I've been on a bit of a series-finishing spree lately. In the past few weeks, I've finished the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy and the Vampire Academy series, and I'm going to finish the Finishing School series soon, too. That got me thinking that there's quite a few series that I've just decided not to bother finishing, even when I liked the beginning. Why?
I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the greatest at finishing series. Last year, three of the series that I finished (Gallagher Girls, The Sisters Grimm, and Divergent) were series that I'd last picked up more than two years before. That's a long time! And in all three cases, I know that I'd have liked the series finale much better if I'd read it sooner.
And sometimes, I already know that it's just too late. I read the first book in the Delirium series in eighth grade. I didn't LOVE it, but I liked it quite a bit and wanted to see where the story would go. And then I never continued. If the problem were that the other books in the series had been checked out of the library, I might have had an excuse. But they were there ALL THE TIME. I just consistently chose to check out other books instead. I always meant to come back for them later, but I never did. And a couple years ago, I finally decided that I just wasn't going to read them and deleted them off of my to-read list.
Sometimes, I think that maybe I should keep those books on my list because a) I do finish series after a long time (sometimes) and b) maybe I'm missing out on one of my favorite series. But that's the choice you make when you choose whether or not to pick up any book. I'm not more committed to eventually reading some books than I am to others just because I've read the previous books in the series.
Once I think that through, I normally don't feel too guilty about saying goodbye to a series before the end. It makes room for other books that I'd rather be reading. And instead of thinking of how considerably less awesome the later books in the series were (because, let's face it, always putting it off = less eventual enjoyment), I can look back fondly on the ones that I did read.
Do I sometimes idly wonder how the Kingdom Keepers series, the Matched series, or the Maximum Ride series (among others) ended? Yes, but not enough to work my way through all those books. And that's what Google is for.
How do you feel about leaving series unfinished? Do you do it often? What are some series that you've given up on? How long do you wait before giving up? Tell me in the comments!