Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.This week’s TTT is a variation of the topic “Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit” and I chose to focus on series that I’ve tried but have stopped reading. There used to be a time when I wouldn’t even start reading a series until I have all the books that are a part of it. But then I realized that it’s better to try the first book (or maybe even until the second or third book) to see whether it would be something that I’d be interested to continue. Here are some series that I started but didn’t feel the need to read more:
Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs – I know several book blogger friends who love this series and it keeps being recommended for fans of Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews. I tried the first three books but just couldn’t get past a traumatic incident that happened in the series.
October Day series by Seanan McGuire – This was another urban fantasy series that kept being recommended to me so I tried the first two books but the series just wasn’t engaging enough for me to continue.
Psy / Changeling series by Nalini Singh – I really liked the worldbuilding in this series and I found the Psy and Changeling dynamics interesting. I think I read four books in this series before stopping. It’s just that it’s hard for me to be totally into a series when it feels like it’s never going to end. I like reading series that have a definite resolution, so that the characters can have the happily ever after that they deserve.
Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh – Another series by Nalini Singh where I loved the worldbuilding. I was fascinated by the gritty portrayal of angels and vampires in the first book. I read the second book as well but didn’t feel that it was as strong as the first one. And again, my issue with the series being never ending popped up.
Darkest London by Kristen Callihan – I think I started this paranormal romance series because the first book is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I tried the first two books but just didn’t feel invested enough in the characters to continue. I think the author’s new adult romance is more to my taste.
Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness – Several blogging buddies recommended this dystopian trilogy to me, so I decided to try The Knife of Never Letting Go (my review). Sadly, I felt detached from the characters and I just wasn’t sucked into the story. I have copies of the sequels but I’m not planning to read them.
Divergent by Veronica Roth – I read the book because a friend and I planned to watch the movie. I don’t know if I’m missing the dystopian gene but I didn’t really enjoy Divergent enough to pick up the sequel.
Air Awakens by Elise Kova – I was wowed by how gorgeous the cover design for this book was so I decided to give it a try to see if the writing would be as beautiful as the cover. Nope, it wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass – I know there are so many Sarah J. Mass fans out there but I’m sorry to say that I was severely disappointed with this first book in the series (my review) and I’m not remotely interested in reading the sequel. I’m not sure if I’ll consider reading her other books that are not part of this series, though.
So those are ten series that didn’t work for me. It makes me sad that some of these didn’t work out for me but it’s not like I can force myself to like them. Sometimes, we really can’t predict what our reactions will be to the books that we read. How about the rest of you, what are series that you’ve tried reading but didn’t work for you? Or if you chose a different TTT topic, please feel free to share that as well.