Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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

I never feel in control of my TBR pile.  I've read 90 books so far this year, which is completely awesome for me considering that I also got a master's degree, yet there are still so many books that I desperately want to read but haven't made the time for yet.  I feel especially behind when I think about all the series I have to finish, and I doubt I'll finish every series I ever started.  Here are my top ten unfinished series: the ones I most want to finish or feel particularly conflicted about.

1.) The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefavater
I haven't quite read all of Maggie Stiefvater's books and after finishing Linger a year ago, I figured Forever would be the next book I read by her. Well, then The Scorpio Races won a Printz honor AND I got to go to ALA and attend the Printz ceremony and reception, so a bit of shuffling happened.  Honestly?  I have no regrets.  The Scorpio Races was AMAZING, and hopefully I'll get to Forever before the end of 2012.

2.) The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
For a while in high school, I had to buy the latest book in this series as soon as it was out. I LOVED these books.  Then college happened, and I had to cut way back on fun reading.  Right now I am not really sure what the last book I read was and what happened in it. Plus, there are a lot of really short, in between books in this series. I'm paranoid that I'll read them out of order and miss a crucial detail.

3.) The Mortal Instruments by Cassie Clare
Honestly? I only kind of liked City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. The writing felt somewhat immature, and that book has a total wtf ending.  Now, other people have told me to continue the series no matter what and The Infernal Devices look totally awesome, so I've been acquiring Cassie Clare's books. I'd like to continue soon, but due to my recent move, City of Ashes is buried in one of about 20 boxes in my hallway, so there's that.

4.) The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa
The Iron King is such a great book! I really enjoyed Kagawa's characters and world.  So why haven't I gotten to these yet?  I don't know.  I suspect I may need to reread the first book and the prospect of rereading makes me feel guilty.  That, however, is another post entirely.

5.) Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Allow me to sum up Hush, Hush in one word: mediocre.  The plot was okay, but the characters were so annoying. Do I really want to put up with three more books of Vee?

6.) Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness
In fall of 2011, my book club read A Monster Calls.  I wound up picking the first two books in this trilogy last semester because of a class, but just didn't have quite time for Monsters of Men. If Ness's other heart-wrenching books are any indication, I have a feeling I'll sob my way through this one.

7.) Need by Carrie Jones
I liked Need okay when I read it a few years ago. It was good, but frankly a rather bizarre book. This is another case where I'd have to reread, or at least look up a summary that spoils book one.

8.) The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
For me, it's really rare to love the first book in a series and then strongly dislike the second, yet that's exactly what I experienced with Despain's novels.  On the one one hand, I want to know how it all ends, but on the other, I'm concerned that The Savage Grace will only disappoint. 

9.) Confessions of Georgia Nicholson by Louise Rennison
I loved these books as a teen. They are freaking hilarious.  I really want to own these and binge on them all, but there seem to be a couple of different sets of covers out there, and I think it's be nearly impossible to get them so they all match.  I wish whoever publishes these would just make bind-ups because it would totally solve my problem.

10.) Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Now this is a series I could dive back into without rereading book one.  However, have you seen how long these books are? They are freaking ginormous. I honestly think it would take me about two weeks to get through Beautiful Darkness. I bet it would be worth it given that the atmosphere is simply delectable, but sometimes when a book takes that long, I can't help but think of all the other books I could have read in the time it took me to read one. Oftentimes, the long ones turn out to be worth it, like with The Woman In White or The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, it can just be hard to sit down and commit.

Well, I think in this post I've revealed a whole lot of eccentricities that could take up several more posts.  I hope some of you can relate. At any rate, what series do you still need to finish?


  1. You WILL sob during Monsters of Men. It's SO good. Hope you find time to read it.

    Alison at The Cheap Reader

  2. We seem to have a few similarities between our lists. I had forgotten about Hush, Hush on mine, but I completely agree with you. I can't stand Nora or Vee, and Patch is despicable.

    I haven't picked up Monsters of Men yet either—I'm kind of afraid to!

  3. I REALLY need to read Shiver! I want to read The Scorpio Races again because I loved the writing but I just didn't connect with it all and I've realize that I just read it at a time where I wanted to escape and read something light and was stressed...and this wasn't the book for the time. SO I want to try it again!

    My Top Ten

  4. The Georgia Nicholson novels are hysterical. I don't think I have finished them either. But I do know that I really want to [re]read the whole series. They bring me back to the seventh grade... sigh.... I recently read Need and I thought it was weird, but I would like to read Captivate and Entice, just to see what happens. The same for The Caster Chronicles- I loved Beautiful Creatures.

    Great list.

    My Top Ten Tuesday

  5. Haha! Yes! Caster Chronicles are so long! I enjoyed the first one but just couldn't commit to the entire series. And yeah, Hush, Hush - ugh.

    Megan @ Read It, See It



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