Operation Make Myself Suck Less At Series

I’ve talked a lot about how I suck at series and how I really feel like I have all these loose ends hanging about because of all the series I’ve never finished. At the time I wrote my Loose Ends post I had 49 series that I started and that number has ONLY grown and my ratio of FINISHED books is abysmal still. There’s a lot of reasons WHY I suck at series/am in the middle of so many but we aren’t going to talk about that today.

No, today what I want to do is get my crap together and list out ALL the series that I’m currently in the middle of and prioritize and make it a point to finish them. I’d also like to drop at least 5 series. I’d love to do this with YOUR help. I’m hoping this will help motivate me having them all listed out here and I can start tackling them in a methodical way!


All The Books Are Out & I Still Haven’t Finished But PLAN TO


Divergent series by Veronica Roth (read Divergent, own the other two)
Something Strange & Deadly by Susan Dennard (read & LOVED Something Strange & Deadly, own the other two)
Legend series by Marie Lu (read & loved Legend and Prodigy)
Harry Potter by JK Rowling (read book 1…shhhh I know)
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (read book 1)
The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo (read Shadow & Bone)
Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty (Read the first 3 books, own the last two)
The Summer I Turned Pretty series by Jenny Han (Read The Summer I Turned Pretty, just got book #2 from library)
The Girl Of Fire & Thorn series by Rae Carson (Read Girl of Fire Of Thorn, own the last 2)
The Fury trilogy by Elizabeth Miles (Read Fury and Envy, need to read last)
The Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting (Read all but the last book)
Shade series by Jeri Smith-Ready (read Shade, own Shift)
The Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano (read Wither and Fever, need to read Sever)
Flappers series by Jillian Larkin (read Vixen and Ingenue, need to read last one)
The Millenium series by Stieg Larsson (read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)
Crank trilogy by Ellen Hopkins (read Crank, own Glass)
The Night Trilogy by Ellie Wiesel (read Night, didn’t know it was a trilogy so must read next two)

Not All Books Are Out Yet But I Plan To Finish



Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas (all caught up)
The Winner’s Curse series by Marie Rutkoski (read The Winner’s Curse which is all that is out right now)
The Blackcoat Rebellion series by Aimee Carter (read Pawn which is all that is out right now)
Starbound series by Amie Kaufman & Megan Spooner (read These Broken Stars, coveting book 2)
The 5th Wave series by Rick Yancey (read The 5th Wave, drooled over book 2 ARCs on Rick’s Twitter)
The Colors of Madeleine series by Jaclyn Moriarty (Read A Corner of White, own second book)
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (only read Cinder, need to catch up on Scarlet and Cress)
Also Known As by Robin Benway (read Also Known As, have second)
The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shephard (read The Madman’s Daughter, have second)
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (read The Raven Boys, have second)
The Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin (read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, need to pick up second)
Seeds of America series by Laure Halse Anderson (read Chains, own second)


Series I Don’t Know If I Want To Finish Or Not


Gone series by Michael Grant
(if you read my review I explain my indecision after reading book 1)

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassie Clare
(I didn’t love the first book but I didn’t hate it…I kind of WANT to know but that’s a big investment into a long series that seems to never end)

So Close To You series by Rachel Carter
(I enjoyed book 1..and then I found out it was part of James Frey’s packaging company and I feel so conflicted now because I liked it and the author is lovely)

Eve trilogy by Anna Carey
(this was a page-turner of a first book but I didn’t LOVE it)

Darkness Rising series by Kelley Armstrong
( I liked the first book but just never got around to book 2..don’t remember what happened really)

Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld
(I read book 1 so long ago..well before I read YA..and I don’t know if it was my attitude toward YA or what. It was an interesting world!)

Find Me series by Romily Bernard
( I liked book 1 enough but I’m not like OH YEAH OMG NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS)

Series I’m Pretty Sure I Don’t Want To Finish…Seriously I Think We Are Done



Nightshade series by Andrea Cremer
(read it so long ago honestly…wasn’t ever compelled to move forward)

The Ward series by Jordanna Frankel
(So much potential but DID NOT LIKE)

Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
( I don’t even know if there is more books but Goodreads makes it look like yes. Regardless I will NOT be reading them because I did not like this book at all).

The Innocents series by Lili Peloquin
(didn’t love book 1)

Starcrossed series by Josephine Angelini
( I read it so long ago and wasn’t IN LOVE.)

Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
(I KNOW YOU GUYS WILL HATE ME but I just didn’t care after two books?)

Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
( I read the first two books and they were fun but it’s been SO LONG)

Angel Star series by Jennifer Murgia
(Enjoyed book one but SO LONG AGO I have no idea and I don’t feel compelled to reread)

A Need So Beautiful series by Suzanne Young
(Super enjoyed book 1 but I heard the rest of series wasn’t worth it from a superfan friend and also it’s been YEARS since I read it.)

