I have a very short attention span which is why it takes me ages to do simple things such as, write a paragraph, pick out a shirt to wear, or finish book series. The other day I was browsing my Goodreads “to-read” shelf, and I was embarrassed by the number of series I’ve started and not finished. Excluding series I haven’t finished because I either didn’t like the first book, or I’m waiting on the release of the next book, the number of books I’ve left hanging isn’t pretty.
In many cases it’s not that I don’t like these books, it’s simply that my short attention span immediately wants to jump on the next. My mentality goes a little something like this, “That was awesome! Time to find somethings just as awesome!” When it should be, “That was awesome. Time to pick up the book 2.” This rarely happens, however.
The only time I ever binge read a series is when I’m overcome with obsession, or when I’m BRing. To counteract this, I’m setting some challenges for myself.
1) Is to finish my unread series. (This is crucial)
2) I will not start anymore series until I finish a series.
To keep myself honest, I will write the embarrassingly long list of books I have yet to finish right here. I will make updates posts when I finish the series, and maybe to a feature post of how I like the books overall. Right now, I’m just running with this, so we’ll see how it goes. The important thing is to FINISH THE BOOKS!!
Unfinished book series:
The First Law by Joe Abercrombie (Currently Reading)
Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews (Currently Reading)
The Timmy Quinn Sereis by Kealan Patrick Burke (Currently Reading)
The Gentlemen Bastard Series by Scott Lynch (Series is still ongoing, but I haven’t read the 3rd book)
The Final Empire Series by Brandon Sanderson
The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rise
Harlem Cycle by Chester Himes
The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
The Dublin Murder Squad by Tana French (Series is still ongoing, but I haven’t read books 4 and 5)
Unwind by Neil Shusterman
A Song of Ice and Fire by G.R.R Martin (Ongoing, but I haven’t read books 4 and 5)
Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan ( Waiting on the release of Volume 4)
Robert Langdon by Dan Brown
Obernewtryn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody
The Cemetery of Forgotten Books by Carlos Ruiz Zafron
Slains by Susanna Kearsley
Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta
Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire (Ongoing. I have only read Volume 1)
Dust Lands by Moira Young
The Mist of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (Due to recent developments I’m not sure if I’ll continue with these. We’ll see)
Penryn and The End of Days by Susan Ee (Ongoing, but I’ve only read book 1)
The Original Sinners by Tiffany Reisz (Kind of iffy still on this one)
Books that I’ve finished up to their unreleased title:
Cainsville by Kelley Armstrong
The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning
The Ethical Vampire Series by Susan Hubbard
The Sea Beggars by Paul Kearney ( Seriously publishers get your act together)
The King Killer Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
How many unfinished series do you guys have? Any of mine on your list?