Top Ten Series I Haven’t Finished – Top Ten Tuesday

 If you read my “Series Suck..Or Is It Just Me” post I tackled this topic about starting series and not finishing them. I have since added more books to my list since then! Some are STILL on this list. Boo. I stink. For this list  I stuck with series that have all the books out now rather than series that aren’t complete yet.

Series That Are Complete That I Haven’t Yet Finished!

1. The Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty: WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?? I LOVE this series (seriously — fave series status already at book  2) but when I finished  Sloppy Firsts & Second Helpings  I found out that SOMEHOW I owned all books but book  #3. Since then I’ve just not gotten around to buying the next book! I loaned book 1 & 2 to my little sister and she texted me her LOVE for the series and reminded me I need to finish this series!!

2. The Summer series by Jenny Han: I just reviewed The Summer I Turned Pretty yesterday and I am really happy I finally got around to this series! Now I’ve just got to finish it sooner rather than later…because I am the worst at starting and not finishing them!

3. Nightshade series by Andrea Cremer: I finally read Nightshade this year and I enjoyed it — mostly because of the interesting world building — not so much about the romance unlike everyone else. BUT I still want to continue on with this series because it was interesting. I feel like I haven’t just because paranormal is never what I pick up first when I look at all my books! PLUS I’m excited to read the prequel — RIFT!!

4. The Stork series by Wendy Delsol: In my Reconsider or Release feature I mentioned that I just couldn’t finish this on audio even though I was ALMOST done with it. I really thought I would like this based on other friend’s recommendations but sadly I didn’t and I just doubt I am going to ever finish it despite the fact I am kind of interested in what happened in the other two books.

5. The Shade series by Jeri Smith-Ready: I LOVE this series after Jen of Makeshift Bookmark raved about it and sent it to me so that I could FINALLY experience it for myself! You all know that I’m really picky with my paranormal and I LOVED Shade!! I just need to get on it and finish this one!

6. The Flappers series by Jillian Larkin: I really enjoyed Vixen and Ingenue! Totally satiated my historical fiction fix plus it’s set in the 1920’s and has no lack of flappers, gangsters, guns and romance! I have the final book, Diva, sitting on my shelf and I just need to be in the mood for some historical fiction and then I’ll complete this series!

7. Kingdom of Xia series by Cindy Pon: I think there are only really two books to this series but I really enjoyed Silver Phoenix as someone who doesn’t read a ton of fantasy!

8. The Giver series by Lois Lowry: Ok, as a young reader I reread this book AT LEAST 10 times. No exaggeration there. And then until I started blogging in June 2010 I had NO IDEA that this was a series. I just didn’t know. I didn’t have Goodreads back then to tell me this valuable information or the google machine. I just DIDN’T KNOW. I’m unsure of whether or not I’m going to finish it but DAMN I loved The Giver.

9. Percy Jackson & The Olympians series by Rick Riordan: I think this series is really great. I finished the first two books but is it weird that I just don’t really care to finish it? It’s middle grade and I don’t really do a lot of MG personally. I think I have read enough to recommend it to younger readers but I just don’t want to finish it. I actually made a blogger friend (Alexa from Alexa Loves Books) just tell me everything that happens in the rest of the books because I don’t plan on picking it back up.

10. The Millennium series by Stieg Larssen: I enjoyed The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It was thrilling but I don’t’s been like 4 years since I read it so I don’t know if I really care to finish it anymore. Should I?? Is it worth it??

This doesn’t even count all the series that AREN’T finished yet that I still need to finish a book two or something!  WAY.TOO.MANY.SERIES. Have you read any of these series in full??

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  1. Hi! I’ve read the first two books in the Summer I Turned Pretty series. They’re very good contemps so I hope you get a chance to finish them…actually I hope I do too 🙂

  2. Oh man, my list just grew after looking at yours. I haven’t finished the Giver series, or the popular Lightening Thief series, either.

  3. I haven’t read any of these. *hides* haha My library doesn’t have most of them & I never started Nightshade just because I was told that one of the main guys is named Ren & it just seemed really weird. lol

  4. I have some of these on my list as well. There is just something about the Nightshade trilogy that is just unfinishable I guess.

  5. I read the first two books in The Giver series and I thought that was it. Then, I saw Son on Goodreads or Amazon and was like wait there’s another book? Then I read about it and realized wow there’s another book. I now have Son preordered and for some very unknown reason I didn’t ordered The Messenger…yeah I need to get on it.

    I liked the Percy Jackson series (I’m not crazy about MG either) but I LOVE the Heros of Olympics series. The characters are older and I really love it. Maybe you should try it. You don’t have to have read all the Percy Jackson books to follow it.

