Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: The Finish Line


It's been awhile since I participated in Top Ten Tuesday, my favorite bookish meme.  The last few topics haven't really piqued my interest, but I love the one for this week:  Top Ten Finished Series I Have Yet to Finish.  Although I could seriously list about a million answers, I'll try to restrain myself and keep it to just ten :)

If you want to play along, head over to The Broke and the Bookish.  Read the rules, make your Top Ten list, share it with the rest of us, then visit other blogs to see lots of fun answers to the question du jour.  Simple.  It's an enjoyable little diversion that will put a smile on your face while introducing you to tons of great book blogs.  What's not to love?

Here we go with my list.  In no particular order, here are the Top Ten Finished Series I Have Yet to Finish: 


1.  Matched by Ally Condie—I enjoyed the first book in this series, but never moved on to the second.  Not sure why.  At this point, I'd probably have to re-read Matched before picking up the next installment.  One of these days ...


2.  Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer—This is a series that was already wrapping up when the author died in 2014.  Still, the thought of no additional Jacky Faber stories makes my heart sad.  She's such a lively, vivid character that I can't imagine not having her in my reading life.  Perhaps that's why I'm stalling instead of finishing up the series?  Probably.  I've read five of the twelve Bloody Jack novels, so I've still got a lot of ground to cover with this one.


3.  Outlander by Diana Gabaldon—I was totally absorbed by Outlander, but again, I never picked up another book in the series.  Why not?  Who knows?  I need to since I believe it's now complete?



4.  The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. LewisThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe stands out in my mind as one of those reads that just swept me away as a child.  As much as I loved the book, I don't think I kept on with the series.  My memory ain't what it used to be, that's true, but I'm pretty sure I've never read the rest of the Narnia books.  I need to remedy that, for sure.


5.  Divergent by Veronica Roth—Again, I enjoyed the first book, but didn't progress beyond the series debut.  I've heard not great things about Insurgent, thus my hesitation ...


6.  The Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter—These books are so dang fun.  I love them!  And yet, I've only finished two of the six books in the series.  They're easy, entertaining reads, so it wouldn't be tough (in fact, it would be quite enjoyable) to binge-read the rest of them.


7.  Virgin River by Robyn Carr—When it comes to creating small, cozy towns that teem with so much life and warmth that I want to move in right away, there is simply no one like Robyn Carr.  I adored her Grace Falls series.  Her newer ones, Virgin River and Thunder Point, are just as engaging.  While the latter continues, I believe the former is complete.  I've read 6/20 V.R. books and am always excited to open another one and get back "home" to Virgin River.


8.  The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd—I've read 2/3 of this series in 2015.  I'm hoping to finish it this year as well.


9.  The Books of Bayern by Shannon Hale—I'm halfway through this enjoyable series, but it's been a loooonnnngggg time since I read the first two books (2008 and 2009, respectively).  I'll have to re-read them before grabbing the final two.


10.  Incarceron by Catherine FisherA two-book series should be a cinch to complete, and yet, I'm still only halfway through this one.  I proclaimed Incarceron one of my favorite books of 2010.  For some reason, though, I never read Sapphique.  It's gathering dust on my shelf—methinks it's high-time to re-experience Incarceron and finally get to its sequel.

There you have it, ten of the many, many, many series I've started and never finished.  So, where should I start?  Which series are your favorite?  Which have you left incomplete?  Why?  Inquiring minds (mine, anyway) really want to know ... I love visiting book blogs, so leave me a comment and I'll gladly return the favor.

Happy TTT!


19 comments:

  1. Great list! I haven't tried the Matched series yet, though I know a lot of people love them. I've been afraid to start Outlander because there are so many books, but maybe it'll happen one of these days!

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  2. We're on the same Divergent path (no pun intended)! I don't think I'll ever pick up Insurgent.

