Top Ten Series I Haven’t Kept Up With

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is about series you don’t think you’ll finish.  I start series all the time but there are only a few I really keep up with.  So first I’ll share the series I DO keep up with, and then I’ll give you the unfinished list.  And you can let me know what I should keep reading!

Some of my favorite series:

  • Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Cormoran Strike by Robert Gailbraith
  • Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews
  • Constance Kopp series by Amy Stewart

Here are a few I’m not quite up to date on, but I mean to keep reading!

  • Expanse by James S.A. Corey (currently reading Cibola Burn)
  • Heartstrikers by Rachel Aaron
  • October Daye by Seanan McGuire (but I know I’ll never read all of them)
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
  • The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells (just started but looking forward to the rest)

And here’s 10 series I started and didn’t follow through on.  These are all books I liked, but maybe didn’t quite love.  What do you think, should I keep reading?

  1. The Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King – I loved the first book, but I keep meaning to go back to the second one and not doing it. Maybe I’m put off by the sheer number of books in this series
  2. Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer – I felt Annihilation was meh, but I hear the rest of the trilogy gets better.
  3. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin – I read the first three, and then both the books and the series started feeling too violent for me. I had to ask myself, am I really enjoying this?  And I wasn’t.
  4. Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness – I read the first book but had mixed feelings about it.
  5. Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal – I love the idea of this series, but Kowal’s writing doesn’t really grab me, for some reason. I’ve read a couple of her books and they just don’t stick with me.
  6. Finishing School by Gail Carriger – Her Parasol Protectorate series was great, but this one didn’t grab me, and felt too young for me. I think she just started another series.
  7. The Magicians series by Lev Grossman – I read the first one and liked it, but didn’t love the characters and I wasn’t a huge Narnia fan, so I’m not sure I can appreciate this series.
  8. Central Corps by Elizabeth Bonesteel – the first book had an interesting premise and characters, although by the end the story kind of lost me.
  9. Laundry Files by Charles Stross – I read the first book, and it’s a fun book that crosses humor, horror, and government work. What’s not to like? But it did get a little too technical for me at times.
  10. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman — I really liked the first book, though it was a bit slow moving.  Why haven’t I gone back to the second one?

Do you recommend I keep reading any of these?  Which series do you always stay up to date on?  Which ones do you mean to go back to but don’t quite get there?

18 Responses to “Top Ten Series I Haven’t Kept Up With”

  1. litaddictedbrit

    I was exactly the same with Game of Thrones, except that I only finished the first two. I’ve also read the first Mary Russell but never quite made it back to the series. I have books 2 and 3 so I know I should give them a try but I somehow never end up doing it.

    I’ve listened to the second Annihilation book on audio and I still didn’t love it. I’ll listen to the last one too just to wrap up but it isn’t my favourite series by any stretch and if you were not keen on the first, I can’t see it being worth your time unless the third one really steps up! On the brighter side, the second book to The Knife of Never Letting Go is great! I haven’t read the last one yet but what I’ve read makes it worth continuing.

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    • curlygeek04

      Oh, that’s a really helpful recommendation, especially since I think Patrick Ness is so talented. A Monster Calls is such a beautiful book. I should give that one a go (but now it’s been a little too long since I read the first one).

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    • curlygeek04

      I really liked the first two, I just haven’t felt pressed about reading the third. I suppose one of my criteria is whether I can get it from my library, and my library isn’t great about science fiction and fantasy (yet – I still have hope).

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  2. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    I feel the same as you about a bunch of these (Kowal, the Magicians, Seraphina). I think I used to be more of a series reader, but now there are so many standalone books that appeal to me more, I’m not attached to finishing a series just to find out what happens.

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    • curlygeek04

      That’s how I feel — I used to be much more of a series reader, now I mostly stick with my tried and true favorites. A book has to really stand out to make me want to invest the time in a new series. The Expanse and Constance Kopp are two series that have risen to that level.

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  3. Cori

    Oh….I forgot all about Cormoran Strike when I made my list. I love that series, it’s been way too long between novels though (maybe that’s why it fell off my radar!). I like that you included ones you still read!

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    • curlygeek04

      It has definitely been a wait for the latest one! I do like the books though, and I don’t read many modern-day mystery series.

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  4. hopewellslibraryoflife

    My best friend RAVED about Outlander for years. I finally got it. I did finish it. But, along the way, I nearly took out a guy in bug-exterminator’s truck! I did NOT expect all the “activity” in that book, lol. Parts of the story WERE good and all of the so-called activity was not as awful as that part I reached on the highway (I listened to the whole massive book on audio), but one book was more than enough for me.

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    • curlygeek04

      Sorry to hear you weren’t crazy about it; it’s definitely a book that causes strong feelings in both directions. Outlander is one of my favorites, but there are other books in the series I enjoyed less, like the second half of Voyager.

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  5. booksofb

    Plugs for a couple of series – I’d say that Fire and Ice are worth finishing except for the small detail that THE AUTHOR HASN’T CHOSEN TO DO THE SAME FOR HIS LOYAL READERS – TV SEEMS TO BE BE FAR MORE IMPORTANT A MEDIA THESE DAYS – sorry, bit of frustration released – still, what he’s finished are wonderful books. Atrocity Archives continues to be one of my favorite – those books never fail to entertain – and they just kee getting better – new entry conning this year. Cheers, Brian

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  6. JaneGS

    I like series a lot, but some are harder than others to keep up with. I am a big Outlander fan and have read all the books through 5 twice, and the rest at least once. I started the Beekeeper’s series too, but have also only read book 1.

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  7. Kristilyn

    I don’t think I can keep up with the Game of Thrones books. I read the first two and loved them, but then I caught up on all of the show and the book appeal faded for me since I knew the
    the story already.

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