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?

Series I Won’t Finish #8

I told you I’d try to keep putting up these posts on Monday! Another success. I’m sure you all know what this post is about, either from the title or the previous ones you’ve read. I’m back with 5 more series I won’t finish! 

#1: Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong

bitten

What I’ve Read: Bitten

Why I Won’t Continue: I read this because I’d seen the first 2 seasons of the TV show and absolutely loved it. Of course I had to read the book, right? I liked this, but I liked the TV show more. I believe I especially enjoyed Elena’s character more in the series. This book-series is just so long, I don’t think I can commit to it. I will be watching the “new” season of the show though. 

#2: The Syrena Legacy by Anna Banks 

What I’ve Read: Of Poseidon, Of Triton

Why I Won’t Continue: This is a trilogy, so I’d only have to read one more book. Yet I don’t feel like doing so. I read the first two books of the trilogy in 2013, and thought they were quite nice. It’s about a girl who doesn’t realize she’s a syren (or mermaid?) and a guy who helps her realize it. I haven’t really been into the YA-paranormal theme the past months/years so I don’t think I’ll ever finish this one.

#3: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

the darkesst minds

What I’ve Read: The Darkest Minds

Why I Won’t Continue: I read this one when I was in my I-love-dystopians phase. I don’t read many dystopians anymore though. I think I may have read too many in one period of time, and now most of them feel so similar to me. While I of course may still read some dystopians once in a while, I don’t think these books will be part of it.

#4: Graceling Realm by Kristin Cashore

What I’ve Read: Graceling, Fire

Why I Won’t Continue: Another series I read in 2013. It was I believe the year I got back into reading, so I read a lot of books back then. Often times different genres or series to discover what I liked most. That’s why there are now so many I don’t feel like continuing. I did love Graceling, I think it is an amazing YA fantasy. These books are companion novels though, and I’m not really interested in reading Bitterblue’s story (which is the third book).

#5: House of Night by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

What I’ve Read: Marked, Betrayed, Chosen, Untamed, Hunted, Tempted, Burned

Why I Won’t Continue: I can’t even remember when I read these books. It must have been before 2012 or 2011, because I can’t even recall. I do remember it being about vampyres and a girl Zoey who is marked as a fledgling and has to go to the House of Night. But hold on, she’s not just a fledgling! She’s a kind of chosen one. I did love my vampire stories back  then -don’t get me wrong, I can still enjoy one. It’s safe to say I have absolutely zero interest in reading the next 5 books in the series. 


Those were 5 more series I won’t continue. Have you started or read any of them? Do you also have those series you vaguely remember reading, but have no idea when or what actually happened?

Series I Won’t Finish #7

Another Monday, another post with 5 series I won’t ever finish! I thought I’d keep the Monday theme for a bit, as I’m scheduling these beforehand. Yes, I’m a master of time management 😉

#1: Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger

soulless

What I’ve Read: Soulless

Why I Won’t Continue: So many book bloggers and booktubers I love and trust adore this series. So I decided to give it a go. I think it’s a blend between historical fiction, and an urban fantasy/paranormal story. I liked it fine, but I wasn’t enough of a fan to continue the series. I think this particular blend of genres just didn’t suit me well. 

#2: The Seven Deadly by Fisher Amelie

vain

What I’ve Read: Vain

Why I Won’t Continue: This is another case of “it was fine, but not great”. There are so many books out there, I don’t feel like continuing with one I’m not truly enjoying or loving. I liked Vain, and it teaches the reader a great lesson. But I’m not interested in continuing the series.

#3: Anna by Kendare Blake

anna dressed in blood

What I’ve Read: Anna Dressed in Blood

Why I Won’t ContinueAnna is a duology, so it wouldn’t be too much of an effort to continue it. Yet I don’t want to. I’d have to spend money on the sequel, and I probably wouldn’t get to it for years as it’s not a book I’m truly excited about. The first book was described as a teenage version of Supernatural, one of my favorite shows. I gave the book 5 stars when I read it, so I must’ve agreed. Yet I have no urge to read on.

#4: Twisted Tales by Liz Braswell

What I’ve Read: A Whole New World, Once Upon a Dream

Why I Won’t Continue: Twisted Tales is a series of retellings of popular fairy tales. I quite enjoyed the first book, A Whole New World, although many people didn’t. I suspect it’s because Aladdin is one of my favorite childhood movies. I read Once Upon a Dream, the Sleeping Beauty retelling, in the beginning of this year. Or I tried, at least. I DNFed it, because I really wasn’t feeling it. So I also won’t be continuing the series. 

#5: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

the goddess test

What I’ve Read: The Goddess Test

Why I Won’t Continue: Mythology! YAY! That’s usually what I think when I see a mythology retelling. I love them, especially when they include Greek mythology which has been an interest of mine for as long as I can remember. I read this book in 2013 (strike one) and gave it 3 stars (strike two). I usually don’t feel like continuing after so much time has passed, and especially not if I didn’t even love the first book. Looking at my review notes from back then, I thought the main character was too whiny in the beginning although she got her act together by the end. 


