I Can’t Quit You

Currently, I’m reading the final book in Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy. This has gotten me thinking about my choices and how sometimes they don’t make sense. See, I started this series when I had a cold and I read A Discovery of Witches all in one day, which is actually a feat because these books are monsters, and I loved it. I can only presume it was the cold. When I read Shadow of Night the illusion crumbled and I wondered how I’d gotten myself into this series that is totally Twilight for wine and history nerds. I didn’t really want to read The Book of Life, and yet I have to. I needed to know and nothing would satisfy me but actually reading the whole unnecessarily long book myself.

I quit series all the time. According to my fairly up to date series spreadsheet (courtesy of Snuggly Oranges), I’ve quit 258 series. Of course, the All Souls Trilogy is in it, so this isn’t entirely accurate. I hoped for myself that I wouldn’t finish reading this series, but I couldn’t resist. I tried to help myself, but I could not. Sometimes, though I hate a series, I HAVE to finish it, against my own will. I am, somehow, too curious to know the ending despite otherwise a lack of caring. WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF? Is it masochism? It must be, because, sometimes, I might even do some rereading so that I can understand the stupid ending I kind of don’t want to read in the first place.

If you personally love these series, I mean you no offense. Odds are I’m really into some series you would hate or dislike, and that’s totally fine. We all have different tastes, which is part of what makes book blogs so much fun.

I Couldn’t Quit

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The Maze Runner – James Dashner: I read all three books in The Maze Runner trilogy, even though I was meh about the first book and strongly disliked the second. In this case, I do know why I was curious and had to finish. I wanted to know if Dashner would ever explain anything, if there would be a point to it all. Nope is the answer to that. I LOATHED the third book. Also, as a sign of the madness, I was really tempted to read the prequel, but managed to resist. So far. My reviews of The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure.

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Parasol Protectorate – Gail Carriger: Carriger’s series has five books and I read them all, despite the second book making me want to set them all aflame. Honestly, the first one was fantastic, but I didn’t do more than feel mild affection for anything thereafter and all of book three was totally unnecessary, spent resolving a plot line that was out of character and idiotic. I had to finish, even though I knew I wouldn’t be able to look back on the series happily after book two’s ending and that I would never be able to feel the same about the characters. I still had to know. And I’ll probably read anything else Carriger writes. Reviews to come.

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Chemical Garden – Lauren DeStefano: *groans* To be fair, I was “forced” to read the final book for Sadie Hawkins, but if I were truly unwilling I could have just said no, because it’s my blog and I do what I want. Honestly, I was curious. I wanted to know if the series really was upholding all of this terrible stuff or if the ending would save it somewhat. Nope, it will not, I can now say with authority. My reviews of Wither, Fever and Sever.

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Evernight – Claudia Gray: I sort of liked this vampire series at the beginning, but it swiftly went the way of the frustrating. Yet I put a hold on the final book when it came out and read it right away. It was worse than I imagined. I have, however, managed to avoid the spinoff novel, so that’s something. I wouldn’t have but I actually won it in a giveaway and it never came, so that fueled my righteous indignation enough that I didn’t touch it. Hurrah! My review for Afterlife.

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Divergent – Veronica Roth: Okay, I actually had managed to quit this one. Twice. First, I got a review copy of Insurgent unsolicited, so okay fine I’ll give this series another chance, I thought. Some people said Insurgent was better. (Negative.) I quit it again. But then I got Allegiant in the mail and, what sealed the deal, I learned about the spoiler and I had to see it happen. Or hear it happen in this case. I actually ended up liking book three best, unlike everyone else in the world, but I never felt anything but judgment for these books. My reviews for Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant.

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Paranormalcy – Kiersten White: The first book was cute and fun. I will give it that. By book two, I didn’t care anymore. I didn’t. Yet there was only one book left and maybe it would be good again and I should totally finish. I should not have finished. Why do I ignore my instincts? My reviews for Paranormalcy, Supernaturally, and Endlessly.

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The Bronze Horseman – Paullina Simons: *LOUD SOBBING* I may never have read a worse book than The Summer Garden, though The Bronze Horseman was pretty fucking shitty too. Book two was actually kind of okay. This series was over two thousand pages long. I hate myself.

I Probably Won’t Be Able to Quit

Women of the Otherworld – Kelley Armstrong: Typically, I enjoy Kelley Armstrong, but I didn’t like the first book in her adult series. I actually took this series off my to-read list, but then I put it back. I am compelled. I’ll probably read all of them and rate them 3.5 stars at best. Is this the best potential use of my time? No. Will it stop me? Probably not.

