Ten Series That I’ve Given Up On

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

This week’s list is all about the series that we’ve given up on. It feels quite negative to do a list like this. I always feel sorry for the author’s that have put effort into these stories. However, not every book will work for every reader. I’m happy to show these books in case others are interested in them!

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Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

Oh boy. I feel like my list could offend some people this week. I just didn’t enjoy this book. I found it to be a little too cringe-y for my liking.

Matched (Matched, #1)

I enjoyed the first book but then I began to read more widely and realised it was quite same-y. I tried to start the second book but it didn’t engage me enough and I stopped reading.

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

Again, the first book was alright, I just don’t feel like committing myself to this series.

The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1)

I liked this series despite it being a bit ridiculous. After book 6 though I was done with the series and the character.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

Sorry fans of Cassandra Clare! Her writing just doesn’t work for me.

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

I really wanted to love this book but it just didn’t work for me!

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

Read to Book 3. I have no interest in continuing the series!

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

Here’s another one that I wanted to love. Unfortunately it just wasn’t my sort of thing. I tried the second book, but gave up!

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

I didn’t think that when I started this series that I’d ever put this series on a list like today’s. However, after book 4, I had just lost interest in the series. They got a little too long for my liking and the plot wasn’t what I wanted it to be.

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)

I enjoyed the first book, but then heard really mixed reviews for the next book. It definitely made me lose interest.

So there we have it. Series I don’t intend to finish. Please don’t feel sad if your favourite book is here! I can honestly say I gave them all a go but they didn’t work for me! I’m glad that they did for you!

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46 thoughts on “Ten Series That I’ve Given Up On

  1. I haven’t read any of Sarah’s books, but have decided to unhaul them. Once I was SUPER excited about her TOG books (because they LOOK so epic), but they no longer hold any appeal. One reason being the increasing length!

    I also have no interest in continuing with the Rebel Belle books. Book one was fun and cute, but just not my cup of tea. Of course, I do want to finish The Selection. Someday. 😀

  2. Oh, I can really relate to your list! I never made it past the first book of Shiver, Matched, or Vampire Academy. I couldn’t even get through Throne of Glass, though I tried TWICE, and while I read the Clockwork Angel trilogy, I have no interest in her other works. I love Laini Taylor so much, and actually did like the first two books in the series you show here, but couldn’t get through the third one for some reason.

    *whispers* maybe we don’t like teen angst?

  3. I definitly understand what you mean about Shiver. I loved it when I read it but I can’t say I’d feel the same if I picked it up now. Oh man. I called it quits at #6 with Shopaholic too! The constant cringing was becoming physically painful. lol

  4. We definitely have some overlap this week. I agree with you, it’s hard to quit a series – especially ones we used to love. Just maybe it will make way for our new favorite series 🙂

  5. Wow I totally forgot about dropping Rebel Belle after the first book! (I wasn’t crazy about the sound of the rest of the series but the first book is still fun to read…)

  6. I haven’t read any of these books yet, although I do plan on reading a couple of them eventually. I hope I like them better than you, but I’ve read a couple of these TTT lists where people hated books that I loved so, you never know.

  7. I’ve not started any of these, although I should read Daughter Of Smoke And Bone. I still have Strange The Dreamer to tackle! I’m more likely to get through a trilogy than a series, although I am devouring the Spellslinger books.

  8. Great list, Chrissi! I gave up on Across the Universe, Matched and Throne of Glass too, they just weren’t for me, and sadly I can’t seem to get on with Maggie Stiefvater’s writing either although I wish I could.

  9. I really disliked Matched and that whole series. I finished it and hated myself for it. LOL! Back then, I was a little OCD about finishing series and feeling complete. Now, I’m like… no thanks! haha.

  10. I don’t think I’ll end up reading the Infernal Devices either. I’m sure the characters are great but my zero-tolerance policy for love triangles would seriously affect my experience.

  11. You are so right. We don’t always connect with certain books, but others might. I haven’t read most of the books on your list, although several I am curious about. I think I read the first three books in the Shopaholic series–they were quite fun, if out there. I haven’t picked up the later books in the series, but maybe someday.

  12. I’ve not read any of these books, but as a rule of thumb, I have to absolutely love the first book to want to read the second book. This is only because there are so many books I want to read, and I feel I have to give other books a chance.

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