popular series I stopped reading

Looking at my reading tastes, I tend to read books that are massively popular. I usually don’t have a lot of time to read, so when I pick something up, I want to know that I’ll love it. That being said, there are a few series that many people love that I quit mid-way. There are a few different reasons why I stopped reading these series, and I thought I’d talk about them here.

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Lady Midnight The Dark Artifices Cassandra Clare ShadowhuntersAmazon.com: Lord of Shadows (2) (The Dark Artifices) (9781442468405):  Clare, Cassandra: BooksAmazon.com: Queen of Air and Darkness (3) (The Dark Artifices)  (9781442468436): Clare, Cassandra: Books

The Dark Artifices trilogy by Cassandra Clare

As much as I enjoyed The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series, I didn’t feel a connection to the characters in this trilogy. I read Lady Midnight, and while I really enjoyed it, I never ended up picking up the sequel. Plus, each book is over 650 pages (the last book is 912 pages long), and I don’t have the reading stamina for that anymore. It’s been so long since I’ve read a Shadowhunter book that I’ve forgotten a lot of the characters and lore. If I were to try and read the second book, I don’t think I’ll understand anything that’s going on.

Review: Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins – Living Within Fiction

Sweet series by Wendy Higgins

This series has everything I like in a YA fantasy: a badass girl, a book boyfriend, and paranormal creatures. However, the first book fell flat for me. The story was okay, but it didn’t hold my interest. Rather than committing to the whole series that will probably be mediocre at best, I decided to let this one go.

A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel (Shades of Magic, 1): Schwab, V. E.:  9780765376466: Amazon.com: BooksA Gathering of Shadows V.E. SchwabA Conjuring of Light: A Novel (Shades of Magic, 3): Schwab, V. E.:  9780765387462: Amazon.com: Books

Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab

This is kind of embarrassing, but I really liked A Darker Shade of Magic, and even went as far as getting the ARC for A Gathering of Shadows before the release date. However, to this day, I still haven’t read the ARC. I’ve had it for over five years now, and I never once picked it up. I’m a mood reader, and I guess I never once was in the mood to continue the series. It’s been so long now that I’m scared I won’t remember anything. All that aside, my goal this year has been to get my physical TBR down to zero, so I’m going to be finally continuing this series sometime within the next few months.

Amazon.com: Carry On (Simon Snow Trilogy, 1) (9781250135025): Rowell,  Rainbow: BooksAmazon.com: Wayward Son (Simon Snow Trilogy, 2) (9781250146076): Rowell,  Rainbow: BooksAmazon.com: Any Way the Wind Blows (Simon Snow Trilogy, 3) (9781250254337):  Rowell, Rainbow: Books

Simon Snow series by Rainbow Rowell

I really liked Carry On. It was an interesting take on being a hero of a prophecy, and it had major Harry Potter vibes. The second book, however, I didn’t like that much. I thought the concept of what happens after the “happily ever after” was fun, but the story fell flat. It didn’t feel like it had much substance. Unless the third book has raving reviews, I don’t think I’m going to continue this series.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée AhdiehThe Rose & the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn series by Renee Ahdieh

I’m… not sure why I stopped reading this series. I really enjoyed the first book and needed to know what happened next after that cliffhanger. I think I wanted to get my hands on a copy from my library, but ended up forgetting about it instead.

Amazon.com: The Star-Touched Queen (Star-Touched, 1) (9781250100207):  Chokshi, Roshani: Books10 Diverse Books by YA Authors of Color to Read in 2017 | Teen Vogue

The Star-Touched Queen series by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen fell flat for me. It was okay, but not enough to continue the series.

Amazon.com: The Kiss of Deception: The Remnant Chronicles, Book One  (9780805099232): Pearson, Mary E.: BooksThe Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. PearsonAmazon.com: The Beauty of Darkness: The Remnant Chronicles, Book Three (The  Remnant Chronicles, 3) (9781250115317): Pearson, Mary E.: Books

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson

I liked the twist in The Kiss of Deception, but I didn’t really like the plot of The Heart of Betrayal. Because of that, I lost interest in this trilogy and never ended up reading the last book.

Amazon.com: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's  Peculiar Children) (9781594746031): Riggs, Ransom: BooksAmazon.com: Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar  Children (0884394551511): Riggs, Ransom: BooksAmazon.com: Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar  Children (9781594749315): Riggs, Ransom: BooksAmazon.com: A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children)  (9780735231498): Riggs, Ransom: BooksAmazon.com: The Conference of the Birds (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar  Children) (9780735231504): Riggs, Ransom: BooksRead The Desolations of Devil's Acre Online by Ransom Riggs | Books

Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs

Looking at the covers, this series does not look like something I’d pick up. In fact, even though I’ve read the first two books and the story is not scary as the covers suggest, they still freak me out a little bit. I only started this because it was my friend’s favorite series, but I couldn’t get over how creepy the photos looked.

