Top Ten Tuesday #5 :: The Top Ten Series I Haven’t Finished

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers there at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join!

Today’s topic is the Top Ten Series I Haven’t Finished. Most of these are because of time constraints, but a couple are because I didn’t like some of the books well enough to devote the required time to read the rest of them.

1) The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan: I have read the first two, and own the third but haven’t had time to read the last book as of yet. I love pretty much every single thing that Rick Riordan has released for the MG/YA age group, and I am sure this one will be no different! I just need to find the time to get The Serpent’s Shadow read.

2) The 39 Clues/Cahills vs. Vespers by Rick Riordan et. al.: I have read through book nine of The 39 Clues, although I own everything that’s been released thus far in the sequel series. Again, with the whole time constraints, I just haven’t had time to get them read. They aren’t very long, and I’m probably going to use Winter Break – when we’re off for 2+ weeks! – to just read them all straight through.

3) The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyers: I read Twilight and New Moon, purchased Eclipse, and read the first chapter of it before giving up. The characters were driving me absolutely crazy with their back-and-forth manipulations of each other and I decided I just didn’t want to do it any longer. I skipped ahead and read the Jasper chapter (Jasper! ♥) and then the end. I didn’t even purchase Breaking Dawn. It is the only series that stands incomplete on my bookshelves. (As an aside, if you want an absolutely hysterical reaction to Breaking Dawn, check out Cleolinda’s posts HERE. I promise you, you will almost die of laughter.)

4) The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott: I’ve read through the second book, and own all of them except for the last one. Truthfully, I was put off this series by the second book; I didn’t like Josh’s constant attitude, and the constant GO GO GO of the plot was a bit too much for me. I will eventually read the rest of them because I own them, and they’re hardcovers, and I’m not about to have wasted all that money on them and not read them. But this was a series I was really excited about, and now no longer am.

5) The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare: I’ve read the first three, and really enjoyed them. I sort of wish she’d stopped there, because I’ve seen a lot of reviews that say people have been let down by the fourth and fifth installments. If she’d done the thing where Simon had been the focal point, then I would have probably dove in headfirst. But I don’t want to deal with any more drama between Clary and Jace, you know? This is another one where I own them both, so will get to them, but I’m not really sure when. I do want to read Clockwork Angel, though!

6) Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston: I absolutely loved Wondrous Strange, and cannot wait to find the time to read the last two books in the trilogy. The love story hits me in all the right places, and the fact that it features faeries gets major bonus points from me, as I’m a huge faerie junkie. This is another series that I’m going to try to read over break, although I might use my five days off at Thanksgiving to check this one off.

7) The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley: I had to read the first book in this series for my Fantasy Media and Literature for Youth course in Graduate School, and really enjoyed it. I love fairy tale retellings, and this series – while definitely MG – does the retelling thing really well. I am extremely interested in seeing where the series goes.

8) Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry: I’ve read the first two books in this series, and really liked them a lot. I own the third as well, but the problem with this series is that I can’t exactly remember what happened in the first two! So this series would require me to do a re-read in order to move on with it, and due to the whole time constraints thing I just don’t have the required time necessary to do that required re-read. Maybe some day, though, because I did really like what I’ve read.

9) The Bartimaeus Series by Jonathan Stroud: Another series that I’ve read the first two of, but stalled out on the third. There’s now a fourth book as well, which I also own, but again I think I’m going to have to re-read before I can continue on because it’s been so long since I read them that I’m not sure what was happening. What I do remember is Bartimaeus’ sense of humor, and the hilarity of the footnotes included in the book.

10) Fables by Bill Willingham: Remember what I just said about fairy tale retellings? Yeah, this is another series of those. However, this series is decidedly for adults – there’s a lot of gore, nudity, and sexual content – and not at all lighthearted. I’ve read the first three, then decided I needed a break from the storyline, particularly since the third ended with two of my favorite characters having a bit of an issue. What I do love, though, is the way he’s weaved all the fairy tales together – Prince Charming is the prince from ALL the princess tales – and I love seeing the more minor fairy tale characters being given their page time. I will definitely get back to this one eventually, although I’ll probably do a couple of them at a time instead of going straight through.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (not interested in finishing); The Agency by Y.S. Lee (really enjoyed the first one!); Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (Howl’s was awesome, and I can’t wait to read the other two); Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent (read the first one and loved how different it was from your typical YA paranormals).

