I used to be horrendous at finishing series. And now? I’M FABULOUSLY AMAZING AT IT. (Also terrifically humble, just so we’re clear on this.) Unless I abhor the very sight of a particular book, I plan to finish everything I start now. And I plan to finish them in a timely manner. Hopefully before Armageddon and the zombies come and all humans have to huddle in safe secret locations existing solely on peanut butter and the memories of previously read books. This is my deadline, yes.
Also I did this prompt back in 2014, and can report that I’ve now finished…um…4 out of the 10 series I listed there? OOPS?
Clearly I still have much work to do.
This Week’s Prompt: Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish
I have about 3 books to go and I even own them (yay for second-hand sales!) so why haven’t I read them? BECAUSE I VALUE MY EMOTIONAL HEALTH, THAT’S WHY. For goodness sakes, Skulduggery is carrying a looks-like-dead Valkyrie on one of the covers. Does that inspire confidence? NOPE. But everyone is adorable and doesn’t mean to be as evil as they truly are and I love them all a lot. They’re like cute fluffy little evil ducklings. I don’t want them to all DIE TRAGICALLY.
Except, I kind of do. So I will read these books eventually. (Why do they have to be so enormous, too, by the way? Gawsh. My poor delicate overlord hands get tired holding 600+ page books open.)
2. LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY
While I love the movies, the first book (and half of the second) bored me half to death. I literally lugged Two Towers ALL OVER CHINA for an entire month while on holiday and ended up reading NONE of it because I hated it so much. “So, Cait, you illiterate unappreciative turtle,” I hear you say, “Why would you want to finish these famous classics now?” An excellent question. But I’d like to try the audios! I do so much better with fantasy on audio. And I refuse to let Tolkien beat me to sleep.
3. HEIST SOCIETY TRILOGY
Ally Carter and I have an…odd relationship. I feel like I should love her books because they’re downright EPIC. But. I usually am pretty uninvested. Still. Heists! Stealing things! THIS IS MY THING. I will finish them someday.
No, this does not refer to every trilogy ever…I mean the Every Breath trilogy by Ellie Marney WHO IS A GENIUS AMONG MORTALS AND WHO WROTE AN AUSSIE SHERLOCK HOLMES AND LET ME CRY BECAUSE I LOVE IT SO MUCH. Please. Don’t be me. Don’t cover judge. The books are secretly glorious. And I just won the second book, Every Word, from Rachel and am going devour it immediately. I love Sherlock Holmes. I love that Watson is a girl. There is only love here.
I have to admit, I was about 2% interested in reading more after Legend. I just thought it was bland. BUT. I was also a wee bookworm when I read Legend and highly critical of anything dystopian because *gasp* how could anything be as good as The Hunger Games?!?!? I KINDA MISSED THE POINT. So. I’m torn but maybe I should read Prodigy and Champion?
6. BZRK TRILOGY
I adore Michael Grant. I’ve read bucket loads of books from him and each have traumatised me to the point where I can’t even look under my bed at night, dangit. And please don’t talk about bugs OR I WILL DIE. I still want to finish the BZRK books. The only reason I haven’t is because I listened to the first two on audio and the library didn’t have the third on audio.
So I have to read it for myself? With my own two eyeballs?! THE SERVICE AROUND HERE IS SLACK, OH MY GOSH. I shouldn’t have to work like this.
7. PENRYN AND THE END OF DAYS TRILOGY
The final book came out this year and why haven’t I read it?! BLAME THE LIBRARY, IT DOES NOT HAVE IT YET. (I blame the library for everything, basically.) I really like this trilogy becaues BLOOD! GUTS! TORTURE! BLEEDING! What could possibly go wrong?
8. HARRY POTTER
You all know my shame. YES. I haven’t finished this series yet. I’ve read the first 5 and, occasionally, when I have nothing else to do but smite rebelling planets and invent cake conspiracies, I read another book. It’s not that I dislike them, it’s that I get annoyed easily. Like Hermione and Harry and Ron FIGHT all the time. And Snape is a hero??? But he abuses children???? And Dumbledore keeps hiring him??? And every time something goes bad with Harry and the others are like “Tell Dumbledore!” he’s all “No, I’d rather potentially die in a battle I had no business being in because I’m like 12 years old.”
Look, I know the author is controversial, but that doesn’t deny that this book is freakishly brilliant! It. is. AMAZING. And I don’t read many adult books or sci-fi. I’d like to read the rest, but, I don’t even know what they’re about. Pfft, don’t suggest I look it up. Please. We’ve established that I don’t do these menial tasks.
10. Chaos Walking Trilogy
I’m mildly horrified by my collection because — ULTIMATE DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY. But that aside, I really really want to finish this series. And I mention it every second post, but it’s PATRICK NESS. It’s on my mind, okay?! If this photo tingles your OCD, there, there. Me too.