Series I Want to Continue With (Eventually)

Series I Want to Continue With (Eventually)

Hi friends! 👋🏻 I love a good series but I’m really bad at finishing them. Sometimes I start a series and I really love it and I get a little overexcited and buy all the books in the rest of the series and then I end up completely forgetting about them. It’s a vicious cycle that I can’t seem to get out of.

There are series where I’ve just given up on them entirely because I either didn’t like the first book, the series was too long for me to commit to, or it had been such a long time since I’d started it that I just wasn’t interested in it anymore. Thankfully, these series are not like that. It may have been a long time since I first started reading them, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t go back and reread it as if it’s the first time I’ve ever read it.

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the wayfarers series by becky chambers

It hasn’t been that long since I read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (or maybe it has because time just doesn’t feel real anymore) but this is a series that I am itching to get my claws back into. I bought the second and third books with some birthday money I got last year (or maybe the year before), and the second is already on my bedside TBR ready for me. Or at least, it has been since November when I was supposed to read it for Sci-Fi Month but then I started working and had to adjust to a new routine so reading went out the window. But I will get to it!

the monstrumologist series by rick yancey

Yes, this is me with my hands up saying that I have not finished the series that I named my blog after. And I have very little shame in that. I did enjoy the first Monstrumologist book, it made me feel lots of different things, but it took a while for me to read. My personal method of reading is to read a certain number of chapters every day and that works fine for books that have a lot of chapters that are relatively short. This series has books with a small number of very long chapters that would sometimes take me days to finish. There’s nothing wrong with that, and I do still like the book, but it’s a marathon for someone like me.

the 5th wave series by rick yancey

Trust me when I say that I have nothing against Rick Yancey, I just keep forgetting to finish his series. When this book first came out, I pretty much devoured it and declared it an instant favourite, I was so hyped up for the sequel, I bought it and then I forgot that it existed because my TBR was very demanding at that time. I’m not as big a fan of aliens as I was back then thanks to people who are overzealous about their belief in real aliens, but I do still love sci-fi and I want to see how the series ends.

the shades of magic trilogy by v.e. schwab

I have absolutely no problem with rereading A Darker Shade of Magic before diving into the rest of the series, simply because it’s that good. I’m not much of a rereader since I’d rather spend my time reading something new to me than something I already know, but it’s been so long since I read the first book in this series that it would be like reading it again for the first time.

the hannibal lecter series by thomas harris

I wish I could say how long it’s been since I read Red Dragon, but I honestly have no idea. This is a series where I wouldn’t necessarily need to go back and read the first book since they’re more episodic than most series where the story continues from one to the other. If that were the case, Will Graham would still be the main character of The Silence of the Lambs rather than Clarice Starling.

the ring series by koji suzuki

There is obviously a theme with series where I only read the first book and then forgot that the rest existed 😅 I read this book a couple of years ago because I wanted to watch both the movie and the American remake, and it turned out that I think the book is better than both of them and I’m not sorry about it. So much about Sadako (or Samara) is left out in the movies that are pretty important to her character, and there’s also the fact that the main character was turned into a divorced woman with a six-year-old son rather than a married man with a newborn daughter. I get why they did that but changing the character’s gender didn’t really do much in this case.

the dexter series by jeff lindsay

I think a huge part of the reason why I never finished reading this series was the TV show’s finale leaving a pretty sour taste in my mouth. Only the first season of the show is based on the books, with the rest being loosely based on them, but the finale really put me off reading them. And that’s a shame because the first book is really good, even when you know the twist, and I do want to continue them, hopefully they turn out better than the TV show did.

the odd thomas series by dean koontz

I read the first book in this series in 2014, then I bought the rest of the series and they’ve sat unread on my shelves ever since. Why? Who knows, really. I do enjoy a good ghost story (especially when there are actually ghosts there and not people living in the walls or someone experiencing psychosis), and the ghost lore in this series is really interesting. Small desert towns in the USA have always fascinated me for some reason and I love the vibe so I will eventually pick this series up again.

the chemical garden trilogy by lauren destefano

If you were a blogger when this series was first published, congratulations, you’re old. I own all three books in this series in hardcover, but I’ve only read two of them and I have absolutely no idea why I never finished the series. Eventually, I’ll get around to reading the last book, but it’s been so long since I read the first two that rereading them will probably be like reading them for the first time again.

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Do you have a lot of unfinished series? Do you plan to finish them or are you okay with not knowing what happens next?

12 Comments

  1. March 4, 2022 / 3:46 pm

    I also never continued the Shades of Magic trilogy, despite liking the first part. Two other series I still need to finish are The Winternight Trilogy and the Parasol Protectorate series.

    • Louise
      Author
      April 5, 2022 / 1:06 pm

      I think I gave the Parasol Protectorate a try a while back but it was such a long time ago that I don’t remember it at all 😅

  2. March 6, 2022 / 3:45 pm

    oh my god I’m so bad at finishing series, as well. there are so many series I started and never finished, I really should do a list like that at some point, as well ahah 🙂 I hope you’ll finish the shades of magic series, I’d love to hear your final thoughts! 🙂

    • Louise
      Author
      April 5, 2022 / 1:08 pm

      I hope so too! I’m definitely making Shades of Magic a priority for me to finish 😀

  3. March 11, 2022 / 12:15 am

    I read 3 or 4 books featuring Odd Thomas. Are there more? I love the premise of this series. I follow several series (e.g., Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch and Renee Ballard). But there are many series I loved but haven’t kept up with for no other reason than “so many books, so little time.”

    • Louise
      Author
      April 5, 2022 / 1:09 pm

      I think there are 8 books in the Odd Thomas series although there may have been more released since the latest one I remember.

  4. March 12, 2022 / 12:28 pm

    I have also yet to finish the Shades of Magic and Wayfarer series despite really liking the first books 😅 In case of ADSOM it has been literal years since I picked it up! I finished the 5th Wave series and the second book is pretty short, I hope you get around to reading it 😊

    • Louise
      Author
      April 5, 2022 / 1:11 pm

      It’s been years since I read ADSOM too so I felt the need to give it a reread before going into the rest of the series 🙂

  5. March 23, 2022 / 5:12 am

    I started several series and only want to continue on with a few. Unfortunately I am too lazy to even look up the titles of those. Ha! Clearly I do better with one book, stand-alones.

    My discussion questions centers around books that arrived on the scene in your life at just the right moment. A review of Ordinary Grace with a discussion question

    • Louise
      Author
      April 5, 2022 / 1:12 pm

      I think I do better with stand-alones too. There’s less commitment involved than picking up a series 😅

    • Louise
      Author
      April 5, 2022 / 1:12 pm

      Hopefully we’ll both finish it someday!

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