What Is Netflix's Shadow and Bone TV Show About? | POPSUGAR Entertainment

The Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Given how mega-popular the Shadow and Bone trilogy is, you’d think that I would’ve read the whole series. Turns out, nope! I only read the first book back in 2014. I don’t remember much of the story now, but I do remember that it was just okay. It didn’t draw me in, so I didn’t pick up the sequel. I *might* pick this one up again given how popular the TV show is.

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What are some series that you stopped reading?
Should I continue some of the series in this post?
How many books is too many for a series?

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18 thoughts on “popular series I stopped reading

  1. CJR The Brit 06/05/2021 / 1:16 pm

    I really need to make a list of the series I have and what books I’ve read from it. I have absolutely no idea!

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    • Jessica 06/06/2021 / 2:13 pm

      I did the same thing with the books I haven’t read on my shelf! It was nice to see which of them I still needed to pick up (it was also kind of scary how many I bought that still need to be read LOL)


  2. Kate @ Feathered Turtle Press 06/05/2021 / 11:21 pm

    I read the Six of Crows book first. I was so surprised how… mediocre Shadow and Bone was. It’s crazy how much Bardugo’s writing improved between them.

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    • Jessica 06/06/2021 / 2:00 pm

      I definitely agree that Six of Crows is better than Shadow and Bone! It’s very clear the author took some time to hone in on her writing between when she published S&B and SoC.

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  3. storiesandsidequests 06/06/2021 / 3:01 pm

    I enjoyed the first 3 books of Miss Peregrine’s but never bothered to continue past the original trilogy. I tried reading Shadow and Bone before the Netflix show came out but I was annoyed by the romance and couldn’t bring myself to finish the series.

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    • Jessica 06/07/2021 / 9:51 pm

      I honestly thought Miss Peregrine’s was going to be a duology so I only committed to the first two books… turns out it’s much longer!

      Have you watched the Netflix adaptation of Shadow and Bone? I hear they’re making a second season!


  4. Mary Drover 06/07/2021 / 9:18 am

    The Rose & the Dagger was a really spectacular sequel, and I do definitely think it’s worth it! I’m with you on Star-Touched Queen, though. It was good, but it didn’t wow me all that much, and given that the sequel is about different characters, I’m kinda meh about the whole thing.

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    • Jessica 06/07/2021 / 9:54 pm

      I’ll have to revisit The Wrath and the Dawn world sometime! I remember being so excited for the sequel, so I have no clue why I never picked it up. I’ll definitely bump it up my TBR!

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  5. Knit One, Spin Too 06/07/2021 / 9:59 am

    I tend to find I like series that are no more than 3 books. For me, beyond that, the characters start to get stale and unless there is a focus shift (maybe to other secondary characters who now get a chance to shine), I usually won’t read to the end of a 3+ book series. In total agreement with you on the Miss Peregrine’s books – I only got through the first one and they weren’t my thing.

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    • Jessica 06/07/2021 / 10:04 pm

      I totally see what you mean! I’m also the same way. I don’t like to read series that are more than three books long.

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who didn’t love the Miss Peregrine’s series. I know it’s adored by a lot of the bookish community, but I couldn’t get over the pictures.


  6. Hundreds&Thousands 06/11/2021 / 1:48 am

    This is so interesting! I haven’t heard of the sweet evil series but I started the mortal instruments and I know what you mean 😬

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    • Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger 06/12/2021 / 12:33 pm

      Sweet Evil was more popular around the early 2010’s but I think it’s hype has died down since then. There are so many books in the Shadowhunter world that I feel like I can’t keep up anymore!


    • Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger 06/13/2021 / 5:51 pm

      I felt a little bad quitting both series because a lot of the YA book community loves them, but ultimately I didn’t want to spend time reading something I wasn’t enjoying.


  7. Michael J. Miller 06/17/2021 / 8:23 pm

    I’m with you on The Dark Artifices. In fact, I couldn’t finish The Infernal Devices. I LOVED The Mortal Instruments and thought it did so many interesting things with theology and mythology. I couldn’t put those books down! But then I just sort of…did with the The Infernal Devices. I’m not certain why but they lost me along the way. Also, and I’m one of like three people (I think XD) who feel this way but I couldn’t get through the Divergent series. I read the first book and had no desire to continue.

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    • Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger 06/18/2021 / 11:50 am

      I totally get what you mean! There is something distinctly juvenile/YA about Divergent. If I were to read the series now vs when I was a young teen, I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed the series as much.

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