Despite what the title of this post says, I’m going to include Trilogies and Duologies. I classify ‘series’ as more than 3 books, but looking at my shelf, I don’t have many series that I haven’t finished. I think that’s because I’ve been practicing self-control and not buying second and third and fourth books if I haven’t even read the first one yet.
There are three series on this list, that I really have zero intentions of actually finishing, but two of them I cannot bring myself to clear from my shelves. The third might eventually go, since I have the first book on my Kindle. Everything else on this short list I’m classifying “Most Likely Won’t Finish” because I don’t have any foreseeable plans to do so, but I’m not fully counting them out.
The first series is Beautiful Creatures –the Castor Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I have all four main books in hardcover, and they’re all first editions (or so I’m told by Kami Garcia – I never actually looked into it) but they have the colorful end pages and are signed by one half of the authors. I really enjoyed Beautiful Creatures when I read it years ago, and I couldn’t tell you why I never finished the other books. Even though I don’t really ever plan on finishing the series, they are gorgeous books and I don’t want to get rid of them.
The next trilogy is Taken – the Taken Trilogy by Erin Bowman. This is another one, that I don’t remember why I never finished it. I read the first one and liked it, it wasn’t a favorite (maybe that’s why) but I did enjoy it and at the time, dystopian books were My Thing. In this case, I’m pretty sure I bought the rest of the series as a way to entice myself to finish it, but that never happened. I don’t know if I’d get rid of the series or not, but as of right now, I don’t plan on finishing it any time soon.
This next one hurts to say, but Passenger and Messenger by Alexandra Bracken is on this list. The first book was good, but it wasn’t “omg good I need the next one” in my opinion. I remember being really excited for it, and then listening to the audiobook and just feeling kind of “meh” about it. I bought the second book when it came out to support Alex, since she’s kind of an auto-buy for me.
This next series has been sitting on my shelf for quite a long time, and the only reason I haven’t gotten rid of it, is because my best friend LOVES the books. Pushing the Limits – the Pushing the Limits series by Katie McGarry, was a good book, and for the life of me, I couldn’t tell you why I never read book 2, or any of the others. I can hedge a guess and say it’s because they’re contemporary novels, and a lot of the time I just don’t engage with them well. I don’t hate contemporary books, they’re just my least favorite. But since having read Only a Breath Apart and loving it, maybe I’ll try them out again.
This is the series that might actually disappear from my shelf – Unwind – the Unwind Series by Neal Shusterman. I remember really liking the first book, because it was so different from the other dystopian books I was reading at the time. I also didn’t realize it was a series until much later. I bought the other novels second hand, so I thankfully didn’t spend much – actually come to think of it – I bought the whole series second hand, but I really don’t think I’ll ever finish it. If I’m remembering correctly, the first book ended nicely (for me) and I didn’t think it needed other books.
Next (I’m going to get screamed at for this one, I think) are both Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan. I own all the books in both series, but I haven’t even finished the first series yet. I know, it’s shameful. I’ve tried multiple times to finish them, but I never get further than one more book. This might be the only series on this list, and I do actually intend to finish….one day.
Finally, as the last series on this list – the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, which yes, I own all the books. For starters, the books are gorgeous. I also made it more than half way through the series before I aged out? Lost interest? Didn’t have the next book? I don’t really remember why I never finished, but I didn’t. I remember really liking the books and the story, so your guess is as good as mine.
That’s it for this post – I’m sure I have plenty of other ‘series’ I won’t/don’t intended to finish, but that would make for a very long post. I really need to take a good long, hard look at my shelves and just get rid of some of the books. I’ve done this in the past, when I’ve desperately needed shelf space, but as for right now, I don’t, so I think I’m less reluctant.
Anyways, what are some ‘series’ you most likely won’t ever finished? Are any of these on your lists?
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