Series I won’t be finishing… probably… maybe… #2

 

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Despite being a massive mood reader, as I mentioned the other day, I’ve always been pretty clear on one thing: I’m a series finisher. Much like my inability to DNF, I will happily/unhappily casually continue even the most meh of series (which I proved to myself the other day when I read a less-than-average sequel to a pretty mediocre book). It doesn’t matter how many times I promise myself I won’t read rubbish, I somehow can’t help doing this… especially if it’s oh-so-temptingly available on overdrive… But I’ve decided to do something about this horrendous habit and do a sequel to my post about series I possibly won’t finish! (if I can manage to have shelf-control lol)

enchanteeEnchantee– I’m starting with the most recent book (and easiest to announce) series that didn’t wow me. Though I haven’t talked about it much, Enchantee left me less than enchanted and I can’t see any reason to continue. That was easy, so let’s move onto the next one…

 

last magicianThe Last Magician– ohhh this is painful. I loved the first one, but I was so underwhelmed by the sequel that I told myself it wouldn’t be worth investing in the next one. Let’s see if I can actually keep to my rule of not reading things I don’t like and hope I can resist the urge to go back to this series. The way I’m talking, it’s like I have a toxic relationship of books or something, speaking of which…

 

wizard's first ruleSword of Truth– this used to be on my “to finish” list, but it’s like I’m punishing myself at this point cos I got zero enjoyment out of the last two. I’m still tempted to read a couple more, but I don’t see myself going the whole way.

 

 

chain of goldChain of Gold– I’m kinda cheating by putting Clare’s next series on here, cos I have actually come to the end of her last series, but I consider all the Shadowhunter books to be one gigantic series. Plus, I promised myself I was done with her books and I have to stick to this. I’ve completely outgrown these stories and I just know reading another one will make me miserable.

 

wonder womanDC Icons– I don’t know if any other book this year has made me quite so bored and disappointed. This series is a shameless cashgrab and as much as I love the authors involved, I won’t be wasting my time with anymore of them #sorrynotsorry

 

 

monstrumologistMonstrumologist– here’s my monstrous opinion: despite all the monsters and mayhem, I found the first book boring. So I’ve no desire to continue with it.

 

 

girl of nightmaresAnna series– Anna Dressed in Blood was excellent, but girl of nightmares didn’t do it for me. Personally, this could’ve been left as a standalone and although I’ll gladly read more by the author, I’m done with this.

 

 

crazy rich asiansCrazy Rich Asians– this one might not be such a popular choice, so *don’t hate me*, but I feel like I enjoyed the film version more?! Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book, but I LOVED the movie. If they do adapt the sequel, I think I’d rather just watch it instead… although I am curious about what changes they make. Gotta admit I’m being a bit more tentative about this decision, unlike…

 

foxhole courtFoxhole Court/All for the Game– I found out about this book from a negative review and I LEARNT MY LESSON. Or lessons as the case may be: don’t read books your friends hate, be wary of free ebooks and if the first time you hear about a book someone is saying “I don’t get the hype” then you should run! (or else be doomed to be like me wondering WHAT THE HELL IS THAT ABOUT?!?!?!) (seriously though, why is this abuse-filled-nightmarishly-structured-nonsense-sports book a thing?!?!) (can anyone explain?)

red queenRed Queen Series– this should be harder for me to put on the list, but it’s super easy (barely an inconvenience 😉 ) I actually read THREE books in this quartet. That’s usually too many for me to give up on a series. And yet, I’ve had zero desire to check out how it ends… which should give you an idea of how I felt about the last two.

 

Okay- I’ve been decisive with a few of those- annnnd we’ll see about the others! Do you have trouble giving up on series? And what series have you decided to quit read? Let me know in the comments!

98 thoughts on “Series I won’t be finishing… probably… maybe… #2

  1. I agree. The crazy rich asians movie was done well. Though I personally did get through and kinda like all 3 books. But then again, I think that was because I listened to the audiobooks. I am not sure if I would have been able to get through the physical version.

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  2. I loved the Crazy Rich Asians movie too! I haven’t read the book yet, but the movie was so good that I’m wondering if I need to bother reading the book.

    Good luck with your shelf-control! There really are too many good books out there to spend time reading ones that don’t do it for you.

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  3. I also don’t DNF and If I have read at least 2 books in series, I’m going to continue it till the end. But I agree it can be overwhelming sometimes. and all those books in series just don’t come free. I love shadowhunter series and I’m planning to reread first 6 but author keep adding new book and new spin-off series to this. I read first 2 series but then 3rd and another it feels daunting now. Great post!

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  4. I eventually gave up on the Terry Brooks Shannara novels. As much as I love Terry’s books, eventually I felt that the novels became a little bit repetitive. That said, I still like his writing and I might even eventually return to his world again 😊

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  5. I liked the film version of Crazy Rich Asians more, too — it was much more light-hearted, while the book was … cruel, in the way 14-year-old girls sometimes are. Supposedly the second movie will start shooting in 2020 … so we have a bit of a wait ahead of us.

