Tuesday, September 25, 2012

ttt: unfinished series

This week's Top Ten Tuesday on the Broke and the Bookish is top ten unfinished series. I'm not sure how to rank unfinished series (#1 is the series I most want to finish? #1 is the series I would rather eat than finish?), so these aren't in any true order. I just included all of the unfinished series I have under my belt, excluding the crazy big series we all read as kids. You know, Nancy Drew, Dear America, Sweet Valley Twins, The Boxcar Children. Did anyone ever read ALL of the books in one of those series? If you did, please comment below. I'm incredibly impressed.

Top Ten Unfinished Series

1. The Millennium Trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)* by Stieg Larsson. 2/3 finished.
  • Why unfinished? Just taking a break really. I'll get to the The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest soon.

2. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. 1/3 finished.
  • Why unfinished? I only read #1 a month ago. And while I enjoyed it, I think I'm good. Maybe I'll get around to reading the others someday, maybe not.

3. The Shadow of the Wind* by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. 1/3 finished.
  • Why unfinished? Anyone else unaware that the The Shadow of the Wind is a part of a series of sorts? I only learned this a few months ago and it blew my mind. I loved SOTW when I read it years ago, but I had no idea The Angel's Game, Zafon's next book, was connected to it. That was followed by The Prisoner of Heaven this year. From what I've heard, they are all stand-alone novels, but very connected. I've had The Angel's Game on my shelf for years and with my new knowledge that it's all a series, I hope to get to it very soon.

4. Wideacre* by Philippa Gregory. 1/3 finished.
  • Why unfinished? I just forgot about it, I suppose. Wideacre was a crazy, crazy book but still very entertaining, and hopefully I'll get to the sequels soon.

5. The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly. 1/3 finished.
  • Why unfinished? I just really disliked it. See my Goodreads review for more explanation.

6. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. 2/4 finished.
  • Why unfinished? I read the first two largely so that I could understand what this whole craze what about and have an educated idea of how to argue for/against them. After two books, I think I got the general idea.

7. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares. 2/5 finished.
  • Why unfinished? I really enjoyed the first book and the second was good too, but I just got distracted, I guess. I don't think I'll read the rest of the series, but I have scanned through plot summaries to find out what happened to the characters, which shows I was fairly invested in the books.

8. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. 3/10 finished.
  • Why unfinished? Another great series I began as a kid and abandoned due to distraction. The first book was the best, but I enjoyed the others. I won't be finishing these, but I would certainly recommend them to preteen/teen girls.

9. The Giver by Lois Lowry. 1/4 finished (the 4th is due out next year).
  • Why unfinished? We read The Giver in my 6th grade English class. It was very good, but there were other things I wanted to read more than the sequels.

10. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. 1/2 finished.
  • Why unfinished? It just wasn't my favorite.

11. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. 1/4 finished.
  • Why unfinished? We read The Hobbit in my 7th grade English class and I found it very boring. No desire to read the others in the series, though I do find the movies entertaining (albeit confusing and complicated). I'll definitely be seeing the movie adaption when it comes out this December.

12. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. 1/13 finished.
  • Why unfinished? I was too old to truly appreciate this series, I think. I read the first as a teenager and enjoyed it, but never got around to the others. If I'd been a kid during their great popularity, I think I would have loved them.

* I intend to finish all starred series.


  1. I started but never finished a lot of these series-- Millennium (just not interested enough), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (ditto), and The Shadow of the Wind (just can't afford the Prisoner of Heaven hardcover yet). I really enjoyed the Series of Unfortunate Events series, but I was around the right age (or maybe just a little too old, haha) to read them. Great list. :)

  2. I really like the Lemony Snicket movie, but I've always felt like I was too old to pick up the books though. I definitely read all the Twilight books, despite knowing that I wasn't really getting much out of it (besides a few days entertainment).

  3. Your star system was so clever! We put The P Diaries too - there are just so many!


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