Those are 5 more series I won’t continue or finish. Have you started one of these? Let me know!

Series I Won’t Finish #6

I’m back with another installment of series I won’t finish. Yes, 6 posts of these might seem like a lot to you. But I’ve read quite a few books in the past years, most of those belonging to a series. And there’s just no way I’m finishing all of them.

#1: Covenant by Jennifer L. Armentrout

What I’ve Read: Half-Blood, Pure, Deity

Why I Won’t Continue: Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books are always so addictive. I tend to read them in a matter of hours. They’re fun and quick reads. Yet I don’t have any desire to finish this series. I don’t think it’s her best, and it’s been several years since I read Deity. 

#2: The Selection by Kiera Cass

What I’ve Read: The Selection (#1), The Elite (#2), The One (#3), The Heir (#4)

Why I Won’t Continue: I only have one book to read to complete the series. Yet that still feels like too much effort for me. I quite enjoyed the first trilogy, as they are kind of like a guilty pleasure TV show. Fun and entertaining, not too serious. Yet I hated Eadlyn, the main character in The Heir. Absolutely despised her. And I can’t even read one more book from her perspective. 

#3: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

What I’ve Read: City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels

Why I Won’t Continue: This is one of the series that inspired me to write this Series I Won’t Finish-series. It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of this series. I think it’s way too long, and probably should’ve ended at book 3. I’m not a big fan of the characters or the story. I do love her Infernal Devices trilogy so don’t think I’m just hating on her as an author. And I quite like the TV show Shadowhunters.

#4:  To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To all the boys I've loved before

What I’ve Read: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Why I Won’t ContinueI read this when it first came out, and only realized it wouldn’t be a standalone when I reached the ending. I was not okay. I tried reading the second book, but just couldn’t get into it. Apparently another guy gets introduced, etc. I don’t care. I don’t know what happens in the next book(s) but I’ll just be over here pretending there were 30 more pages to this one in which Lara gets her happy ending with Peter.

#5:  Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

burn for burn

What I’ve ReadBurn for Burn

Why I Won’t Continue: I read this years ago, and I believe it was my first Jenny Han read. I did enjoy this book, don’t get me wrong. But I have no interest in continuing. It’s about a trio of girls who are seeking revenge on guys. I enjoyed it at the time, but I don’t think I’d enjoy the sequels anymore. I also don’t feel a need to know what happens in the end?


So those are 5 more series I won’t be finishing! Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? 

Series I Won’t Finish #5

It’s been almost 2 months since my last segment of Series I Won’t finish (1, 2, 3 and 4 here). You guys seemed to really enjoy those posts though, so I thought it time to start back up again. I think I have another 30 or so series I don’t plan on finishing -and some I’m not certain I should. So here are 5 more!

#1: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

snow like ashes

What I’ve Read: Snow Like Ashes (#1)

Why I Won’t Continue: I wrote a mini review on this last week, but I’ll sum it up here for you. I did like this book, and I enjoyed reading it. But I felt like there was nothing truly special about it? It just felt like so many other YA fantasy books I’ve read about a conquered kingdom, and its rebels fighting back in secret. 

#2: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

bloodlines

What I’ve Read: Bloodlines (#1)

Why I Won’t Continue: Don’t get me wrong, I quite like Richelle Mead’s works. I loved her Vampire Academy series when I read it, and I loved her Georgina Kincaid series last year. It’s just been so long since I read Bloodlines, and my tastes in reading have changed quite a bit. I don’t have any motivation to pick up the rest of this series… 

#3: The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen

the wicked + the divine vol 1

What I’ve Read: The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1

Why I Won’t Continue: I really didn’t like this graphic novel. Mainly because I had absolutely NO idea what was going on the entire time. I know you won’t have a full story with a graphic novel volume as you do with a book. But I was so confused the entire time, and didn’t get a single answer by the end.

#4: The Breakup Doctor by Phoebe Fox

the breakup doctor

What I’ve Read: The Breakup Doctor (#1) 

Why I Won’t Continue: I quite liked the first part of the book. The second part felt like a complete disaster to me. The main character turned into a crazy stalker of her ex-boyfriend. And she was so judgy! 

#5: P.I. Cassie Cruise by S.L. Ellis

lane changes

What I’ve Read: Lane Changes (#1)

Why I Won’t Continue: I didn’t really enjoy this mystery novel. I usually do enjoy mystery books featuring a P.I. -it’s a love I’ve had ever since Veronica Mars. But this book seems to be an exception. I just didn’t like the main character: she was rude, mean and stuck her nose into everyone else’s business for no reason.


Those are 5 more series I won’t be finishing! Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? What are some series you won’t finish?