Duologies I Want To Finish


The Program by Suzanne Young
The Darlings Are Forever by Melissa Kantor
The Memory Chronicles by Lenore Applehans (sad this isn’t going to be a trilogy anymore!)
Kingdom of Xia by Cindy Pon (I totally don’t remember what happened though)
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (I never knew it was a duology until I started blogging!)
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison (can’t wait for The Rosie Effect)
To All The Boys by Jenny Han (DYING FOR THE COMPANION)
Pivot Point by Kasie West (obsessed with this book, can’t wait to read Split Second)
Ashes by Melissa Walker
In The After by Demetria Lunetta (dying to know what happens!!)
Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis
(this book was a GREAT standalone but I won’t deny myself more time with this world!)
The Rules For Disappearing by Ashley Elston

Duologies I’m Not Sure I Want To Finish

Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson (I just didn’t love it at all.)

Romance series


I put them in their own category since most of them don’t need to be read in order.

Bridgerton’s series by Julia Quinn (read The Duke and I)
Serendipity series by Carly Phillips (I didn’t LOVE Serendipity but I might try out another one)
Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis (Really enjoyed Simply Irresistible and I plan to move forward!)
Rusk University series by Cora Carmack (All Lined Up was really enjoyable, can’t wait for more!)
Pushing The Limits series  by Katie McGarry (I LIKED Pushing The Limits but didn’t LOVE it the way others did..but I think I’d like to read on!)

<< Okay so what I need from YOU>>

*Out of the series I plan to finish, let me know which one you think I need to prioritize FIRST — whether it’s a series that’s complete now or one that I need to catch up even if they aren’t all out.
*Help me decide which ones I should drop out of my “not sure” and “pretty sure I can part with” list!

Also, let’s talk: do you struggle with keeping up with series? How many are you in the middle of?

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  1. Arrrrgh see I envy you you’re “I’m terrible at finishing series!” thing because I’m the opposite, and I suck at GIVING UP on series, which means I feel obligated to read things I don’t like and LIFE IS TOO SHORT FOR THAT. Okay, so, on your list, these are the series I love the most and hope you find the time for!

    Stick with: Something Strange and Deadly, Grisha, Girl of Fire and Thorns (HECTOR!), The Lunar Chronicles, THE RAVEN BOYSSSSS (GANSEY!) and Harry Potter obviously because duh. *ignores that you’re giving up on Percy Jackson because sadsad but it’s okay I still love you*

    Dump: OOooo, I HATED the second Madman’s Daughter book, though I liked the first. And ehhhh I read the first three TMI books a hundred years ago and was vaguely entertained but honestly that is soooo many pages and so much angst and so many descriptions of eye color and heavenly fire and you’ll probs be able to find better ways to spend your time.

    • correcting my own grammar because ARRRRGH
      “I envy you YOUR “I’m terrible at finishing series!” thing” OKAY I FEEL BETTER (I love your post) (btws)

  2. I would drop Nightshade. I hate to say it because I loved the first book so much, but books 2 and 3 were no where near as good. And if you didn’t love the first one, I really don’t think it’s going to get any better for you from there.

    I think Insurgent is worth prioritizing because the movie will be out soon. Also Vampire Academy and Harry Potter get sooooo much better as the series continues, so if you liked the first books get ready for some mind-blowing awesomeness.

  3. I don’t think Nightshade is really worth finishing. I read all three back to back, plus the first in the spin off, since I happened to have all of them at once. I’m a huge paranormal fan and that series did nothing for me.

    Sookie Stackhouse…that series is fun, but it kind of goes up and down after #4 (which is my favorite) and then just down down down after book like….8 I think. Probably not worth the investment at 13 books.

  4. If it makes any difference I just liked Pushing the Limits, but really enjoyed the next two in the series. I think they get better.

    Also my thoughts on the Mortal Instruments. I read through four of the books feeling just meh about them. For now I have given up. I may go back one day, but not anytime soon.

    I really like to read series back to back or pretty close to that. I struggle with keeping up with them when I read one and wait on the others. Unless I loved the first/second book the odds are I will get distracted with other books that come my way.

  5. You have to finish… the Divergent trilogy, the Legend trilogy, the Harry Potter series (I read it for the first time part of last year and the beginning of this year!), Jessica Darling series, and The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy.
    Also, “Split Second” by: Kasie West, is really good! I wanted more though!
    I think I’m in the middle of 1 or 2 series right now! The Mila 2.0 trilogy and the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before duology!

  6. Awesome blog topic & post!

    Usually I finish series, I finished Mortal Instruments this summer but wish I hadn’t and had left it at the original trilogy because City of Glass was truly an awesome book so and the subsequent sequels were, looking back on them, a big waste of time and definitely NOT AS GOOD. As for series I didn’t finish and probably never will- the Grisha trilogy, I didn’t love Shadow & Bone, read Siege & Storm and decided I didn’t really like the books or Alina, and thus dropped the trilogy. I also read Poison Study and Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder and LOVED them, but heard Fire Study wasn’t as good so I stopped. However she is planning on writing more so I’ll absolutely read those in high hopes.
    I read A Game of Thrones and loved it but had trouble getting into the second book. Not sure if I’ll get back to that later. I read Cinder and liked it enough, but haven’t felt moved to read Scarlett or Cress. Same with The Darkest Minds and the 5th Wave. I was having a little bit of dystopian fatigue at that point. My review kinda explains it – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16101128-the-5th-wave?ac=1
    And I JUST started the Vampire Academy series and plan to marathon them as long as I like the books!

