Top ten series I started and haven’t finished (yet)

Top ten series I started and haven't finished yet Lyndsey's Book Blog

I’m jumping back into the Top Ten Tuesday club this week, one of my favourite things about TTT is that you don’t have to take part every week, you can dip in and out when the topic takes your fancy, or – like me – you finally get a minute to type! TTT is a blog meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl where we pick ten books or series on a different theme each week. This week it’s Top Ten Book Series I Gave Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish.

I’m going to split my list into series I don’t plan to continue reading, and ones I do but haven’t gotten round to yet, because, you know, life.


Book Series I DNF’ed

Red QueenMaze Runner  Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Red Rising by Pierce Brown Prince of Thorns Mark Lawrence Me Before You

  1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

    1. I still wonder whether I should just bite the bullet and read War Storm, it’s incredibly frustrating DNFing a series on the penultimate book! But I just couldn’t get on with Mare, and I enjoyed each book less and less, so I decided to cut my losses and just stop reading the series. If anyone’s read War Storm and wants to tell me how it ends please do in the comments – just leave a spoiler warning in case anyone else hasn’t read it yet!
  2. Maze Runner by James Dashner

    1. I read books one and two in the Maze Runner series, book two took me months to finish and I really didn’t enjoy it, so despite the fact I’d bought the entire boxset, I quit reading after Scorch Trials. I might watch the last two movies just out of curiosity, but even they aren’t great in my opinion. I was gutted I didn’t love this series because so many people online raved about it. Oh well, different strokes and all that.
  3. Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

    1. Sadly, I think I just came to this series too old, which is heartbreaking because I bet I would have really loved it at sixteen or younger. I enjoyed book one, but with so many other books out there I didn’t love it enough to commit to the rest of the series and all the spin-offs Riordan has written. I’d definitely recommend it if you’re into MG though!
  4. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

    1. This is one series I heard nothing but good things about, everyone seems to love Red Rising, and it was good, but I just didn’t click with it the way I wanted to. This one isn’t a never, but with new books coming out every month that I can’t wait to read I’ll probably never get around to reading the rest of this series. Unless you really think I should? Is book two way better than book one? Let me know in the comments if you think I should persevere! To be honest, I wonder if it was the narrator I didn’t mesh with, as I listened to the audiobook…
  5. Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

    1. Unfortunately, the reason I DNFed King of Thorns halfway through was because it was a library book and I had to return it as I’d already extended it to the full extent possible, plus we were moving house to a new city. Even though I loved the series up to that point, I wasn’t absorbed enough to find another copy of the book (as easy as that would have been with Amazon and the Book Depository!) so I just gave up on it. It’s a great read though, so check out my review of Prince of Thorns to see if you’d enjoy it.
  6. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

    1. I loved Me Before You, absolutely adored it and recommended it to everyone I knew, but to me it ended so well that I don’t need to continue reading the rest of the series. I’d be heartbroken if it didn’t live up to book one and disappointed me. Plus I read the first chapter of After You in a sampler and didn’t love it, so I decided to keep Me Before You as a standalone in my mind.


Series I still plan to finish one day!

Half Bad by Sally Green Artemis Fowl

Cinder by Marissa Meyer Lyndsey's Book Blog The Cuckoo's Calling

  1. Half Bad by Sally Green

    1. This is one of my absolute favourite series, and I can’t bear for it to end! I haven’t bought Half Lost yet because I’m saving it, I really want to know how the series concludes but I know I’ll have the worst book hangover when it ends. One day, Nathan, one day…
  2. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

    1. I loved every Artemis Fowl book I could get my hands on when I was in school. I’d go to the mobile library every month and grab the next one until I’d read them all. A few more have been released since then, but I’d moved onto other book series and left MG behind after school. I hope to read the rest one day, maybe when I’m reading with my son, I hope he’s a bookworm like me!
  3. Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

    1. I read Cinder last summer as part of a read-along with a Goodreads group, and I plan to continue the series soon, but I have a few books on my TBR before I pick up Scarlet and Cress.
  4. Cormoran Strike by Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling

    1. I actually listened to the audiobook of Career of Evil before reading either of the two previous books, because it was on an Audible Daily Deal. I didn’t realise it wasn’t book one until afterwards. I’ve watched the BBC adaptations now, but I’d still love to read the actual books, as I adore Rowling’s writing, Harry Potter is my ultimate favourite book series, and I imagine the TV series missed out a lot of detail from the books.


So there you have it, ten book series I’ve started and not finished for various reasons. Let me know if you’ve finished any of these series, were they worth the time investment? Would you recommend I keep reading? Tell me your thoughts!





  1. M.L. Davis says:

    A great list. I agree with Maze Runner. I adored book one and rushed to purchase the full set, but it faltered from there for me. Also well worth reading the Strike novels, they are brilliantly written mysteries, and so much more detail than the TV show (though the show was still fab!) x

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    1. lyndleloo says:

      The show is great isn’t it, perfect casting! But I definitely want to read the books. Have you read The Casual Vacancy? I haven’t, I saw the series and wasn’t enamored, but maybe the book is better…

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      1. M.L. Davis says:

        I have read it, and I did enjoy it! This TV series was not as good as Strike, for sure. But I enjoyed the book. The ending is SO different, and far more fitting for the story. I think I read that the BBC felt it’d be too distressing for viewers. x

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      2. lyndleloo says:

        Ooh that sounds intriguing, I’ll have to get hold of a copy!


  2. I don’t think I even made it through the first book of Red Queen; really didn’t like what I read of it! I really should reread the Artemis Fowl I’ve already read and finish them when I have time, because I always really enjoyed them too!
    Amy x

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    1. lyndleloo says:

      Artemis Fowl is so good isn’t it? I love the humour. I persevered through the Red Queen series because I was listening to the audio books and that’s easier than forcing yourself to read a book you’re not enjoying, but after King’s Cage I just felt like I was wasting my Audible credits… I don’t even care which Prince she chooses lol, I don’t like either of them 😂

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  3. Amy says:

    I’ve always wanted to read the Artemis Fowl series but I’m too old to start it now. I read the Percy Jackson books when I was younger and loved them but the spin-offs are getting harder to enjoy as I age. It’s a shame because I loved the original series and the first spin-off so much.

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    1. lyndleloo says:

      It’s so upsetting when you know you’d have loved a book but you’ve outgrown it 😢 I wanted to love Percy Jackson so much, I could even see what I would have loved about it if I’d been 15 years younger (Omg I feel so old now 😂). I’d definitely encourage my son to read them when he’s older though, I so hope he loves to read!

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  4. Nicole Evans says:

    Definitely feeling you on the Percy Jackson series!! And I totally recommend continuing to read Melissa Meyer’s series (although, now that I think about it, I never did read that last book…). Lovely post!

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