See, here’s the thing: I love series and I also get so stuck before I manage to finish them.
It’s probably a talent honestly, like my other talents of convincing my family we need to make complex desserts on the weekend or how I can put a pen down and then lose it to the 4th dimension. Celebrate your talents, ok? No matter what.
Now don’t get me wrong: I do love series! I want to support series! I know we all tend to go “oh I should just start it when all the books are out!” but that can also horribly backfire, because if the book doesn’t get the sales = publishers might not even finish publishing it. So. I’m aware of that.
And yet…I still start reading = forget what’s happened between books while waiting for the next one = die a slow painful agonising death.
So today I’m going to list 10 series I love but am also thoroughly STUCK in the middle of and so I keep saying “OH YEAH I’LL FINISH THAT SOON” which is an outright lie. But I’m cute so you can forgive me.
I’ll get to them soon, I swear.
TOP TEN TUESDAY: Series I’d Like to Finish Someday
1. TALON SERIES
DRAGONS ARE ACTUALLY ME. I read Talon and Rogue as soon as I could get my grubby little claws on them. I even bought Soldier straight away!! And didn’t…read it. Mm hmm. That was like back in 2015. I don’t even know if 2015 is even a real year since it was so long ago. It’s probably made up. How am I supposed to remember what these books are even about.
There’s like two more books out and yet I languish here. Doing naught.
This book is so messed up. It’s features the nastiest little monster ever. Like I’m not even kidding. You want to put this kid in a box and then put that box in another box, and then mail it far far away from you. * But somehow I STILL ENJOYED THE BOOK.
But I got really really confused in one point, ended up having no idea what was going on, and therefore haven’t read the sequels. I need to reread and just…??? Go on??? So easy and yet??? Here I am not doing it.
* If you understood that reference, SHOUT OUT.
Full disclaimer: I stopped ON THE BRINK OF THE FINALE. Why? Whyyyyy??? Emotions ok. I absolutely love this series so much I felt my soul part from my body, pack a bag and a fandom shirt that says “I <3 The Unhewn Throne” and just take off to be obsessed forever. And I can’t even deal with that much intense love for a series. So obviously I stopped reading! Smart!
Yeah I know. I can’t even with me too. I’m going to finish it this year though, I SWEAR. I just love it so much that I…avoid it???
I own at least 3 more of these books that I could read!! I read up to book 6, and I really love these books. They’re full of dry black humour and magic and skeleton men and a heroine who takes no shenanigans from ANYONE. So like, Cait, why did you stop.
There are two reasons: (1) these books are HUGE and they exhaust me just thinking about 500+ pages, and (2) I was recommended to read them by a friend who, since then, I had a really ugly falling out with (over lies unfortunately, as is the internet way) so I kind of never feel like restarting the series. But I will…someday.
Now I did actually read all 4 main books…just not the stort story finale collection, Stars Above, or the second of the comic series. And as much as I loved the books when I was reading them…since then, I’ve (a) stopped really feeling it?!? like maybe I grew out of them?! and (b) also read Heartless and Renegades and was so dreadfully disappointed I could’ve dropped my sandwich and cried. Which is a big deal. I have to be quite devastated to drop a sandwich.
6. THE FALCONER SERIES
I LOVED THE FIRST BOOK SO MUCH! It was also a surprise…like it’s sassy and full of murder-faes and otherworldly fae boys and a fierce heroine who will befriend brownies and stab monsters. It’s such a me book. And it’s Scottish! My #1 life goal is to move to Scotland and find a castle and haunt it!! So like!! AMAZING. Plus all the books are out.
SO OBVIOUSLY I STOPPED READING.
I genuinely have got nothing. The sequel is on my kindle and everything. I have a problem ok.
You know those childhood series you loved and you’re like, “OH wow! Why didn’t I finish that? I should totally finish that!” But you’re also paralysed with doubt in case you don’t like it because you’re old and gnarly now???
ME @ MYSELF.
Also these books are like 7100 years long each and I swear the older I get, the less attention span I have. Sometimes I even start a blog post and then end up sprinting 40kms across the Pacific Ocean for no reason at all except: sQUIRREL.
I REALLY LOVE RIORDAN BOOKS. I also have this huge problem where I read the first two Percy Jackson series when they were both completed. No wait time. Nada. Just complete straight gnawing them whole and forgetting nothing. But now having to wait the year between has me totally forgetting EVERYTHING.
I’ve read two Apollo books but I don’t even know whaaaattttt’s going onnnnnn now. Also same with Magnus Chase really. Plus the two have merged in my brain so I’m like trying to catch up on Apollo Chase and you can imagine this is a problem.
Now I’m sure you’re saying, “Um, Cait, it isn’t out yet, you’re fine.” So this is 74% of a relief, but ALSO there are like short stories and companion books that exist apparently?! I fail to see why they exist instead of the author actually writing the next book in the frikkin’ series. But having PUBLISHERS and THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE and even A SHOW waiting on you???? Go finish tho.
Also my chances are 100% certain I will have forgotten everything by the time Winds of Winter is out. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ THANKS FOR THE DOOM.
10. IRON FEY
I CHEAT. Because I haven’t even started this one! Unless you can count me, about 7 years ago, picking one up in the library and reading the first chapter, but then being all, “I’ll borrow this later.” Then I moved cities. So I no longer HAVE a library. And I own like the 2nd and 4th/5th books?? Some unholy combination due to a library sale. BUT NOT THE 1ST.
Honestly I just like to suffer apparently.
But I love faeries. I love stabby. I love tricksters. And why haven’t made an attempt to obtain book one and start?
WHEN I FIND THE ANSWER I’LL LET YOU KNOW.
I swear there is so much to do and read, it’s easier to just to scream in a pit and have an existential crisis.