Monday, June 25, 2018

Ten Series I Didn't Continue

I'm linking up with That Artsy Reader Girl for another Top Ten Tuesday.

This week we're talking about series that you decided not to continue with. In most cases, I know after the first book in a series that I don't want to read any more. Here are ten series I won't be finishing.

1. Divergent (Book 1: Divergent by Veronica Roth)
The first book was fine but a little too predictable. I read the preview of the second book in the back of the first one, but I didn't care enough to want to continue it.

2. The Dune Chronicles (Book 1: Dune by Frank Herbert)
I read the first one just for the cultural background knowledge since it's such a popular book, but I found most of it super boring and had zero desire to continue with that universe.

3. Flavia de Luce (Book 1: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
I know my opinion of this book/series is unpopular, but I couldn't stand it. The main character's decisions made no sense and the entire thing was painfully predictable. I'm still trying to understand what the appeal is for the people who have read the whole nine-book series.

4. The Maze Runner (Book 1: The Maze Runner by James Dashner)
The writing in this book was so, so bad. The plot was honestly compelling enough that I briefly considered reading the second book just to see what happened, but I couldn't subject myself to the writing anymore.

5. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Book 1: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs)
There were so many little things that annoyed me in this book, despite finding it fairly compelling plot-wise. The writing was more "telling" than "showing" and seemed forced at times to fit with the found photographs, there were inconsistencies in how the character's weird abilities worked, and I had too many logistical questions about the time loop thing. Knowing how many people have read the sequels is the only thing that's tempted me to pick them up, but I don't think I will.

6. The Mortal Instruments (Book 1: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare)
I actually liked Clockwork Angel and would consider finishing that series someday, but for this series I couldn't get past the first book. The writing and editing were sloppy, the romance was not believable, the plot twists were so predictable I wasn't sure if they were supposed to be twists, and the character diversity was badly handled. I did not want more of any of that!

7. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Book 1: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith)
I wanted to like this one more — I love detective stories! — but I couldn't get over the fact that a main character is described as having never married, and then later in an aside he is described as being a widower. That kind of blatant consistency error sours the whole book for me.

8. Perry Jackson and the Olympians (Book 1: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan)
I liked the premise of this one, but the book was a little too predictable and the main character just seemed way too shocked at every. single. thing. Like isn't there a point at which you say, "Guess I'm living in a weird fantasy world now, I'm just going to roll with it"? Maybe it's just because I'm not the target age group, but I had no interest in continuing with this series.

9. Robert Langdon (Book 1: Angels and Demons by Dan Brown)
This is the only series on the list where I've read more than one. I actually really liked this first book. The Da Vinci Code was fine, not great, but The Lost Symbol was terrible and I gave up at that point.

10. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Book 1: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares)
I read this in high school, and I think I may have been moderately interested in reading the sequel, but I never made it a priority. As time has gone on the only things that have stuck with me from the first book were the things that bothered me, so I haven't gone back to this series.

Which series have you abandoned?

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Looking back:
One year ago I was reading: Everything Leads to You and Vanity Fair
Five years ago I was reading: Crossing to Safety and The Guinea Pig Diaries
Ten years ago I was reading: Gone with the Wind

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