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    1. Ah well that’s good to know- I definitely don’t want to waste my time on it! Yeah I’m already sensing that about sword of truth- I hoped it could be a nice big juicy fantasy series I could sink my teeth into over a long period of time… not so much :/

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  6. I only read Red Queen. It seemed like a bunch of other YA dystopias mashed together with a cheap plot twist at the end.

    And I agree about the DC Icons. I read Wonder Woman because of Bardugo, but that’s it. It was good, but not enough to make me read all the other books.

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  7. I vaguely remember reading Anna Dressed in Blood, and enjoying it well enough, but I probably didn’t feel it needed a sequel as I never thought to look for one!
    I never finished the Divergent books, although with teen fiction I think some of it has to do with outgrowing the books before they’ve all been published.
    I haven’t read the Dark Artifices either, for similar reasons that you give for passing on Chain of Gold. I think the sequel aspect of Clare’s series spoiled my enjoyment of City of Heavenly Fire – in my opinion, too much of CoHF was given over to introducing new characters and setting up their story for the next series.

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    1. I did like the first one a lot- but yeah there was no need for the sequel and it kinda messed up the story when it was made into a series. I think that makes a lot of sense- I finished the series and it wasnt really worth it. I think that’s a good call- I sincerely wish I could go back and unread that series. I didn’t hate all of it- but it’s one of those book series I hate more with time cos the entire thing was setup for another series :/ I do get what you mean there! That’s basically what she did with Dark Artifices (except far less of the last book was about resolving the series and far more of it was on setup… can you tell I’m still mad about it? 😉 )

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  8. I abandoned Red Queen way back when. I loved the first book, but the second was such a chore to read. Combine that with the author’s less than stellar behavior on social media, and I was simply unmotivated to continue. I did enjoy Crazy Rich Asians, though, and finished that series.

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  9. I wasn’t too enthused about Crazy Rich Asians either :p I haven’t watched the movie, but I heard that Pierre Png is in it so I’m somewhat tempted (although I’m not a huge fan of Constance Wu so there’s no rush for me to see it).

    Anna Dressed in Blood is on my TBR list (I thought I’ve read it but apparently not). I’m okay with not finishing series so I may just treat that as a standalone.

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  10. Definitely relate with you about Red Queen! I feel like the books definitely got worse, and I made it to book 3 before giving up. (Plus the books are huge and there’s no way I’m forcing myself through that many pages when I already hate all the characters 😒) And I’m sorry to hear about Wonder Woman! I know a lot of people didn’t quite love it, and I tried to read it but didn’t make it very far, so I probably won’t end up reading the rest of it or the other books (despite how much I love Leigh and Marie Lu!!)

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    1. Ahh glad I’m not the only one to be honest! I was the same and I know exactly what you mean! Yeah it just really didn’t work for me :/ It was disappointing, cos I like all the authors who’ve worked on that series and I like superheroes, but it just isn’t for me.

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  11. I read all three Crazy Rich Asians books. I was entertained enough by the second two, but I felt like they didn’t cover any ground that wasn’t covered in by the first book. They have their moments, but I don’t think you’re missing much by skipping them.

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  12. I suspect my age is showing here. I’ve read none of these. The only book I’m vaguely familiar with is Crazy Rich Asians but I have not only not read the book – I haven’t seen the movie either. Still, it’s fun to see what the young’uns are reading. Or not reading. 😀

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  13. I didn’t care for Crazy Rich Asians either. It was find, I guess, but I didn’t care enough to read more. I DID really like Enchantee, but I liked it as a standalone and likely won’t read the rest of the series. Also, I never finished the first Cassandra Clare series. *yawn* (Was that mean? I feel like it was mean…) (I kind of don’t care. I’ll say it again. Yawn)

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    1. Yeah I really agree there. Ah that’s fair- there were aspects I liked, but for some reason it didn’t captivate me the way I wanted it to. hehehe not at all (well, at this point, I’m being totally mean about the series, so go right ahead 😉 I’m completely at my wits end with it!)

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  14. Urgh, memories! I remain weirdly proud of myself for sticking with the Sword of Truth series for about six books; they started with some really interesting ideas and I was fascinated and then they just… they just weren’t going anywhere except down and I kept going for another two books thinking ‘It’s fine, it’s just a mid-series slump’ but finally I just gave up. No idea what happens in the end, no one tell me!

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      1. I definitely get that, but there’s always that point where you realise that none of the options left available for a character’s ending are good ones and that was when I bowed out… Just generally, the series was exhausting to read, and you’ve got plenty of lovely books still on your TBR list, no?

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  15. I’m currently reading The Last Magician and also absolutely loving it, so I’m really nervous I’m going to hate the second one! I’m still going to give it a shot and see, though.

