I thought that it was going to be a bit challenging to find series that I’m not going to complete. Turns out I was wrong. There’s actually a ton of firsts in series that I started but I’ll never finish. Sometimes it’s because I didn’t enjoy the characters; other times it’s because I found the plot lacking. And sometimes, they just aren’t my thing, even though the synopsis made it sound super interesting. Usually I stop with the first book, but there are a few series where I’ve gone on to read the second or more. Basically that comes down to my mood.
The series I’m listing here are books I’ve read over the past few years. Some of them are extremely popular and are loved by many readers. But for me, these are books I just didn’t connect with on a level that’s needed to commit to three or more books. It’s purely my opinion, though I am curious if anyone feels the same!
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1. An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night: I didn’t particularly love the world. It was very harsh, which is fine, but it felt like the world building relied too heavily on the reader to fill in the blanks. The characters were okay. The problems I had in the first book basically became more problematic in the second, so I decided not to continue this planned four book series.
2. The Bone Witch: I wanted to love this one. I think the dual perspective killed it for me. Both followed the main character, Tea: one in the past as she’s finding her powers and the other in the present as she’s trying to explain her actions. It split the book in a way that was confusing and kept me from fully immersing myself into the story. I did love the cover, though! There’s three books planned.
3. The 100: Maybe if I had read this one before seeing the show I would have liked it. I feel like the ideas in this book––though interesting––are undeveloped. It may get better in the next ones, but I think I’ll just stick to the show. Apparently the things I like about the show aren’t even in the books, which is weird. There’s four books in this series.
4. The Graces: The reason I wanted to read this in the first place was because there’s witches in it. I’m a huge fan of Charmed, and have been constantly chasing that witch high ever since then. (Send me witchy read recommendations!) This had an unreliable narrator and I found that I just didn’t particularly care about anything that happened. So far there’s only two books in this series.
5. Blackhearts: I knew going into this that it was a prequel to Blackheart becoming Blackheart, but I still expected more pirate action than there ended up being.
6. The Blemished: This is a dystopian series that involves clones, powers, and rebellion. The premise sounded so interesting but the pacing was off. I ended up skimming to the end and I lost the desire to read it.
7. Follow Me Back: I liked the idea of mostly interacting online, but I was disappointed it turned into a two book series.
8. The Epic Crush of Genie Lo: I loved the Chinese folklore aspect! There’s a ton of fantasy and urban fantasy novels that are focused on European folklore, so this was something new that I was excited about. The romance was unnecessary and detracted from the plot in my opinion.
9. Zeroes: This is the first Scott Westerfeld book that I haven’t liked, which makes me really sad. It lacked the excitement that I expected from him and the other authors. It’s part of a trilogy but I won’t be reading the others. I struggled to get through this one.
10. Caraval: I feel like everyone loved this one. And I did love parts of it, but I wasn’t in love with it. I wish there had been more details on the performance and scavenger hunt instead of the romance between the characters. I did really like the writing style, so I’m interested in reading more of Stephanie Garber’s future work. I’m still on the fence about whether I’ll read the second one or not, but right now it’s a pass.
What’s on your list of books you won’t be continuing? What makes you decide to put a series down permanently? Comment below if you want to connect!
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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke and the Bookish, which is sadly finished. But it’s moved over to The Artsy Reader Girl! I’m glad it’s still continuing. If you want to follow along, here’s the list of planned topics!
February 20th’s topic was “Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading.” If you’d like to check out the other posts people have written, you can find it here.