The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken: So far, I’ve only read The Darkest Minds, but I do HAVE Never Fade. I really just want to be able to see why everyone I know loves these books. I want to know if it gets better, even if I didn’t like any of the characters and suspect my least favorite trope will happen.

Stephanie Plum – Janet Evanovich: I just read a negative review for the latest installment (21) in the Stephanie Plum series that referenced The Monkees’ “I’m Henry the Viii” to great effect. It’s very true that the verses are all the same. I made it through fourteen or fifteen before I stopped grabbing them as they came out. I was already fed up with the fact that Stephanie’s plot arc plum stopped. However, I suspect that I’ll be binging all of the rest whenever the series finally ends so that I can see how the romance finally plays out.

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Delirium – Lauren Oliver: I did like Delirium when I read it in my early blogging days, but I sort of doubt I’d like it now, with so much more of the genre and more analytical thinking about my books under my belt. Yet, I am 99% positive I will reread Delirium and then read the other two books, so that I can experience the ending and see how I feel about it. Plus, Lauren Oliver’s books have been such a mixed bag and I’m just all kinds of curious. Even though I know I probably won’t like it much and shouldn’t spend my time on it.

Steelheart – Brandon Sanderson: Though Steelheart was one of my biggest disappointments last year and I hate all of the characters, I do not have it within me to quit Brandon Sanderson. It’s got to get better, right? Because I know he’s capable of writerly magic. That CANNOT be it. But unless he kills the characters and starts over I know I should stop. BUT I CANNOT.

Anita Blake – Laurell K. Hamilton: I didn’t get to where this series went completely off the rails into orgy town. I quit it. Sort of. I have a sneaking suspicion, though, that I’m going to read more of it someday. If I’m lucky, I’ll not end up finishing both this and her Merry Gentry books. This should not be so tempting, because I know how terrible they are. AND YET.

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So, gentle readers, what series can’t you quit? Or are you smarter than I am and just stop?

26 responses to “I Can’t Quit You”

  1. I want to quit The Madman’s Daughter trilogy but I know with absolutely certainty that I will be reading A Cold Legacy. The painful truth. BUT it’s not on EW along with the rest of the Harper Winter 2015 titles, so maybe I can hope for it to be one of the unsolicited titles in a Harper package.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Haaaaa, I still think it will go up on EW eventually. Maybe she’s just a little behind. Or maybe next week. And then you can read it and I can cry while reading your review, because sometimes I have to do that.

  2. Bahahaha I love this. It takes a long time for me to decide to finally quit series too, though I think I’m probably a TINY bit better at it than you.

    I have no idea how I finished Sarra Manning’s Diary of a Crush series which started out average at best and went downhill from there. Probably just because it was Sarra Manning and each book was like 250 pages long. =/ They are on a stack of books for me to get rid of though.

    Also I read all of freaking Hilary Duff’s Elixir trilogy which is completely awful and juvenile and has some of the worst writing ever o_o don’t know how I managed that, but I just have so much nostalgia about Hilary Duff – and I started the series before I was blogging, so I was less critical then.

    Other than that I’m just really bloody awful at finishing series in the first place. But series that I plan on finishing even though I know I probably will hate them: Divergent, The Selection, and maybe even Vampire Academy just to understand the fascination. But eh, so many books, so little time – who knows when I’ll get to those.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      I actually quit a lot of things, but, even so, sometimes the curiosity kills the cat. I just HAD to know even though I really didn’t want to read it. Also, many of the ones I finished were past, much younger Christina.

      Oh no, I own that series. Bahhhhh. Maybe I’ll like it more, because we totally never agree on contemps. Especially fluffy ones. Totally opposite opinions there all the time. X_X

      Haaa, I also have much Hilary Duff nostalgia. I understand this, but have so far resisted the books, which means I’ll probably not ever go to there.

      I’m fairly terrible at series finishing, which makes it doubly suck that I end up finishing a bunch I don’t love. I think I’m officially not finishing VA, since my ship doesn’t sail and my unship does. I might end up finishing The Selection.

  3. Do you even need to think twice about what series I couldn’t quit?

    HALO. THOSE MOTHERFUCKING HALO BOOKS BY ALEXANDRA ADORNETTO.

    The first two were pure snark and I was compelled to read the third one just so I could get some peace of mind and find out how that shitshow ended. 1200 pages of my life wasted. I COULD HAVE READ SO MANY OTHER BOOKS INSTEAD.

    I think Halo was the major one, but I put myself through nine Sookie Stackhouse books before I finally gave up and also couldn’t quit Vampire Kisses despite it being laughably bad for nine books and four volumes of manga. I COULDN’T HELP IT. I HAD TO KNOW WHAT STUPID SHIT RAVEN WAS GOING TO DO NEXT AND ALSO SEXY WHITE-HAIRED VAMPIRE HEEEEEEEEY.