    I will, however, throw in a quick plug for Outlander. The second book in the series isn't my favorite, but once you get to Voyager, be ready to stick with it for the long haul. Once I finished that one I was OBSESSED.

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  3. I just recently finished the Matched, Books and Bayern, and Divergent series. I really liked them. :) And, I read the Chronicles of Narnia as an adult. I wish I had read them as a child because I didn't like them as much as I think i would've as a child.

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  4. Nice list! Matched is another series I never finished =p
    For Divergent, I agree that Insurgent suffered the ‘second book syndrome’, but the third book, in my opinion, is definitely worth the read :)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! :D
    Caroline @ Just Another Bookish Blog

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  5. And after this prompt that makes us all feel like failures for not finishing series they should do the prompt "series that are finished that you haven't even started yet" just to really make us hang out heads in shame. ;)

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  6. Nice list! I want to read the Gallager Girls series.

    Here is My Top 10 Tuesday

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  7. Outlander made my list as a series I want to pick up. I did finish the Divergent series. I enjoyed it for the most part but was not happy with the ending. Great list!

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  8. I have started reading Matched but never finished it. No idea why. It was interesting enough. I have no idea why i never completed that book. Thank you for reminding me :)
    I am also so happy to hear that other people start series and stop after reading the first or second book :)
    Great list :)

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  9. I really want to read Robyn Carr and The Madman's Daughter. I reread the Chronicles of Narnia as an adult (I'm pretty sure I never read the whole series either) and really enjoyed them.

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  10. I would love to read The Gallagher Girls one of these days! It's one of those series that got lost in the pile for me. Same with the Madman's Daughter... I've heard good things. Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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  11. Oh you MUST finish the Narnia books - so worth the read! I just finished the Virgin River series and was so sad to say goodbye :( My TTT

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  12. Great list! I'll definitely be checking out some of the series you mentioned!

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  13. I can't believe I forgot to add the Chronicles of Narnia to my own list! I own all of the books but have only read a few of them, and out of order. Thanks for reminding me that I need to finish the rest! :-)

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  14. I technically haven't finished the Matched Trilogy either...I got so bored with the last book that I gave up skimming it :S

    The Outlander Series scares me just for its sheer size :O

    I also forgot about Narina. I don't think it help I temporarily lost the 4th book so I never got around to finishing it. I really do want to finish it though.

    And finish the Gallagher Girls Series! I really enjoyed the last few books!

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  15. Definitely pick up the Narnia series again! It is such a fantastic series and perfect for people of any age. It still captives me just as much now as it did when I first read it as a child! The entire series is great, but the second book, Prince Caspian, is a bit slower and the weakest of the series. So power through that and the rest is wonderful! :)
    Great post!

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  16. Definitely pick up the Narnia series again! It is such a fantastic series and perfect for people of any age. It still captives me just as much now as it did when I first read it as a child! The entire series is great, but the second book, Prince Caspian, is a bit slower and the weakest of the series. So power through that and the rest is wonderful! :)
    Great post!

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  17. Hi! I've always wondered if the Matched series was any good. I've seen Gallagher Girls on a couple of lists and it's on my TBR. Your endorsement makes me want to start :) I love fun books. My TTT

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  18. Hmm. Our reading tastes are very similar and most of your list I've read and haven't finished either! I can especially relate to INCARCERON. I thought it was a brilliant book and yet never got to reading the second.

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  19. Whaaaat you've never read The Chronicles of Narnia?? I will say that I think I may have outgrown the series - I've reread them many times and always enjoyed them, but I'm reading them to the kids I nanny and....ehhhhh. But The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the next book and I might be heartbroken if I don't love it as much.

    If you weren't super invested in the first Divergent book....I'd give the series a pass. I had the same reaction with the first book, and I can't say the rest of the series did anything to change my mind. And I love Shannon Hale's Bayern series!! The Goose Girl is still my favourite of the lot, but honestly I love the whole series. If you like stories that feel more like folksyish fantasy stories, I definitely recommend them!

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