Thursday, August 1, 2013

Unfinished book series.

I've seen quite a few "BookTube" videos about unfinished book series. You know...those series that you started or even got about halfway through, but for whatever reason didn't finish. I've got a few of those, so I thought I'd talk about them. :)

By the way, I'm considering a series anything with at least three books in it (or that will have at least three books, even if only one or two have been released so far). And I'm only listing ones that I intend on finishing. For example, I'm not including ones like Delirium, by Lauren Oliver, because I read the first book but didn't like it so I'm not going to read the other two. And I'm not including series that I read parts of when I was a kid but will never complete (like Magic Tree House or Saddle Club or the Babysitters Club :).
Anne of Green Gables, by L.M.M. Montgomery

I hate to admit this, but I've only read the first book in the series! I really enjoyed it, and I absolutely love the mini series (the first two installments, anyway. Ahem). I've picked up the first several books at Goodwill over the years, but I've yet to read them. I guess I'm intimidated because there's so many of them. And even though I loved the first book, it wasn't one I flew through quickly. It took me a bit longer, for some reason. I'm the kind of person who wants to read a whole series at once, if at all possible, and I keep imagining how long this one would take.

The Princess Diaries, by Meg Cabot

I loved these when I was younger...the third one was my favorite (I wonder why? The title is "Princess in Love" :). I own the first five, so I've read at least that far. And I seem to remember getting one or two from the library, so I might have read even further. There are ten in the series, I think? Plus a couple of extra novella-type books.
Wings of Glory, by Sarah Sundin

I read the first two books, A Distant Melody and A Memory between Us, and really, really enjoyed them. I mean, this is an incredible WWII trilogy. The only reason I haven't read the final book is because I just recently finally found a copy at the bargain bookstore (which is also where I found the first two). I wasn't going to pay $10-$12 for it when I could get it for $4.99, so I held out and thankfully it paid off. :)

Sarah, Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan

I read at least the first two (maybe three?) of these quite often when I was younger. Last year I reread the first one and it was just as wonderful as I remembered. Since then I've collected the rest of the series except for Skylark, which I've been keeping an eye out for at thrift stores (I used to see it all the time when I wasn't looking for it). As soon as I get that one, I'm going to read the entire series. {P.S. Have you guys ever seen the Hallmark film series for these books? So good.}
Mary Poppins, by P.L. Travers

There are eight Mary Poppins books, I think. I've read the first book and half of the second, and I got the third one for my birthday. The first one was incredibly charming. I love that the series was rereleased to look like the original books. And I love that book Mary Poppins is nothing like Disney Mary Poppins. :) That book in the center is a 60s copy of the first two books that I found at a thrift store.

The Time Quintet, by Madeline L'Engle

I know I read A Wrinkle in Time sometime in elementary school, though I don't remember much about it at all. I may have read the second book, but I don't think so. This seems like such a classic series that I really want to read them all at some point.
All of the books in the above series are already released. The next few are still incomplete...
The Penderwicks, by Jeanne Birdsall

These books have such a classic, old-fashioned feel, and they're so funny and sweet. :) I love all of the sisters and their very different personalities. I've read the first three (I got the third one from the library this summer), but according to the author's website, there will be two more books. Number four is supposed to come out next year.
Wildwood Chronicles, by Colin Meloy

Wildwood, the first book, was sort of "eh" for me. There were really good parts, but it was a little too long and the writing style was annoying at times. But I loved the second one, Under Wildwood. I'm technically caught up with this series, because the last book doesn't come out until later this year. :) Also, the illustrations in these books are ridiculously gorgeous.
A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz

I enjoyed A Tale Dark and was creepy and probably a bit more gruesome than necessary than the age group it's meant for. But it was also based on fairy tales and very clever and sometimes even hilarious. In A Glass Grimmly is already out, though I haven't read it yet, and the third (and last) book comes out in October.

Al Capone at Alcatraz, by Gennifer Choldenko

I absolutely loved the first two books in this trilogy. They're some of the best historical fiction for kids I've ever read. I was drawn into this series because they revolve around children who live on Alcatraz (because their parents work there) during the 30s, which was when Al Capone was imprisoned there. But the books were so much more than I expected. They're hilarious and suspenseful and the main character Moose has a sister with autism, and the relationship between them is just amazing. The final book comes out in August!

All The Wrong Questions, by Lemony Snicket

I was obsessed with A Series of Unfortunate Events as a kid, so of course I was excited to learn that Lemony Snicket was starting a new series. The first book, Who Could That Be At This Hour?, was good, but not as amazing as I expected. The second book comes out later this year.

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, by Maryrose Wood

These books were described as a mix of Lemony Snicket and Jane know I couldn't resist that. :) I loved the first one, liked the second one, and thought the third book was just okay. The fourth in the series comes out in December, and I'm looking forward to it. I wonder how many she's planning on writing? The mysteries in these books have to be solved eventually. :) Aren't these the cutest covers?

In the next week I'll have a post about book series I have finished. It's a lot longer of a list than I expected!

What are some series that you want to finish?

Until next time,


  1. You haven't read the entire Anne of Green Gables series?!?! Get thee to thy bookshelf and pick up Anne of Avonlea post haste! I LOVE those books (especially books 1-5 and 8), devoured the series as a whole many a time throughout my childhood, and can't imagine life without them. Soooo, now that I have that off my chest, I will continue reading your post. ;-)

    1. I's a sort of deep, dark secret that I've kept from you guys. :) I really do need to read them soon!

  2. What didn't you like about "Delirium?" I've thought about reading it, but the reviews sounded questionable... I'd love your opinion! :)

    1. Well, I didn't like much at all about Delirium. :) I love dystopian fiction, so I was excited to read Delirium because of all the good things I'd heard about it. But I found it to be really boring, honestly. The world felt unoriginal and I didn't like the characters. It didn't hold my interest at all, and I've never had any desire to read the other two books.

  3. Sarah plain and tall has more then one book? Mind. Blown. Anyway, I now want to read these.

    1. I knew about the first three books, because I've read them, but I didn't know about the other two until last year! I love how simple and profound the stories are. The fact that they're so short and can be read quickly doesn't hurt, either!

  4. Well, I haven't read any of the Anne of Green Gables books, so you're a head of me! My mom, sisters, and I have been watching the movies for the first time this year, though, and really enjoying them.

    I've read all of Sarah Sundin's books (and am eagerly awating for On Distant Shores to come in at the library!), and although they're all good, the first one is my favorite of the three.

  5. Love reading series! Did you know there's going to be a movie about Walt Disney & P.L. Travers coming out this Christmas {with Tom Hanks as Walt Disney}? It's supposed to be about how the author didn't want to make the movie from the start & the truth behind the Mary Poppins story in the author's own life... It looks like it might be really {really} good! It's called "Saving Mr. Banks."


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