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Series I’m Not Going To Finish

series i'm not going to finish

Recently, I’ve been considering the series I’ve finished, those I currently have ongoing, and those I want to start. With that in mind, I decided that there are a few series I started years ago, and am just not going to finish.

1. The Wool series by Hugh Howey


My uncle recommended this to me ages ago and I started it with high anticipations. Sadly, Wool and I did not hit it off. This sci-fi dystopia had an interesting premise – humanity has moved into underground silos because the earth is no longer inhabitable and any talk of ‘going outside’ is a punishable offense – but the plot was incredibly slow. Most of the characters weren’t particularly likable and the narrative slowed the plot even further, so I’m definitely not carrying on with this series.

2. The Tales of the Otori series by Lian Hearn


I read the first two books in this series when I was younger and thoroughly enjoyed them. But then I started reading a wider variety of genres and never got round to buying the third book. I’m at the point now where I’m no longer invested in this series enough to continue, so I’ll probably end up unhauling the first two books, but they’ll remain novels I’m fond of.

3. The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan


know this is a slightly controversial one, but I’ve decided I’m not going to finish the Percy Jackson series. Don’t get me wrong – I loved the first book (it was hilarious), but I’ve tried twice to finish this series, and each time, I re-read the third book and then don’t pick up the fourth. When I consider going out and buying the fourth book, I know I’d end up spending my money on other novels that I’ve a lot more anticipation for.

4.  The Shannara Chronicles by Terry Brookes


I watched The Shannara Chronicles when it was airing on TV and loved the adventure of it so much that I had to immediately pick up the book once I was done. I’d read that the books were companion novels, so you could start anywhere in the series, and I wanted to start with the book that the TV show was based on, The Elfstones of Shannara. Oh, how my disappointment rang true. This was a rare occasion when the TV show is better than the book. The novel was a mundane version of The Hobbit, with more travelling across endless countryside, less wit, and fewer dwarves. I’m definitely going to watch season two of the series when it airs, but I’ll not be reading the rest of the books. Sorry Terry.

5. The Next Together duology by Lauren James


I had high hopes for this book, but I was slightly disappointed by the outcome and didn’t feel like picking up the sequel; however, I recently read Lauren James’s The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and really enjoyed it. So while I may not finish this duology, I’ll definitely be reading more of her books in the future.

6. The Shadow Fall duology by Audrey Grey


The last 100 pages of this book saved it from getting 2 stars from me, but didn’t save it enough for me to finish the duology. It was a bit too generic and tropey, and lacked diversity.

7. The Maze Runner by James Dashner 

Maze Runner

My exact thought when finishing this book was ‘meh.’ I wasn’t a fan of the 192395 male characters and one female character and the writing style was pretty mediocre. I felt this book was purposefully aimed at younger male readers, and as such I didn’t find it stimulating at all.

8. The Ender’s Saga by Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game

This book was a great, fast-paced sci-fi, and the twist at the end was so unexpected. But, after reading the book, I found out that the author has strongly homophobic views, and I now no longer want to support him by finishing the series. Not sorry at all.

9. The Millennium trilogy

Dragon tattoo

I was gripped by The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but I’ve never got round to picking up the second and third books; other books have always grabbed my attention much more and I’ve picked those up instead. I actually own the second and third books, but they’re waaaay down my TBR and I just don’t think I’m going to pick them up. There are other books being released that I’m way more excited about.

10. The Ink and Bone trilogy by Rachel Caine

Ink and Bone

I had every intention of finishing this series, but it’s just fallen further and further down my TBR. Now, when I look back at the writing and plot, they don’t seem as fluid as they could have been and, although I love reading about the Great Library of Alexandria, I don’t feel connected enough with this novel to complete the series.

11. The Talon series by Julie Kagawa


I really didn’t enjoy the first book in this series. I found the characters immature and the narrative lacking in cohesion , so I won’t be finishing this series unfortunately.

12. The Passenger duology by Alexandra Bracken


I’m torn with this one because I really enjoyed Passenger, but every time I’ve had the chance to buy Wayfarer, I’ve gone for other books instead. For some reason I just don’t feel motivated to finish the series, so I’ve added it to this list, but I may pick it up again some day. Just not right now.

Just because I don’t plan on finishing these series, doesn’t mean they’re not good books. If your favourite series is on here, please don’t take it as a personal attack. We all like different books – that’s part of what makes us a diverse community of readers – and these series are just no longer for me. Most of them I really enjoyed at the time, but I’m more excited about other series and new releases now and have moved on.

Are there any series that you’ve started and decided not to finish? Are there any on this list that you think I should stick with? Let me know! 

