This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is about the best sequels, and in two weeks’ time it will be about the worst series enders. So I’m going to cheat a little with this week’s post, because I don’t think I’ve read enough series or sequels to answer either of those questions (I do prefer stand-alones). So I’m doing my own bit of series-reflection, and I hope you won’t mind. I did a TTT about series last year, which is quite interesting to compare.
Series I finished and loved
1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – always
2. The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix – except apparently he’s still promising a fourth book, in which case…
3. The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness – this one annoyed me a little, and the ending I didn’t like, but I’m still glad I read it.
4. Bumped by Megan McCafferty
5. Brian’s Saga by Gary Paulsen – better known as the Hatchet books; I loved these!
Series I started but don’t intend on finishing
1. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare – I read the first three, and I loved them. I just think the story ended well there, and I have no desire to open a new can of worms. And from what I’ve heard, #3 really should have been number-last.
2. The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson – I really enjoy the story (in a non-masochist kind of way) but the writing is just way too drawn out to my liking. This might be a candidate for an audiobook attempt… maybe.
3. Ender’s Saga by Scott Orson Card – I read the first book this year, and I liked it. Again, I don’t really have the desire to read beyond the end of that first book, and again I’ve been told that the rest of the books pale in comparison.
4. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shephard – this is basically like Gossip Girl, except with a little more of the scare/thrill factor. Not for me, thanks.
5. Delirium by Lauren Oliver – an interesting premise and the first book had such a hectic cliffhanger, but something about ti wasn’t enough to make me burn to read the rest.
I think more and more that the secret to enjoying a series is reading it only when all the books are available – obviously that’s not what authors and publishers prefer, though! Anyway, I think people should read whatever they enjoy, but I am not about to force myself to read a book I don’t enjoy when there are so many others waiting to be read.