Top Ten Tuesday: Series I might (but probably won’t) finish

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Series I’d Like to Start/Catch up on/Finish.

I feel like I’ve done variations on this topic several times and don’t particularly want to repeat myself… but I’ll give it my best shot anyway. The following are series that I’ve started, but which I think I’ll probably never go back to.

(I only came up with eight… but that’s plenty!)

1) Poldark series by Winston Graham: I’ve read 7 of the 12 books in the series, and the 7th takes the story up to the point where the TV adaptation wraps up. And you know what? I think I’m good. As far as I understand, the next books start shifting the focus to a younger generation, and I’m just not as interested. Will I ever continue this series? Unlikely.

2) The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski: I’ve read 4, and have 4 more left. I like the books, but didn’t want to get too far out in front of the Netflix storylines. Will I ever continue this series? I’d say it’s about a 50/50 chance.

3) Miss Peregrine series by Ransom Riggs: I read the first 3 books, when they were described as a trilogy, but lo and behold, the author continued the series! I felt like the story wrapped up pretty well with the 3rd book, so… Will I ever continue this series? Nope.

4) Discworld by Terry Pratchett: I had big plans to read all the Discworld books, in publication order, one per month. My ambitious goal lasted me for four books, and then I decided I’d had enough and needed a break. I know that publication order is NOT the way most people recommend approaching Discworld, so I haven’t written off the possibility of returning to the series and trying specific story threads. Will I ever continue this series? I want to say yes… but let’s leave this as probably, if I’m being realistic.

5) Murderbot by Martha Wells: I read the first four novellas, then stalled out when it came to book 5, which is a full-length novel. I didn’t stop for any particular reason, other than just not being in the mood at the right moment. Now I’m afraid that it would be hard to restart, without going all the way back to the beginning for a reread first. Will I ever continue this series? Probably yes. I liked what I read, so there’s no reason not to want to read more.

6) Maisie Dobbs by Jaqueline Winspear: I read the first two books in this historical mystery series, and thought they were okay. There are 17 books out so far! Will I ever continue this series? Probably not. I didn’t love the first two enough to want to keep going.

7) Grishaverse books by Leigh Bardugo: I read the first trilogy (Shadow and Bone), then read the first book in the next duology, but honestly, that felt like enough. Will I ever continue this series? I don’t think so (but I will keep watching the Netflix adaptation).

8) Cormoran Strike books by Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling): I read the first three books, didn’t quite get around to the 4th, and around the time I was considering reading it, JKR became a person I no longer wanted to support. Will I ever continue this series? Nope.

Are there any on my list that you think I should reconsider?

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37 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Series I might (but probably won’t) finish

  1. I also burned out on the Cormoran Strike books by JK Rowling. Maybe it was her as an individual, but I also found I didn’t like the two main characters as much after a few books. I also agree with you about Maisie Dobbs. After a couple of books I felt there are much better historical mystery series out there. I do think Murderbot is worth continuing with!

    • Glad to hear that Murderbot is one to continue! I liked the characters in the Cormoran Strike books (and the TV version was quite good), but the various crimes didn’t really catch my attention or interest, and basically, I lost all desire to keep going.

  2. Discworld is such a big series. I guess the beauty of it is you can start which ever book you want and it doesn’t feel like you has to commit yourself to the whole series,

  3. Loved the Poldark TV series and have seriously thought of starting the books. I too have Shadow and Bone on my list, my husband keeps pushing me to read that one.

      • The TV show was so good, especially the first few seasons. My daughter (teen at the time, she’s the same age as your son) and I had fun with it, we created a non-alcoholic “drinking” game with jelly beans— triggered every time someone got on a horse and galloped cinematically up the coast 😄

  4. Murderbot: no need in my opinion to go back for a reread. The full length book is a lot of fun. But if you stopped where you did, that’s all good too.

    Terry Pratchet books set in The Discworld Universe: not a series, as you know. The only “true” series of the lot are the Tiffany Aching books, which I suspect you would love and are laugh out loud funny and well written. Pratchet’s later books are far better than the early ones. Start with Wee Free Men. [Crivins!!] 😄

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