    Okay, now for the books YOU need to prioritize!
    1.JUST READ HARRY POTTER ALREADY. Thanks. I put this one off for the longest time because it was my best friend’s favorite and she read the books all the time and I was like “nooo I don’t need to read these they’re hyped up so much they can’t be thaaat good” Well, they are and I marathoned them the fall of my sophomore year in high school. EPICCC. I now wish those had been part of my childhood.
    2. I guess you could read Insurgent and Allegiant because the Divergent series is so popular now, but I honestly wasn’t too enthralled with the series as a whole. I had pre-ordered Divergent way back when and ended up thinking it was okay, but it didn’t certainly meet my expectations. Then Insurgent came around and I was like ehhhhhh. Tris and Four do too much unneeded lip smacking. Then Allegiant came around and I realized I had forgotten just about all of Insurgent and Allegiant ended up being kind of a boring, preachy mess. However I did find the Divergent film entertaining. ha, sorry if you were really looking forward to finishing this trilogy and were just the slightest disheartened by my great dislike and annoyance.
    3. I really liked Legend and loved Prodigy so definitely read Champion! I was a bit disappointed in the last book, but its still worth a read.
    4. I read The Millennium trilogy way back in 2009 as a wee little freshman in high school (damn. I STILL hadn’t read Harry Potter yet? What was WROONNNGGGGG with me?). I really loved the trilogy so definitely finish this one. Lisabeth is kick-ass. I also watched the Swedish film adaptions and thought they were well done.
    5. And those are really all the books I’ve read in your All books are out and Plan to finish. I read Night for school, also didn’t know it was a trilogy (NOW I do..) but I don’t know anything about the sequels and don’t really plan on reading them. I loved Night though. Wrote an essay on it in 9th grade I was really proud of ;p

    You have my thoughts on TMI series – Read ONLY to BOOK 3 (City of Glass). The rest suck compared to the first three.

    On an off topic side note- go see GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY NOWWWW (if you haven’t already) IT WAS all kinds of AWESOME.

  7. hahah so re-reading my comment, I guess I usually don’t finish series.

  8. BeamerAnne says:

    Finish: Grisha, Legend, Harry Potter, and the Lunar Chronicles.
    Okay to put down: Uglies, Percy Jackson (it has to be your thing), and Mortal Instruments.
    I love Percy Jackson, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus. Mythology has always intrigued me and the way Riordan has written it into the modern world with misfit/dyslexic kids makes me, the Teacher very happy. But it really does have to be something you are interested in.
    I’m usually a stick with it person, but the Sookie Stackhouse books I haven’t read probably the last five and I don’t know if I want to.
    Lately I have been better at prioritizing my reading time. If I am. It enjoying a book, I will put it down. If I don’t like where a series is taking me I’ll drop it.
    (Im)Patiently waiting to finish: Lunar Chronicles, and anything else Riordan is doing in his series’.

  9. Harry Potter! Jamie! Seriously. That should not even be a question. And I know the first book feels like a book for kids and is mostly just cute but it JUST GETS SOO MUCH BETTER. Believe me and everyone else. Believe the world. I know you probably heard that before and it will only put you under more pressure but pleaaase. (and I am not just saying that because I’m dying to read about your reaction. But no pressure)
    Also, about that pressure: It is completely fine if you don’t love it as much as everyone else, I don’t even know if I would love it as much now. But I just feel like at least you need to give it a serious try.

  10. I struggle with series myself, and I’m pretty sure the only series I’ve finished to date is Twilight Saga. Haha! Mostly I pick series because of their movie adaptations sprouting here and there, and I might read Mockingjay soon because the movie’s coming out. And I have to start on The Maze Runner, too. AND IF I STAY MAN I HAVEN’T READ IT YET.

    ANYWAY. I think you need to pick up Love, Stargirl the soonest!!! While the first installment is more dear to me, Love, Stargirl is better characterization-wise. I MEAN, STARGIRL’S GROWTH. JUST. I’m not saying anything more. I’ve also read Also Known As, and I’m not quite certain if I should read the second book. I was a bit disappointed with the first, what with all the good reviews I’ve heard before. I want to read Little Blue Envelopes because I read somewhere that it’s one of John Green’s favorite books? Or he recommended it. I’m pretty shallow haha so I might try this one out because of this sole reason.

  11. I would say way to prioritise would be to finish the series where you only need to read the last book. Especially if you own said book haha. I guess the same can be said for the series that aren’t complete yet. If you’ve read all but one, do those first.

    As for series to drop, if The Mortal Instruments was just the first three books I’d say go for it. I absolutely loved them. The 4th and 5th were just unnecessary and because of them I haven’t even read the last one. A couple of years ago this was one of my favourite series but I’m kind of over it now. I hope you can finish some of these!!

  12. You have to finish the luner chronicals I love them and trust me it gets way better after cinder.

  13. I also suck at finishing series! You’re making me feel a little better because I only (only!) have 24 series I’m aiming to finish. I keep a list, too, but I’ve listed my series under how many books I have left before I finish them – 1, 2, 3 or more than 4. I’m trying to prioritise the ones where I only have 1 book left to read before I’m done. I recommend the same to you, because then you’ll get the good feels of being able to cross some off your list that much more quickly. Of course, I have not been good at all about sticking to this system – I aimed to finish the final book in 3 separate series this summer and so far have only completed one (Under the Never Sky trilogy). But yay for that, at least!

