The Unfinished Series Syndrome

Hi, my name is Katy, and I’m a serial series starter. But apparently not a finisher.
It didn’t used to be this way. As a child, I read beloved series from start to finish over and over again, and even as a young adult, I’d finish one series before starting another. When I first started as a librarian, though, I decided that I ought to read as broadly as possible. I’d only read the first book of a series (unless I got carried away with it.) In recent years, I’ve been trying to go back to finishing series, but it doesn’t always work as planned. If the books are really long, I’ll need to take a break to read the pile of books that came in while reading one before checking out the next. And if the series isn’t finished yet, I’ll lose track of the next one entirely or else it will come out when I already have eight books checked out and 10 or 20 on hold and I’ll decide to wait on it.

Here, for my edification and your entertainment, is a list of series I’ve started and not finished. The list includes series that I could finish or at least read more of before I have to wait on the author as well unfinished series and a few authors whose works I’ve been meaning to follow up on. These are the series that I jotted down off the top of my head, as well as those from the first page of results when I searched alibrarymama on series. That means this is probably just the tip of the iceberg of my unfinished series – yikes! Please let me know in the comments what series you think I should try to finish first.

Stopped mid-series or lost track of
SebastianPeter by Steve Barry and Ridley Pearson (3/7)
Ephemera by Anne Bishop (1/4)
Unwritten by Mike Carey (3/7)
Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter (4/6)
Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (1/7)
Matched by Allie Condie (2/3)
Pellinor Books by Alison Croggon (3/4)
Crossroads Trilogy by Kate Elliott (2/3)
Thursday Next by Jasper Fforde (3/7)
Lord John books by Diana Gabaldon (2/4)
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (6/8)
Princess of the Midnight Ball series by Jessica Day George (1/3)
Princess NThe Silver Bowlovels by Jim C. Hines (3/4)
Pern series by Anne McCaffrey (12?/25)
Bloody Jack Adventures by L. M. Meyer (7/11)
Temeraire series by Naomi Novik (5?/8)
Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett (8? of 39)
Killer Unicorns by Diana Peterfreund (1/3)
Silver Bowl series by Diane Stanley (1/3; Princess of Cortova due 10/2013)
Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya (6?/23)
Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig (4/10)

Waiting to be published
Crewel World by Gennifer Albin (1/3?. Due 10/13.)The Dream Thieves
Seven Against Mars book 2 by Martin Berman-Gorvine
Diviners by Libba Bray (1/?)
Finishing School by Gail Carriger (1/2. Due 11/5/2013)
Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson (2/3. Due 8/25/13)
Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke (1/?. On hold for second volume.)
Spiritwalker series by Kate Elliott (2/3. Due 6/25/13)
Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde (1/2)
Castle Glower series by Jessica Day George (1/2. On hold for second volume.)
Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier (2/3. Due 10/8/13)
All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness (2/3)
Peculiar series by Stefan Hartmann (1/? Due 9/13)
Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines (1/? Due 8/6/13)
Wunderwood series by Elle Jacklee (1/?)
Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (2/3. Due 2/14)
Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer Nielson (2/3)
Septimus Heap by Angie Sage (6/7. On hold for last volume.)
Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (1/3. Due 9/17/13)
Golden GirlAmerican Fairies by Sarah Zettel (1/2. Due June 2013)

Standalone books from favorite authors
Sarah Addison Allen
Madeleine L’Engle (a very few of the adult nonfiction and poetry books)
Melina Marchetta (finished realistic fiction series, want to start fantasy series)
Juliet Marillier
Christopher Moore
Maggie Stiefvater

About Katy K.

I'm a librarian and book worm who believes that children and adults deserve great books to read.
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3 Responses to The Unfinished Series Syndrome

  1. charlotte says:

    Oh yes indeedy. But soon I’ll have read everything in my house because how long can it really take to read 200 books and then I can start activly questing for books again and finish up those hanging serieses! Are you taking part in the 48 Readathon next weekend, that Karen (aka Ms. Yingling Reads is doing? It is a fun kidlitosphere one.

    • Of course you can read all 200 books!
      You’re really tempting me to join the challenge! I don’t think I can make any time to do any actual extra reading, seeing as how I’m working all day Saturday, followed by family party, followed by an all-day other family event on Sunday. But it would be fun to try to line up closer-to-done series and see what I could do.

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