Close, but no cigar.


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is :

Series I Did Not Finish

I’ve changed this slightly to series that I seem to be struggling/reluctant to finish.  These are series where I started off by loving the first book, or more, but then for reasons unknown just lost the impetus to continue and it’s now been so long that I’m unlikely to return to them:

  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth – only read the first book.  I enjoyed it but the impetus to continue fizzled out for me.
  2. The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger – I read the first four books but never completed the series – which is a shame.
  3. The Sci fi books by Hugh Howey – read Wool and Shift.
  4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.  Only read the first.  Everyone seemed to love this series and I enjoyed the first book but I recognise that I probably won’t complete it now.
  5. Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare – I confess that I went off these a little.
  6. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, I read the first two books.  The first was okay but I did have a couple of issues.  The second didn’t really work out for me although it’s a series that has plenty of love.
  7. The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle – I enjoyed the first one and do have the next two books.  Part of me would like to have the chance to get to them but at the same time I recognise I’m probably just being hopelessly optimistic.
  8. Ashes and Shadows by Ilsa Bick – I still need to read Monsters but I think unfavourable reviews at the time slowed me down and it’s so long ago since I read these now that I’d probably need a reread.
  9. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N K Jemisin – another book that has heaps of praise and that I enjoyed and yet here I am no further along.  It’s all about the time I suppose.
  10. Left blank for your unfinished series ???




21 Responses to “Close, but no cigar.”

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I hear you loud and clear on Divergent! To the point that I did not even finish it…

  2. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I stopped at the same spot with the Parasol Protectorate as well (and dont anticipate picking it back up). Also only read the first book in Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Just not enough time to keep up with everything!

  3. waytoofantasy

    I just finally read the last book in the Parasol Protectorate so I could clear the series off my list. It has a few fun things going on but it’s more of the same as usual.

    If I made this list I think it would be 60 series long lol.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, a little confession between the two of us – I think I probably could make a similar list – but as this was ‘Top Ten’ I resistricted myself.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Oh man, I could probably fill ten lists of series I’ve lost interest in or abandoned. I used to feel guilty about it, but most books coming out these days are a part of a series, and so I knew I had to stop feeling like I had to continue if it just isn’t working out.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, it’s impossible to finish everything after all so no point in guilt tripping yourself.
      Lynn 😀

  5. pagesandtea

    We have a few in common here. I read the first Divergent book too, then just settled with watching the movies.
    I read Wool but got no further, and also only the first Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I don’t even know why I never picked up any other books in these series, I guess my TBR pile just went in other directions or something 😀
    I did read the whole Discovery of Witches and enjoyed them, but the first is the one I can still remember most about.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think that once I’ve left a book for too long it goes out of my mind and that’s it – and of course, now that a lot of my books are on my kindle rather than stacked up in tottering, guilt inducing piles, it really is a case of out of sight out of mind. It’s a shame. I want to read everything but realistically it’s just not possible is it.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Nadine - todaysechoes

    A Discovery of Witches. I have the second book sitting on my shelf, but I can’t bring myself to read it. Though, I’m still going to watch the show whenever it comes out.
    That’s too bad about Hugh Howey books. I really enjoyed Wool.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really liked Wool and also the second book was good but I’ve left it so long now in between books that I simply have lost the urge to pick up the next book. Such a shame when that happens.
      Lynn 😀

  7. vacuouswastrel

    A shorter list would be: series you HAVE finished…

    …I’m honestly struggling. There are series I’ve read A LOT of, but those series tend to be really big – I’ve read I think 10 of Feist’s Midkemia novel, plus the 3 tie-ins with Wurts, but then I gave up. I’ve read 7 of the 10 Covenant novels. I’ve read 39 of the 41 Discworld novels (not counting the Science books). I read 14 of the 16 original Pern novels, but missed two, and some short stories I think, and now there’s ten or so more by her son. I read most of the Drenai novels, but not the last couple… I haven’t even read all the main-sequence Dragonlance novels (because they keep writing more…). I read Wheel of Time up to… I think #11? Or was that #10?

    I’ve read all of Edding’s Belgariad (etc) and Elenium (etc) cycles, and all of Hobb’s Realm of Elderlings cycle (so far), but other than that…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – it’s not my fault. I have issues! Realising I have a problem though is the first step to solving it.
      Lynn 😀

      • vacuouswastrel

        Oh, sorry, that ‘you’ wasn’t YOU you, it was just rephrasing the question. In factly mostly the ‘you’ there was me…

      • @lynnsbooks

        Haha – we’re both in the same boat I think – probably with lots of other bloggers (I hope it’s a big boat, it could be in serious danger of sinking!)
        Lynn 😀

  8. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, I also started but never finished The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. For your empty space I would put The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini – years ago now I read two of the books, but while I enjoyed them for some reason I never got round to reading more.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s funny how your interest dwindles over time isn’t it and something you were absolutely bursting to read you find yourself being very complacent about.
      Lynn 😀

  9. bkfrgr

    Is there space on the boat for me? Our DNF list reads almost identical … 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – always room on the boat for one more. Jump aboard.
      Lynn 😀

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