  14. Oh my word, this comment will take me forever! I haven’t ever listed all of the series I’m in the middle of, I’m generally good at finishing them, but there’s those sneaky ones you don’t realise are a series and then you find out two years later… I digress. OK, let’s do this!

    All The Books Are Out & I Still Haven’t Finished But PLAN TO

    Divergent series by Veronica Roth – YES. Opinions are divided on love/hate for this series by the end of it, but it’s one of those ones you have to read and form your own opinions on, besides, I enjoyed it.
    Something Strange & Deadly by Susan Dennard – haven’t read it yet but plan to.
    Legend series by Marie Lu – haven’t read it yet but plan to.
    Harry Potter by JK Rowling – are you for reals? This HAS to be your number one read. asdfghjkl;.
    Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – I haven’t read it and I don’t know if I can be bothered, there’s like 10 books in this series isn’t there?
    The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo – haven’t read it yet but plan to.
    The Summer I Turned Pretty series by Jenny Han – haven’t read it yet but plan to.
    The Girl Of Fire & Thorn series by Rae Carson – haven’t read it yet but plan to (see? Terrible at series. I do finish the ones I start, but it takes me a while to start them!)
    The Millenium series by Stieg Larsson – I can’t read the first book, I’ve tried, numerous times. It kills me a little every time.

    Not All Books Are Out Yet But I Plan To Finish

    Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas – I know I need this in my life, but I haven’t read it yet.
    Starbound series by Amie Kaufman & Megan Spooner – haven’t read it yet but plan to.
    The 5th Wave series by Rick Yancey – haven’t read it yet but plan to.
    The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – haven’t read it yet but plan to.
    The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater – haven’t read it yet but plan to.
    The Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin – I want this. I need this.

    Series I Don’t Know If I Want To Finish Or Not

    Gone series by Michael Grant – haven’t read it yet but want to and have heard amazing things!
    The Mortal Instruments series by Cassie Clare – OK. I find of get that the first book resulted in mixed feelings, from memory I had those too, but THIS SERIES! Just read it. Please????
    Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld – another one I haven’t read yet but plan to.

    Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan – I haven’t read this yet, but everyone recommends it, especially to fantasy newbies like myself, and to lovers of HP, and we all know how I feel about HP. So I’m planning to give it a go.
    Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris – I actually want to watch the whole TV series, as I stopped after season one. I think I might want to watch this rather than reading it, it happens sometimes – Vampire Diaries Syndrome. Though, for reals – http://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/qs_product_tbp?storeId=10001&productId=199251 10 books for £10…

    Duologies I Want To Finish

    The Program by Suzanne Young – want to start…
    The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison (can’t wait for The Rosie Effect) Hmm… not dying about it but I’ll read it.
    To All The Boys by Jenny Han (DYING FOR THE COMPANION) – did it really have to be a duology? Really?
    Pivot Point by Kasie West – want to read.
    Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland and Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis – I’m debating these.

    Pushing The Limits series by Katie McGarry – I gave this a solid 4/5, enjoyed it. I’d read on. I’ve read Dare You To and I plan to get my hands on Crash Into You ASAP. Amazon usually do offers where it goes on sale for a while (I think book 2 is 20p on Amazon UK at the minute) so at least it isn’t costing you much.

    You’ve inspired me to at least make a TBR list of all the series I drool over that I’ve yet to start, I’ll maybe do a poll on my blog…

    R x

  15. I would say DEFINITELY finish the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, and catch up on Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle. Also, carry on with the Mara Dyer series – I actually enjoyed book two much more than book one, which doesn’t happen often (for me).

    I’m pretty close to giving up on TMI. I read the first three books and thought they were okay, but like you say, it feels like a HUGE committment because that series has so many books, and then there are the companion series books, and I just don’t think I care THAT much.

  16. This is SO ME! I went for a while where I wouldn’t let myself start a new series until I’d finished one, but I just couldn’t keep that up. There were too many shiny new series that I wanted to start.

    I think, if I were you, I’d start my plan of attack by reading the final books in trilogies that you’ve already read the first two. That’s more manageable. So I’d go with like the Jillian Larkin series (which I loved btw) and the Kimberly Derting one.

    I still haven’t finished the last Vampire Academy book, because it was really slow in the beginning. But I feel like I HAVE to finish it, because dangit I invested a heck of a lot of time in that series, you know? haha

    For The Mortal Instruments, I’d recommend just finishing the original trilogy. It could (and should) have ended there. There’s no need to keep going. Honestly. Just pretend that’s the end. The first 3 were really nice, I thought. Also, her other series is way better – the Infernal Devices. SO MANY FEELS o_0

  17. I hardly ever comment on blogs, but feel the need to for some reason right now. I am TERRIBLE at finishing series. I feel like I just get so attached that by the time I get to the last book I don’t want it to end and feel my refusal to read it means it never will end. BUT, there are a few I have finished so I thought I’d throw my two cents in.

    I would definitely finish Harry Potter. Not solely because EVERYONE says you should, but because it just gets better. Each book matures with Harry and I think the further into it you get the harder it is to put down. It will move so quickly for you, and I think you could easily accomplish it.

