Top 10 Tuesday: Book Series I Have Only Read the First Book

Hi everyone and welcome to Top 10 Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! We are on single digit days until baby girl’s arrival. So I am trying to stay busy but also am so anxious I can barely do anything! We can’t wait to meet her!

This week’s theme isΒ Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t. Honestly, I’m a fan of great book series so I have read a lot of the most popular series. And sometimes the later books are just disappointing. So I decided to do a little twist on the topic and share some of the series that I have only read the first book. Hope you enjoy my list of book series I have only read the first novel.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner // Honestly, I wasn’t super impressed by this book, despite all the hype. Perhaps someday I will be more invested and want to continue it.

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson // I read the first novel as part of a book club a few years ago and was blown away by this Pulitzer Prize winner. I do hope to read the others in the series one day.

The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan // I loved Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. And I’ve only read the first one in this series because the others weren’t published yet! I recently learned there are several books now and I would love to read more of them.

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman // I read The Golden Compass years ago and remember really enjoying it. I own the full series but I haven’t gotten to them yet.

Ender’s Saga by Orson Scott Card // I love Ender’s Game and have read it several times. But I haven’t ever continued in the series. I think I have to be in the right mood for serious science fiction.

Matched by Ally Condie // I read this book a few years ago and didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I haven’t had any interest in continuing the series.

The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini /// I read Eragon a few years ago because I heard good things about it. But the writing was juvenile and the story didn’t resonate with me. No interest in continuing right now.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han // I read the first book last year and enjoyed it. But I guess I haven’t been in a mood for the others yet.

A Wrinkle in Time Quintet by Madeleine L’Engle // I read the first book in this series in elementary school and lately I’ve been wanting to revisit it. I guess I will decide afterwards if I continue with the series.

Books of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau // I only just read The City of Ember a few months ago. But I think it works well as a stand alone novel. I would worry that more complicated plots would lose the strength of the story.

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Bonus: Anne of Green Gables Series by L. M. Montgomery // A list like this would be incomplete without a mention of the #AnneReadAlong2017 that I am co-hosting with the lovely Jackie over at Death by Tsundoku. I haven’t ever finished this series before and am loving reading the full series! We are always up for more participants. Come and enjoy Anne with us!

What series have you started but not finished?




25 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday: Book Series I Have Only Read the First Book

  1. Ahhhh I cannot believe it’s almost baby time!!! If I don’t talk to you before, good luck! If she is here already, congrats lol

    Honestly if you weren’t impressed with The Maze Runner, then you should forego the rest of the series. The first book was the best lol

    I’ve also only read the first book of A Wrinkle in Time! I really need to complete the series…

    The Golden Compass is on my TBR! I picked up a copy not too long ago at a thrift store πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks so much! This week I hope it’s baby time–can’t wait to meet her πŸ™‚

      Haha, I better stop with The Maze Runner. I was pretty unimpressed actually.

      I need to reread A Wrinkle in Time! I seriously don’t remember it! And same thing with The Golden Compass–then I can continue in that series πŸ™‚


    1. I’m relieved to hear that! I just didn’t really connect with the characters. And I felt like the only reason the girl liked that boy (okay, it’s been long enough I forget their names. Haha) was because his face came on the screen. I have a review on my blog from way back, if you want to check it out πŸ™‚

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  2. This is BRILLIANT. I totally want to steal this idea for a future post. There are many series which I have left incomplete because I felt “meh” about it, others because I didn’t want to ruin a good thing (The Giver, I’m looking at you!!), and others where I read the first book before the rest were published. I have learned from my mistakes in that last category.

    I totally agree about stopping Ender’s Game and A Wrinkle In Time. I’ve read the second book in both series, and it would have been better left alone. I did read all of Paulini’s quartet. I enjoyed it as a teen, but… I was disappointed in how it ended. So again I applaud you. You make good life choices.

    I also love the shout out for #AnneReadAlong2017 ! How many series and I just in the middle of currently reading? So many. Love you, Anne Shirley.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jackie! I had an epiphany about it yesterday πŸ™‚ I am totally like that with series that I don’t want to ruin–I LOVE The Giver. I forgot it was part of a series, actually.

      Glad to hear I’m not missing much with Enders Game and A Wrinkle in Time. Although I need to reread AWIT–I seriously remember nothing about it! I can see Paulini’s books being better for a younger audience (my 16 year old brother in law LOVES them). A disappointing ending to a series is a big pet peeve of mine. Phew, glad I dodged a bullet there!

      Couldn’t resist the chance to talk about our #AnneReadAlong2017 as it is the highlight of my reading life right now πŸ™‚


        1. I have read the first two books in The Land of Stories! I thought the first was super clever especially. The second wasn’t my favorite. That being said, it is a children’s series so perhaps I’m not the ideal audience. You should check out my reviews! πŸ™‚


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