Until next time, Kate

16 thoughts on “Series I’m Not Going To Finish

  1. I totally agree on Percy Jackson. I tend to find Rick Riordan starts a series really well, but it ends up dragging. It’s a real shame as I love idea of Percy Jackson 😦
    My faves of RR’s are probably the Kane Chronicles, and I also highly recommend the 39 Clues series, which he contributed to. If you want Greek gods in particular, Maz Evans’ books are phenomenal! Much better than PJ, imo.
    Amy x

    1. Ah! I thought that’s the one everyone would disagree with me on, so it’s nice to hear that you felt the same! Ooh, thanks for the recommendations, I’ll look them up on Goodreads. I do like Greek mythology stories, so that might be a series for me to look into!

  2. I agree with The Maze Runner series it just wasn’t for me. I was going to buy The Shannara Chronicles but was uncertain because as much as I liked the To series I don’t know if the book would be as good!

    1. If you enjoy really slow-build fantasy adventure stories you might like the book series, but honestly, I think it pales in comparison to the TV show. There’s less magic and lots of arduous travelling that doesn’t equate to much character development, even though it should. I’m usually a massive fan of high fantasy, but I just found this one a little dull. Having said that, if you want to give it a go, you could always get it out of the library? That way you’re not spending money on something you’re not sure you’ll like!

  3. This is really interesting! Often when people talk about series they won’t finish, it’s all down to them really hating the first few books – your point about intending to finish a series, but then just letting it slip down your TBR, I think is much more relatable! There are loads of series I WOULD finish, but there are just so many things I would rather read (and then I forget the plot, and it just becomes too much effort)! X

    1. Thanks Bex! Yeah, I’ve seen a lot of posts discussing series that a reader isn’t going to finish because they disliked it, and that’s totally fair enough, but in my case I just don’t feel as invested in most of these books anymore! There are so many great new books coming out at the end of this year and next year, that realistically, I’m just not going to carry on with these! Also you’re right about forgetting the plot and feeling EVEN LESS motivated to finish a series – that’s definitely happened to me with City of Bones! (I still need to read the final book, whoops.)

  4. Wayfarer is a let down, so don’t worry.
    Ink and bone is a five book series I just finished the third and things are really heating up.
    I dragged my way through the Maze Runner series simply so whenever Cat drags me to see the films I can rage at Hollywood mucking up books AGAIN.
    I’m with you on The Talon Series also buying books that are good but from authors you don’t want to give money to is what secondhand bookshops are for 🙂 There’s a very famous author with a new highly anticipated book coming out next month but his intolerant views on religion mean I won’t give him money. But I love his stories so I buy them second hand and get to enjoy good writing.

    1. Haha, yeah I’ve heard mixed reviews about Wayfarer, which is another reason why I’m apathetic about picking it up. Ah, I thought Ink and Bone was only a trilogy! I still don’t think I’ll be carrying on with the series, even though there are actually more books, but I’d love to hear what you think of it! Yeah, buying from second hand book stores is one way to try and circumvent that, but with some authors, their views are so damaging that I don’t even want to do that. It can be really difficult though, because sometimes I think a series sounds amazing and want to pick it up, but feel conflicted about doing so because the author has said or done something that’s hurt others in the book community.

  5. I have so many series that I have started and will never finish. I agree with the Maze Runner series. I read the first two and have the last book and the prequel but haven’t had the desire to finish it. Maybe one day!

  6. Oh it’s a shame about some of these books. I am a massive fan of both the Percy Jackson series and the Passenger duology, but if there are other books out there you know you want to spend your money on then why buy something you’re not that interested in. 🙂
    I have read The Maze Runner series and can’t really say I’d recommend that, I really really didn’t like the last book, and I’m glad to see even though you were disappointed with The Next Together you aren’t giving up on Lauren James’s books. I read The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and really enjoyed that one.
    Great post Kate. 😀 ❤

  7. I have quiet a few series that I don’t plan on finishing – either I have lost interest in them or started them ages ago and would need to reread the other books, which I don’t feel like doing. The Maze Runner is one of mine as well, I have heard that the series just goes downhill and I have no interest in it. 🙂 I have read the whole The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy a few years ago, I read them back to back. Too bad for the Percy Jackson series, as it’s one of my favourites. I completely agree with not finishing series that you don’t enjoy – why would you spend time and money on stories that you aren’t interested in?

    1. Yeah, it sounds like quite a lot of people have lost interest in the Maze Runner, oh well. 😉 I did really like Percy Jackson when I started it, so I may finish it one day, but for now it’s coming off my TBR because I don’t plan on getting the final two books.

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