    I would also finish the Legend series. I was in love with it, and I really enjoyed how it ended. I think that she did a nice job not forcing something ridiculous, like many series do at the end, and it makes sense. I loved this series. One of the first ones I’ve been completely addicted to in a long time (probably since Hunger Games and Divergent…which I started right around the release of the first book).

    I would also suggest finishing Divergent. Not just because it’s currently relevant (because that alone can be a strange reason) but because it’s worth it. I think it’s worth it to know how everything ends. It moves so fast too. I think it took me only a couple days to finish each book (why oh why does work get in the way?). I’m also one of those that liked the ending. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion of it, but it shouldn’t scare others from reading it.

    Ok, I also think you should get on the Lunar Chronicles but mostly because I should too. I loved Cinder but just haven’t picked up Scarlet (which I own) and I’m not sure why. One of my closest friends just demolished that series though. She read the whole thing in a week and loved it. She keeps saying I should keep reading it. I probably should…

    I would also say the same for Girl of Fire and Thorns. I loved that first book, and maybe I just didn’t get the second book soon enough because now I’m just putting it off.

    Finally, ditch the Mortal Instruments. This is just my personal opinion, but I feel like my life was wasted on those. I flew through them. Easy read, simple plot. I think I read the first three within a week and then waited in high anticipation for the fourth one. I read it as soon as I got my hands on it and realized that it was all garbage (the same thing happened with Twilight). I hated that I spent money on these books and that I had wasted time reading them. I realize this is just my own opinion, but I try to advise friends of mine to just ditch them while they can.

    Man, there are a lot of series I haven’t read that I will definitely be looking into. Thanks (I think…)!

  18. Gosh, I know what you mean. I’m TERRIBLE at finishing series!

    I personally think Divergent is one you can give up. I think the books just get worse and the third one is like… bleh.

    You should definitely make Harry Potter a priority! Personally, I actually don’t care for books 1-3 anymore. Yes they’re still cute and magical, but they’re so middle grade. So whenever I reread the series, I skip books 1-3. But starting at book 4, things really start to become more intense and YA (instead of MG). They get darker, scarier, and just more epic!

  19. Sadly, with the ones you’re wanting to finish – I’m in the same boat (except the Divergent Series which was really really good!). Actually the only one I’m further in than you are is Sookie Stackhouse – which is a really great read if you want a mix of paranormal, romance, and humour – and Uglies. I would actually recommend either of these series. I know Sookie is really long (13 books) but they are such quick little reads that I know it wont take you long to get through and they are so much fun (for me anyways). I currently on book #6 (Definitely Dead) and only put it aside to take a break from paranormal (had a bit of a streak and had to cleanse lol). Uglies was good – I liked the second and the third better than the first (#1-3 stars, #2-4 stars, #3-4 stars).

    I am ashamed to say I haven’t even started the Harry Potter Series – every time I tried I just wasn’t in the mood for it – and the Percy Jackson series, as much as I wanted to at first, I haven’t found myself being pulled back into that world (it’s been so long that I’m not sure how likely it is that I’ll get back into it).

    I’ve only finished Book 1 but I’ve heard Vampire Academy gets better after the first book (apparently the weaker one of the series).

    I’m half tempted to do the same you did and create a list of started series and one’s I’m really interested in and see how bad that list is. Then hopefully I can focus and get more of them done! I’m just finishing up the The Boleyn Trilogy, which (I hate to do this to you) I’d highly recommend if you’re in the mood for historical fiction. It’s a nice change where in this world Anne Boleyn actually had a baby boy! It follows this new king and his friends – I love it!

  20. I’m not much help when it comes to this discussion topic lately. Back in my early days of blogging, I was all about the series. I think because I’m way more a contemporary reader, and the high profile series tend to be non-contemps, I just don’t have a huge desire to pick them up. You already know which series from the list above I think you should finish. Well, two actually.


    Do it now. Seriously.

  21. Obvs, my vote is for HP! Grisha and Legend are great unique series that I think you should see through to the end and don’t take up too much time! The VA books seriously DO get better as they go on. I didn’t quite LOVE the very last one, but I’m so very glad I finished that series.

    I am in the middle of the Mortal instruments series. I picked it up very late (last year). It definitely is a huge investment and I’ve been taking my sweet time. I’ve read the first 4 books of the main series and am on book 2 of the spin off (and now that both of those series are finished, she is writing TWO new spin offs, omg). I have to say, I enjoy the spin off (Clockwork Angel…) more. I am reading Infernal Devices and Mortal Instruments in the order they were published instead of finishing out a whole series and then moving to the next. I am picking up on a lot of crossover references, which has made it more enjoyable to me.

    I made it a goal this year to finish at least 3 series! And I’ve only finished one and it’s over halfway through the year… Womp womp.

  22. I can’t help you with most of these since there are a number I’m not familiar with. If makes you feel any better I only got to the 4th Harry Potter when I stopped reading. The Lucky Harbor series from Shalvis is really a collection of trilogies and they each get better as they go along. Quinn is also great and you’ve got some of the best coming up. Drop the Carly Phillips. There’s too many books out there to keep reading a series you didn’t love. Also, if you give an operation an awesome it’s sure to work so I think you’re in good shape! Good luck!