    Ahem.

    I used to put myself through the whole or the majority of a series even if I really hated it, but I’ve been able to make myself quit more lately if it’s bad enough. See: Shadow Falls (I read three of five books) and House of Night (seven of twelve books).

    Also, uuuuuuuugh, Evernight. I gave up on the first book halfway through with the vampire revelation. That annoyed the stuffing out of me.

    • Christina Franke says:

      HAHAHAHA. Halo. I totally thought for like three seconds about reading the sequel to Hush, Hush, but then I thought BETTER NOT.

      I sort of want to pick the Sookie Stackhouse books back up. But the ending may keep me from doing that because all of that time to ship that? NO.

      You and your vampire kisses. I don’t know how I missed that one. But I did read four volumes of House of Night, so you know. Oooh, you read more HoN. HAAAAA. I think I kind of liked book one back very early in my YA reading, but I officially loathed it by two but kept going because who knows why.

      Evernight was one of the better vampire trend things I read, but that’s not saying much and it got annoying fast.

  4. Ugh I do this…

    I read the train wreck that is the Twilight series until the very end, including the side story. Divergent which progressively got worse as the books went on, the ending of the last one was the best decision in my opinion. I’m almost done with the Sookie Stackhouse books, and they are not at all like they used to be so I’m not sure when I’ll get around to them…but I own the last two so I’ll read them anyway. I have a love/hate relationship with The Grisha series. I love the world building but really hate Mal and Alina…
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Oh, I finished Twilight too, but I also was really into it at the time, so I can’t count it. Haaaaa. So, yeah, that’s me. I’m one of very few who loves the ending to Divergent. Though, thankfully, I had the audio, so the two narrative voices were distinct. Oh man, if the ending of Divergent angered you, the ending of Sookie Stackhouse is going to enrage you. Have you not been spoiled? If you’re going into this blind, good luck. Argh, I hate Malina, but I also really didn’t like the plotting of book three. I have many sad feels.

  5. I can quit nothing and have zero self control and read all the things I hate because I like to know how things end and then I suffer and UGH just kill me
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  6. Angie F. says:

    I don’t seem to be able to quit series. I try to give the second book a chance, but then most of the time there’s only one book left, so why not read it? Plus, I have this never ending curiosity about how things end, and refuse to read spoilers even for books that I have no intention of reading, but I want to know what the spoilers are so I read the book!

    I thought I had given up on Fallen, but I just read books 2 and 3 last week, and will pick up 4 sometime soon. Probably the novella collection, too. This is more a case of the pretty covers siren calling me rather than actually wanting to read it. But I’ve come this far and the third book ends on a cliffhanger and a plot hole, so now I really am curious how it all ends.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Hahaha, having just one book left is hard to resist. Plus, what if it gets better??? But then it never does. *sobs*

      Oh man, all of the Fallen books and ahahahaha you’re totally finishing. Damn cliffhangers. They are cruel.

  7. Stormy says:

    I can’t quit The Selection trilogy. I haven’t read The One yet(and I had someone spoil me on purpose just so I could KNOW) but I know one day I am not going to be able to resist, even though it will probably make me roll my eyes.

    There are probably more, but I can think of any. Maybe The Madman’s Daughter? Liked the first book, second one made me rage. I probably SHOULD have quit Delirium, but I had no self-control there, even though the last book totally ruined the first book for me.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      I still might finish The Selection. I didn’t end up putting it on this list, but it’s possible. I have The Elite, so I’ll probably read it and then I’m so close and maybe I should just finish for lols, right?

      *headdesks*

      Haaaa, yeah, you’re not alone with TMD. I didn’t read the sequel thankfully.

  8. I always have problems with quitting a series I feel ‘okay’ about. I can’t decide whether they are worth my time, because they weren’t bad, or if I should just give up because there are better books I could read. I guess some part of me is always hopeful that it gets better. When I disliked a book I’m fairly easy, like with The mortal instruments. I thought the first two were enjoyable, but I hated the third one and decided to leave it at that.

    The hardest series to DNF are trilogies. When I’ve read the first book, I always think ‘there are only two more’ and it makes me want to end it so I can put it on my finished list. One of the series I can think of is Delirium. They were quick books, but I still don’t get why I forced myself into finishing it.

    My stats at the moment: I have 30 series I DNF and 14 are on my ‘maybe’ list. I have 67 series I’m interested in. I’ve been so bad in finishing series, but last year went alright with my challenge and I hope to keep it up. I’ve finished 9 so far. 258 is a lot!
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    • Christina Franke says:

      The meh ones are hard. I’ve got a couple sequels coming up and I’m supposed to be really excited but I just don’t know but I’ll probably read them and much angsting all around. I read too many TMI books and all of the TID books. Why do I do this to myself? TID isn’t on here only because of extenuating circumstances.

