The. Most. Shamefaced. Post. Ever!

Posted On 13 March 2014

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I’ve been thinking about my unfinished series recently and reading other people’s blogs it seems that I’m not alone in accruing unfinished books in series.  Why?  Why do I keep moving onto the next series before I’ve finished all the others – I even have the last book, and in some cases I was probably foaming at the mouth waiting for that final book’s release date.  So, any ideas about why this happens.  I’m clueless.  However, I do have an idea of how big a problem it is for me – and that’s why I said this was a shamefaced post!  Okay, I’ve split these into – (1) books that haven’t even made the list because I just wasn’t enamoured enough to ever continue (In other words I’m not even adding those in here).  (2) books that I was enjoying enough at the time but I’ve left it so long that I’ll probably never regain the enthusiasm to pick up.  (3) books that I really enjoyed and do intend to complete the series, some day!  (4) books that are still ongoing because the end of the series hasn’t been reached yet (therefore I am totally blameless under those circumstances):

(2) Books I enjoyed but in fairness probably won’t complete

  1. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand – I did like this but it’s been so long!
  2. Divergent by Veronica Roth – ditto the above
  3. Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness- went off this series a little
  4. Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – went off this series a little
  5. White Cat by Holly Black – enjoyed this, maybe I will complete
  6. Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare – went off this series a little

(3) Books I enjoyed and DO intend to complete (Number in brackets denotes how many yet to read in series)

  1. Soulless, Changeless, Blameless and Heartless by Gail Carriger just need to read Timeless (1)
  2. Fury, Envy by Elizabeth Miles – Eternity left to read (1)
  3. Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch – need to read Moon Over Soho and Whispers Underground (2)
  4. The Taker, The Reckoning by Alma Katsu – the Descent to complete the series (1)
  5. Wool and Shift by Hugh Howey – need to read Dust (1)
  6. Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman – Any Other Name and All is Fair (2)
  7. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb – Royal Assassin and Assassin’s Quest (2)
  8. Enclave by Ann Aguirre – Outpost and Horde (2)
  9. The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle – The Merchant of Dreams and The Prince of Lies (2)
  10. The Sandman Series by Neil Gaiman (Read up to No.5 – you can’t rush these things!)
  11. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest – Dreadnought, Ganymede, The Inexplicables, Fiddlehead (4)
  12. Ashes and Shadows by Ilsa Bick need to read Monsters (1)
  13. Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore – Bitter Blue (1) (strictly speaking not a series but set in the same world)
  14. Pure by Julianna Baggott – need to read Fuse and Burn (2)
  15. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N K Jemisin – The Broken Kingdoms and Kingdom of the Gods (2)
  16. Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine   COMPLETE

(4) Books that I can’t finish yet because they’re ongoing still or maybe haven’t been written yet – I’ve put the first in the series although I’ve pretty much read up to date!

  1. Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick
  2. Shadows/Haze by Paul Weston
  3. Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
  4. Patricia Briggs – (Mercy Thompson – ongoing series)
  5. Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid Chronicles – ongoing series)
  6. Jim Butcher (Dresden Files – ongoing series)
  7. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  8. Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan
  9. Fated etc by Benedict Jacka (ongoing series)
  10. Firebrand by Gillian Philip (Rebel Angel series)
  11. The Hammer and the Blade by Paul Kemp
  12. A History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
  13. Twelve by Jasper Kent
  14. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
  15. Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
  16. Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham
  17. Seven Forges by James A Moore
  18. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  19. Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  20. Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough
  21. The Legend of Ellie Quinn by Alex Scarrow
  22. Black Dog by Rachel Neiumeier
  23. Tarnished by Karina Cooper
  24. the Black Fire Concerto by Mike Allen
  25. Three by Jay Posey
  26. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
  27. The Grim Company by Luke Scull

I’m sure I’ve probably missed a few – if you spot any – please don’t tell me as I’m now going into mild trauma!  This year’s resolution was to make a dent in this list!  (It’s not as bad as it at first looks  though- ignoring (2), (3) = 24, (4) – impossible to say but maybe 20 something (some not yet written after all) – so IT. CAN. BE. DONE! (Shhh, this doesn’t include the series that I’m just about to start!)

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43 Responses to “The. Most. Shamefaced. Post. Ever!”

  1. brideofthebookgod

    At the risk of making things worse there is a fourth Aaronovitch book (Broken Homes) that came out last year.

    • brideofthebookgod

      Oops, just spotted that you probably didn’t want to know that!