  23. I have created a new rule for myself that I’m not allowed to start any new series until all of the books are out because at the end of last year, I counted how many unfinished series I am in the middle of and the number was 100+.

    My problem is that I forget things easily from year to year, and while I know there are helpful sites like Recaptions, it’s just not the same as rereading the book because small details are sometimes very important. I prefer marathoning/binge-reading series, but I feel like I don’t have the time to go back and reread all of the books 1 or books 1 and 2 of trilogies so it leads to all of these incomplete series on my shelves. However, I recently did go back and reread Daughter of Smoke & Bone so I could finish that trilogy and I am SO GLAD I did!

    I LOVE duologies because they are just so much easier for me to finish than trilogies. We are at the same point in many series: I still need to finish Legend, Divergent, The Body Finder, and SS&D.

    I’d recommend finishing the Summer trilogy by Jenny Han as well as Harry Potter, of course!

  24. I suck at duologies – well, I go on to read the 2nd and I hate it so much that it casts a shadow over the 1st. My rule of thumb is that if I really really liked the first, skip the second and end on a good note.

  25. I was just talking to a coworker telling her how I suck at series. I particularly have a hard time either 1.) getting past book one or 2.) reading the last book. I don’t think I have quite so many series unread as you, but I definitely have a lot.

    As for which ones to stop or keep reading – well, I don’t think I can really say because you have your own preferences. I really like the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series, and I see that you are feeling meh about it. Although, I will say that the next PJ series – Heroes of Olympus is AMAZING! So reading the first five books to get to HOO might be worth it.

    And of course, I say read Harry Potter!!! I know it’s probably hard with so many people telling you to read them, but I cannot recommend that series enough. Perhaps you would enjoy them more as audiobooks?

    I also adore the Birdgerton series by JQ, although if you didn’t want to read the whole series, I say read books 1-4. They are the best, and really book four is so freaking good. It’s called Romancing Mr. Bridgerton and it’s a fan favorite. But even though you don’t need to read the books in order, I think reading the first three first is best to fully appreciate the wonderfulness of Romancing Mr. Bridgerton.

    As for the series I need to finish:

    The Lux series by JLA
    The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (I’ve read books 1-4 and have stalled)
    The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare (I’ve read books 1-2, but not the 3 even though I own it!!)
    The Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson.

    I’m only thinking of series with all the books out. I have a lot more that I should finish, but the ones above are the most important to me right now. Good luck on whatever you decide.

  26. I’m terrified to do the same for all of my series. It’d be quite depressing!

  27. That is a lot of series to finish lady! I’m impressed you have so many in progress–generally I just give up after book one if I’m not sure.
    I’d say you can definitely give up on Mortal Instruments and the Flappers (same story every book). I’d prioritize Raven Boys and the final Legend book!

  28. Jamie, SAVE YOURSELF from the Eve series! I read all 3 and I have never been angrier at a book than I was with the 3rd in that series. It ruined the love I had for the 1st one and tarnished it all for me. Don’t bother.

    As for Divergent, read IMMEDIATELY! Also read Split Second and The Treatment as soon as possible.

  29. Nikki Robinson says:

    FINISH HARRY POTTER! (not yelling at you-just excited)
    The Divergent series is good too.
    I loved the chemical garden trilogy by Lauren DeStefano.
    The Mortal Instruments series is a commitment, but I think you should go for it. I was upset when I found out the original trilogy was going to be expanded (so I disliked book 4), but I really liked the last one. Good ending to the series.

  30. The Divergent series is pretty good, though I was unimpressed by Allegiant. I still think they’re worth a read bc of all the hype and the movies. I would definitely prioritize Harry Potter because that series just gets better and better as you go along. Also, the Summer series is really quick and easy, so I’d say maybe just try to finish those quickly. As for dropping some… the only series that I’ve finished from that list is Uglies, and I really like it (except for the fourth book, Extras – that one sucked). Good luck! At least you have a plan now 🙂

  31. Oh man, this just totally reminded me about all the series that I need to finish as well! It’s seriously such a daunting task to take on so good for you for doing so! I haven’t read most of these series/am on the same page as you in terms of NEED TO CATCH UP (ie. the Lunar Chronicles & Mara Dyer series).

    Definitely, definitely read the Harry Potter series. I know you must have heard that so many times so it might be tiring at this point but they are really good! I’m in the middle of rereading them right now and the first few books are a bit more middle grade but then past the third book, they all get really great and exciting! Though admittedly, they are freaking huge. I’m on the third book now and omg I’m so unbelievably scared for the fourth book. This is probably very irrational but dang that thing is ginormous!

    And as for the 13 Little Blue Envelopes, I’m sad to hear you didn’t like it! I read it so long ago so the details aren’t very clear but I remember loving the travel aspect of it. But if you didn’t like it, then drop it. There really isn’t any need to read the second book unless you really care about what happens to the last envelope. Nothing major major happens though it did end in a way I wasn’t expecting but I mean, not really important.

    Good luck with your operation! 🙂

  32. You have to finish Harry Potter. If nothing else, you want to be able to stop getting dirty looks from people when they find out you haven’t finished.

    The Girl of Fire and Thorn was really good. I think you will want to finish that one.

