Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s theme is:
June 26: Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish
In a recent post, I talked about the fact that I don’t DNF books, but (surprisingly) I actually do leave a series if it isn’t working for me. (My logic is flawless, right?) Below are ten series that I’m not going to continue with, either because I feel I’ve outgrown them or they weren’t very good. (Get ready for some tea.)
Cinder // I enjoyed this book when I read it, but it supposedly drew on East Asian influences and I didn’t get any of that. There was no real rep or diversity, and it felt like the book borrowed names or ideas here or there without really understanding or respecting the culture.
The Sin Eater’s Daughter // I didn’t love the first book in this series, and I’m more interested in reading State of Sorrow, so I’m putting the rest of this series to one side in favour of that.
Across the Nightingale Floor // This was a series that I loved when I was younger, but I’ve moved on from now. I feel that this was a series for my teenage years, and I’m so happy I read the first two books then, but I don’t feel the need to go back to it now.
Caraval // I enjoyed this book when I read it two years ago, but in all honesty, I’ve lost interest since then. There are other books I’m more excited to read, so I want to prioritise those instead and I’m not going to be picking up Legendary or Finale.
Zenith // Unfortunately, I have little interest in finishing this series because I disliked the first book. A lot. The writing style was awful and there were so many grammatical errors and typos that I lost count. The plot was dull (there barely was any plot, if I’m honest) and the characterisation was full of inconsistencies. The authors spent too much time telling us things about the characters, rather than showing us, and when they did show us, the actions didn’t match up with what they were saying. It wasn’t a good book and I won’t be picking up the rest of the series. That’s the tea.
Everless // Again, I just didn’t find this well written and the characters were pretty dull. The world building wasn’t bad, but there just wasn’t anything really original that made it stand out in the genre.
A Shiver of Snow and Sky // I loved the premise for this book, but I found it poorly executed. The writing style was too simple and, at times, full of mistakes, and the world-building seemed intriguing, but turned out to be one-dimensional. The main setup was world where the colour of the sky dictates future events, but it didn’t go into any more depth than that, and I was left feeling that so much more could have been done with that idea.
The Lightning Thief // I actually loved the first book in this series (it made me laugh out loud so much) and I enjoyed the second and third, but it’s been a while since I read the third book, and I have so many other series that I’m more interested in reading now, so I won’t be continuing with it.
The Foxhole Court // (TW for rape) I found the first book in this series pretty problematic in terms of the discussion of drugs, abuse, and medication, which was (at times) romanticised, but the sequel was far worse. There’s a scene in the sequel where a character is abused and raped and it’s never addressed or dealt with afterwards. There’s no discussion of closure around the issue, instead it just gets brushed under the rug and the character is institutionalised (if I remember correctly). So after that dumpster fire, I don’t want to read any more of these books.
City of Bones // I loved this when I was a teen and first discovered it, but I never read City of Heavenly Fire, and I feel that I’ve outgrown the books now. I’d like to read Lady Midnight, but I’m not sure I can until I’ve finished the last book in this series, and I just don’t have the desire to do that. There are other books I’m much more keen to read, and I think I’ll pick up those instead.
Which series are you not going to finish? Are there any series you’ve come back to and finished after a long time away?