Mother?

      Speaking of really good graphic novels, I’m reading “Blankets” by Craig Thompson right now, and I think you might like it. We’ll talk about it at family dinner this week!

      • Yes, as it turned out, I read Are You My Mother at least a year or more after reading Fun Home, so I felt compelled to reread the first one when I finished the second. What a great experience, as many of the scenes in the first are in the second, with a different focus (Father vs. Mother). It made for a many layered look at this complicated family. Loved them both. And I want to thank you for getting me the second one!

    • Clementine Bojangles says:

      Hush Hush stirred up a lot of controversy because of how problematic its love interest is, but once people got over that, there’s not a lot to go on, and the result is really, really boring.

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