    Divergent is iffy. How did you feel about Catching Fire and Mockingjay? Was your opinion of the series ruined by how it ended? If so, you might not want to finish Insurgent and Allegiant. I found that the series went downhill and the ending was not at all what I wanted.

  33. The DEFINITE for me is Jessica Darling. I know Charmed Thirds isn’t as good as the rest, but I promise that Fourth Comings and Perfect Fifths make up for it…I think you’ll find a lot of similarities between your life right now and Fourth Comings, and Perfect Fifths is just a gift to the fans.

    I feel like you should finish Divergent and Harry Potter if nothing else but to avoid mega spoilers. Also, because they are fun and fast reads, and I think you’re going to love HP as you go on.

    Honestly, I don’t really get The Summer I Turned Pretty madness. I liked it okay and read all three, but I definitely didn’t find it mind-blowing, and the characters were kind of frustrating. I think I would have been okay not finishing that series.

    And finally, kick Sookie Stackhouse to the curb. Definitely not a priority. I still haven’t read the second Stargirl even though it’s sitting on my shelf and I’m kind of fine with it? I’m pretty sad that you didn’t like 13 Little Blue Envelopes that much – it’s one of my faves and it was totally my YA gateway book. =) I liked the second one, too.

  34. Keep for sure: Divergent, Legend, Shadow and Bone, and Harry Potter. PRIORITIES, JAMIE. Oh, and add the Lunar Chronicles and The Raven Cycle to that list too.

    Possibly get rid of: eh, The Mortal Instruments is a maybe. I liked the first three books, but I’ve heard books 4-6 get worse. My sister picked up book 4 weeks ago and still hasn’t finished it because of all the angst. So maybe just the first “trilogy”? City of Glass ends pretty conclusively anyway.

    I haven’t read many of the other ones, so I can’t really weigh in properly! But maybe *just maybe* give Percy Jackson another chance? I guess you’re not really trying to save series, but that’s my two cents 😉

  35. I am so bad at series, too. Like, terrible. I still haven’t finished the Shatter Me series (only read the first one, but I own the other two). But, I do have to tell you that Uglies is one of my favorite series ever, and this is coming from a very non-series reader.

  36. I have the same problem with series. I will read them kind of sporadically and then just never seem to finish them. Also what is this whole thing with now every single book seems to be part of some series, trilogy, and duology. Sometimes I don’t want that kind of commitment but now what choice do I have. I read the first book it’s good, I like, I find out that there are more, I read them, and then I just don’t like the books anymore. After a while too many books in a series just ruins all of them for you. P.C. Cast I am looking at you! You should give the Mortal Instruments a chance. The first three are amazing and you could end it there. That was the original ending and then the other three were written as continuation trilogy. Personally I don’t think Cassandra Clare should have messed the original end. And of course read Harry Potter because it’s Harry Potter and I love those books more than life.

  37. My strategy for series placing any books in a series that I am in the middle of on an in-process shelf on Goodreads. This includes unpublished books in the series. I have made it a priority recently to finish some trilogies that had recently published conclusions, so that’s helped, although I still have a ton. And then there are those series that I have just forgotten about, but I see book #2 or #3 at the library and realize I have to finish. It’s a problem. Anyway, you should prioritize The Grisha trilogy (so good!), Girl of Fire and Thorns, Divergent, and Harry Potter. Those are some of my favorites!

  38. So many on that list that I myself need to finish. A couple of them I even have sitting on stacks waiting to be read. *soon*

    You really, and I mean really, should finish Harry Potter, the Grisha trilogy, Kingdom of Xia series, and Girl of Fire and Thorns series. They are all beyond amazing and demand to be read. I would say these are the most important series to finish…in my *humble* opinion.

    Best of luck in finishing the (long) list!!!! =)

  39. I vote for Dream Thieves (AMAZING series! and only 2 books out, 3rd one comes out in Oct, 4th and last one next year) and Champion (one of the best dystopias out there, and it’s the last book!).

    I like The Mortal Instruments, but at the same time I don’t think it’s worth finishing it ? Maybe if you are really feeling it read until the 3rd one. I haven’t read the last (6th) one yet D: Buuuuuuuuut, I HIGHLY recommend the prequel, Infernal Devices, it’s so freaking great!! It’s only 3 books and they are all out already! 🙂

  40. Um… Harry Potter should be prioritized! Especially since you’ve only read the first book… there is SO MUCH awesomeness ahead of you! 😀 I too need to catch up on the Lunar Chronicles books; I just jumped on that bandwagon last June.

  41. The Summer I Turned Pretty series by Jenny Han is SO GOOD!!! Please read the other two!!
    Also, HP Fan for life.
    I’m with you on the Mara Dyer series, need to read the second one.
    Good luck!

  42. Okay, so first this is so brave of you, and I’m sure you’re going to get a million different answers about what you should/shouldn’t finish, so I hope this helps at least a little bit!

