Lila’s Shameful List of Series She’s Left Unfinished

Hello, friends! Lila here! Today I want to talk about…*cue dramatic music*…my secret shamethe series that I’ve left unfinished (*dun dun DUN*)


Okay, okay, so admittedly it may* not be that dramatic! Every bookworm has those series that they started and then left unfinished whether it’s because they lost interest or simply hated one of the books and it left them with a bad taste in their mouth or some other reason. I am no exception, for I, too, am human.** In fact, many  of the series I’ve left unfinished are quite popular! (#BookishRebelYesThatsMe) Let’s take a look at some of them…

*Keyword: may. Because it is entirely within the realm of possibility that I am not actually being a total drama queen.

**Just kidding. I’m actually here to confirm your suspicions that I am indeed a rare species of humanoid alien that speaks solely in fangirl shrieks.

The Miss Peregrine’s Trilogy by Ransom Riggs

Out of this trilogy, I’ve only read the first book and…I’m gonna be honest here: this series is majorly hyped, but I just…didn’t…really…like it? I found myself kinda bored throughout the book. It may be that I listened to the audiobook and one cool aspect of this story is the photographs which accompany it? I honestly don’t know, but I’m just really not interested in continuing this trilogy.

The 5th Wave Trilogy by Rick Yancey

loved The 5th Wave! And to this day, it remains a book that I think was incredibly deep and well written. However. Then the second book came around. I think the second book got so lost in its own philosophizing that the story just went completely off track. There was also the issue that the second book was pretty boring too. After the trainwreck that was book two, I’m just not particularly motivated to pick up the last book in the trilogy…

The Snow Like Ashes Trilogy by Sara Raasch

There’s a similar story behind the Snow Like Ashes trilogy. I loved the first book, but the second book…not so much. The second book was just felt so boring and slooooooooow and despite the fact that it ended on a cliffhanger, it didn’t leave me hooked and wanting more. I haven’t given up on this trilogy completely, but it’s not really a priority anymore.

The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken

I dropped this well-loved series after the first book. The Darkest Minds just failed to really grip me. That probably was due in part to the fact that I went into this thinking it was a fantasy read? Either way, when I realized the book wasn’t fantasy, I decided to give it a chance anyway and just didn’t connect with the characters or the story. Ooops?

The Young Elites Trilogy by Marie Lu

The reason I have yet to finish off this trilogy is 100% due to the fact that I’m a squeamish scaredy-cat! The second book in this trilogy just got a tad too graphic for me and I just…nope!

The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

Ahhhh. The familiar case of the “if I don’t finish the series, it’s not over, RIGHT?!!” reader logic. I adore The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rukoski and I just can’t bring myself to end it. At the same time, I want to read the last book soon as I’m not big into rereading. You see my dilemma?

The Wolf by Wolf Duology by Ryan Graudin

Exact same issue here. Wolf by Wolf was my favorite book of 2015 and yet I still have yet to finish Blood for Blood. What can I say? I’m just not ready to leave this world yet.

The Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes

Ah, good ol’ Falling KingdomsThe series that every major YA fantasy fan loves. Every major YA fantasy fan but me, that is. Try as I might, I just can’t seem to get past the second book in this series. I just can’t seem to connect with the characters in this series and the world seems so…surface level…to me. Ah, well! Better luck with the next fantasy series!

Do you have any popular series that you have yet to finish and/or have just given up on?

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Lila is a 27-year-old college student studying physics and a lover of literature. When she's not busy reading or saving the world through science, Lila can be found singing jazz and blues and obsessing over hedgehogs (a.k.a. the cutest animals in the multiverse!)

18 thoughts on “Lila’s Shameful List of Series She’s Left Unfinished

  1. I haven’t finished The Miss Peregrine’s trilogy, The 5th Wave trilogy, nor The Snow Like Ashes trilogy either. The only one I’m interested in finishing is this last one but I don’t know when I’ll do it, to be honest I’m not rushed to do it, so Shame on me😩😆!

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    1. lol, no shame necessary–take your time! and anyway, sow like ashes was really good, but the next book in the series was a total drag, imo, so you’re not missing out i don’t think! as for the miss peregrine’s and the 5th wave series, i don’t think we’re missing out! i’ve been perfectly happy not finishing those series and i’m not gonna start feeling bad about it now, haha.


    1. you got further than me and i think that’s quite a feat, lol! i just feel like that series isn’t too interesting. maybe it just relies too heavily on the photos to hold the reader’s interest? i don’t know, but whatever it was, something about that series just bored me to tears!


    1. that’s more of a commitment than i can make, which is quite impressive, haha! but i agree, they definitely were difficult to get into.

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    1. i actually kind of agree with you on that one! though i finished the series, i have mixed feelings about it. i thought the first two were really slow and the writing style took a bit to get into, but the second and third book picked up the pace. it also didn’t help that i listened to the audiobooks and i didn’t like the narrator’s voice. overall, i liked the series, but i think it’s definitely an acquired taste.

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    1. oh my gosh, that is too funny! it looks like we’ve all left miss peregrine’s unfinished, the poor thing lol! i wonder what it is about that series!

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  2. I finally managed to finish the 5th Wave trilogy this year!! But I haven’t finished the Miss Peregrine books either, I enjoyed the first book but for some reason, I just didn’t pick up book 2. I also have the first 2 books of The Winner’s trilogy on my shelf, so I hope to pick that up someday but I definitely want to give Wolf by Wolf a chance!

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    1. omg, poulami, you *need* to read wolf by wolf–it’s so amazing! the winner’s trilogy is pretty good too, at least the first two books are (though the fact that it’s a semi slave/master romance makes some people uncomfortable and i totally get that)! congrats on the 5th wave trilogy! honestly, i think it’s time for me to bury my hopes for finishing that series, it’s probably not gonna happen, lol!

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      1. Yes, I intend to pretty soon! It’s definitely at the top of my to-buy list!
        Yes, I think if you are not interested in finishing off a series, you should let it go. Maybe if the interest sparks up sometime in the future, you can pick it up!

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