series I don’t plan on finishing

A few weeks ago, I realized I used to write posts on series I don’t want to finish. The last time I posted one of those lists, however, was in September 2016! It’s been more than 2 years since that post, and I definitely have more series to talk about.

As someone who reads a lot of fantasy books, I read a lot of series. I have had to admit to myself that there’s no way I’ll be able to read all the series I’ve started, as well as the ones I want to start in the future. I’ve become more strict with DNFing series. I used to wait before declaring series as a DNF because I couldn’t shake that what-if feeling. What if I ended up loving the next book? I never would have known if I had quit reading the series! I don’t do that anymore.

I don’t have time to waste on books I don’t think I will love. I don’t want to start a book knowing I’ll end up giving it 3 stars because it was just another okay read. All I want in life are spectacular books that blow my mind. So I’ve learned to say goodbye to series I didn’t really love.

Today, I am sharing a few series I have recently decided not to finish. I’ll probably end up writing more of these posts again, as there are plenty of possible picks for them. Don’t kill me if these are some of your favorites…

an ember in the ashes

Read > An Ember in the Ashes
Author > Sabaa Tahir

I read the first book in the series last September, after years of putting it off. There was so much hype surrounding this series before the first book was even released. It scared me because I didn’t want to be let down by the book. In 2018, I decided it was finally time to give the series a go. It is pitched as a young adult fantasy novel set in a Roman Empire-inspired world. I absolutely loved the setting and the brutality of it, but hated that the first book was pretty much 80% “romance”. We’re talking love square here. I just can’t deal with it, and it turned a captivating fantasy novel into a meh book for me.

the wrath and the dawn

Read > The Wrath and the Dawn
Author > Renée Ahdieh

Same story as above, to be honest. I put off reading this duology for years because of the hype. I finally gave it a try a few weeks ago, and was so disappointed. It wasn’t bad at all, just not as good as I was hoping it would be. We went from “he’s a monster who kills a woman every day” to “he’s such a handsome guy and I want to be with him” WAY too fast. As the relationship between the characters bothered me, I couldn’t seem to enjoy the rest of the book either.

the iron druid chronicles

Read > Hounded and Hexed
Author > Kevin Hearne

This series is an entirely different story than the previous two. I actually quite enjoyed the first two books, which you can see in my Goodreads ratings. However, in the second book there was a scene that made me incredibly uncomfortable. After finishing it, I read that there’s quite a lot of sexism throughout the series – and things I even missed in the first two. I just don’t have time for that, to be honest.

southern reach

Read > Annihilation
Author > Jeff Vandermeer

Another series I actually enjoyed! I read the first book years ago and absolutely loved it, even though it was so weird I could barely understand what was happening. I have since watched the movie as well, which I would recommend. I have simply lost interest in finishing the series since then. I’m okay with not having any answers whatsoever, which I never thought I’d say.


I won’t be finishing these 4 series, I’m finally admitting defeat. Have you read any of these? Which series will you probably never finish?

10 thoughts on “series I don’t plan on finishing

  1. I think it’s really interesting to see your reasoning behind not finishing these books! I haven’t read any of the books on your list, but An Ember in the Ashes and The Wrath and the Dawn have been on my radar – but not on my TBR. I remember TWatD getting so much hype but I also remember seeing quite a few more ‘meh’ reviews – I just can’t remember if those were for the first or the second book.

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  2. Series that are romance novels masquerading as fantasy/dystopia are the WORST. I have no patience for it any more. Don’t get me wrong, I love a romance, but it needs to be part of a wider plot.

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  3. The only one of these that I’ve read it Annihilation. I actually just bought the whole series .. mostly because a good friend recommended the series and it was such a refreshing sci-fi story (so far).

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  4. I DNFed Annihilation, I could not get into it at all. I think I read it at a bad time, I was in a reading slump. Sadly, that kinda just stuck with me and I don’t see myself continuing.

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  5. I have a problem with finishing series, especially long ones. But I’m also reluctant of letting them go because of the what-ifs feeling! I feel like I should DNF the Lunar Chronicles, Shades of Magic, Caster Chronicles, and Vampire Academy- it’s been YEARS since I read the first book and the only ones I really enjoyed was Caster Chronicles and Vampire Academy :/

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