    Honestly, I may also give up on the DC Icons series? I read Wonder Woman & Batman, and Batman was so underwhelming that I just didn’t care at all the entire book? I finished it and was like, well okay whatever.

    I’ve got The Monstrumologist on my Halloween TBR, and now I’ve got a sense of doom since you’re usually spot on, haha. Shadowhunters, however–I don’t know what it is. The other day, I was bingeing the last season, and my sister wanted to make sure that I knew it was trashy TV. And yes, yes I very much do know that this story is trashy and ridiculous and just a lot, but I can’t seem to stop consuming literally all of it? It’s this weird thing where I’ve kind of set aside actually caring beyond just pure enjoyment and am just allowing it to be a guilty pleasure that I keep gobbling up.

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    1. Well hopefully you’ll get more out of it than I did.

      Yeah that’s what I felt about wonder woman- I just kept thinking that I really didn’t care.

      Well, a lot of people like it more than I did, and there were good parts to it- but it didn’t quite do it for me. hehehe I understand that- my sister loves the show and I couldn’t get into it (although I do happily watch Malec scenes on youtube to be fair 😉 ). But I really liked the first 9 books (which is a lot to enjoy) but I came to hate the last three… so I’m done now. I do get what you mean, cos I did love it as a guilty pleasure, but there’s only so far I can take the same regurgitated plots and *entire books* being used as setup before I get mad. I do get the appeal of the series though and will never be one of those people that judges anyone for liking it (that last book though… grrr)

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      1. Ohhhh, Malec—they really did them justice on the show, I think. They break my heart in all the best ways.

        I totally get that. I’ve come to a place with the books where I read them when I don’t feel like thinking a lot. Like if I need a break from something intense. They almost work they contemporary romances at this point for me, hahaha!

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  16. I feel like I give up on the majority of series I pick up. I just so much more of a standalone reader. It takes a lot for a series to compel me enough to continue it these days!

    Love your post!

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  17. Great post! I honestly can’t bring myself to finish the Red Queen series! I tried to read the second book, but DNF’d it half way through. It was so boring, and I couldn’t stand the MC! As for the DC icon books, I’ve only read Batman, but I’m not sure I like it enough to read the other books in the series!

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    1. Thank you! I totally understand that- I barely made it through- it really wasn’t worth it. I agree. Ah fair enough- I was tempted, but wonder woman really wasn’t my cup of tea, so I can’t really be bothered with the rest of that series (even though I know they’re by different authors)

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  18. I don’t think I ever started any of these series…the two that I probably won’t ever finish are “The Wheel of Time” and “Malazan Book of the Fallen.” For me, they both have awesome worldbuilding but absurdly convoluted plots (especially Malazan) and few (if any) likeable main characters.

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    1. Oh yes I get what you mean- I don’t know if I previously talked about wheel of time, but I only got one book into that series before quitting- the convoluted style wasn’t for me at all (I’ll have to take people’s word for it on how brilliant the rest of it is, cos one book was enough). I do want to try Malazan, but I am scared off by how long the series is- hopefully I’ll give the first one a shot one day.

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      1. Of the 4 that I read, the first Malazan book was probably the best…after that point things get ridiculously convoluted. I think that the author might be of the “I wrote this for myself and if you can’t keep up that’s your problem” school. Definitely keep a Malazan wiki bookmarked if you venture into that world.

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  19. Yes, I am also a series finisher! Like, it may take me forever, but I always intend to finish the series. Sometimes (a lot of the times) I don’t like the first book much but wind up loving the rest, I can think of several times this happened to me (the Lady Trent books, the Glamourist Histories, just a couple of examples). So I don’t want to say I’m crossing any off of my list yet….there are a few I could probably nominate if I think about it. 🙂

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  20. You know Goodkind has a strange child on me. I don’t love the books, or even his writing style and yet I go back every time. It’s the characters, I guess. Or maybe I really am a glutton for punishment. If you want something amazing to read in the same genre, check out Sara Douglass. Her skill as a fantasy writer tops many if the most popular fantasy authors, imo. Unfortunately, she’s a little known Australian author who passed away from cancer a few years ago, but left behind a lovely legacy of several series.

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  21. I think I have yet to have problems with finishing a series, but that’s probably because I usually reach for stand-alone novels or ones that only have a sequel! Shame about that DC one, hate when money becomes such a factor and ruins what could be so good :/

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  22. I have to agree about Sword of Truth. It started with such promise and kinda fizzled out around halfway. I felt like I should start it again, just to see if I missed something that would make me want to carry on, but then I looked at my ‘to read’ pile and seriously, life’s too short!

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  23. I actually liked The Sword if Truth series but it went downhill for me with his later books. Nevertheless I’m determined to read them all anyway – lol! 😄 I’ve recently noticed that it’s easier for me to not keep watching a tv series though like – and this is weird cause I liked the first season of The Magicians. And it’s the same with The Frankenstein Chronicles. Either they really get worse let attention span is getting shorter. 😂

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