10 Book Series I Gave Up On

I love a good series – books, television, movie franchises, all things that can be a series. What I love about them is that you typically get a lot more character development, long-term action, and having something to look forward to. There have been some series that didn’t hook me, though. These are 10 series that I just couldn’t get in to after the first book.

matched1. Matched by Ally Condie

I read the first book three years ago and by the time I finished it, I had zero desire to pick up the second book. This book came out when there was a dystopian deluge across the YA genre and for me, there were just so many other novels with similar story lines that I was more interested in.


2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

There wasn’t anything wrong with this series, I just wasn’t in the mood to pick up Hollow City after I finished the first book. Since the third book just recently released, I may marathon through the last two installments.


bloodlines3. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

I read all of the Vampire Academy books a couple summers ago straight through. I read Bloodlines a few months ago because I love Adrian, but this story wasn’t enough to compel me to keep reading. It just fell flat for me.


5th wave4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I’ll be honest, I don’t think I completely followed this book. I enjoyed it – it was different and really interesting, but I got lost a few times. In the end, I wasn’t really excited about signing on for another iffy adventure. If I read the sequel, I’ll probably re-read this book first.


5. Across the Universe by Beth Revis

This book was freaking weird. It was twisty and unpredictable. I typically like science fiction, but a lot of the plot just felt pointless. I wasn’t interested in continuing on with this series.


land of stories6. The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

I bought the first two books in this series because they were on sale and I wanted to have them in my classroom library. I LOVE fairy tale retellings, but this one may have been a little too middle grade for me. I would like to read the second book, but I don’t exactly have a set plan for it right now.

darkest7. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

I bought the sequel as soon as it came out, but I still haven’t read it. I think part of that is because I didn’t ever feel invested in any of the characters and the romance felt forced. I honestly don’t remember many details about the plot, I just recall feeling bored at times.

belle8.Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

I actually really liked this first book. I thought it was funny and entertaining, but I just haven’t been in the mood for a high school paranormal read ever since. That’s a topic I’m rarely in the mood for.


when calls9. Canadian West (When Calls the Heart) by Janette Oke

I LOVE Janette Oke’s books and the movie/TV show adaptations from Hallmark Channel. My mom and my grandma watch them, too, so I know I”ll forever be a fan. I read the first 3 books in this series after watching the TV movie When Calls the Heart. I quickly realized that the TV show was just loosely inspired by the happenings in the book. I really enjoyed the writing and the Canadian prairie teacher POV, but after the third book it just felt like nothing terribly new was happening.

maze10. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

All of my male students were reading this last year, so I decided to see what all the fuss was about. I thought the first book was fast paced and really interesting. I read it in a couple of days and immediately dove into the sequel. A few chapters in, though, I was bored. I felt like it was The Maze Runner all over again.

What series did you ultimately decide to not finish?

Happy reading! – Caitlyn



5 thoughts on “10 Book Series I Gave Up On

  1. I agree completely on a lot of these, though I have to admit I did really enjoy Across the Universe. 😛 However, as well crafted as it was, I just never really got into Miss. Peregrine or The 5th Wave.


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