Series I Won’t Finish #4

One of the hazards of reading quite a bit, is that you come across series you have no interest in finishing. I’ve written 3 posts about this before (part 1, part 2 and part 3) and you all seemed to really like them. So here I am again, with 5 more series I don’t want to finish. 

To be honest, I could apparently keep this series going on for quite a while, because I have about 50 series I don’t want to finish, and I’ve only mentioned 20 (these 5 included). Would you be interested in that? 

#1: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

the 5th wave

What I’ve read: The 5th Wave

I read this book 3 years ago, when I started to get back into reading and this one had recently been released. I really enjoyed it at the time because I gave it 5 stars. Yet I know that after all that time and reading I’ve done since, I won’t enjoy it as much. And to be honest, because of the time that has passed already, I have lost all attachment to the characters and story line. I may watch the movie though. 

#2: Reboot by Amy Tintera

reboot

What I’ve read: Reboot 

This is actually only a duology, so it wouldn’t be too much of a hassle to finish it. But again, I read the first book 3 years ago. I barely remember anything, and I don’t feel like re-reading this one first. I did enjoy it back in 2013 because I gave it 5 stars. I feel like 2013/2014 was the true time for dystopian books like this one (and the 5th wave above) and I read many of them. Now though, I don’t really care for them all that much -and don’t read them often. I guess I’m over saturated with dystopians? 

#3: Grover Beach Team by Anna Katmore

play with me

What I’ve read: Play With Me

Another book I read in 2013! I remember this being a cute contemporary romance about football (soccer if you prefer). Which I guess you could all also get from the cover… In my Goodreads review, I wrote that it was cute but way too short (it’s only like 200 pages). I do like my sports romances, but I prefer to read them in a NA version these days? Plus, this series now has like 6 books in it, which is just too big of an investment for me. 

#4: Ransom by Rachel Schurig

ransom

What I’ve read: Ransom

I actually read this last year, so it’s not as much of an “old read” as the others have been. To be honest, I was kind of “meh” on this read. I gave it 3 stars. It was fine, but nothing amazing. I’ve read a lot of NA I think, so when a book is just okay and not blowing me away, I don’t tend to finish the series. 

#5: Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley

What I’ve read: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life, Scott Pilgrim vs the World

When I read this in 2013, I think I kind of felt pressured to like it. It’s such a popular graphic novel series! And I mention on Goodreads that I enjoyed it. Yet looking back on it, I remember thinking his relationships were really weird, and I wasn’t attached to him as a character either. I won’t be continuing this series, even though most people really love it. 


So those are 5 more series I won’t be continuing/finishing. Have you read any of these? Did you like them? Let me know! (P.S. Would you be interested in seeing more posts like this?)

Series I Won’t Finish #3

It’s here, the third installment of my Series I Won’t Finish series. If you haven’t seen part 1 and part 2 before, I’ve provided the link!

#1: The Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore

What I read: I Am Number Four, The Power of Six, The Rise of Nine

It’s been such a long time since I read these! To be honest, I can’t remember anything further than the plot of I Am Number Four. Oops. When I read these, I liked them well enough. I didn’t think they were amazing, but I had fun reading. But I’ve outgrown them, I think. I know I’m not interested in finishing the series, especially because I just saw it has like 7 books. 

#2: Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

confessions of a shopaholic

What I read: Confessions of a shopaholic

I actually think I’ve read more than just the first one, but seeing as it’s been almost 8-10 years since I read it, I don’t remember. I actually quite like the movie of this one, now that I think of it. I like to pretend that this story ended here. You know? I’m happy with the way it ended. I do love the majority of her stand-alones, so I like to pretend this is one of them too.

#3: The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman & Tony Moore

the walking dead

What I read: Vol.1 Days Gone Bye

I wasn’t really into this graphic novel… I know how popular the TV show is, so maybe I’ll give that a try instead. I wasn’t really attached to the characters, or the plot, even after 144 pages. 

#4: Chew by John Layman

What I read: Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3 and Vol 4

I actually really enjoyed this series while I was reading it. The concept was really unique and intriguing -Tony can see the past of things/people by eating from it/them. It’s so interesting! But I found that when I wasn’t reading this, I also wasn’t truly excited to pick up the next one. I liked it well enough, but I’m not exactly excited to continue…

#5: Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer

What I read: Elemental (#0.5), Storm (#1), Fearless (#1.5) and Spark (#2)

Again, a series I quite enjoyed while I was reading it! I’ve always loved “magic” that includes the elements, and power over it. And these are all brothers! Like I said, I did enjoy the 4 I read, but I found that my interest had diminished after that one. I didn’t feel like reading the next book. And now that there are like 6 or 7 books in the series, I don’t feel like committing to all of that. 


These are 5 more series I don’t want to finish. At least, I’m not planning to right now. Have you read any of these books/series?