These days I find that I am quite stubborn when it comes to finishing book series. I like knowing how things end, even if I’m not enjoying the series. I especially like to see if they get better after each book. Thinking back, I never used to be this way. Often I would start a series and would never finish it, this mostly being down to affording all of the books. However, sometimes I would own the entire series and just could not be bothered. Below are four book series which I never finished reading. Just a warning they are mostly popular series which may shock you.
This is a new series I am thinking about starting, so please let me know if you are interested and what book confessions you would like to see me post about next.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
I absolutely loved the first two books in this series Divergent and Insurgent. Allegiant, not so much.
I have attempted to read Allegiant multiple times but could never get past the first few chapters. Honestly, I have no idea why other than the fact that I could not concentrate on it. Also, a major plot point was spoiled for me so I think that put me off. Usually, I don’t really care for spoilers but this was a HUGE spoiler and it ruined the rest of the series for me.
At the time Divergent was one of my favourite books series and I even really enjoyed the films. However, not even my love for the first books could persuade me to finish the last.
Goodreads synopsis: “In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.”
Beautiful Dead by Yvonne Woon
The biggest reason why I didn’t finish this series is purely because of the fact that I didn’t know it was a series.
I read this book when I was like 10 so I didn’t even comprehend the fact that it had a cliffhanger ending. Now it’s been over 10 years and I can’t even remember what really happened.
A few years ago I brought the other two books in the series but I’m yet to read them. I think because I need to re-read the first book I just haven’t thought about finishing the series. I will get around to it at some point…maybe.
Out of all of the series in this post, this is probably the only one I would consider finishing.
Goodreads synopsis: “After Renee Winters discovers her parents lying dead in California’s Redwood Forest in what appears to be a strange double murder, her grandfather sends her off to Gottfried Academy in Maine, a remote and mysterious high school dedicated to philosophy, “crude sciences,” and Latin: the Language of the Dead. It’s here she meets Dante, a dark and elusive student to whom she feels inexplicably drawn.
As they get to know each other better, Dante can’t seem to control his attraction either, and their desires gradually deepen into a complex and dangerous romance. Dangerous because Dante is hiding a frightening secret. A secret so terrible, it has him fearing for Renee’s life.
Dante’s not the only one with secrets, though.”
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
I do remember somewhat enjoying the first book in this series but only managed to just about finish the second. Nothing against James Dashner but his writing style just was not for me.
I often found myself getting bored with the storyline and thought it was quite confusing at times. I was 15 when I read these, so not actually too young to understand what was going on, but I found that I had no interest in finding out how the series would conclude. Which resulted in me never picking the rest of the books even though I already owned them.
The biggest issue for me was that they were marketed as the ‘must-have’ books for fans of The Hunger Games (my favourite book series at the time). They definitely did not live up to this expectation and maybe I would have enjoyed them more if I weren’t constantly comparing them.
Goodreads synopsis: “If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.”
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
This is probably a major shock for a lot of people. However, I just about made it through the first book, which was probably due to how young I was when I read it. I don’t think I was ready for a book of this type at the time and then I just didn’t bother with the rest of them.
Is it ok to say I like the films but don’t really care about the books? I’ve never said that about any other books because I’m definitely a ‘the book was better’ type of person. However, I’m not sure if that’s the case for me.
I’m now thinking it’s too late to finish, well basically start this series and honestly I’m not really too bothered about reading them.
Goodreads synopsis: “About three things I was absolutely positive.
First, Edward was a vampire.
Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.
And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.
Deeply seductive and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight is a love story with bite.”