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June 25: Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish (Submitted by A Book and a Cup)

This is a tough one! I don’t track this information, but I hunted down some examples.

  1. Hazel Wood; Melissa ALbert. It was so pretty, I ignored the mixed reviews. They were earned.

2. Big Rock, Lauren Blakely. Looked like the start of a cute romance series, but was really sexist.

3. Dragon Tattoo; Steig Larson. It took some effort to disengage from the mystery, but these books are just too dark.

4. Time Quintet; Madeline L’Engle. I decided to re-read some of these, and read the rest, but they go downhill from book one. I’ll stick with that one.

5. Throne of Glass; Sarah Maas. I liked the idea of this, but I found all the love triangles annoying.

6. Harry Hole; Jo Nesbo. I got all the way up to book 8 before I decided this is too dark for me.

7. Abhorsen; Garth Nix. I really liked the first three books, but 4 was such a disappointment I don’t want to pick up 5.

8. The Greek Detective; Anne Zouroudi. I got through one and a bit, before deciding I wasn’t much interested.


About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

14 responses »

  1. FranL says:

    I finished The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series out of sheer determination. I wouldn’t say it was worth it though. If you read the first book, you pretty much see where the series is going. I remember loving the Time Quintet as a tween, but I only remember the broad outlines of the plot.

    Here’s my list:
    Instead of series I’ve completely abandoned, I did series that are temporarily on hold. I’ll finish them eventually!

  2. RacheLeanne says:

    Great list! I’m yet to start the throne of glass series, so colour me warned haha! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  3. Throne of Glass is definitely an annoying series, if my friends hadn’t made me read I wouldn’t have got past the first book.

  4. I read The Hazel Wood and probably won’t finish the series either. I enjoyed the book, but really wished it ended there. Unfortunately, I can’t see where this can go. I loved Steig Larsson’s Millennium Series. You’re absolutely right they are very dark. After each one I had to take a break and read a bit fluff. The Harry Hole series is dark to. I’m impressed that you made to #8. I find that Scandinavian Crime Thriller/Mystery/Suspense is much darker, but I really like it. I often wonder what that says about me.

    • They’re good books, but I find some kinds of imagery keep reappearing in my mind, haunting me. I just don’t need that in my life!
      It seems like Scandinavian, Russian, and Alaskan literature tend to be very dark. I wonder if it has to do with the weather?

  5. Anna @MyBookishDream says:

    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo books are seriously dark, so I can see why you wouldn’t want to finish that series. I did read the whole series and enjoyed it, but then again I can stomach a lot of things. 🙂
    I have heard many mixed things about The Hazel Wood and I don’t think I’ll be picking it up. The negative reviews point to things that I would dislike as well, so I don’t plan on wasting time on it.

    • If you see things in a review that bothers you, skipping it is almost always a good idea! I can;t think of a time I picked up a book anyway, and felt like it was the right choice!

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