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Top Ten Tuesday: Seven series I need to finish

There is something to be said for a good standalone. Or a trilogy. I am likely to finish a trilogy unless I don’t enjoy the first book, but it takes a compelling world and premise to keep me through seven or eight books. 

My unfinished series seem to fall into roughly two categories – 

  • Dystopian books popularised after The Hunger Games (which, tbh, seem to be languishing on my shelves)
  • Middle-Grade detective books (which I can’t wait to read, but haven’t got through yet) 

Do you notice any trends in your unfinished fiction? Do you plan to finish any of the unread series on your shelves? Let me know in the comments below. Leave your TTT links and I will get back to you ASAP. 


Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden

Of all the dystopian books on my shelves, these are the ones I am most likely to finish. This is an Australian YA series written in the 1990s. It was republished and turned into a film in the wake of The Hunger Games. War breaks out. A group of teenagers who were camping when their town was rounded up form a rebellion. 

I am sorry I didn’t finish this back in 2010. It was a good series to read at 21, when I was closer in age to the 18-year-old protagonists. Read these outdoors on a hot summer’s afternoon. 


Divergent by Veronica Roth

We all know our factions, we have strong feelings about Tris and Four, but how many of us finished the Divergent trilogy? I read Divergent before it was published in the UK, ran to the bookshop the day Insurgent was released … then never finished it.


Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens 

I am working my way through this series at the moment. It is a middle-grade mystery series which is particularly addictive. The clues are spelled out by the fictional detectives in a way which enables the reader to work through the puzzle. 


Blood Red Road by Moira Young

I remember this dystopia being well-written. It was set in an unusual world and there were some interesting sibling relationships. 


Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

This was another US hit which I heard about ahead of the UK release. I liked the concept of building a story around vintage photographs. The story itself didn’t hook me. I’ve read better timeslip novels. I would love to see the Tim Burton adaptation, however, because I can’t think of a better director-novel pairing. 


Ruby Redfort by Lauren Child

Ruby Redfort is recruited by top-secret agency SPECTRUM to help them break a secret code. The first book turned into an amazing action-adventure. I would love to return to this series. 


Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies is centered around a brilliant premise. It is set in a world where everyone is operated on to become beautiful at the age of 16. The world is divided between uglies and pretties. A young girl realises there is more to this set-up than meets the eye, and the further she investigates, the more lies and corruption she finds. I enjoyed Uglies and Pretties, but by Specials, I found the plot a bit melodramatic and difficult to believe. I should return and finish the series because I would like to know how the story ends. 

23 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Seven series I need to finish

  1. I agree with the dystopian books being a big part of unfinished series. You read the first book and it’s great then another great first book comes out and this keep happening until the sequels keep coming and you just can’t keep track of each series! At least that is what happens to me.

    I loved Blood Red Road but unfortunately I just never even bought the sequel. Maybe I will one day soon! 🙂

    Jade @ Ink Scratchers

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    1. Interested to hear you find that too. I think there was a lot of investment in ‘the next Hunger Games’, which resulted in lots of series.

      I loved BRR, bought the sequel and just never picked it up. 😕 Perhaps I should read it this summer.


    1. That’s a fair point. ☺️ I think I might retry the ‘Tomorrow’ series, and I am all up for the MG detective books, but the rest? I would have to go through another dystopia craze, and tbh there are newer books.


  2. I love the Divergent series, and unlike most people I also loved the ending. For me, it was absolutely what needed to happen. But I am a huge fan of all the dystopia and it will always be one of my favourite things to read.

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    1. I’m a big dystopia fan, but realise I didn’t finish lots of the series I started in the wake of The Hunger Games. I’m so interested that you loved Divergent. We’ll have to discuss this – I enjoyed book one very much. x


  3. I loved Divergent… all the way up to chapter 50 of Allegiant. Then I got into fanfiction. Because I just couldn’t accept it. I found that it’s fun to play around with the characters… and give them the lives that they deserve ;-).

    I’ve heard that if you can’t find the story that you like, then write it yourself. A lot of fanfiction writers don’t accept chapter 50 of Allegiant either.

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    1. Brooke, you’ve got my attention! I need to read the series now to find out what I’m missing. I’m totally with you on fanfic. It is also a great way to develop writing skills and to gain confidence in building a plot.


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