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June 27, 2018

series i got stuck in
posted by soe 1:51 am

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is series I don’t plan to finish, but I’m taking a page from organizer Jana to include series that I put down for whatever reason and that I’ve been ambivalent about picking back up:

  1. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (Won’t read book 7 because friends have suggested it’ll ruin the series for me. Yes, I do know why.)
  2. Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (I got annoyed with her mentor in the third book or thereabouts, and haven’t had it in me to pick it back up.)
  3. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor (I didn’t particularly care for the first book in this trilogy that everyone else seemed to love.)
  4. His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman (Both of the first two books took me a couple tries to get through, so it hasn’t been high on my priority list to finish the final one, although the prequel did pique my curiosity.)
  5. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (I liked the first book quite a bit, but it was a book that I would have been happier if it had been a standalone.)
  6. The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper (I read the first three of these books and always intended to finish them, but a librarian I was chatting with a couple weeks ago kind of ruined the ending and now, like the Chronicles of Narnia, maybe I don’t need to bother.)
  7. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (I’ve said it before, but it annoyed me tremendously that this book seemed to decide at the last minute that it didn’t feel like wrapping things up and instead turned out to be a series. I’ve held it against the sequels and might or might not ever get over it.)
  8. Eragon by Christopher Paolin (The first one was pretty middling. I couldn’t figure out why so many people loved it.)
  9. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (I read the first three or so before losing interest. Possibly the only series we read as adults where Rudi got further along than I did.)
  10. Agatha Raisin by M.C. Beaton (I enjoy dipping in and out of the Hamish Macbeth series, but didn’t find the same joy with Beaton’s Cotswalds-residing character.)

How about you? Any series you’ve started but either gave up on or feel ambivalent about continuing?

Category: books. There is/are 4 Comments.

Completely agree about Miss Peregrine and Inkheart. They would have been great stand-alones.

And ha! about your Maisie Dobbs. I hate Maurice and all the stories with him and how Maisie idolizes him. Blech!

Comment by raidergirl3 06.27.18 @ 7:18 am

I read a series of unfortunate with Zach YEARS ago. We loved lemony snicket

Comment by kathy b 06.27.18 @ 10:45 am

I’m with you on A Series of Unfortunate Events (I didn’t like the first much, and the second genuinely saddened me), Agatha Raisin (yawn), and Miss Peregrine (STILL mad!). Series that I like but probably won’t finish: Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl, Jeanne DuPrau’s The City of Ember, Garth Nix’s Keys to the Kingdom, L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz, Frank Herbert’s Dune, Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern. Series to which I took an immediate dislike: Jenny Nimmo’s Children of the Red King, Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce, Philip Pullman’s Sally Lockhart, and Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. For all that I prefer standalone novels, I read a lot of series!

Comment by Karen 06.27.18 @ 4:41 pm

I have to agree about the ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’. I started out enjoying the first few books and then it was ‘I’m over this’.

Comment by Helen 06.27.18 @ 4:51 pm