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?
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- 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?