Top Ten Tuesday: Completed Series that I Have Yet to Finish

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For those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a new theme and everyone is invited to join in! (Note: all book cover images in this post link to that book’s Goodreads page.)

Today’s Theme: Ten Completed Series that I Have Yet to Finish

I am including a few series in this list that are not technically completed – they are far along, or have new, previously unexpected books coming out. Either way, I am woefully behind in all of them! Most of my unfinished series fall into three categories: 1) I loved it so much that I want to make the “first read” experience last, 2) It is one of my new discoveries and I just haven’t had time, and 3) Something frustrated me enough to stall my progress.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)  Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell, #1)  Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

My “Make it Last” Picks:

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – Starting the list with a bang, the first book of the Throne of Glass series blew me away! I already have book two, but I’m saving it for the perfect day, which will likely be an afternoon when I’m feeling bogged down by school and want to read about some badassery… Here’s a link to my review of book one.

Arcadia Bell by Jenn Bennett – This one is mostly a “Make it last” out of necessity. While I love the world and characters, they require me to be in a certain frame of mind. It isn’t a series that I would be able to rush through and still enjoy as much. Here’s a link to my review of book one.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – I read and loved the first two books in this series, and I actually own Kindle copies of the whole kit and caboodle. This is definitely one that I’ve tried to stretch out.

Poison Study (Study, #1)  Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

My “Newly Discovered” Picks:

Study by Maria V. Snyder – Much like Throne of Glass, the first book in this series knocked my socks off. I immediately bought book two and I can’t wait to start it! I have a feeling this is going to turn into a “Make it Last” series. Here’s a link to my review of book one.

Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – This is another relatively new discovery for me. To be honest, though, I’m a little stalled on book one. It’s very good, and I’m expecting to love the whole series – something is just taking me a little longer than usual to finish book one.

Splintered (Splintered, #1)  Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)  City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia, #2)

My “Frustrated” Picks:

Splintered by A.G. Howard – This one is really fresh for me, since I just finished the first book. The world was amazing, so I’ll probably read the rest of the trilogy eventually, but the characters drove me crazy! Here’s a link to my review.

Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger – So far, I’ve made it as far as the end of book two. Without giving away spoilers, let me just say that I got so frustrated with Lord Maccon that I had to put the series down for a while. I’m saving book three for a day when I can just sit down and race through it.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare – This series was more of a “fizzle out” situation than a “frustrated”one. I raced through the series when I should have stretched it out, and my stamina finally gave out halfway through book six. I remember thinking I would just take a break for a day or so, but then I never picked it back up. Now I feel like I’d have to reread the whole series to get all of the context back…

If I Stay by Gayle Forman – This one may be a bit of a cheat since it’s only a duology, but I really liked If I Stay as a standalone. The ending felt so somber and final that I felt weird about reading on. If you’ve read and liked book two, let me know!

Chronicles of Narnia  by C.S. Lewis – I read most of this series as a kid, but the farther I got the less interest the stories held for me. Maybe that would be different if I reread them as an adult.

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I know a lot of these series are really popular. If you’ve read them, let me know which of my “frustrated” picks I should definitely continue with! Also, let me know about your own top ten in the comments!

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8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Completed Series that I Have Yet to Finish

  1. I agree about Forman’s “If I Stay” but I wasn’t ready to have it end yet so I read the other one. I remember liking it, but it didn’t leave a big impression on me (I can’t even recall the title of it). Take what you will from that. Great list. Happy reading.

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  2. I liked the light fun of the Soulless series, but no book is for everyone. Have you seen the manga for that series? Or the YA spin off? (Which is spoiler-y for the Soulless series, but could be read by itself if you don’t mind that.)

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  3. I loved poison study but like you – haven’t read the others – not that I don’t want to – I just haven’t gotten round to it.

    I have finished Splintered either but have read the second and its much better than the first – I always have hope that the romance will go towards the bad boy rather than the good one – but I just have a thing for the bad boys. I read your review the other day and totally get why the characters can bug you but stick it out!

    My co-blogger is keen on finishing the Vampire Academy – she listed it in her top ten post – I just get my head around the idea of the series – I actually read the Golden Lilly first and think it was a bit of a mistake.

    I’m with you on Mortal Instruments – I actually bought all first three books in one go and am glad I did. It took me awhile to get into the series and I mean – I needed to power through all three before I started really investing in the characters – I only just finished the series this year despite the last book being out for awhile – I just wasn’t that interested, but in saying that I loved the ending!

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    1. I really do think I’ll make it through the Splintered series. I can definitely see myself wanting to dive back into that world from time to time – perhaps book two would be a great read around Halloween!

      I actually had a chance to get all of the Bloodlines books on a great Kindle deal but I held off because I wanted to make sure I finished and liked Vampire Academy first. I don’t know that much about Bloodlines but I’ve read a fair number of mixed reviews by people who LOVED Vampire Academy. I’m sure I’ll get there eventually, but I’m not in a rush.

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  4. I stalled on a lot of the same ones you did so I’m not much help. But I can say Maria Snyder is writing more books for the Study series but now they are called something else. I don’t remember it’s in my post! Lol I’m excited about that.

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    1. I saw the newer books posted on Goodreads when I started investigating the rest of the series. Even though I just joined the party, it’s pretty exciting that the author decided to write another trilogy in the same world with the same characters. It’s a series-lover’s dream come true 🙂

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