    • lynnsbooks

      Well thanks! Only kidding. I know I’ve missed some – in fact I’ve deliberately missed some because I was getting annoyed with myself! What about you – loads of unread series or do you complete everything?
      Lynn 😀

      • brideofthebookgod

        I have a few unfinished series because I don’t like to read them too close together in case I get bored with them. But things like Christopher Fowler!s Bryant & May novels and the aforementioned Aaronovitch are bang up to date because I love them so so much 🙂

      • lynnsbooks

        I really enjoyed Rivers of London and had Moon Over Soho waiting! Saying that, I rushed out to buy Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and Dr Sleep by Stephen King and still haven’t read them!!!!
        Lynn 😀

  2. nrlymrtl

    I have this same problem. Sometimes I think it starts because I have this little reading ‘ism’. For authors who I really enjoy, and the author is still living, I have to save a book of theirs. I fear to read all their published books…..and then have no more from them. So, my little ‘ism’ has kept me from reading the sequel to The Name of the Wind for example. It’s silly I know. And then sometimes it starts that way and then I get behind, like with Jacqueline Carey – she has 4 books out now that I have not read! What kind of a fan am I????

    Anyhoo, I have a similar list of series I keep meaning to return to. We can hang our heads in shame together….while reading books of course.

    • lynnsbooks

      Oh No – I didn’t add Jacqueline Carey to the list – it just gets worse.
      I like your ism theory! Plus, sometimes I just don’t think I want to finish the series in case the last book goes off track. Or maybe I’m just saving it…
      Lynn 😀

  3. Two Dudes in an Attic

    If real life will ever stop interfering with the blog, I want to get a series completion project going. Sadly, things look to get worse before they will ever get better.

    I don’t have quite as many as you (I hope), but there are a great many series demanding to be finished. I’m scared to make a tally.

    • lynnsbooks

      Haha, don’t speak to soon now – I had no idea I had so many to be honest until I started looking back through the lists of books I’ve read! You may be surprised. I actually have more than the ones on there because I’ve forgotten quite a few. Oh well – there’s enough to be going on with there. Yes, you should start your project, but, like you say, it’s finding time isn’t it!
      Lynn 😀

      • Two Dudes in an Attic

        Yeah. There has been interest in a “Series Completion Review Month” or something from a couple of people, but I haven’t been able to sit down and plan anything. Maybe in upcoming weeks.

      • lynnsbooks

        Yeah – everyone should make a list! Maybe we can then all vote on which book you read next. Or use a number generator to pick one at random.
        Lynn 😀

  4. Grace

    I have the same problem, and I really do need to make an effort to finish series more often. Usually what happens is that I read the first book, then the next isn’t out yet, and by the time it comes out I’m already swamped in other books. I’m trying to get better about not being distracted by shiny new books, but if you look at the percentage of books I’ve read this year that were written in late 2013 or even 2014 you can tell that I’m not doing particularly well. 😦

    • lynnsbooks

      I think you’ve hit the nail on the head here – looking at the series that i’ve read so far – whenever there’s been a long wait I haven’t picked the rest of the books up! When I start a series and there’s already a good number available I do much better. For example, Gail Carriger, Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher – I can just pick up one of their stories once every few months which is great.
      Lynn 😀

  5. acuriousgal

    I’ve been so terrible at reading lately. I told myself I was going to read 1 chapter a day of a book and I can’t even seem to do that, ugh!!! I’ve been reading, Sharp Objects, for a good 3 months!! Don’t even get me started on exercise!!

    • lynnsbooks

      I agree – let’s not get started about exercise! Maybe you’re not really enjoying Sharp Objects?? Perhaps you need to see if something else grabs you instead. Sometimes if I’m reading a book that is a bit slow it will completely throw me off, I’ll keep picking it up for a little while then put it down and it can start to really drag until eventually I realise I need to give up!
      Lynn 😀

  6. Lynn E. O'Connacht

    I have a few unfinished series lying around, though it quickly shoots up into “impossibly many” if you count the ones I’ve not finished because I’ve abandoned them. I haven’t started some of the ones I have yet, but most fall into the category of ‘ongoing’, and Terry Pratchett gets a category all onto himself labelled ‘I can never remember which books I still need when I’m in a bookstore’. Because I am that hopeless. I’ve tried carrying a note around with the titles written on them. Don’t trust it to be accurate. (Even though I wrote it myself!) It has to be some quirk of my brain that’s telling me that it never wants to run out of new-to-me Pratchetts. (I’ve had to force myself to read all of Guy Gavriel Kay’s books because my brain was doing that.)

    Good luck making a dent in the series list! ❤ I've only ever made a dent in any of my reading by forcibly making myself dent it and letting myself fail miserably a lot. Not sure if that helps to know. *good thoughts*

    • lynnsbooks

      Well, I’m going to give it a try – the problem is that whilst I have finished some series recently I keep adding new ones. It’s a bit like Grace said, sometimes you pick up a book and really enjoy it but the next one isn’t due out for one of two years so in the meantime you kick off lots of others! I’m beginning to think there’s a lot to be said for coming to a series late in the day!
      Lynn 😀

  7. Maija Reads

    Haet to tell this to you, but Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant series is an ongoing series. There’s also a fourth book, Broken Homes, out already.

    Also, isn’t Tiernan’s Immortal Beloved a completed trilogy? At least I’ve read three books and thought it was all of them.

