Top Ten Tuesday: Series Books I Haven’t Finished


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the link to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.


This week the topic is: Book series we are yet to finish.

Hooboy. There are so many of them. This has got to be the easiest topic ever.

  1. The Uglies set of books by Scott Westerfield: I liked the premise of the first book very much, and I do intend to go and read all the other books in the series. Just, you know, not in the mood for it right away.
  2. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis: This is pretty shameful. I read the first three books in the series, and then have just never been compelled enough to go further.
  3. narniacvrs

  4. The All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness: I read A Discovery of Witches couple of months back, and while I liked that book ok, I don’t feel upto another couple of chunksters right now.
  5. The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon: I loved Outlander, but in my mind, it stands so good as a standalone story that I never felt the need to read more. I may change my mind someday, but again the size of the remaining 7! of these chunksters is super-intimidating for me.
  6. The Maddaddam trilogy by Margaret Atwood: I liked Oryx and Crake very much, but again, it works so well as a standalone story that I don’t feel compelled to read the other two books. It doesn’t help when I see reviews saying that the characters in the sequels are not the same as those in Oryx and Crake.
  7. Stephanie Plum by Janet Evanovich: There are so many books in this series, y’all, and they are all so similar when it comes to the story. I think I’ve come up to the 11th or 12th book, but frankly I’ve lost count. What I do know is that I haven’t read all the books.
  8. Discworld by Terry Pratchett: Just too many different books and characters. While I have loved every book I read, I never seem to figure out the order in the series and so end up skipping these.
  9. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan: Read the first book, loved it tremendously and then didn’t bother getting to the end.
  10. The Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb: Again, read the first book, yet to get to the others.
  11. The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss: Ditto, read the first book and then stopped.
  12. House of Night by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast: Read the first six books in the series and then lost my way. I shouldn’t have because even though they were quite badly written in places, it was pretty addicting. But yeah, I stopped at the sixth book and then got distracted by another new and shiny series, I guess.

And yeah, I have eleven on my top ten list, and I would have so much more if I counted really carefully 😀 . I never realized till I did this meme just how distracted I have got. I used to be the person who always finished a series, but of late, I just don’t have the patience. I would much prefer if many of these trilogies were just written as one fat book. I hate the waiting for the next book to come out setup, it only serves to make me forget about the series rather than waiting eagerly in anticipation.

What series books have you embarked on and then dropped out?

  • Dennis the Vizsla

    hello nishita its dennis the vizsla dog hay dada sez he red part of that diskovery of witches buk and hayted it and didnt eeven finish it so i gess he wil not be reeding enny more of that seereez!!! he sez he also luvd oryx and crake and that the yeer of the fludd wuz okay but he has not red maddadadadaddamm yet but he sez yes yoo ar rite oryx and crake alreddy told the storry the best!!! as for seereez wot he has not finishd he sez a song of ice and fire but he did not abandon the seereez the seereez abandond him wotever that meens!!! ha ha ok bye

    • Nishita

      @dennisthevizsla:disqus A Song of Ice and Fire has abandoned all of us it seems 🙁

  • Jennine G.

    I’ve never not finished a series I’ve started, but it sometimes takes me forever to get around to starting a series I’ve been meaning to read forever. I love series for the fact that I get to spend extended time with the same characters, so I’m always willing to pick one up, there’s just so many.

    • Nishita

      @JennineG:disqus I used to be like that, Jennine. I still love the idea of series books, but of late, it seems there are just too many, and I am not able to keep up 🙁

      • Jennine G.

        I agree there are so many series. I have four that I’ve “been meaning” to get to. It’s overwhelming.

  • Okay, I can sympathize with bailing out of the Narnia books, because they really are only good if you read them as a kid — but maybe read them to Snubnose, anyway? I just love those books so, so much. They were the architect of my imagination when I was little (and still now, really.)

  • I totally bailed out on the Uglies series. It was nice reading but I lost interest after the second book. :-/

  • MeezCarrie

    I haven’t finished Outlander yet either – I should have put that on the list this week. My TTT

    • Nishita

      @MeezCarrie:disqus Ugh! That’s so many big fat books to finish. I can’t even….

  • Well, I have completed every series that I have read. But that is only because I am doubly cautious while picking up a book that is part of a series. I have a problem. I have no patience to wait for the next book to come out. So I just wait the trilogies out, and if they seem compelling enough, I go for them. I agree with you – Trilogies should just be one big fat book. My life would be so much simpler then. As far as the series with 7 or more books are concerned, I would need a REALLY good reason to pick them up. 😀

  • Ack, me too with Uglies! I kind of want to finish?! The first book didn’t really grab me, but I liked the premise…but it’s been YEARS. So I’d probably need to start from the beginning again. *facepalm* I’m behind on SO MANY series…the new shiny books just get too distracting! 😀 Here’s my TTT!

    • Nishita

      @disqus_ivAORq8XD4:disqus Same here, it didn’t really grab me, but I think the series has a lot of potential. Some interesting concepts were introduced, so I really do want to go the distance with this one. Hopefully I do 🙂

  • natasha stander

    Love your list 🙂 I need to finish up the Sookie Stackhouse books – they are really badly written in the end! I also need to finish the Bloodlines books by Richelle Mead, but the last one was only released recently so technically I’m not behind on that. I also need to finish the Chronicles of Narnia – only read the first book there!

    • Nishita

      @natashastander:disqus Oh I forgot to mention the Sookie series. I haven’t actually read the last book. So, that is another unfinished series 🙂

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