Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Haven’t Finished

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme brought to you by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish (the button also belongs to them).  This week’s theme is the Top Ten Series I Haven’t Finished.

1. The Giver by Lois Lowry– I read this one when I was an adult, so I can’t use the excuse that the sequels didn’t exist when I read it.  I just don’t think this needs a sequel.  I like to pretend that Jonas made it to a good place.

2. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare– I was pretty disappointed when I read it as it did not live up to the hype I’d heard about it… and honestly, I really didn’t care what happened to the characters, so no point in finishing out the series!

3. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery– I want to read the sequels, but they never seem to make their way into my life.  I started the second book on audiobook and I think it expired before I could finish it!

4. Matched by Ally Condie– I really enjoyed Matched, but heard nothing but meh about Crossed, so decided to just leave the series alone until the final book comes out.  If it gets better reviews, I may finish the series.

5. The Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty– I’ve read all but Perfect Fifths and just haven’t been motivated to pick it up.  I love Jessica Darling, but her early 20s were wearing me out!

6. Soulless by Gail Carriger– What a fun book!  It takes me a little convincing to get into steampunk (I get a little irritated with the portrayal of the Victorian era… just because people were supposed to be straight-laced, doesn’t mean they were in actuality), though, and while I started the second book, I had to return it to the library before I finished it.  Some day, maybe, but I think I have to be in exactly the right mood to appreciate these.

7. Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy– I LOVE this series of romances centered around NASCAR drivers, but haven’t been able to get a hold of all the books/have been trying to read more variety.  I will finish this series, it’s just a matter of time!

8. Divergent by Veronica Roth– Ok, this is sort of cheating as I have read both books that are currently published in this trilogy, but I promise you I will not be reading the third.  Insurgent just… argh, frustrated me and made me believe that everything I loved about Divergent was imagined.  I will save myself the frustration and avoid concluding this series.

9. Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery– The Fool’s Gold series features romances set in the quirky small town of Fool’s Gold, California.  The first book made me so angry that I punched the book.  I’m just pretty sure this is not the series for me.

10. If I Stay by Gayle Forman– I know, I know, how did I not race out and read Where She Went immediately after finishing this?  I don’t know.  I liked the book, thought it was quite beautiful, but as for what happens to Adam and Mia down the road?  I just don’t feel that impatient to find out.  I mean, clearly things weren’t going to be easy, but I like to think that their love could get them through the tough spots.  I don’t want to know if I’m wrong.  That story is too sad to not have a happy-ish ending.

Apparently I am very non-committal because this list was easy-peasy to put together!  What series have you not finished?  Why?  What am I missing out by not finishing these series?

26 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Haven’t Finished

    • That’s saying something considering how much excitement they were able to generate surrounding Insurgent. I just don’t care what happens to the characters or their world any more. It angers me because I really liked Tris in Divergent, but I feel like that character was just destroyed for me. So disappointing!

  1. Totally feel you on Insurgent. I mean, I LOVED Divergent. Insurgent… I just have major mixed feelings about. I want to finish the series because I truly believe in it, but I don’t know if I can take Tris’s moanings and groanings much more. The Matched series is another I believe in, despite my major dislike of Crossed. I also had NO clue that the Giver was a series, but I’m like you: I just want to believe that Jonas made it somewhere good and everything was happily ever after. That being said, I’d love to read the rest of the series!

    • I think the other Giver books came out a while after the first, but I don’t know much about them. I am sort of glad I didn’t read Crossed because there isn’t much worse than being majorly disappointed by a sequel!

  2. I powered through the last few books of the Soulless series this year – listening to the audiobooks helped me get through the series faster. And I totally hear you about Matched. The Jessica Darling series looks cute and maybe I’ll try to read them sometime, though seeing that they’ve made so many lists today makes me a little nervous!

    • I’ve taken a little breather from audiobooks, but good to know that the Soulless series is good on audio. I may have to try them that way! I really like the Jessica Darling books and have every intention of finishing them someday, but Jessica can be a bit much sometimes and I definitely need a break from her immaturity and drama when I finish a book! Luckily, it’s the sort of series that you don’t really need to race through.

  3. The Infernal Devices is hands down, one of my favourite series ever! I totally agree with you on Insurgent though…I’m so happy someone else didn’t like it, all I ever hear is hype around it but I just thought it dragged out and it was annoying when she kept introducing characters only to kill them off a couple of pages later.
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    • I know a lot of people love the Cassandra Clare books, but I just don’t think it’s my cup of tea. I am glad I’m not the only one who didn’t like Insurgent! For a while there, I felt like the odd man out.

  4. I felt the EXACT same way about If I Stay!! Good book, but I don’t particularly care to read more about them. Glad I’m not the only one!

    Don’t bother reading Crossed. I forced myself to finish it and probably will not read Reached.

    Also your comment about the Fool’s Gold book made me laugh out loud. Since our reading tastes are so similar, I better not read those lol

    • I have heard that others in the Fool’s Gold series are better-written, but the first one pulls out all kind of romance novel cliches, implies that one can recover from PTSD by toughening up, and involves a surprise pregnancy that reunites the characters after they refuse to communicate with one another. Surprise pregnancies do not make people overcome their differences, romance novelists. Communication, on the other hand, is usually a step in the right direction. Yeah, don’t bother with it.

  5. I saw this topic and thought, oh no! I won’t have ten. I was so wrong! I had no problems either! I don’t think I’m thaaat much of a quitter. Just a little bit picky and a little bit ADD.

    Soulless is one on my list that I’d forgotten about. Maybe because the romance part got resolved, I didn’t rush out to find out what happened with them? But it was fun!

  6. I have so much to say! Deep breath. Okay, Clockwork Angel, didn’t read it b/c I read the other three books in this series and I’m not sure why because I complained about them the whole time I read them. I thought the characters behaved and talked like grown, sophisticated adults rather than teenagers (not that teens have to talk dumb or immature, just age appropriate). I loved the Gail Carriger books up until book 4. Then it was so convoluted and a key point in the plot made no sense to me so I gave up. I was a little miffed at Carriger already for the stupid way she made Lord Macon (the hot leader of the werewolves and Alexia’s husband) behave towards Alexia in book 3. And, finally, I had a very hard time getting into Insurgent, but by the end I was sorta back into it. I’ll probably read the third one. I thought the way Tris and Four treated each other in the 2nd book was so frustrating. I know part of relationships is learning to trust, but they never really do trust in each other until maybe, maybe the last scene in the book. They spend most of the book keeping secrets from each other, which was so unlike them in the 1st book. They depended on each other to survive and then all the sudden they couldn’t remember that anymore? Yes, I was disappointed, but admittedly not enough to quit.

    • I thought Tris and Four in book 2 were total departures from their characters in book 1 and I just couldn’t accept that any amount of trauma would make them into annoying stereotypes of the characters I liked and respected. I was definitely curious about the world (esp at the end), but my disappointment with the characters probably exceeded my desire to know more.

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