Top Ten Tuesday: Ten completed series that I never finished reading

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish.

Well, I have plenty of those. And this is why I’m trying not to start new series, at least not while they’re still in progress. Because I lose interest between books, or just never care enough in the first place to continue — or by the time the next book comes out, I’d have to go back and re-read the earlier ones to remember what’s happened, and who has time for that?

My top ten didn’t-finish-’em series (with pictures of the book I’d need to read next, if I ever ended up reading further):

1. Locke & Key by Joe Hill: This one is a crying shame, and I swear I will finish! I absolutely adored this scary, creepy graphic novel series, and I’ve read five of the six volumes. But when #6 came out, I thought I should read #1 – 5 again first so that I’d fully appreciate the grand finale… and then I just didn’t make time for it. So, I do intend to finish reading this series. This year, maybe?

Locke & Key vol 6

2. The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. I read the first three books in the series and thought they were great, then decided to take a little break — and I’ve just never gone back. No particular reason, except that every time I picked up the 4th book, I’d always find something else I was more in the mood to read at that moment. Someday, perhaps.

Wizard and Glass

3. Birthright series by Gabrielle Zevin: I liked the first two books well enough, but by the time the third came out, I just didn’t have the story on my mind any more, and didn’t feel a need to go back to it.

Age of Love and Chocolate

4. Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin: This was a weird one for me. I really liked the first book, started the 2nd, and just didn’t feel at all drawn into the story. I ended up DNFing the 2nd book, and haven’t been curious enough to give it another try.

Mara Dyer 2

5. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series by Stieg Larsson: I finished the first book, but hated it, and had no interest at all in reading any further.

Girl Who Played with Fire

6. The Finishing School series by Gail Carriger: This one isn’t a perfect fit for the topic, since the final book doesn’t come out until November. I adored the Parasol Protectorate series, but after reading the 1st book in this YA series (Etiquette and Espionage), I decided I’d pass. I didn’t particularly enjoy the main character or the younger tone, and I haven’t heard anything yet about the rest of the series that’s been enough to make me want to give it another try.

Curtsies & Conspiracies

7. Inheritance Cycle by Chris Paolini: I read Eragon as a joint reading project with my son, and I thought we’d continue with the rest of the books. But as he doesn’t seem interested in the 2nd book, Eldest, I’m not going to bother either. I didn’t really enjoy Eragon all that much, and I’d only continue if I had my kiddo to share the experience with.


8.Sally Lockhart Quartet by Philip Pullman: This one was not intentional. I read The Ruby in the Smoke after picking it up at a used book sale and really liked it, but since I didn’t have the next book, I forgot about it for a while. I would like to finish the series, but I’d have to start over again from the beginning.

Shadow in the North

9. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: I read three (or perhaps four?) of these books way back when, and I know I have at least one more to go. Maybe I just didn’t have the remaining one(s) at that time? I have no idea why I never finished, because I adore these books!

Mostly Harmless

10. The Last Werewolf trilogy by Glen Duncan: I really liked the first two (ultra violent and bloody) books in this trilogy, and I do have the 3rd… but just haven’t felt like reading it yet. To be honest, I’m not sure I care enough anymore to go back to this story, and I’m not sure why. Still, I do own the book, so I’m not ruling it out!

by blood we live

Do we have any unfinished series in common? Or can you convince me to give any on my list another try?

Share your links, please, and I’ll come check out your top 10!

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37 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten completed series that I never finished reading

  1. I’m curious about Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, I haven’t read a single one but everyone keeps saying it’s his omnibus. I only read the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as well, then I watched the movies instead of reading the books lol.

    • It took me so long to finally start The Dark Tower series. I’m a big fan of King’s, but didn’t want to get involved in something so big — and well, I guess for good reason, since I never finished! I think I will someday, since it is supposed to be his masterpiece.

  2. I also didn’t get past Eragon! I’m not even certain why… most likely I forgot! I have two of the others on my shelf so will probably read them at some point… maybe in another ten years! I did really enjoy the Sally Lockhart Quartet though so I hope you finish (and enjoy) it! 🙂

  3. The Dark Tower series is one I don’t know that I’ll ever finish. It wasn’t really my favorite of King’s books, and I had trouble getting through the ones that were out a long time ago. I have no idea if I’d even remember enough to get going again. I loved the GAbrielle Zevin series, hopefully you will get around to finishing it some day.
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    • I’m glad to hear that the Gabrielle Zevin series has a good ending! I really do like her writing. I think I just had too big a gap between reading the first two and the release of the third, but maybe I will go back to it eventually. Thanks!

    • I absolutely want to! I really love the series, but keep putting off #6 because I want to read straight through from the beginning again first, and just haven’t made time yet. Brilliant books.

  4. Thanks for mentioning the Sally Lockhart books. I wouldn’t have known there was a quartet, otherwise. My school library had the first two, so I guess I decided that’s all there was when I read them years ago 😦

  5. I’m so sorry you didn’t enjoy the Mara Dyer series. I loved it. I started The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, but I just couldn’t get into it. It was kind of boring in the beginning. I guess if you hated it, then I wasn’t missing much by not finishing it. 🙂

    • I don’t think you’re missing much! I agree, the beginning was kind of boring, but once the action picked up, I found it all so horrible and sensationalized that it made me feel gross just reading it. Yuck.

  6. Man, I have so many unfinished series to read. Several of them I keep thinking I’ll get back to them but I’ve truly just lost interest. But the rest of them… there are tons. haha I read all of Locke & Key this year and it was SO GOOD. Definitely one to make time for. 🙂 I have got to make time for The Dark Tower series… been slowly making my way through King’s books but have yet to commit to that one.

    • Stephen King has over 60 books, so there’s plenty to choose from without committing to an entire series! I’ve loved all of Locke & Key that I’ve read. I think I just need to be in the right mental space to re-read the first 5 volumes and then finish!

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