Happy Tuesday book friends! I’m finally posting another Top Ten Tuesday post. I feel like I should take time on Saturdays and Sundays to write up a bunch of blog posts so I can post a bit more consistently. Maybe then I won’t be on my phone as much…
Anyway, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and you can find all past and future prompts on her blog! This week the prompt is: most recent books I did not finish! However… I hardly ever DNF books, so I thought up a different prompt for today: ten series I need to continue.series I need to continue series I need to continue
And I’m not talking about series I started last year, I’m talking series I started years ago. The chances of me picking up the sequels are slim, but not nonexistent. Some of these series I actually enjoyed, but it’s been so long since I read the first book, starting the second would be pointless. And I also don’t feel like doing a reread. So here are the ten series that kind of live in limbo on my shelves.
All the Stars and Teeth
By Adalyn Grace
I read All the Stars and Teeth back in 2020, and it was alright. In my other post this week I talked about Belladonna and how I liked that book much better. But I do actually have All the Tides of Fate sitting on my shelves, so I could easily pick it up. Of course, I don’t remember anything from book 1, so I’ll need to find a good summary because I’m not doing a reread.
By Taran Matharu
I’ve actually completed the whole trilogy, but there’s one more book to be read: the prequel. The Outcast is about a younger version of one of the characters in the main trilogy, and I genuinely enjoyed this trilogy so I should pick the prequel up at some point. But to me this series really straddles the line between young teen/teen reads, and I’ve just not been in the mood for these kinds of books in literal years.
Sands of Arawiya
By Hafsah Faizal
Okay this one hurts a little because I enjoyed We Hunt the Flame so much. But I cannot for the life of me get into We Free the Stars. I’ve tried. But the problem is, I tried way too late. I finished We Hunt the Flame all the way back in 2019 and didn’t pick up We Free the Stars until last year or so. Obviously I could not get into it because I had forgotten every single thing! I still really want to finish this duology, especially because I loved We Hunt the Flame so much. But right now the series is just decor on my shelves.
The Orphan Queen
By Jodi Meadows
Here’s another one of those classic YA series I have not been in the mood to read since 2020. I read the Orphan Queen a couple of years ago, also own the Mirror King, but haven’t yet read it. This series is a very classical YA fantasy that follows an orphaned princess trying to steal back her kingdom. I liked it well enough back in the day, so I hope to pick up the Mirror King at some point in me life.
Clash of Kingdoms
By Erin Summerill
I’m starting to sense a theme here. Have I outgrown YA without realizing it?? I hope not, tbh. I don’t even remember how long it’s been since I read Ever the Hunted, but it’s been a while. I actually own all three books in the series, and I think they have some of the prettiest covers I’ve ever seen. And if I switch the order they make the Dutch flag (do with that info as you wish)! Maybe some day I’ll be in the mood for a classic YA story again and I’ll read the other books.
By Marissa Meyer
I actually only need to read the final book in this series! And I already own it!! But I finished the second book in 2020 (2020 is apparently the year where series went to die), and I have obviously not finished the series yet. I don’t know why I’m struggling so much with it, because I really liked the previous two books. They feel like comic books but in novel form and have so many classic superhero/villain stuff. Maybe one day!
The Last Magician
By Lisa Maxwell
Hey, guess when I read the second book in this series? That’s right, series-doom-year 2020. I think the series is complete now, and I’ve made no move yet to get the third and fourth book. From what I can remember though, the second book was a true drag. It was super long when it really didn’t have to be and I think that put me off from continuing the series. However, I like the covers. And the premise. And all the different POVs. So really I should go and add book 3 and 4 to my wishlist.
By Morgan Rhodes
Look, a book I did not finish in 2020! I actually finished the second book of this series all the way in 2018. And I’m not sure if I’m ever going to pick up the rest. Full disclosure: I read the second book and then immediately forgot I read the second book. Seriously, I looked at my shelves and thought “oh I still have to read that one.” Except I didn’t; I had read it the week before. At this point I should really make the choice of either giving away the two books I do own, or purchasing the rest (and actually read them).
The Firebird Trilogy
By Claudia Gray
I read the first two books in this series and then just never picked up the third, even though I own it. Fun fact: I used to think these were contemporary romances based solely on the cover. Something about not judging a book by its cover blah blah. Anyway, I liked the first two, but do I remember what happened in them? No, of course not. I finished the second book in 2019, I was on vacation in Puerto Rico, I remember that much. Maybe I’ll pick up the final book one day. At least the covers are super pretty.
By Maggie Stiefvater
I think this is the only book on this whole list I finished in 2021. This was one of my most anticipated releases back in the day, and while it didn’t necessarily disappoint, it also didn’t feel the same as The Raven Cycle and I think I was looking for that anyway. This is a series I do want to continue at some point, so off to find a good summary I go!
And that’s it for this Top Ten Tuesday! While compiling this list I realized there are actually even more series I need to continue… Maybe some day y’all will get a part 2 of this post. Are you any good at finishing series? Are the any you’ve abandoned or ones you want to pick up again? Let me know!