      Trilogies are difficult. If it’s forever long, like mystery series, it’s much easier. But YA series aren’t so bad!

      Well, I have series info going waaaay back and some of the series will probably resurrect. It’s so hard to tell when they’re really done!

  9. Johannah says:

    I have a good chunk of the first book in that series! Ha ha. I have no problem not finishing a series because I only get the first book. That way if I didn’t like it I don’t feel obligated to finish it. Ha ha.
    I did finish Harry Potter, Hunger Games…and that’s it… I know isn’t that sad? But I haven’t started divergent yet or the maze runner or any of the others you listed. But I do own them. One day I will get to it…
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  10. MJ says:

    The freaking House of Night books and the Tiger Curse books. To be fair I sort of challenge myself to read those, but it still pains me from this day. One series I actually enjoyed reading at first but now only finished it and its spinoffs because I just wanted to know what happened is Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods books.
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  11. Lesley says:

    How long did you stick with the Anita Blake books? I currently have 20 on my bookshelf. I’ve read all 20 and have wanted to quit the series since about book 9. I was so proud of myself for not buying the latest one, because I cannot stand the damn things, but I still kind of want it.
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  12. Angie says:

    I’ve been mildly curious about The Maze Runner series, but mostly only because of Dylan O’Brien starring in the movie adaption. I’ll probably see the movie but hopefully it will not tempt me enough to read the books. I have no willpower though so we’ll see.

    I can at least say that I happily quit the Chemical Garden series after the first book and will never touch another thing written by Lauren DeStefano.

    Aghhhhhhh I will never be able to quit Laurell K. Hamilton. I keep trying. THEY JUST GET WORSE AND WORSE AND WORSE, but for whatever reason I am an addict. At least she’s toned down on the sex recently.

    I also can’t quit the Beautiful Creatures/Dangerous Creatrues series’ or the Fallen Worlds trilogy. Other than that I’m fairly good at walking away from books I don’t enjoy. Although I think I’m regressing because I’ve been considering going back and finishing The House of Night series now that it’s almost done.
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  13. P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex says:

    I’ve actually never done a list of series I’ve started before because I don’t mark “series” down as a bookshelf, and frankly, I’m terrified to see the results. I’ve started so many and I think in general I don’t even finish half the series I start. New books are always promoted more than sequels (unless the series is HUGE) so I can’t really say.

    Awesome post though. I wish I could say I stopped a series, but it’s more, “Out of sight, out of mind” unless it’s a series I’m super psyched for that I will end up continuing.

    This was useful though. I was meh about The Maze Runner too, so it looks like I’m quitting it. I’m actually excited to read Sever, Evernight went off the rails at some point for me and I haven’t read a Claudia Gray book since, I wish I never finished Divergent, and I’ve given up on Paranormalcy. Evie’s voice just stopped appealing to me after the first book.

    I really liked Steelheart & I’ll read the sequel to Delirium because I met Lauren Oliver and I’ve met a handful of authors so it’s a big deal for me to read their books. :p
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  14. I am with ya on the Paranormalcy series, I really enjoyed the first book, thought it was a fun read but could just not even come close to finishing the second, I just lost all interest. I actually never finished Allegiant…. I am still about 100 pages out. The book is back on my book shelf with the book mark still in it.
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  15. Haha, everyone keeps trying to put me off reading the rest of the Maze Runner series, but I refuse to be deterred. Maybe I’ll change my mind after The Scorch Trials, but for now I will blissfully continue to imagine Dylan O’Brien as the lead.

    Luckily I don’t have that issue with Wither, otherwise I’d have continued with that series long ago. Nope.

    And I was going to quit the Divergent trilogy after Insurgent (I enjoyed it, but Four turned into a dick, and I had little interest in Allegiant by the time it was released) but then the publisher sent me a copy of Allegiant and now I feel like I HAVE to finish it.

    Sometimes you just need to see what happens, even if the book is awful.

    Women of the Otherworld gets much better, in my opinion. I wasn’t a GIANT fan of Bitten, but I enjoyed it enough to continue. When you get to books three and four (Paige’s books) they’re so much better. Probably because I actually like the couple.
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  17. Annie says:

    I Wikipedia series that I quit so I know what happens without having to actually read it.

    Granted, I’ve quit Dune and Game of Thrones which are popular enough to be on Wikipedia. But it’s worked out quite well so far.

    Normally, though when I quit a series it’s because I don’t care enough about the characters to find out what happens next (like Delerium).

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