  6. I have to get around to reading The Millennium series, myself! I heard that the other books in the series are great, so I really should get around to it soon.

    Have a great tuesday!

    – Ellie @ The Selkie Reads Stories

  7. Great picks. I have some of the same ones on my list. I finally got to The Summer I Turned Pretty but it didn’t really grab me. Here’s my list.

  8. The Nightshade Series is one I have and haven’t even begun yet! I found this top ten far too easy and I also suck!

    Top Ten Tuesday

  9. I still have to start The Summer I Turned Pretty. I’ve heard so many good things about it and I want to read it, but I keep putting it of. Well, one day…
    I hate starting series and not finishing them, but sometimes it just doesn’t work.

    My TTT

  10. We have several in common! I haven’t read Perfect Fifths yet. I think I just don’t want it to end! I also haven’t finished the Nightshade books, the Stork series, and the Millennium trilogy. So, you are not alone. 🙂

    My Top Ten

  11. We have two in common 🙂
    I also didn’t know that The Giver was a series, but then again, I have’t even read the first one!
    Most of the others you mention I haven’t even started yet…. but now I have mooooore books to read!

  12. between you and jen and this whole ‘i’ve not finished the jessica darling books’ i’m beginning to think you have a secret society going who’s manifesto is to make CARLA GO CRAZY. omg read them immediately please, so I can sleep peacefully. DO IT FOR ME.

  13. None of the other books in The Giver series are as good as The Giver, but they are still worth reading. They’re also pretty short. I read all of book #3 on a Sunday afternoon. The last book comes out next month (almost 20 years after the first book!). I also really liked The Millennium series. It was just so different form anything I normally read. I listened to the last two books on audiobook. They were really good and spooky!

  14. Ginger @ GReads! says:

    Next time I’m out & see Charmed Thirds, I am buying it for you & sending it your way! 🙂

  15. I don’t know what it is with some series.. I really love the first book, but I still wait a long time before I ever read the second one. And sometimes, I just fly through a series without reading anything else. I’m not sure why that is. You have some great books on your list. I want to read number 2, 3, 4 and 5 one day in my life :p

    My top 10 Tuesday.

  16. I totally didn’t realize The Giver was a series until recently either! AND I just reread it last week for a class, so I feel as if I really need to finish the series now. Plus (I’m sure you know) the final book in the series is coming out next month!

  17. I loved Girl With the Dragon tattoo, but I lost interest in the second. Not sure I’ll finish. Still battling my way through the Percy Jackson series as well, but I’m up against all the tweens at the library. lol. The Giver was great, but I thought the second in the series was a little lackluster. Great list! I’ve been meaning to read stork!

    Here’s Ours

  18. Okay, I’m a little bummed you aren’t going to finish Percy Jackson, but since Alexa told you what happens, I think I’m okay with it. I got through the first 2 books of the Jessica Darling series, but haven’t made it past book 3. Really want to finish it, but just haven’t yet. Hopefully I’ll make it through them soon!

  19. I loved the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo too, but for some reason, I haven’t finished the series. I OWN the other two books. Ugh. I should really read them.

  20. The Shade series was awesome, definitely something that needs to be finished! I haven’t read any of the other series that you mentioned, but I do want to read the Nightshade one at some point, it looks good!

  21. I’m with you on 1, 3, and 10. Most of the others are ones that I haven’t even started yet. (Bad blogger!)

    The Giver, though, I really don’t think I want to read the sequels for, because she didn’t originally intend to write them, and I just don’t feel like they’re necessary.

  22. I haven’t started any of these books series yet. I want to start The Giver soon because Lois Lowry is coming to my library next month. I hope I can get to it. I doubt I’ll get through the whole trilogy, though.

  23. So I totally didn’t know until earlier today that The Giver was even a part of a series. Thanks interwebs! Actually, other than The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, which I never finished (yikes!), Percy Jackson is the only other book on your list that I’ve read. I think after I saw the crappy movie-version of Percy Jackson, it kind of put me off the whole book series. I have other priorities ATM.

  24. At last, I’m not alone! Seriously, who ever knew that The Giver was part of a series?! I remember loving it madly when I was forced to read it in grade school, and I vaguely recall that it ends rather abruptly. Maybe I’ll give it another go. Otherwise, tons of excellent recommendations here, thanks!

    My Top Ten:

  25. Now that was a fun experience, trying to recount the details of the Percy Jackson series for you! But I hope I did it justice. Unfortunately, my memory is really poor when it comes to books sometimes, and in this case, even more so because I really love Riordan’s current series, The Heroes of Olympus!

    I’m planning on finishing the Summer series, which I’m really excited about! And I really need to start the Jessica Darling series and the Shade series, since so many bloggers have recommended them to me!

