Series I Haven’t Finished

31/03/2016 Discussions, Lists, Reading 14

Series I Haven't FinishedAs a general rule, if I’ve enjoyed the first book in a series, I’ll be all over the second book almost as soon as I’ve finished the first. For example, the A Song of Ice and Fire books (the ones released so far, anyway!) were all devoured within a few weeks, one after the other, and I made short work of Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurt’s Empire Trilogy and Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy.

However, I’ve also realised that I tend to start a lot of series and then never finish them, and often it isn’t a case of me not enjoying them, but simply that I’ve forgotten about them. Perhaps that’s why I try and read series one after the other – by the time I’ve read a few more books, my enthusiasm for the series may have dampened once I’ve read something else I really like.

So here a few of my forgotten series! Are there any you recommend I carry on with soon?

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss

A while I ago I read and loved Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Windthe first in his series ‘The Kingkiller Chronicle’. However, I still haven’t got round to reading the second book in the series, The Wise Man’s Fear, although I kind of feel like that’s to avoid being in the same position with this series as I’m in with the A Song of Ice and Fire and Stormlight Archive series, where I’m anxiously waiting for the next book to come out. As long as The Wise Man’s Fear is out there and unread, I don’t have to be on the edge of my seat waiting for the long awaited third book to come out, as I know so many other fans of ‘The Kingkiller Chronicles’ are!

  • The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

Well over a year ago, I read Assassin’s Apprentice, and whilst at times it was a little slow going, I really enjoyed it. So why on earth haven’t I got round to reading Royal Assassin yet? Not to mention the fact that Robin Hobb has written plenty of other series that I’m hoping to read as well!

  • The Shattered Sea Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie

I really enjoyed Half A King and Half The World by Joe Abercrombie, and have even had a copy of Half A War for months, but for some reason haven’t got round to it yet. I’ve even started Joe Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy since, when in hindsight I probably should have finished this series first.

  • The Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare

I enjoyed City of Bones, but didn’t really love it, so I have never really felt massively motivated to read the rest of the series, especially as it runs for a further five books. However, I know loads of people love Cassandra Clare’s books, and I’ve often found with series that they tend to improve as they go along, so maybe I should carry on with this one?

  • Wool trilogy by Hugh Howey

To be honest, this is one series on the list that I don’t really have any intentions of continuing. If you have read my review of Wool, you’ll know that whilst the premise and characters had promise, I felt that ultimately the plot was too messy, and the book was a little long-winded and boring. I think this is one of the only truly negative reviews I’ve ever written (aside from the one for If I Stay), so I can safely say I won’t be reading the rest of this series.

So have you read any of these series? Which do you think I should carry on with first? Are there any series you’ve stalled on?

14 Responses to “Series I Haven’t Finished”

    • Laura

      That was such an interesting article! I don’t know what I think about it though. The stories do sound very similar, but at the same time the whole humans fighting supernatural thing has been done by so many people it’s not exactly original in the first place, and so the similarities could be a coincidence.

  1. Simone

    Finally someone who haven’t finished the TMI series! All my friends are telling me to finish it but I cannot. I finished with the third book and it was the perfect ending for me. The only things that pains me is that I cannot read Lady of Midnight because of details. :/

    • Laura

      I know, everyone I know who has started it has gone on to finish it, but I’m not massively fussed about it! It was actually the release of Lady Midnight that reminded me about this series, so I really can’t decide whether I should finish it or not.

    • Laura

      Generally I’m pretty good with series, but these few I just haven’t got round to yet (or haven’t wanted to get round to!).

  2. Daniela Ark

    Yes, I have the same problem! I have a LOOOONG list of “Book 1″s of great series: Cinder, Red Queen, Red Rising, Marked…
    I have to get serious and finish them!
    Unfortunately I The Mortal Instruments abandoned after book 2. So I wouldn’t recommend that one. Wool was a DNF for me so I know what you mean.
    Unfortunately I don’t know the other books in your list but I do hope you find THE SERIES that is SO GOOD you’ll have to finish 🙂

    • Laura

      It is so easy to forget about them though isn’t it when you start reading something else?
      Yeah, I wasn’t sure whether or not to bother with The Mortal Instruments, and with Wool there was no chance! I’m so hoping to finish some of these others soon though 🙂

  3. Tiffany @ The Bookish Thought

    Same with you, I never finished The Mortal Instruments series. I actually like City of Bones, but I DNFed City of Ashes (because of school) and I never plan to continue the series (6 books is just too long for me, tbh). I’m planning to read Lady Midnight, though 🙂

    • Laura

      It seems like a few people who started reading The Mortal Instruments series didn’t finish, so I possibly will just abandon that one. I hope you enjoy Lady Midnight though! 🙂

  4. Jenna

    I haven’t read any of these! I want to start the Kingkiller Chronicles because the author went to my college. But that series and game of thrones I want to wait until after I graduate in May because then I’ll have more time/ more regular schedule.

    • Laura

      Patrick Rothfuss went to your college? That’s so cool! I’d definitely recommend the first book anyway, and game of thrones is one of my favourites as well, so I hope you enjoy them.

  5. Leo McKane

    I really wouldn’t recommend continuing with the Mortal Instruments series. The first three books, though irritating, were kind of fun and readable, but the next three were infuriating, loosely plotted and just plain boring. At least, that’s what I thought. Book Five in particular with all the incest shenanigans, had me wishing for a hard copy of the book just so I could throw it at the wall in a fury.
    I tried reading Lady Midnight, but I DNF’d it at 40%, I guess.
    Unfortunately, I’m finding ‘A Feast for Crows’ very difficult to get through. All the Iron Islands politics are getting a little tiresome. Hopefully, by the time Winds of Winter is released, I’ll be done with AFFC and ADWD.
    Do you have any idea when Winds of Winter will be out, though? I can’t seem to find the release date anywhere.

    • Laura

      Yeah, I have been kind of torn with the Mortal Instruments, and I know a few people have said that the later books aren’t that great.
      And ‘A Feast for Crows’ is probably my least favourite ASOIAF book, just because it featured mostly characters I was less bothered about. And all the stuff about the Iron Islands definitely didn’t interest me much either!
      I can’t seem to find the release date for Winds of Winter either, and I’ve been waiting so long for it! Hopefully it’s soon, but I know it keeps being moved back 🙁

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