    Series you should just desert: 1. Divergent (the first book is really the best, the second goes downhill, and the third is so ridiculous that I sold my copy to a used book store and tried desperately to not tell people at my work (I work at a book store) that they shouldn’t even bother reading it. It was tough)
    2. Uglies (I read the other two, but I could not bring myself to read Extras. Uglies was the most painful series which sucked because I loved the Leviathan series, the Peeps books and the Midnighters series by him)
    3. Sookie Stackhouse (the books are fun and I read almost all of them, but at some point when you have to read so many books and you haven’t read the others in so long and she keeps coming out with more even after she’s said it’s the last one and the plot all blurs together, it’s time to give up. At least, that’s what I tell myself.)
    4. Percy Jackson (to be fair, I’m going against my own word here and I’m going to read the last one–which I have heard is the best one– but I wasn’t thrilled by the series either. )

    For series you should finish or catch up with:
    1. Harry Potter (seriously, like at least give it a couple more books. It’s such a major cultural thing, and you said before that you’ve been really good at avoiding spoilers, so you should give it more. If for some reason, you still don’t like it after book 4, then I say do what you want, but like for so many people, that series really shaped me as a person. It’s one I recommend to everyone.)
    2. The Body Finder series (I’ve actually never read this series, but think of how good you’ll feel when you finish that last book!!)
    3. Millenium series (I just have to point out that the first one is the hardest one to make it through. The second two really move a lot faster which I think is partly because after you make it through the first one, you can understand the writing/translation style better. And the plot picks up a whole lot. But it isn’t Harry Potter, so priorities I guess.)
    4. The Lunar Chronicles (I just blitzed through these back in May or June, and they are so good. Plus, I feel like they’re pretty quick reads. Although if you wait until next November, the entire series should be out, so you could read them all really quick)
    5. The Mara Dyer series (book two is just as weird-mindbendy as the first one, if not more. Plus the next book comes out in November, so you could be all set for that release!)

    Good luck! I hope this helps you work out which series are worth finishing. I might steal this idea for my own blog! It’s a great way to put them all in one place.

  43. I vote for putting Harry Potter at the top of the list 🙂 I’m re-reading them now and enjoying them immensely!

  44. The Goddess Trilogy by Josephine Angelini is so worth finishing! Honestly, it’s one of my favorite YA reads. I wasn’t in love with the first two books (especially the second), but the third…I DIED. It questions everything we think about Homer and AHHHH! All that being said, it’s only a good series if you know basic classical lit theory and have read/slightly enjoyed Homer. But that’s why I liked it. Angelini employed classical literary devices flawlessly and I LOVED seeing things like this brought into the genre.

  45. Harry Potter by JK Rowling (read book 1…shhhh I know)
    No surprise, but you GOT TO FINISH THIS ONE 😀

    The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo (read Shadow & Bone)
    I wasn’t a huge fan of the conclusion, but the second book and overall story is SO good. I love the world-building too 🙂

    The Girl Of Fire & Thorn series by Rae Carson (Read Girl of Fire Of Thorn, own the last 2)
    One of my favorite series. You got to meet Hectoooooor 😀

    Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas (all caught up)
    Yeaaaay 😀

    The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (only read Cinder, need to catch up on Scarlet and Cress)
    Yes, you must 🙂

    The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shephard (read The Madman’s Daughter, have second)
    Ugh, hated the second book 🙁

    The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (read The Raven Boys, have second)
    The dream thieves is as good as The raven boys 🙂

    (I didn’t love the first book but I didn’t hate it…I kind of WANT to know but that’s a big investment into a long series that seems to never end)
    I got till book 3 and then I gave up..

    Eve trilogy by Anna Carey
    I liked the first book, LOATHED the last one.

    Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
    I really don’t need more. What a hooooorrible book.

    This reminds me of my own series challenge. I call it ‘mission impossible: tackling series’ and I do random updates. So far I’ve finished 10 series, so I’m on track 😀

  46. Series are my worst enemy. I love them because you can attached to the characters and the story line, but I’m so bad at going back and reading the rest. I like when a series is released in a box set, especially for Kindle. For example, The Hunger Games comes in a Kindle box set – I have all three so when I want to read them, I can do so in one fell swoop.

    I am abysmal with series, so much in fact that I made it one of my bookish New Years resolutions to try and complete a reasonable amount of them this year. I start them and then I get distracted by shiny new ones and go and read them instead. It can be tough trying to work out which to ditch and which to keep, good luck!

    P.S. Kelley Armstrong is amazing, I’d definitely recommend you keep her. 🙂

  48. I know my comment on this particular post is coming in EXTREMELY late, but I thought I’d still put my two cents in anyway. I’ve read a bunch of these series, and I do think it’d be fun to share my thoughts on whether you should keep going or drop a series!

    – Something Strange and Deadly
    – The Grisha Trilogy
    – Girl of Fire & Thorns series
    – Bridgerton series (YES YES YES)

    – Harry Potter
    – The Summer I Turned Pretty series
    – Throne of Glass series (DUH, coming from me, this is obvious.)
    – Starbound series
    – The Lunar Chronicles
    – Also Known As
    – The Raven Cycle
    – Percy Jackson series (DON’T GIVE UP!)
    – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
    – Nantucket Blue

    – Divergent
    – Pushing the Limits (I’m not overly fond of Crash Into You)

    – The Blackcoat Rebellion series
    The Colors of Madeleine series

    Hope that helps! I’m inspired to now make a series list as well, so I’ll get back to you on how many I currently happen to be in the middle of…


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