Top Ten Tuesday!

I missed doing this over the past several weeks but I am back now! This week’s topic is Series I Don’t Intend to Finish but honestly while I find these kind of posts interesting to read and can be very engaging, I don’t want just a solid post of negativity so I am going to be splitting this up with 5 Series that I Don’t Intend to Finish and 5 Series that I Want to Finish Someday.

First up…the ones I will not be returning to.

16034235First up, Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas.

I read the first book several years ago and was…less than impressed. Okay, I hated it.

But I read the second book based on some really good reviews and honestly enjoyed it a lot more than I did the first. Then the third book was coming out so I tried to do a reread of the second to get refreshed and however much time had passed since by initial reading of it was apparently enough to change my mind because I could barely get through the reread.

Though I know these books are widely loved, it is sadly a series I will not be completing.

15985373Next up… Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence.

However much I may love Mark Lawrence’s newest series, The Book of the Ancestor, I will not be finishing his books from the Broken Lands. I read the first two, Prince of Thorns and King of Thorns, and this is just so not the series for me.

When I am actively rooting for someone to kill the main character, I should probably step away from the series.

I understand that the second series is an entirely different set of characters so maybe I will give those a chance one day but for sure will not be reading Emperor of Thorns.

43889Next, basically anything by Terry Goodkind.

Firstly because his behavior online in the past decade or so has become atrocious but also because the books are just no longer good.

The Sword of Truth series was one of my earliest introductions to high fantasy and the characters really stuck with me for a while even as I came to realize how flawed they really are.

Looking back, the writing even in the first few books was average at best and has gone waaaaaay downhill since then to the point where they are pretty much unreadable for me.

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Fourth is The Waking Lands by Callie Bates.

This one is solely because I just did not enjoy the first book. I just had zero feelings for it one way or the other.

While the cover is undeniably gorgeous nothing about this story did anything for me so I will not be picking up future books.

Finally, the last book in this section of the list will be….. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurel K. Hamilton.

631329I read this series several years ago with a roommate of mine while I never really cared for the MC, Anita, I really liked a lot of the supporting characters and we would gush over the gorgeousness of the male characters and oooh and aaah at the steaminess of it all. But then…it just got too steamy.

It started to become mostly steam and very little plot. And now it is all down to exposition of relationship drama and playing the Who Will Anita Bone in This Book But Not Want to But Secretly She Likes it and Will Continuing Hooking Up With Them From Now Into Eternity Game.

If the game title was tedious to read then trust me, so is the game.

*Now we get to finish the last half of this with books that I definitely want to get around to finishing someday!*

18712886First up is The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.

This was a random book that I picked up from the library without knowing anything about it and while I felt like it had some issues I enjoyed it enough that I went on to the second book when it came out. I actually enjoyed the second book far more than I liked the first one!

The final book is on my shelf but I have not read it yet because so much time has passed since reading the second book that I need a reread.

Next up is The Passage by Justin Cronin.

6690798This one is not really a genre that I usually read and honestly the more I think about it, I am not totally sure what genre it is. Part vampire, part dystopian, part horror. It has elements of all of these things.

The third book in the series, The City of Mirrors, came out a few years ago and I still have not read it again because I need a reread. These books are so massive and detailed that I know I would not remember a thing from them if I tried to just jump into the last book.

Third we have…. The Chronicles of St. Mary’s by Jodi Taylor!

29661618I love reading about history. The first book in this series was a slightly silly book about time travel and living through various points in history to learn more about them and I loved it.

Medieval England and dinosaurs in the same book…yes please!

Sadly I have not read the rest of the series even though, again, the next book is sitting on my shelf just waiting for me.

leviathan wakesFourth is The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey. I read the first two books in this series a few years back and I liked them enough that I bought a box set of the series…but just have not thought about it for some reason when looking for some good sci fi to read.

Space zombies, interplanetary conflict between Earth, the moon, Mars, and the asteroid belt. The friction between the various factions creating a really engaging set of politics and I absolutely want to see where this series goes.

And last but not least is The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson!

228665I read the first three books in this series last year and honestly got pretty much exactly what I was expecting from them. They were epic fantasy with all of the elements that are make epic fantasy what it is. But as one of the foundations for the genre being as big as it is, this is something that I want to devote more time to.

Honestly there are two things standing in my way of finishing this series.

One is that it is just so damned long!

The other is that I keep hearing that the middle books are a slog to get through so I am kind of afraid to get to those middle books since the first couple that everyone else says are some of the best I have felt were okay but not great.

Still I want to read at least a few more books in the series.

After doing this last half of the post, I realized that there were many things on my TBR that I had kind of forgotten about putting them on the backburner so I really want to move things around to get to more books sooner!

What are some series that you have called it quits on? What are some that you really want to finish? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. I agree with you on Throne of Glass and Wizard’s First Rule. I don’t understand the hype surrounding Sarah J. Maas’s books, because the ones I’ve read are just bad. Bad writing and mediocre characters, and mostly a romance peppered with some adventures. Nope. Not going any further. I gave Terry Goodkind a try with Wizard’s First Rule, and was completely unimpressed by my slog through it. Never went back to it.

    The Wheel of Time starts out exciting, but it becomes slow and bloated later on as Jordan expands the world and adds in a bunch of characters who often seem to have nothing to do with the story. I read the first book in three days, and book nine in three months. Though I do like Brandon Sanderson’s work, I am uninterested in finishing out the series.

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    1. Yeah I really want to get to Sanderson’s books and with how popular the series as a whole is I keep telling myself it can’t be *that* bad even though I keep reading that it is a slog to get through. Still, I will probably see how far I can get someday. :)

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  2. I LOVED Fate of the Tearling – when you have the time I would definitely recommend returning to it. I had about a year between book 2 and book 3, but was able to just do a refresher of book 2 and didn’t have to re-read all the way.

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  3. I felt the same way about Throne of Glass! Everyone was in love with it, and while I liked Caelena, I was less than impressed with all the rest.

    I’ve only read the first book in the Sword of Truth series, which I thought was rich and interesting, but I can’t bring myself to pick up the rest of them. My husband rally enjoys the fantasy world, but none of his rallying can get me to continue… I’m not overly surprised to hear they deteriorated.

    “And now it is all down to exposition of relationship drama and playing the Who Will Anita Bone in This Book But Not Want to But Secretly She Likes it and Will Continuing Hooking Up With Them From Now Into Eternity Game.” > yes! My feelings about Anita Blake as well.

    I will warn you about the ending of Queen of the Tearling (as someone who LOVES the books) – it left a lot of people disappointed and feeling like Erika Johansen just got lazy. Just want to give you realistic expectations for the end. :P It’s jarring and overall unliked.

    I read Just One Damned Thing After Another a couple months ago and LOVED it! It was so much fun, right? I need to get on book two as well… why oh why is my TBR so long?

    Loved this post, fantastic choices!

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    1. Thanks! I will keep my expectations for Tearling really low now so I can only impressed. 😂

      I know! Every post I make seems to make my TBR increase lol

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    1. Thanks! And yeah I don’t think Jorg (MC in Prince of Thorns) is really meant to be liked. Some readers get into his story and character though I think for how he came to be the way that he is and he does shift some as the story goes on. I just hated his guts though and nothing could really redeem him in my eyes. I think you would definitely have to read it to decide which camp you are in lol. :)

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