Finishing Series

finishing-seriesDo you always finish a series you start? Or perhaps only when you like the first part? I’m really bad with both of those – I’m always trying out new series, reading the first book and usually liking it, but then I start a new one instead of buying and reading the rest. I feel like my series attention span has shortened since I’ve started blogging.

Sometimes, the problem lies in the fact that I have to wait for the sequels to be published. But quite often, I’m putting off finishing a series because:

  1. I loved book one, was slightly less enthusiastic about book two, and am dreading the conclusion because it could ruin the series or make everything right (this happened with End of Days and I was disappointed).
  2. I liked book one but people whose taste I trust didn’t like the rest of the series as much as the beginning.
  3. There are just so many parts (Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series).
  4. I’m just not in the mood (most of the other series). Ugh.

Also, the longer the wait between parts, the more anxious I become about what the story will be like – especially if I’m waiting for the conclusion of the series (hello, Patrick Rothfuss).

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I want to be better at finishing series. I have enjoyed the beginnings of these following sagas a lot, so I want to follow through and see what happens with my beloved characters. There are also series I have no intention of continuing (I recently decided to give up on George R. R. Martin *le gasp*), no matter how deep I got with them. I finished Allegiant by Veronica Roth a few months ago and it was such a waste of my time…

I will hopefully be crossing them off as time goes by. Some of them also appear on this list! I will make a tentative goal/resolution: I want to finish two series before starting a new one. Eep!

Last edited: 22 August 2016.

  • Doors of Stone and The Slow Regard of Silent Things (June 2016) by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch
  • Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich
  • Queen of Shadows (December 2015) and A Court of Mist and Fury (May 2016) and ACOTAR #3 by Sarah J. Maas
  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
  • A Gathering of Shadows (March 2016) A Conjuring of Light #3 by V. E. Schwab
  • Monsters of Verity #2 by V. E. Schwab
  • Half a War by Joe Abercrombie (July 2015; SERIES FINISHED)
  • Every Last Breath (August 2015; SERIES FINISHED) and Torn (August 2016) and Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout (I dropped the series)
  • My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis
  • The Single Undead Moms Club by Molly Harper
  • Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare
  • Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis (March 2016; SERIES FINISHED)
  • The Mad Ship (July 2015) and Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb (owned)
  • Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
  • The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis
  • Mind Games by Heather W. Petty
  • Paper and Fire and Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine
  • Lord of Chaos (o) (and 8 other parts) by Robert Jordan
  • Shadow of Night (o) and The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
  • Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke (o)
  • The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
  • Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness (o) (August 2015; SERIES FINISHED)
  • Burn by Julianna Baggott
  • The Unbound by Victoria Schwab
  • Half Wild by Sally Green (o)
  • Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard
  • Lady Thief (o) and Lion Heart by A. C. Gaughen
  • Every Word and Every Move by Ellie Marney (February 2016; SERIES FINISHED)
  • Changeless (and sequels) by Gail Carriger
  • Lean Mean Thirteen (March 2016) Fearless Fourteen (and sequels) by Janet Evanovich
  • The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead (SERIES FINISHED)
  • Red Glove and Black Heart by Holly Black
  • Fool Moon (o) (and sequels) by Jim Butcher (I dropped the series)
  • Hidden Huntress (o) (June 2015) and Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen (April 2016; SERIES FINISHED)
  • Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (o) (April 2016) (SERIES FINISHED)
  • Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning
  • One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron (January 2016)
  • No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished by Rachel Aaron (o) (August 2016)
  • Last Dragon Standing by Rachel Aaron
  • Haze by Paula Weston (I dropped the series)
  • Saga Vol 4 (read in March 2016)  and Saga Vol 5 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  • The Crown of Embers and The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson (I dropped the series)
  • Son of the Shadows (July 2016) and Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier
  • The Heart of Betrayal (January 2016) and The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
  • The Elite (December 2015) and The Heir by Kiera Cass
  • Rogue (o) (May 2016) and Soldier and Legion by Julie Kagawa
  • The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima
  • The Girl from Everywhere #2 by Heidi Heilig

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Whew! That is quite a list, no? 

What sequels are on your tbr list? 

Do you finish what you started or are you forever searching for something new?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

  • I love coming to a series late, so that I can binge them in a row. Because sometimes the waiting makes me forget about a series and relegates it to the bottom of the priority list.

    • Yeah, that’s a good thing, usually, except with REALLY long series (like 14 parts with 800+ pages) when you get fed up with them! :) But I definitely support this method with trilogies and YA, they’re usually much more manageable.

  • I feel like I can better keep up with a series if I follow along as they are released. If I jump into a series late, chances are unless they are amazing, I don’t ever get to finish. As hard as I try, it’s just difficult to fit later books in when there are always new releases to get to (all the shinies!) Probably explains why there are so many book 2s on my TBR :)

    I do abandon a lot of series if I don’t feel it’s worth continuing though. As much as I’d love to read them all, something’s just gotta give so that room can be made to hopefully find new and good stuff.

