Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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

"Top Ten Tuesday" is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish which encourages book-related talk among bloggers. You can find more information and future discussion topics here. Today's topic is on the top ten series that you haven't finished for any reason whatsoever.

1) Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead: I reluctantly began the series on a recommendation and loved it. Until I got the the third book. Then I just forgot about it waiting super excitedly for the fourth book to come out. Now that all six are available, I may decide to finish it. Maybe. Feels like I don't remember quite enough of the third book to go into the fourth. But I do remember LOVING this series.

2) Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard: Probably my favorite Dramalicious books ever! I have read up to book 9...but there are 12 in total. I want to know the end, but at the same time it feels like it is dragging on and on. It was clearly meant to end on book 8, but they keep squeezing the life out of the characters. The misery is getting to me...and the fact that my time may be better spent elsewhere. If I see the 10th next time I'm in the library, I may or may not pick it up. We shall see!

3) The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa: Saw the first book at the library one time, so the rave reviews I'd already seen convinced me to check it out. It was love at first chapter, but the rest of the books are never, ever in! I keep procrastinating on actually placing a hold, because I'm usually horrible at scheduling a time to actually pick up books, but I really do want to finish this series before I start on Kagawa's latest.

4) Wings by Aprilynne Pike: The covers are positively gorgeous. My favorite is probably the one for Illusions because it exudes magic and exotic-ness and it is so, so pretty! Unfortunately, I only barely got through the first book. I just couldn't connect to the characters. It was like a stranger was telling, not showing, me Laurel's story in attempt to keep me from falling asleep. But failed. Those covers are so enticing that maybe I will decide to give Spells a chance, but for now, I am not that desperate.

5) Inheritance Cycle Series by Christopher Paolini: Seems like a whole lot of people absolutely loved this, but it wasn't for me. Eragon was amazing. There is no denying the greatness of this series, but then halfway through Eldest, I asked myself, "I don't even like epic fantasy. Why am I still torturing myself with the lengthiness of this book?". And I put it down. I feel discouraged when I see how big each book is and I just don't care enough about the main character to put up with all the walking and fighting and epic-ness present. I consider getting through Eragon an accomplishment.

6) Bartimaeus by Jonathan Stroud: I had a slightly similar issue with this series as with The Inheritance Cycle. Each book is huge and there are so many others I could read in the space of time it would take me to read the second in this series. I really liked The Amulet of Samarkand because it was easy to get through, had lots of magic and action, fast-plot, but again, I didn't connect deeply with the characters to want to follow them in the second installment. Nathaniel just started to really creep me out. He is psycho. Really.

7) The Body Finder Series by Kimberly Derting: This is one that I just haven't had time to get to. The first book wasn't fantastic, but the premise keeps me want to keep reading. Mostly because I want to see the romance develop...and read about more creepy mysteries. I do plan to read the second, third and fourth books. Soon.

8) The Chemical Garden Series by Lauren DeStefano: Wither...left something to be desired. Vivid imagery of dresses and glitz and glam were not enough to keep me happy about the fact that the world-building didn't make much sense. I just couldn't see the setting! I really did like how the descriptions were written, but they were omitted when I wanted to know more about what kind of place Rhine lived in. Whenever she wasn't at the house, I only saw her and the characters. Not much of anything else. I don't think I can go through suspending my belief or another two books.

9) Shadow Children Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix: There are seven novels and I've read about five or six which means I must have liked it a lot. I stopped before the last book came out and it was another one of those series where I couldn't find the next book when I wanted it and then I just forgot about it. I'm not sure that they would hold the same appeal to me now. Six years later. I'd probably miss some really important stuff, so I think I will just remember that once upon a time, I was in love Luke.

10) Matched Series by Ally Condie: Awesome story, but slow. Matched was a tad long for my taste without needing to be, but I really liked the storyline that I know I will end up reading the other books. Although I usually prefer character-driven novels, the MC in this isn't as powerful as the plot and the action and the restrictions put on by her government. Good dystopian read. But the reason I haven't continued is mostly because I keep forgetting to buy them. These covers are gorgeous and I definitely want to read copies I own. Unfortunately, my money leaves before I remember my priorities!

There it is! These posts are pretty fun since I haven't really thought about how many series I've left unread. Leave a link to your Top Ten and I will be sure to stop by!

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