Top Ten Tuesday – Series I’m No Longer Interested in Finishing

February 20, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 28 Comments

The standalone novel has become a rarity; it’s all about the series. I read my fair share of series but sometimes, they’re drawn out far past their expiration date and you couldn’t pay me to see it through to the end. Here are just a few series that I’ve quit and don’t plan on picking back up anytime soon:

Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella // Last installment readMini Shopaholic (Shopaholic #6)
I adored this series in the beginning but Becky became a bit of a nuisance. And then she created a mini hellion version of herself.

Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost // Last installment readDestined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress, #4)
I don’t recall any particular reason why I stopped reading this other than I moved on to better UF and this one was long forgotten.

Chicagoland Vampires Series by Chloe Neill // Last installment readBiting Bad (Chicagoland Vampires #8)
One of the “better UF” series but clearly this one didn’t last either.

White Trash Zombie Series by Diana Rowland // Last installment readHow the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back (White Trash Zombie, #4)
This series was an entertaining series, but somewhere I think it got too serious for its own good. I mean, the Zombie mafia? Really?

The Iron Druid Chronicles Series by Kevin Hearne // Last installment readTricked (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #4)
I loved the first three installments in this series but felt that they were all a bit too repetitive and formulaic. I kept thinking I’d get around to 5 eventually but that was 4 years ago.

The Custard Protocol Series by Gail Carriger // Last installment readPrudence (The Custard Protocol #1)
I adored Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series. It is one of the few times steampunk has worked for me. The Custard Protocol? Cheesy and ridiculous. I’m so very disappointed I didn’t love this one too.

Cormoran Strike Series by Robert Galbraith // Last installment readThe Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike #1)
That quote of the woman smoking a cigarette still haunts my dreams.

Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi // Last installment read: Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3)
I thought this series was over but apparently, it has been brought back from the dead and now there are six books planned? Hard fucking pass.

Lincoln Rhyme Series by Jeffery Deaver // Last installment readThe Skin Collector (Lincoln Rhyme #11)
I’ve been reading this series since I was a teenager and I attribute it to my current love of mysteries. The newer installments just aren’t doing it for me but this will always be a special series for me.

The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare // Last installment read:  City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)
I loved the first three installments in this series and loved the conclusion but wow, this book was super unneeded. I’m still mildly tempted to read The Dark Artifices spin-off, but it has yet to happen.

 

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28 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Series I’m No Longer Interested in Finishing”

  1. Alyce @ The Bumbling Blogger

    I’m still interested in reading Shatter Me, because I’ve heard amazing things about it, but I’ve been putting it off for this long and now there are so many new installments coming that it’s difficult to find the energy to start the series.

    I also abandoned The Mortal Instruments series, but I got one book further than you did. If the sixth one had been out when I finished book five, I probably would have finished the series… But then with all of the spin offs and companion novellas, the world of the Shadowhunters is a bit daunting!
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  2. Carmen

    I hate it when a series wraps-up perfectly, and after a couple of years, they release more books. Why? I know I don`t have to read it, but I still don`t get why authors ruin perfectly good endings. Also, I`m with you on TMI. I`m not the biggest Cassandra Clare fan, so I have no idea whether I`ll ever finish TMI and TDI.
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  3. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I don’t think I ever finished the Night Huntress series. Same goes with the Chicagoland Vamp series. I sort of fell out of love with vampires somewhere along the way and I don’t know why (maybe they became too sparkly). I TOTALLY get series drawing out too long – Anita Blake! It made my list and was the first one I thought of. I mean, how often can you say you made it to book #11 and STILL never finished!
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  4. Lisa

    I hear ya–some series just …. well…. Stephanie Plum is one I’ve given up on. 27 volumes of the same thing. In real life Steph & Joe and Ranger would be my age–mid 50s!!

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  5. Heidi

    Yep, nodding my head along with almost all your picks. I still am reading Iron Druid, I have stopped on all the rest that you have up there for my own reasons. Glad to know I am not alone in quitting a series.

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  6. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies

    I quit the Mortal Instruments series after three books — the story seemed wrapped up and finished to me, so why go on? Not that I want to push books on anyone, but I’d say maybe give the Prudence series another chance. I didn’t care for Prudence all that much when I first read it, but my daughter convinced me to pick it back up. I listened to the audiobook, and then the audiobook for the 2nd book, and they were so much fun! Maybe the format helped — the silliness seemed just light entertaining to listen to, rather than annoying me like the print version did. 🙂 I really like the Cormoran Strike books — but yet, the description of the woman has stuck with me, and not in a good way.
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