    • lynnsbooks

      I’ve no doubt you’re right! Doh, the list just keeps growing. What about you – have you got lots of unfinished series?
      Lynn 😀

      • Maija Reads

        Hey, at least now you know that Immortal Beloved is finished, and you don’t have to wait for even more books to come out!

        I think I have about 10 unfinished series, but some of them are the kind that I’m in no hurry to finish (just aren’t that interested). The count will probably go up a lot during my year of High/Epic fantasy reading. But to to be honest, reading series, or having unfinished ones, doesn’t give me any pressure. I guess I’ve grown used to it precisely because high fantasy tends to be so heavily series based. To me, reading a book in a series or reading a standalone doesn’t really have that much difference, pressure-wise.

        What I do freak about, though, is the amount of books I own and haven’t read. 😀

      • lynnsbooks

        So few standalones basically! If you think of some of the authors and the size of the series – George RR Martin, Brandon Sanderson, Scott Lynch, Patrick Rothfuss – not to mention Brent Weeks, Ann Hobbs, oh, the list goes on!
        Your last point is part of the problem – I don’t seem able to stop buying more books. It’s like I’m worried that I’ll miss something! I’ve already got enough books, on my shelves right now to last me over a year – will I let that get in the way of the next new book though? Mmmmm….
        Lynn 😀

    • brideofthebookgod

      And the fifth one comes out in July, Foxglove Summer. I know this because I’ve just pre-ordered it!

      • lynnsbooks

        Groans! Fifth!! This list is getting l o n g e r rrrrrrrr! It’s an actual entity, it’s growing. Soon it will have arms and legs. Okay, that’s a bit too scary.
        Lynn 😀

      • Maija Reads

        Yay! I still haven’t read Broken Homes, though.

      • lynnsbooks

        You’re on the slippery slope!! LOL
        Foxglove Summer – that’s a lovely title for a book. I really must get back into this series. The problem is, do I have to reread No.1??
        Lynn 😀

      • Maija Reads

        I don’t think so… the cases are self-contained. Of course there are some over-arching plot points and characters. But I think you’ll do fine without a reread.

      • lynnsbooks

        Excellent – I’m not really big in rereads!
        Lynn 😀

  8. Anton

    I think it’s a chronic condition for anyone who reads genre, since most of it is series. I almost never read all the books in the series one after another. I get tired of the same author, even if they are really good, and want to try something different. I come back to the series I really like, or forget about the ones that didn’t really grab me.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I think the main problem stems from the gap between books – so you pick something else up and then something else and already you’ve probably started two new series. I think the other thing is that there are so few standalone books now. I really like coming to an author when they’ve already written quite a few – that way I can spread the books out. Like Jim Butcher, for example, I pick one of his up every 5 or 6 months because I’ve not got uptodate yet with where he’s written up to.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Wendleberry

    I avoid starting series, because i know i’ll want to just read the next one, and the next one… when i want to read with more variety than that.

    Is Divergent worth a read, though? Having recently finished The Hunger Games, i was thinking of giving that one a go…

    • lynnsbooks

      I thought Divergent was quite good but then for some reason the wait for the second book cooled my urge to pick up the series again. I should probably still give it a go.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Redhead

    I’m awful about finishing series. There are the series that the author is still writing, so no matter how much I want to finish it, i can’t. and then there are the series that the author has been writing in for the last 30 years, and there are 15+ books in the series, half of which are out of print, so it’s really hard to find the darn things in the first place.

    I do like how Robin Hobb writes her stuff – they are all trilogies, but all the trilogies take place in the same world, so you can finish one trilogy and have a complete story, and then a year or two later do another trilogy, and have a complete story.

    do like i do. don’t finish any series, and be unapologetic about it! 😀

    • lynnsbooks

      Haha, looking at this list I think that must be the approach I’m going for!
      Lynn 😀

  11. jessicabookworm

    Good luck 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      I think I’ll just have to grow a thick skin about this really. It’s going to take years to ever complete all these series – especially as every time I seem to pick up another book it adds yet more to the list!
      Lynn 😀

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  13. cherylmahoney

    I realized I had this problem a couple of years ago…and in 2012 I managed to read about 40 books to complete or continue series! It made me incredibly reluctant to start new series for a while…and lately when I do, I read through all the books really quickly to make sure I don’t fall back into the unfinished-series-trap!

    • lynnsbooks

      I’ve sort of decided to at least try and finish one series each month. Some of them are ongoing anyway so not a lot you can do about that and of course some I’m just no longer interested in finishing.
      Lynn 😀

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  15. otakutwins1

    You finished the Morganville Vampires? I’m reading it right now ^^ is the ending okay? I do the same thing! Sometimes there’s a series I LOVED so much but can’t finish because it’s been way to long T.T

    • lynnsbooks

      Are you reading the last one? I couldn’t possibly tell – well, I could tell you but then I’d have to kill you!!! Actually, I think she does okay with the ending – I think I preferred this ending than the ending to the Sookie Stackhouse books which I was a little bit disappointed with.
      Lynn 😀

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