It’s Not You, It’s Me (It’s Totally You): Series I’ve Abandoned

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Sometimes I’m really bad at finishing series, especially if the series isn’t complete.  If I read a book and then I have to wait months for the sequel, there is a good chance I won’t continue because I will have forgotten 85% of what happened in the original.  Sometimes it happens when the whole series is complete and I love the first book.  I just wait too long before actually getting to the 2nd book and then I still forget what happened.   I’m getting better at waiting for the majority of the series to be out before I begin, but it’s still an issue.

There are, however, quite a few series that I have knowingly and willingly abandoned.  There are some I would consider giving a second chance and others you couldn’t pay me to touch with a 10 foot pole. (Total lie. I would read almost anything if you paid me. Even 50 Shades of Grey.)

Here are 8 series I have abandoned within the past couple of years.  These do not include any series where I have DNFed the first book.

Might Give Another Try

  • Series: Graceling Realm
  • Author: Kristen
  • Read: Graceling

I’m not quite sure why I decided to abandon this series as I read is awhile ago and have, of course, forgotten most of it.  I did like the book, but I probably didn’t think it was anything special enough to continue on.  I don’t think I was invested enough in the world to make reading 2 more books worthwhile.

  • Series: Steampunk Chronicles
  • Author: Kady Cross
  • Read: The Girl in the Steel Corset

I remember being a bit bored while reading this and just wanting it to be over and I think that is why I decided not to continue with the series.  But I’m sometimes a mood reader so it is possible that it just wasn’t the right time for me to read this book. I am kind of interested in the series still, so I might give it another try eventually.

 

 

  • Series: The Moral Instruments
  • Author: Casandra Clare
  • Read: City of Bones, City of Ashes,  City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls

I read 5/6 of these damn books and then gave up.  I did like the first one, so I think I owe it to myself to at least try and finish the series one day, even though I do not like Clare.

  • Series: The Selection
  • Author: Kiera Cass
  • Read: The Selection

It wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be based on all the bad reviews.  It was a bit ridiculous, sure, but I remembering finding it  entertaining.  I feel like the series could be a great beach read so I might try again on vacation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Would Have to Pay Me

  • Series: Goddess Test
  • Author: Aimee Carter
  • Read: The Goddess Test

You can read my Goodreads review right here.  This book was a complete waste of time and the author destroyed Greek mythology.

  • Series:  House of Night
  • Author: P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
  • Read: Marked

Not my least favorite book of all time, but definitely up there. I don’t really remember much, but I remember finding it to be completely and totally ridiculous.  And I’m sorry, but the spelling “vampyre” just annoys the shit out of me.

  • Series: Evernight
  • Author: Claudia Gray
  • Read: Evernight

I hated this book. It was so fucking stupid.  My GR review was simply “I think this is possibly one of the worst books I have ever read. That’s really all i have to say about it.”  I think I would charge double to read this one again.

  • Series: Castor Chronicles
  • Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Sthol
  • Read: Beautiful Creatures

My review for Beautiful Creatures is already on this blog. You can read it here.  Basically I hated the characters and I was really bored.

 

What about you guys?  Do you abandon series on purpose? If so, what does it take for you to completely give up on a series?  Which ones  have you abandoned recently?

 

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23 thoughts on “It’s Not You, It’s Me (It’s Totally You): Series I’ve Abandoned

  1. I can definitely sympathize with you on the Mortal Instruments. I loved the first three books of the series, then felt like I had to work to get through the next three. I still haven’t finished the last one, though I started reading it nearly two years ago. I want to, simply because I want to give Lady Midnight a try, but it was just so much work and there are so many other better books to read.

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    • I remember liking the 2nd and 3rd books as well (wasn’t that like, the original trilogy and then she added on to it?) but by the 4th and 5th books I remember thinking it went way down hill. And you are so right. there are so many other books I could be reading!

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    • I still always feel bad when I break up with a series but I’ve been doing it more and more recently. Life is too short to read shitty books. And thank you! I had a wonderful week and I hope you did as well!

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  2. I would definitely recommend finishing the Selection series – they are fun reads, good for the beach, as you said!

    I never made it past the first Mortal Instruments book. I liked the premise of the series, but that first book was so.. I don’t know.. wordy? It was just too much information for me to try to remember!

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  3. I only read the first three mortal instruments. I do suggest picking the rest of the selection series if you ever need something light or if you have nothing to read, it is very entertaining! ❤

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  4. There are not many series that I give up on. Now sometimes I”ll try the first book in a series, and usually end up reading the remainder of the series b/c I like to read serial books. But there are a very small handful that I do give up on but I can’t tell you off the top of my head what they are right now.

    I do have the Castor Chronicles on my TBR list though…

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  5. None of the books you mentioned I have read before (thank God!) but I have heard some mixed thoughts on The Selection. I have been meaning to read the Mortal Instruments though, despite all the mixed reviews as well.
    As for me personally, one of the series I gave up on long ago was the Forest of Hands and Teeth series. I almost gave up on the Divergent trilogy as well but as it turns out the third book wasn’t as bad as I expected it would be ☺️

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  6. I am with you on Graceling — I read the first book and it wasn’t my favorite. I think I was expecting something amazing based on the rave reviews but it was just ok for me

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  7. The only two series on your list that I’ve tried are Mortal Instruments and House of Night. I know I read the first three Mortal Instruments. I don’t know how many House of Night books I read, but a few. I just got sick of them. I really got burnt out of YA about the time that I quit these series.

    I quit a few series this year. Anita Blake and Black Dagger Brotherhood are two series that will not be continuing. I’m coming to the realization that there are too many series/books that I want to read to stick with series that aren’t as good as they used to be or that I’m not enjoying just because I started the series and feel the need to finish it. I want to make more time for books that I might enjoy more. I’m going to try to be even better about cutting more series that I’m not enjoying. Great topic.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    • I read that! You are so right about feeling like you are missing out and the fact that reading an entire series at once can be a bit overwhelming. Personally I’ve realized that I’d risk the “fomo ” in order to just be able to remember what happened! My memory is the worst!

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  8. I completely agree with you on the House of Night and Castor Chronicles series. I don’t remember anything that happens in Marked or the next four books, but I read them super fast and hated all of the characters and everything about these books *ten years ago* when I had horrible taste in books, so I’m sure it would definitely do nothing for me now!
    I really liked Graceling (I think) but I don’t remember there being any real reason to read the sequel. I definietely understand how it’d be nothing special – there is definitely better things out there.
    Great list! 😀

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  9. Same with you, I never finished The Mortal Instruments. I actually like City of Bones, but I lose interest when I read City of Ashes. I do like The Infernal Devices though, so maybe I’ll give her newest series a try. The Selection is a pretty light and adorable read, so if you’re in the mood for that, go for it 🙂 Anyway, great post!

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  10. I wasn’t a huge fan of The Selection. I teetered between two and three stars for a while after reading it, but I’m glad that I kept up with the series. I personally think it got better as it moved along, and the romance in it was kind of adorable. Now I know a lot of people really hate The Heir, but that’s my favorite book in the series. I thought that Eadlyn was kind of a witchy character, and I liked her for it.

    I gave up on Lauren Conrad’s YA series L.A. Candy. I read the first book, and actually owned all three, but I felt like she was just rehashing her time on The Hills. It wasn’t really worth it for me to keep the books around in hopes that I’d read them.

    I haven’t given up on it yet, but I haven’t read any of the Tearling books since The Queen of the Tearling came out back in 2014. I think I’ll end up rereading TQotT and then reading the next two books right after over the summer.

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