Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested in Reading

February 20, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originated by The Broke and the Bookish now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the theme is: This week the theme is: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Reading.

It’s hard for me to look at books on my To Read list and decide to cut them. I prefer to talk to my friends and get recommendations I trust rather than trust the reviews and rating on Goodreads. That said, I am certainly capable of deciding on my own whether or not I wish to pursue a series. My twist on this week’s TTT is I will focus on what series I have decided to stop reading. Without further ado…

All titles below are links to the book series Goodreads page. All book covers are for the next book in the series I would be picking up, should I continue reading.


Top 10 Series Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Reading


Cirque Americain by Gwenda Bond

The first book in the series, Girl on a Wire, is a Romeo and Juliet retelling. I was really looking forward to this Kindle First book. However, it just fell short for me. While I enjoyed the concept, it didn’t quite get pulled off in a way which hooked me. Series dropped.

My Review: Girl on a Wire


The Diviners by Libba Bray


The Diviners was a strange read for me. I was waiting for the main story to happen until, well, close to 70% before I realized what I was reading was the story. I didn’t get it. The whole story felt like a prologue. It certainly didn’t inspire me to read more of Bray’s works, let alone the rest of The Diviners.

My Review: The Diviners



The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry

Speaking of series I don’t want to continue… The Giver is a book I love. Absolutely adore. I refuse to pick up the rest of the Quartet because I fear the remaining books will ruin my love for the first book. I cannot risk that.


Ender’s Saga by Orson Scott Card

My love for Ender’s Game is similar to that of The Giver. But in this case, I won’t continue the series because I DNF’d the second book, Speaker for the Dead twice. I cannot bring myself to try a third time.


Southern Reach by Jeff VanderMeer

Book 1, Annihilation, received a rare 1-star review from me. After that “glowing” review, it’s not worth my time to continue the series. Thankfully, I’ve found some people who share my sentiments, so I no longer feel like a bad person (as much) for that poor review.

My Review: Annihilation


Siren by Tricia Rayburn

Oh, wow! I completely forgot I read this book. Another 1-star review of mine. …I didn’t even realize it was a series… Let’s just say it’s not even worth remembering. O_o


Fox and O’Hare by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

A few years ago, I was trying to expand the genres I was reading. At the time, I reach out for some Janet Evanovich novels at the recommendation of some friends. The pacing didn’t work for The Heist. We didn’t start heisting until around 65% and even then I wasn’t engaged. Plus, I couldn’t get into the writing style. It felt unpolished. 

My Review: The Heist


Stephanie Plum by Janet Evanovich

The Heist was co-written with Lee Goldberg. When I didn’t like Fox and O’Hare, I reached out for another Evanovich series. While I found humor I could relate to more, I still struggled with the writing style. That’s not what stopped me, however: One for the Money gave me nightmares for WEEKS. Sorry, Evanovich. I understand why people love your writing, but you aren’t for me.

My Review: One for the Money


Fever by Karen Marie Moning

25% into Darkfever, the first book in the series, and I still didn’t care about anything. I didn’t care about the plot, the characters, the writing– nothing. I know many people rave about this series, but I just don’t get it!

My Review: Darkfever


Sandman by Neil Gaiman

I absolutely love Neil Gaiman’s works. It took me a while to understand them, but now I love to read them all. That said, I have to stop reading Sandman. It’s too graphically violent in this format. I love how Gaiman writes violent texts without the gore– it’s not graphic. But in graphic novel form… well, I’ll pass. #Nightmares


I am a bit shocked that I could keep going for this whole list. Honestly, I probably have another 10-20 other series I will leave incomplete. Never stopping to think about this before, I am also a bit proud. I find that I am becoming more and more discerning which selecting what I read. After all, there are only so many hours in the day. Why read books I’m not that invested in?

What do you think?

  • Did you participate in Top Ten Tuesday? Share your links below!
  • Which books from this list have you read? Which are your favorites?
  • If I had to pick only one of these books to keep reading, which would you recommend?
  • What series have you stopped reading?


  • (Danielle) Books, Vertigo and Tea February 21, 2018 at 8:05 am

    I can understand with Lowry and the Giver, but I am going to make an effort I think. However, as much as I enjoyed Ender’s Game, I have no plans of continuing any time soon Sandman I will for sure. I do not mind how graphic it is and found myself hooked with the first two. Happy Wednesday!

  • Grab the Lapels February 21, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Are these all books you own? And I feel like you should at least start the next book in The Giver series….. What if it’s like finding an unopened pint of ice cream you forgot you bought??

  • Laila@BigReadingLife February 21, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    I am all in favor of people deciding they don’t want to continue to read something, be it a book or a series. Good job! You’re absolutely right, there’s only so much time. Don’t make reading a chore, I say. That said,* occasionally* I will force myself to finish a book – if it’s for book group, or if I feel like I’ve invested too much of my time in it to stop before the end.

    I read One For the Money by Evanovich and just didn’t care for it. Not my style. Lots of people LOVE those books, however! To each her own.

  • Helen Murdoch February 21, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    I’ve kind of given up on the dystopian genre as a whole. I think I overdid it a few years ago when they were all the rage and now I can’t get myself to read anymore.

  • Ann Marie February 22, 2018 at 12:19 am

    I’m so out of the loop. I hadn’t heard of any of these…

  • Grab the Lapels February 22, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    I just realized that your “favorite” author, Jeff Vandermeer, is coming to do a reading at my local college. Should I go see him and tell him you were disappointed in his book? 😀

  • Annemieke February 23, 2018 at 1:46 am

    I can completely understand the fever books not being your thing. I read up to book 6 and in the future I might read some of the rest but they are certainly not faves. Just mindless reads to pass the time for me. I had higher expectations of them from recs I got for it from other people.

  • Jamie March 5, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    I’ve been meaning to get around to the rest of The Giver series but have hesitated for similar reasons (that and my massive TBR…) I had heard they were decent, but none of them compare to the first book. I also remember picking up Girl on a Wire as my Kindle First book a number of years ago as well and had been meaning to get back to it, a shame that it fell flat!

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