When you have a TBR as long as mine, and so many amazing new series to read, you have to filter out the books that are not so amazing. Over the years, there have been quite a few series that have just been okay, and many that I have decided to leave unfinished. Here’s a list of some of the series that I’ve given up on…
(Just a warning: the vast majority of these are YA dystopian trilogies!)
The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth
I was quite late to the Divergent craze – I only read the first book after the film had come out. And although I did enjoy it, and thought Insurgent was quite good too, I felt no burning desire to find out how it all ended. Maybe it’s because I’ve heard so many bad things about the last book (and was also spoiled about it pretty much as soon as it came out), or maybe it’s simply because I rarely read YA dystopian novels as prolifically as I used to, but I just can’t see myself ever completing this series.
The Dustlands Trilogy by Moira Young
I bought this trilogy because Moira Young was at a book signing I was attending, and I wanted to read her books before meeting her. I have only read the first book, and like Divergent, I actually enjoyed it. But now that so much time has passed, and I just don’t feel the desire to read YA dystopian trilogies any more, I don’t think I will realistically get to the next books.
The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld
I actually did read the whole trilogy, but a fourth book was published, which I think is a companion book? I honestly really had to push myself to finish the trilogy, because each book, although progressively better, was just okay. I really wanted to see what the hype was about, and I think that forced me through it, but I know for certain that I won’t pick up the spin off.
The Fifth Wave Trilogy by Rick Yancey
I did really enjoy the first book, and bought The Infinite Sea as soon as it came out. But then the last book was pushed back. And then I put it on hold. And now it’s been about 3 years since I read that first book, and I really can’t remember it. But I also have no desire to re-read it to refresh myself.
The 100 Series by Kass Morgan
I read The 100 before I watched the TV show, and loved it. Actually, I liked it a lot more than the TV show. But then I watched the TV show, and then I got bored, and then I read the second book, and then I watched more of the TV show…and it all got too confusing! The books and the show are COMPLETELY different stories, to the point where I can’t even remember which storylines happened in the book, and which happened in the show any more. It’s another case of me not being invested enough to re-read the books to remember.
The Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella
I absolutely loved this series when I was younger. I started reading them when I was about 12, and at the time I thought they were brilliant. I read up to the sixth book I think, even though in my mind the series was finished for me after the fifth book. But I know that recently a seventh book was published, and while I was contemplating reading it, I decided that I was happy with how the series finished for me, and was happy to leave it there.
The Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo
I’m guessing that this is one of the more surprising ones, so I saved it until last – I don’t think that I will ever get around to finishing this duology. I read Six of Crows when it came out, and although I loved the characters, and that is usually enough for me to carry on with a series, I found the plot so boring, and the world so underwhelming, and had to push myself through the pages so forcefully, that I just don’t see myself picking up the second book. I think I gave this book 4 stars when I first reviewed it, but I think that was a kind review. Over time, I just remember more things about it that I didn’t really like, and I cannot see myself finishing the duology. Which is a shame, because I absolutely loved Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy. So much so, that I don’t think anything else she wrote could have ever lived up to those high expectations.
Do you have any series that you have decided to leave unfinished? Do we share any of the same?