Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Series I Haven't Finished

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week: top ten series we haven't finished.  I have to admit, that this is one of my biggest bookish confessions/flaws: I constantly start series that I never finish.  And this isn't because I have to wait for the next installment and then forget, as all of those listed below are complete series that I own all of.  I don't know why it is, I'll read the first in a series, buy all the rest of it, and then just don't read them. 

The numbers in brackets are (the number I've read/total number of books in the series) and, as I said, these are all books I own and which are currently sitting in my flat, mocking me.

1. The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett (2/6) - I have constantly rabbited on and on about how much I love Lymond and Dunnett and yet I've only read the first 2 (and a bit).  In my defence, I only managed to track down book 6 earlier this year, as the series is out of print, but I've had the others for ages and not read them.  I think I'm just worried that it's all going to get 'mean', as I'll phrase it, and I don't want that.  Also, these books are brilliant but long and complex, so you really have to pay attention and I haven't had time recently to set aside for a good read.

2. The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray (2/3) - see, I only have the last left to read!  I even started it!  And I read A Great and Terrible Beauty & Rebel Angels right after each other and loved them and yet The Sweet Far Thing just sits there.  I'm going to have to reread them all again (much hardship that it is reading Libba Bray) as I can't remember all of the fine details.

3. The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness (1/3) - I loved, loved The Knife of Never Letting Go and after the way it ended I had to start The Ask and the Answer and I got a couple of chapters in and sort of stopped.  I think it's because it's so dark and despairing and dreadful that I reached overkill, plus the tension keeps building until you both have to stop reading for your health and can't do so, so all of that together meant I took a break and didn't go back.  But I must.

4. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins (1/3) - I am probably the last YA book blogger/fan on the planet not to have read all of these books.  I am ashamed.

5. The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa (2/5) - I'm including The Iron Legends in this count.  This series was one of my surprise finds last year, as I really didn't expect to like it as much as I do.  Despite a few moments of "oh, come on, he's Puck!  That's Puck!" and it being yet another bloody love bloody triangle seriously can't we stop with these? they're still great books and I need to reread the first two and slot the short stories in as appropriate.

6. The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead (4/6) - another series I didn't expect to like but I love.  Ended up buying them because people kept requesting my library copies before I'd read them (I am v slow with library books) and because I knew I'd want to keep them.  Rose is a badass, and I like the books even when they go all Buffy season 2.

7. The Demon's Lexicon trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan (1/3) - not only are these badass, funny and smart, the first one is also set in just about every place in Britain that I've lived in.  Seriously, it is uncanny.  Nice to know there were magicians running round Exeter when I was studying there.  I really feel like I should finish reading this series before I start on Unspoken, but there's a good chance that won't happen.

8. The Dream Catcher trilogy by Lisa McMann (1/3) - I love Lisa McMann's writing style and Wake was a quick, chilling read that I thoroughly enjoyed, yet I haven't continued with the others.  I think that, like Lymond, I'm worried about what's going to happen and so put it off as a means of sparing me pain because I is wuss.

9. The Hex Hall trilogy by Rachel Hawkins (1/3) - OK, when I started this one they weren't all published, so there's that in my favour.  But I've had plenty of time to finish the series, especially as I really liked Hex Hall so this is yet another example of laziness as these books are good and I need to know what happens next.

10. The Paranormalcy trilogy by Kiersten White (1/3) - I loved Paranormalcy, not least because I found it refreshingly sane and the things that I considered creepy were meant to be creepy and not an example of oh my God undying love.  Again it wasn't completed when I started reading the series (I don't think Supernaturally had been published then) but given that I specifically order the American hardbacks so I don't have to wait for the British paperbacks I really should have got on this sooner.

Right, a quick tally: that's 16/38 books which I have read, and 22/38 which I haven't.  Time to set myself some personal reading challenges and get on with it.


  1. I only have the last Gemma Doyle book to read too! Its on the list to read for sure. I have seen Hex Hall on so many of these lists today, I really have to start that series. It sounds great!

  2. I too have just one Gemma Doyle book left to read! I loved the first two but somehow just missed the third and it's burning a hole in my TBR list. I can barely remember what the first two were about so I'll have to read them again. Maybe soon!


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