    ~Mogsy

    • Shinies are a great weakness of mine, too. Why read all the books I already own when I can buy new ones? O_o

      And I usually drop the series I didn’t absolutely love, too. I mean, there are SO MANY good books just waiting for me to read them, why should I read things I dislike? But I recently chewed through the Divergent series (oh my god was that BAD) because a friend translated it – the translation was pretty good but the story was just not for me. I have to say I’m kind of sorry I pushed through to the end because it feels like such a waste of time.

  • Maybe it’s because I read so much UF, but I have an unbelievable number of series on the go. One that I started this year has thirteen books, Kaja…THIRTEEN! Thankfully it’s concluded now, but still. I share your apprehension about the follow up to a less than stellar book, but when the books are relatively short I try to push on. That said, I will never read Allegiant. I’ve been spoiled on basically everything and I don’t like anything I heard so…yeah.

    I’m excited for you to read Changeless & co., although I will tell you that our beloved Lord Maccon is a complete asshat at the end of Changeless and for a good portion of Blameless. It made me want to bash my head against a wall. You have been warned! Also, I recently picked up a copy of One For The Money so I’m about to dive into another long-running series…thanks for that. ;) Good luck with finishing your series!

    • Ugh, UF (and paranormals – and romances) have so many parts! The writers have to be crazy busy, writing one to two books a year. I know they’re shorter than epic fantasy, but it’s still a lot!

      Yeah don’t read Allegiant. It’s not worth your time, especially if you’ve heard about the ending (I wanted to chuck the book across the room. I mean, after the insanely boring book 2 and confusing-as-f*ck book 3, I at least wanted a HEA – but did I get it? NO! >.<)

      NOOOO Why is Lord Maccon an asshat?? We hate asshats!!

      OOOHHHHH Tell me what you think of One For the Money immediately after you've read it (but only if you liked it – it would break my heart a little if you hated it…) ;) I read Twelve Sharp last week (was it last week?) and I'm still loving this series.

      You'll be happy to know that the next series I'm intending to start are Pierce's, Marillier's and Armstrong's, so thanks right back ;)

  • Stormy C

    I tend to have a lot of trouble with finishing series! I think a lot of the time, what happens is I enjoy the first book, but I read it early, and I don’t LOVE it. Then, in the year or half a year it takes for the sequel to come out, I’ve lost interest because the 1st book was good but not great and not all that memorable. I always plan to get around to those series “eventually” but rarely do. I really want to sit down and make a list of series I’ve started and make definitive decisions on if I want to finish them out or not, but it seems like such a daunting task because I know how huge that list will be.

    • Haha, this was a pretty daunting list to make, that’s true. I’m sure I forgot some series I should have included. But I really want to finish these and I already have some of the books at home, so I have no excuse but my tendency to buy new, shiny books (ugh).
      By the way – I’m not sure you’re a blogger but I can’t find a link to your place, so I can’t comment back (I try to do that as often as possible, I feel it’s good blogging etiquette). :)

      • Maraia

        Stormy is one of the first bloggers I talked to! Her fantastic blog is http://www.bookblogbake.com/ :)

        Also, Stormy, I have a Goodreads shelf for unread sequels, which has helped me stay a lot more organized.

        • Ah! Thanks :)

  • Gah! We share the same problem. I used to be amazing at finishing series. I’d start a book and if I enjoyed it, I’d plow through the rest of the books back to back until I was caught up. That led to major book hangovers though, and it’s one of the reasons I started giving myself time off between books in a series. The other reason being that since I started blogging, I don’t want to assault my readers with reviews from the same series, so I try to mix it up XD We’re both caught up on SJM’s books and ADSOM but we share NOT being caught up on the His Fair Assassin series, The Unbound, and the Shiver books.

    • I try not to binge on a whole series either, even if it’s completed – like you said, if it’s amazing, you get a book hangover, but if it’s not THAT great, you get fed up with the story/style/characters and end up disliking the books. But then sometimes I forget what’s been going on in the last book I’ve read. :(
      Are you planning on finishing those series? :)

  • I am the worst when it comes to series. If all the books are out I’ll binge read and love the entire series (or hate it) but if I have to wait for book releases too often I put off reading, and if I find a series right at the beginning I don’t like the wait between each book release. I like your idea of trying to catch up on your series, I sometimes think I should do this, but I dread to think of the number of series I have half read and are unfinished.

    • Yeah I was afraid of writing this list, too (and I’m pretty sure I forgot some books), but I figured it was time to set myself a goal and keep it – putting it up on the blog makes me feel accountable :) I have so many books sitting on my shelves and I really want to read them.

  • Maraia

    According to my Goodreads shelf, I have 39 sequels to read. That’s not very accurate, though, because some of those are novellas, and for some series I only have the next unread book, not all of them. Most of them are unpublished, some I’ve lost interest in (End of Days, Lion heart), and some are books like Robin Hobb’s, which I love and will get to eventually but don’t feel pressured to read immediately.

