Seriously Series

Keeping up with the latest book in a series is hard!  Even librarians struggle to keep up with them.  This month we share some series we’ve started but haven’t gotten around to finishing.  This includes ones we plan to finish & ones we’re all too happy to never go back to!

Years ago I read Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, but then never read the rest of the MadAddam series, but I still really want to!

There are also two duologies I’ve only read the first one of: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan and Prisoners of Peace by Erin Bow. I loved the first book in both of these series, so I can’t explain why I still haven’t read the second of either.

But the unfinished series that haunts me the most is Gemma Doyle by Libba Bray. I read and loved both A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels, but when The Sweet Far Thing was published I didn’t read it right away for some reason, and the longer I waited the less I remembered about the first two books in the series. It’s still a life goal of mine to re-read the first two and then finally finish the series.

I have started the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett about a thousand times. I think I mostly strike out because no one agrees on where to start this series. I think I’d like it but there’s just so many books and branching series and different read orders…. I might just be too late to Discworld.


  • March by John Lewis – I read the first one and loved it, but every time I remember that I want to read the rest, book 2 is checked out at the library!  I’ll have to put it on hold sometime so I can finish it up!
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore – I read Graceling & Fire and LOVED them, but haven’t gotten around to Bitterblue yet.  I think I may subconsciously be avoiding it because I don’t want the series to end!
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – I loved the first book and thought the second, The Glass Sword, was just ok.  I keep going back and forth on whether or not I want to finish it because of that, especially now that I know it’s a 4 book series, not a trilogy.
  • Batwoman by  J.H. Williams III – I read Elegy & the first 4 volumes, but I heard that the the creative team changed up for volume 5 and that it doesn’t have the same sensibility as the rest of the series.  Some people even say that volume 5 ruins the whole thing, especially because of how the treatment of a queer couple.  I read a few reviews advising others to skip volume 5 so that the series doesn’t end on a sour note.  I’ve heeded that advice and decided to permanently skip it.  I’m satisfied with where things left off in volume 4, so I don’t regret my decision.
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – I read the first book and really enjoyed it.  A Court of Mist and Fury went off in some really weird directions and kind of disregarded all the relationship building that happened in the first book.  Couple that a decrease in the quality of writing (there were multiple mentions of a character giving another a “male smile” – what even is that!?) and I’ve decided to skip all future books in this series.
  • Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld – I read the first two books when they came out and somehow missed the release of the third.  Fast forward many years later – I remember the series exists and realized the 3rd book was out.  But now I feel like I’d need to go back and re-read the first two books to remember what happened.  I have such a hard time re-reading things because it feels like time that could be better spent trying to keep up with all the new books coming out that I want to read, so that’s a tall order for me.  I plan on getting around to finishing this one someday, but probably not in the immediate future.

The Saga graphic novel series by Brian Vaughan. I start the series, then get sidetracked by something else, and then have to start all over again. But I don’t mind, because it’s so good.

Can I answer a question that is the opposite of the one you asked, and talk about the joy of starting a series that is already completely finished, so if you like it, you can read them all in a row? Last month I started a Harry Potter re-read and am about halfway through the series, nearly done with the fourth book of seven. I also started N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy – after many, many people recommended it to me – and I loved the first book (The Fifth Season) and am going straight on to the next. As for middle grade series – there are so many excellent ones to choose from! – I read the first book of Maryrose Wood’s The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series, The Mysterious Howling, and it was wonderful. A classic series opener, it had its own complete plot, but also left many loose ends to tempt the reader on to the next in the series. Earlier this year I read V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy (friends who read it before I did said that the each book improved upon the last, and I agree!). And I will always recommend Kristin Cashore’s Graceling trilogy and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy to any YA fantasy fans who will listen (and who haven’t already read them). Oh, and Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle (four books, starting with The Raven Boys).
To answer the question you asked, there are some series I have left unfinished, though I liked the first book(s): The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, Thursday Next by Jasper Fforde, Three Pines by Louise Penny, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, Rot & Ruin by Daniel Maberry, Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. If I have to wait years for the next in the series, I often lose steam.

Even though I love the fantasy & sci-fi author Tad Williams, I have yet to finish his Shadowmarch series. He hadn’t written anything new in a while series-wise when I last read the first 3 books, so I was loathe to finish the fourth and not have any more to read! Now that he’s started a new series, Last King of Osten Ard, I can finally get back to Shadowmarch . . . at some point!

I started the Rogue Angel series by the pseudonym Alex Archer years back when I managed a Borders bookstore. I’ve been able to collect copies sporadically over the years while managing used bookstores, too. Unfortunately, I haven’t read too far into the series because it was a bi-monthly serialized type. I’d like to finish it eventually but haven’t gone on any scavenger hunts for it.

The series by Gail Carriger, The Parasol Protectorate, is in the same boat. Found it first while managing Borders, found bits and pieces while managing used bookstores, but haven’t put any real effort into finding the missing titles. I’m usually pretty good about starting a series and reading it through to the end; even when it includes spin offs like Bardugo’s works. I think these titles are outliers because they were serialized or mass market titles. If I catch a series while its still in hardback or trade print, I’ve got a better chance of keeping up with it.

Series I loved and intend to finish:
Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs
Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Series I started and disliked so much I had to stop:
The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
Time Quintet series by Madeleine L’Engle

Series I may or may not continue because it intrigues me but bores me at the same time:
The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

Let us know some series you haven’t yet finished in the comments below!

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