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Top Ten Tuesday: Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

Don’t we all have those book series that we just haven’t gotten around to finishing? That’s exactly the topic of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. All book covers from Goodreads.

Top Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish:


1. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis


This is a series I really do hope to finish one day. The Magician’s Nephew is definitely one of my favorite fantasy books. I think if I got a really nice hardbound collection of the entire series, that would be a good enough incentive for me to finally finish it.


2. Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan


I wish that I could go back in time and retroactively make my younger self finish this series, as I’m sure teenage me would have loved it.


3. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien


I know, I know – “What, you’re a fantasy writer and you haven’t even read the entire LOTR series?!?!” This is one of those series that pretty much everyone except me has already read and enjoyed. One day I’ll finish it…


4. Dune by Frank Herbert


This is a series I would probably learn a lot from writing-wise, if only I could actually sit myself down to finish it! 


5. The Jenna Fox Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson

Adoration of Jenna Fox

I absolutely LOVED The Adoration of Jenna Fox when I read it during my YA phase as a teenager. I didn’t realize that there were sequels until a while later. I hope the rest of the books are as good as the first.


6. Stravaganza by Mary Hoffman


An intriguing depiction of an alternate universe version of Italy! This is another YA series that I might have outgrown, so even if I finished the series now, I probably wouldn’t enjoy it as much as my younger self would have.


7. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card


My younger brother dropped some spoilers from the rest of the series, which intrigued me enough to consider picking up the rest of the books.


8. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer


My only real excuse for why I haven’t read this series is that I stumbled upon them fairly late. This is another series I think my younger self really would have loved had I finished it.


9. Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black


This is probably the series I have the most chance of finishing in the near future – I would only have one more book left to read (Ironside). Considering that I’m an urban fantasy writer, I really should pick up the last book in the series, now that I think about it.


10. Xenogenesis by Octavia Butler


I read the first in the series for a Science-Fiction class I took in college and thought it was fantastic. I’d love to find out how the intriguing premise plays out in the rest of the series.


Which series have you still not finished?

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  1. Brittany

    I never even started The Lord of the Rings trilogy because I couldn’t get into the writing. The Hobbit was read to me as a child and even though the story is amazing the writing..I don’t know. I know that in the literary world I’m speaking blasphemy haha. One day though, I’ll have to sit down and read all of these books.

    • Zed Amadeo

      Haha, I definitely feel you. I’m very selective when it comes to high fantasy anyways and Tolkien’s writing is a bit too flowery for my taste (even saying that much is probably blasphemy). I read the first book and struggled to finish it. Still, I feel like there must be something I’m missing since LOTR is a beloved series to so many people and I am a fantasy writer, so I feel some kind of obligation to at least try to finish it.

  2. Literary Feline

    I grew up reading C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia. Oh, how I loved those books. I always wished I could walk into a wardrobe and enter a fantasy world. I hope you do finish Tolkien’s books. My husband talked me into read the books (and he still hasn’t read them all), and I fell in love instantly.

    I don’t think I’ve read anything by Holly Black, but I know the name. I will have to give her a try.

    • Zed Amadeo

      I know – I wished (still do!) that I could stumble into a world like Narnia.

      Holly Black also wrote the Spiderwick Chronicles (another series which I never finished), so that could be where you recognize her name from.

    • Zed Amadeo

      I wish I had discovered Chronicles of Narnia earlier! It seems like most people who have read it did so when they were kids, but for some reason I didn’t stumble upon it until I was a teenager.

    • Zed Amadeo

      After I finished Ender’s Game I felt pretty meh (I figured I was the only one who felt that way since pretty much everyone else thinks it’s amazing) and had no intention of reading further on. I didn’t become interested in the rest of the series until my brother told me a few things that happened in the later books. Normally spoilers would make me angry, but since I hadn’t even planned on finishing Ender’s Game in the first place, it only made me more intrigued.

    • Zed Amadeo

      I am almost certain that teenage me would have loved it as well! I had seen Cirque du Freak in the library for years before I finally picked up. I wish I could have discovered it sooner!

    • Zed Amadeo

      I didn’t realize it was a series until fairly recently! During my days of plowing through the YA section of my local library I picked up Adoration and ended up enjoying it so much that I read it all one afternoon. I’m curious as to how the rest of the books add to the world of the first book.

  3. Emory Skwara

    The Horse and His Boy is probably one of my all time favorite Narnia books. I actually am with you on the Ender’s Game series. I couldn’t finish it, but my friends are addicted to the whole thing so I know I eventually have to go back and check it out.

    • Zed Amadeo

      Exactly! I really wasn’t planning on picking up any of the other books in Ender’s Game until my brother spoiled some of the intriguing events to come in the books I haven’t read yet. And I’ve read The Magician’s Nephew too many times to count.

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