  26. I’ve heard it’s worth reading the entire Jenny Han trilogy. You should definitely pick up the rest of the Nightshade trilogy–I actually preferred Wolfsbane to Bloodrose. I for one don’t plan on reading the books that follow The Giver. I want to read the sequels to Vixen and The Lightning Thief. I’ll get to it all one of these days.

  27. I think my list of unfinished series just grew a little… I had NO idea that The Giver was a part of a series? I just don’t even know. And I really need to start the Jessica Darling series! I’ve heard SO many good things about it.

  28. I also haven’t read the sequel to The Giver. I’ve had Vixen on my shelf for ages but I’ve yet to delve into it — like you, I have to be in the mood for historical fiction. I find that sometimes when I feel my life is lacking something or that I’m a little more stuck in a rut than usual, I’ll pick up historical fiction to satisfy my need for happiness. I haven’t felt like this in a really long time, which explains why I haven’t read Vixen yet. Strange, I know. But totally true.

    Awesome blog, by the way — definitely following!

  29. I really loved Silver Phoenix, too, but still haven’t gotten around to the 2nd book. All of that uproar about its cover sort of put me off. I know I still want to read it, but I may wait a while…

    Great list – thanks for sharing!

  30. So many people seem to have posted about The Giver! I’ve also read it a crazy amount of times. It’s just something I can’t imagine continuing because I like my current understanding and memories of the book. I also really need to start the Jessica Darling series!

  31. I absolutely loved The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but I must admit I was so so disappointed in the 2nd and 3rd books. They were books I really wished I had skipped. I may be in the minority on this opinion. Thanks for a great list!

  32. I’m with you on the Nightshade series! I read the first one, and liked it enough, but just haven’t found the time (or the motivation?) to keep reading just yet. And I always forget that The Giver is just the first book of a series, since it seems like such a fantastic stand-alone. I suppose that’s because it’s from the era where a book could stand on its own, but still be part of a series, without the dreaded cliffhanger ending =P

  33. The Nightshade series is worth finishing. 🙂

    If it makes you feel any better, I didn’t even know The Giver was part of a series until recently!

  34. Awesome picks, I really wanna read the percy jackson series!
    Check out my Top Ten Tuesday!

  35. I’m with you on the Percy Jackson series. I was a 7th grade teacher, so I am all about the middle level books, but I never cared to keep going. Gathering Blue, the second book in Lowry’s series was a good read. I had only read that one, not knowing it was part of a series. I don’t think it matters if you have read them…I certainly didn’t feel I was missing anything having read that but not The Giver. And the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series…I loved LOVED that book. It took a while, but I finally read #2. That was very good as well, though not as good as the first. I just decided this week to tackle the last one. It picks up right where the last one left off, and even though it’s been months, I could go right back into it. I just took so long to pick them up because they are such long and involved books. They’re not like a young adult book that you can breeze through in a few days and not have to think a whole lot about it. These take effort, but they’re worth it. I just needed to take time to make the effort!

  36. I am totally in the same boat, but with different series’. LOL
    There are way too many books out there and I have so little time to read them lately. I might need to take a blogging hiatus to just read for a month straight! 😉

    I hope you get to finish The Give Series (I’ve read book one, but have the second in mt TBR pile, need to pick up the rest). And a few of your listed series I’m adding to my wishlist!

  37. Sometimes I don’t know why I haven’t started the Jessica Darling series – I keep meaning to but I haven’t.

    The Summer I Turned Pretty’s series is a great one. I really loved the third book, for me it was absolutely the best of the three books. (It took me a little while to get into the first book, actually.)

    Great choices for your post, they reminded me of a few I need to start and/or finish. Thanks for visiting my post and commenting.

  38. The Giver books are amazing. They are companion books but they come full circle. They’re quick reads and they’re discussable. I recommend finishing them!

    As far as the Millennium books go, I STRUGGLED through the first book because of all of the financial jargon, but I did like it a lot. The second book was MUCH easier to read and I flew through it. I will probably not read the third book because I have a HUGE WEIRDO FEAR of finishing a series (unless it is Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness or Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa) and plus the series is forever unfinished since the author died mid-series.

    I read books one and two in the Jessica Darling series fairly recently. But I have to breathe for a while before I go any further because Jessica SCARES ME. I’ve heard so many great things about her and how the series ends up but seriously that girl gives me the YELLS sometimes! But Marcus swoon swoon swoon. I know, I know, I know. I need to just go for it. I will eventually.

  39. I read Sloppy Firsts months ago and STILL haven’t gotten around to finishing the series despite the fact that I even bough book two 😛
    I’m sads you didn’t finish the Percy Jackson series, though :[ It’s totally one of my all time favorite series.