Wednesday 8 June 2016

9 Series I've Never Finished

You guys probably know how easy it is to lose a book in the never-ending mountain of eternal doom that is the TBR pile. Even books we’re highly anticipating can sometimes get left forgotten when life is busy and there’s so much to read. Here are some of the series that I started, but never got round to finishing for some reason or another. 

1. Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie

I bought Matched on the very day it was released because I was so excited about it, and it was probably the book that kick-started my dystopia phase (yup, this was the book that made me pick up The Hunger Games). But by the time the sequel hit shelves, I was bored. Not specifically of this series, but of dystopia in general. From the end of 2010 right through 2011, I wanted ALL THE DYSTOPIA. So when Crossed came out, I was already growing tired of the genre, and I’d read other dystopian stories that had way more interesting characters than Cassia and Ky. If I’m completely honest, this is a series that I probably won’t revisit.

2. Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

Okay, so before you all start yelling at me, I HAVE NO IDEA WHY I STOPPED READING THIS TRILOGY. I adored Legend, I really did. Even though I’d read approximately one zillion other dystopian books by the time I got to this one, I loved everything about it, especially June and Day. I pre-ordered Prodigy and got it on release day. I’ll admit I was a little pissed off that the cover designs had changed because IS THERE ANYTHING MORE ANNOYING THAN THIS:

Honestly, I was excited to read it. But then I had so many other books to read and review at the time, and I also had piles of assignments to do, so the book fell to the bottom of the pile, and somehow I completely forgot to pick it up. Still years later I haven’t managed to read it because I’ve simply moved on to other books. This is a trilogy I am still determined to finish though, so one day Prodigy will finally leave my shelf – I promise! 

3. Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan 

Yeah, this series. I started reading these books back when the movie for The Lightning Thief came out. I got to two books before I drifted away from the series. It wasn’t a conscious decision to stop reading them, I actually really enjoyed them, but life was busy and I didn’t have much reading time. When I finally had the free time to get back to my books again, I had a bunch of new reads I wanted to try, so this series got pushed aside. This is probably the series I regret not continuing the most. I see so many readers talking about how fantastic Riordan’s books are and it makes me so mad at myself! I plan to get reading this series again over the summer. The downside is that now I’m so far behind, there is an intimidating number of books set in this world to catch up on.

4. The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner   

I still can’t believe I haven’t finished this series yet. I read the first book from my library a few years ago and then forgot to continue with the series. So then last year I bought the boxset with the intent to carry on, but it still hasn’t happened. I am determined to get them finished though. I’ve also banned myself from watching the film adaptations of the first two until I’ve read the books, and oh boy do I want to see those films (Dylan O’Brien, hello).

5. The Selection Series by Keira Cass

I read The Selection when it first came out and really enjoyed it. There were a few things that I found a little irritating, but overall it was a strong start to a series. But then when the second book was released, I just couldn’t be bothered? Whilst I liked the concept of the story, the characters weren’t exciting enough to really keep me hooked during the wait for the sequel. Maybe I’d be better off binge-reading the entire series now that they’re all out in the world. There are some series that can keep me eager for the next book, no matter how long the wait, and then there are some that fizzle out once I’ve read the first book.

6. Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead

I loved the Vampire Academy series, and I loved Adrian, so it was an easy decision to start reading this spin-off series. Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed this series more than Vampire Academy. So why did I stop reading, you ask? I’m going to blame my library for this one. I read the first three books and wanted to start book four, but my library didn’t have it in stock. They said they’d be getting a copy soon, so I figured I’d read it then, but guess who got distracted by other books in the meantime and completely forgot about this series? Yup, me. For the record, the rest of the series is now in my library, but I just haven’t found the time to get back to it yet. 

7. Heist Society Series by Ally Carter

Gallagher Girls is probably one of my all-time favourite series. It was so unique and fascinating, and the characters were all amazing. So I decided to pick up Heist Society thinking I’d like it just as much. I didn’t. I don’t really know why I didn’t enjoy it, maybe it was characters, maybe I felt the plot was lacking that special touch that Gallagher Girls had, I can’t remember, but it didn’t interest me the way I wanted it to. I bought the first two books at the same time, thinking I’d love the first one enough to continue, but I didn’t. I only got through sixty pages of Uncommon Criminals before I stopped. 

8. Abandon Trilogy by Meg Cabot

Oh boy do I feel bad about this one. Really, really bad. Meg Cabot is one of my all-time favourite authors and her books mean a lot to me, but this is her only YA series that I haven’t managed to finish. I think my problem here was the huge wait for the books to be released in the UK. I bought Abandon from US because it didn’t even have a release date over here for a while. Then I was lucky enough to win an ARC of Underworld, again from the US. But then the wait for the final book, Awaken, was absolutely torturous because the UK was so behind on releasing this series, and at the time I couldn’t afford to have the book shipped over from the US. So this is another series that kinda fizzled out whilst I waited for it. I will re-read the first two books at some point and finally finish this trilogy! 

9. The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer

Guys, I tried, I really did. But I’m afraid to say that this series definitely wasn’t for me. In fact, I didn’t even get through the entirety of the first book. The characters didn’t appeal to me, and neither did the plot. This might be a series that gets better with each book, I don’t know, but will I try reading it again in the future? Probably not.

You want to yell at me now, don’t you? Do you think I desperately need to give one of these series another chance? Are there any series that you haven’t managed to finish? Let me know in the comments!


  1. I didn't finish the Matched Trilogy either -- I liked book 1 a lot but book 2 was no bueno -- same with Divergent and Delirium for me (book 1 was great but book 2 so awful that I didn't read book 3). I will say, I liked Bloodlines but the ending was AWFUL so probably you should be glad for not finishing it!!

    1. Delirium is another series I haven't finished - I completely forgot to add that one! I finished Divergent, but I honestly wished I hadn't... You have me intrigued to know what happens at the end of Bloodlines now though!

  2. Ahh I can totally relate, Twilight, Bloodlines, The Legend Trilogy... I didn't finish those ones either. There's just too many NEW things I want to read!

    1. Yup, this is definitely my problem, I just get more excited by new books!

  3. I'm really good at finishing series (mostly because I don't start a ton of them), but I could NOT do Twilight. I read the first 2/3's of the first book and then had to skim. When the library called and asked if I wanted the 2nd book, I was like thanks, but no thanks. I don't get the appeal of that relationship whatsoever :(

    1. I only got to about 2/3's of the way in too! The relationship just didn't appeal to me at all.

  4. I haven't finished the Matched series or Maze Runner series yet either. I liked both series, but I never felt the urgency to rush out and read the next books. Maybe I'll get around to it one day. I did finish the Legend series though and loved it.

    Traci @ The Reading Geek

  5. I never finished Matched series either. By the time, the next book in the series came out I completely forgot the plot and lost interest. I did finish The Selection, but it fizzled by the end for me =(


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