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Top Ten Tuesday: Series You Just Can’t Finish

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists over at The Broke and the Bookish. They love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers there at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. Are you a blogger as well? All that’s asked is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it!

Today’s Top Ten:

The Top Ten Series I Haven’t Finished (either due to procrastination, boredom or other reasons)

My list will be a mix of both book and TV/Film as there are some that should be books, or read like them, or they are series based on books themselves. It’s pretty rare for me not to finish a series; I’m kind of compulsive like that, but sometimes you just have to let it go. As a result, this isn’t a list of 10 – just as many as I could figure 

  • The Jaz Parks series by Jennifer Rardin.

I loved this series deeply. It has a kick-ass heroine who is developing her own abilities (supernatural and otherwise) as the series progresses, and a centuries-old vamp who know works for the good guys. Toss in a crazy gadgets guy, a gorgeous man-for-hire and a goofy dog, and you have a great team. Sadly, however, Jennifer Rardin died suddenely just before the release of the final book in the series. The book is done, and published, but my heart broke a little when I heard that she was no longer with us, and I just can’t bring myself to finish that final book, even though I know the ending will be amazing. Thanks, Jennifer, for a great series.

  • Quintin Jardine’s Bob Skinner series.

This is another amazing series … at least up until a point. Quality British detective series that doesn’t hold any punches, Jardine writes great books, and his characters are allowed to have flaws. Too many flaws, in this case, as he changed the main character’s behaviour so radically that it no longer (in my mind) matched the detective that I had grown to love. I don’t condone cheating in real life or in fiction, and that a character who had been portrayed as devoted to his wife and family could act so horribly was a major seismic shift for the series. It was also the deal breaker, and I never went back.

  • Firefly/Serenity TV and Movie

I adore this series. I love it and can quote whole sections of the tv series with friends (and a few glasses of red wine). My ringtones on my phone are selected quotes. Seriously, there is deep and abiding love for Captain Tightpants and his crazy crew. That’s exactly why I can’t bring myself to watch the last half of Serenity. I know what happens – I’m not living under a rock – but I’m not prepared to watch my favourites die. I know it happens, but I don’t need to see it. It would break my heart a hundred times.

  • The House of Night series by P.C. Cast

I really tried with this one. I wanted to like it – it seemed to be everything that I would like, but there was something … icky… about the relationships, and after book one, I never went back. Sorry, fans – I know there are legions – but I just couldn’t do it.

  • The Gemma Doyle series by Libba Bray (Great & Terrible Beauty, etc).

Again, another series where I just couldn’t get into it. Shame really, because I loved the idea of it all, and I think that her latest, The Diviners, is probably one of the best books of the year. Still, it didn’t sit right with me and the writing began to irritate me after only a few chapters. I abandoned it about halfway through book one and never looked back.

  • The Dune Series by Frank Herbert.

I started this series with great enthusiasm, and really enjoyed book one. Such amazing world building! Such great social commentary! And then… book two fell flat. I never did finish it, and never had any desire to go back. Oh, and then that movie – with Kyle Maclaughlin? Every reason why I should have liked it, and it turned me off even more.

  • Heroes (TV series).

Season one of this television series was incredible – so innovative, so fun, so creative!! It even used graphic novels, for cripes sake! Then…. It all became a little too much, and it lost its way. I wanted to like it, but after setting up Sylar as a great big baddie, then deciding to keep him around, it all felt too much. I’ve never had this problem with Supernatural, but Heroes just had too many people doing too much to keep going.


I’m going to include the Caster Chronicles and the Mortal Instruments under a separate heading, as I’ve every intention of reading them but they keep getting pushed back. With the movies coming out soon, they are leaping to the top of the list, I promise!

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13 Responses »

  1. I actually really liked the Gemma Doyle books that I read, though I haven’t finished the third book. It is so long and I have so many other books on my pile.


  2. Ugh, I totally agree about the House of Night series. I get she has teenage hormones but really? I finished the Gemma Doyle series but never truly fell in love. Here’s my list if you want to check it out..


  3. I’m sad to say that I somehow made it 4 or 5 books into the HoN series before I stopped. I blame that on the fact that I wasn’t blogging yet and didn’t have a million awesome recommendations all the time. 🙂

    My Top Ten


  4. The Gemma Doyle books sound pretty good, so it’s a shame you don’t like them! I’m not sure about House of Night. I got the books for free, but I hear so many negative things that I’m afraid to get started :p

    My top 10 Tuesday.


  5. I totally slacked off with Dune as well. LOVED the first book and read most of the second book, but then life happened and I got distracted and I never picked them back up. Must do that soon!


  6. Totally agree about House of Night. And I had to drop Heroes as well. Hope you enjoy Mortal Instruments and the Caster Chronicles when you pick them up again.


  7. Great list. My friend was devastated after watching Firefly/Serenity. Couldn’t believe that such an amazing show was cancelled. Heroes was so disappointing, a great first season followed by rubbish. What happened??


  8. Heroes got really repetitive after a while. I can understand why it didn’t last. Great list.

    My Top Ten Tuesday


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