So those are my choices for this week. What are yours? Please link me!

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15 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday #5 :: The Top Ten Series I Haven’t Finished

  1. Tin says:

    There is a 4th book in the Bartimaues Trilogy? I did not know that. I loved that series! I love fairy tale retellings too and I have Fables on my list for the longest time. I am quite hesitant about Kane Chronicles because I’ve been hearing that it’s not quite as good as his other works. (I loved The Lost Hero) :D

    • Merin says:

      Yep! It’s called The Ring of Solomon. I asked for it last Christmas. :)

      And I liked the first Kane Chronicles book, and really liked the second one. It’s different from the Percy books, but has these little nods to that series that were fun to pick out and make note of. If you liked the Percy books, then you will probably like the Kane Chronicles as well. And I liked The Lost Hero, too, but think The Son of Neptune was better, although that’s probably partly due to my love of Percy.

  2. Adina says:

    I’ve only read the first Cassandra Clare trilogy because I’m not interested in any more Clary and Jace drama. Twilight is my list too. I see it everywhere today :) My Top Ten Tuesday

  3. Lucy says:

    I know what you mean about the Mortal Instruments. I wish they ended with three and then picked up with the Infernal Devices only.

    • Merin says:

      I have the Infernal Devices books, but haven’t had a chance to read them. I really want to get to them soon because I’ve heard they’re better than the MI books, which I did enjoy but didn’t completely love.

  4. I have read Wondrous Strange to. I really liked it!!! I completely forgot that I read it and haven’t finished it. Whoops. I did the exact same thing with the Twilight Saga when I first started reading it. I read up until the middle of Eclipse before I was like “This is garbage. I can’t read this anymore.” It was a few years later that I picked it up and began reading it again, and it was painful- I just wanted to know how it ended. Blech.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

    • Merin says:

      Twilight was very frustrating. I absolutely devoured the first two books, but then had to wait for Eclipse to come out, and as I waited, the problems in the first two books started to poke at me, so my excitement was already diluted over Eclipse. I do love the movies, though, simply for their LOL-factor!

      And Wondrous Strange was just perfect, at least for me. It hit me in all of my reading kink areas, and the love story was really beautiful. I’m definitely looking forward to finishing the other two books.

  5. Vyki says:

    I heard 39 Clues was pretty good and I love the movie for Howl’s Moving Castle, so I bought the book, but haven’t gotten to it yet. Since I moved, it is still in one of my book boxes! Great list, thanks for visiting!

  6. Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews says:

    If I hadn’t been so young, I fear I would have given up on Twilight too. I gave up on the thirty nine clues. I probably shouldn’t have since I enjoyed them so…

    The Mortal Instruments made my list because I’ve only read the first one.

    Great list, Merin! :)

    • Merin says:

      39 Clues is really building to one heck of a finale; I’m looking forward to reading the tenth book, and then moving on to the sequel series. They’re short enough that you could probably get through them in a couple days each, maybe even faster depending on your allotted time for reading. :)

  7. I’m stuck in Twilight too. I seem to be doomed to stay in Eclipse :p The Sisters Grimm! How could I forget about those books? I totally should have placed them on my list. I thought the first one was so cute. Peter and the starcatchers is on my to be read list :) You’ve mentioned some great books! Nice list.

    My TTT.

  8. Infernal Devices is definitely better than TMI! Book four of TMI does focus a lot more on Simon and other characters, but I kind of wish they would have stopped too. If book 6 is MINDBLOWINGLY awesome, then maybe books 4 and 5 will be worth it. But Infernal Devices is absolutely wonderful. =)

    I need to get on reading more Riordan. I recently read Percy Jackson series and LOVED it! I want to read his other books soon!

    THanks for stoppin by. I LOVE your blog!

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