    So I guess I’m pretty good about finishing series? A little too good, actually. I’m trying to be more discerning, because some of them have really been a waste of time (Allegiant, for example). Also, my book amnesia sometimes turns into book apathy. I forget why I was excited about a series and realize that I don’t actually care what happens (That happens with TV shows during summer breaks – out of sight, out of mind, I guess.) I know I did care about Raffe and Penryn when I read the first two books back-to-back, but now I’m not really bothered by the idea of not reading the end.

    I finally read Inkdeath a couple years ago and was completely bored. It had lost all its magic somehow. I hope you have a better experience with it. The Unbound is soooo good, though. I loved it more than the first. I can’t wait for you to finish some series so you can read Juliet Marillier and Tamora Pierce! ;)

    • Haha, Allegiant seems to be a pretty unpopular book here! I’ve seen rave reviews around the blogs, though, so apparently it’s one of those books that divides the audience. :)

      Yep, book amnesia is a b*tch. I mean, I know I can go and read the synopsis but it just isn’t the same! I’m afraid of what Inkdeath will be like when/if I read it, especially since I was SO young when I first started the series. I hadn’t even started reading fantasy yet, at least not properly (I mean I did read the children’s classics and such but no adult fantasy books) so my memories of the first two parts are probably very idealized.

      Marillier’s and Pierce’s series are next on my fantasy reading list :)

  • Oh I’m terrible at finishing series. Terrible! Even series that I’ve loved, I won’t read the final book. I don’t know why I do that. Also, sometimes I just lose interest in those series.

    • Ahh, yes, the final book in a series you’ve loved :) I know this feeling! I think it’s unwillingness to let something great go, at least for me. I’m afraid the story will end in a manner I won’t like – or I would like it TOO much. Poor authors, they can never satisfy their readers ;)

  • Your story is basically my story with series reading. I also have the same reasons why I delay reading the next book and then when a couple of sequels pile up…

    I was determined to read whole Wheel of time and then Jordan died and I was so sad and gave up after book #5. After when Sanderson picked up I always plan to continue but…

    Hidden Huntress was beautiful, even better than Stolen Songbird. Better catch up while it’s still one book. ;)

    • I don’t know how I feel about Sanderson picking up Wheel of Time. I mean, I know most of the fans liked the books he wrote for the series, too, but I guess I’ll have to see for myself if I ever make it that far :)

      I just finished Hidden Huntress this weekend! Annndddd…. I didn’t love it. I liked it, I gave it 3 stars but it was too slow for me and I just wanted them to be TOGETHER, not apart all the time and that ending was so cliffhangery (that’s a word, right?) ;) But I’ll probably read the last book just so I can cross the series off this list!

      • I am not sure either. I love Sanderson, but his style is so far away from Jordan’s. I liked that Jordan takes his time and writes about lands and food and everything.

        I’m so sorry you didn’t like the Hidden Huntress. We’ll at least you crossed it off your list. And the ending was such a clifhanger… :/

  • I’m in both camps, really! I used to NEVER EVER EEEEVER finish series, but this year I’m making more of an effort and…kind of discovered I like it! I love that completion feeling. ^-^ I have stacks of series I’ve started though, and I always seem to pause on the last book. Gah. Like I need to finish the Heroes of Olympus, and the Infernal Devices, and Skulduggery Pleasant and Finnikin of the Rock’s series. (What is that series name?! Lumatere Chronicles or something? I’m sure i spelt it wrong. xD) I HAVE WORK TO DO. The worst is series that I’m waiting on. *glares at Sarah J Maas and Maggie Stiefvater* I would give aaanything to finish those. hehe.

    • Yeah that’s why I decided to get better at this – I love the feeling of completing things, of crossing them off my list and putting them out of my mind once and for all! I’ve been trying to read standalones, too, they’re less of a commitment.
      I’ve heard such divided opinions on the Finnikin series, though! Some people rave about it and others were just bored.
      Oh YES, the waiting… It’s inevitable, but when the book comes and it’s even better than expected –> LOVE.

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  • The goal is to finish them, certainly, even the ones that I wasn’t a fan of. I just can’t stand not completing something. So finishing all the things is the plan. The execution is still lacking.

    I sort of like keeping up as they are published, sorta. I like them to be close to completion, at least for those with 4 or less books in the series. I don’t want them all out together because then I want to marathon the series and I’ve found that to be a problem for me. The story bleeds together and reviewing the books on their own becomes a hassle to do. So I like to start, say a trilogy when it’s a month or two before the final book is released so that I can read the others with a few weeks between them. I give better reviews by spacing them with other stories and I find I appreciate them better as well.

    • Yeah, I get what you mean – especially with longer series that have a lot of sub-plots, it’s really difficult to follow where one book ends and another begins.

      And while I like the IDEA of binge-reading an entire series, it’s not a good idea in real life because I end up being fed up with the style/characters/plot and I give them worse ratings… One book a year is a good rhythm for me, for example, it gives me enough time to get excited about the sequel but I don’t forget everything about the previous book(s), either.

      Thanks for stopping by, Ariel! :)

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