10 Popular Series I Haven’t Finished Reading

I was absent from the bookish community for several years due to increases responsibilities in college. During this time, I was only able to read about 50 books. So I had to be very picky with what I read and relied on a rereads. There were a few times I tried to board the hype train but let’s just say I never managed to get far…

Keep reading to see what series I started but have yet to finish!

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10. The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa

Summary: The Faery realms have always weathered the clash of Summer and Winter fey, the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. Now a new breed of faery has emerged to challenge both… to their peril. Forged by Man’s insatiable pursuit of technological superiority, the terrifying Iron fey are massing…and the fate of all faeries hangs in the balance. The greatest weapon in this epic magical war? A half-human teenage girl (Goodreads).

Why I Haven’t Finished: I loved the concept of Iron Fey that Julie Kagawa created and its intrinsict tie to humans’ impact on their realm! However, the insta-love in the first book was off-putting. Since I only read the first book– and that was over five years ago– I wasn’t sufficiently hooked to the world to feel compelled to return any time soon.

Will I finish this in the future? Definitely!


9. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Summary: This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. Enter Mare Barrow, a Red with the abilities of a Silver, who will shape the foundation society was built on. 

Why I Haven’t Finished: Glass Sword was sooo hard to get through due to the pacing. Reviews for the sequels indicate the action gets slower.

Will I finish this in the future? Not sure


8. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Summary: The Young Elites is set in a Renaissance-like world where magic is new, chaotic, and misunderstood, and three rival societies with supernatural abilities battle for power. And a girl transforms from an unwanted daughter into a fearsome leader, igniting panic and sparking war between seven nations. (Goodreads)

Why I Haven’t Finished: When the last book came out, I was in a dark place and did not feel it was a good idea to read a dark fantasy.

Will I finish this in the future? Definitely!


7. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Summary: Scarlett Dragna’s life has been planned for her and her sister, Donatella, ever since her mother left. When given the opportunity to attend Caraval, a game of magic and beauty, Donatella decides to take a risk of her father’s wrath, forcing Scarlett to follow after her. It’s important to remember that Caraval is not what it seems.

Why I Haven’t Finished: I only found out about this series a few months ago. I listened to the audiobook but found it difficult to retain information via this format.

Will I finish this in the future? Definitely!


6. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater 

Summary: For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys– [students who attend a private school] she’s not so sure anymore (Goodreads).

Why I Haven’t Finished: I listened, rather than read, The Raven Boys. Due to its slower pacing, I felt that not much happened and did not feel compelled to continue soon after. I think the experience may be different if I read a physical copy.

Will I finish this in the future? Most likely


5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Summary: An orphan who was adopted by demons finds herself caught in a war between demons and angels as she discovers more about who she is.

Why I Haven’t Finished: Laini Taylor’s writing is lyrical and metaphorical and it’s not something that can be skimmed. I haven’t been able to set aside time to appreciate it.

Will I finish this in the future? Definitely!


4. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Summary: There is a thin balance between cruel faerie and mortals, a human hunter kills a faerie. As retribution, she is taken captive into their world, where she must decide what she wants and who she wants to be.

Why I Haven’t Finished: These are thick books– and addictive, so I’m told– but I haven’t been able to set aside time to binge the series.

Will I finish this in the future? Definitely!


3. Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Summary: Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee (Goodreads).

Why I Haven’t Finished: I found the world-building hard to get used to when I first started it since it was my first non-Western inspired novel.

Will I finish this in the future? Definitely!


2. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Summary: Parallel to the ordinary world is a magical world full of wizards, fae, demons, and Shadowhunters (warriors dedicated to battling demons). Clary Fray finds herself entangled in this world when she witnesses Shadowhunters in action since she’s not supposed to be able to see them… So why can she?

Why I Haven’t Finished: City of Heavenly Fire is long and I haven’t been able to make time to read any book beyond 450 pages in months. It’s been so long since I started the series that I need to do a reread anyway.

Will I finish this in the future? Definitely!


1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Summary: Orphan Harry learns he is a wizard on his 11th birthday when Hagrid escorts him to magic-teaching Hogwarts School. As a baby, his mother’s love protected him and vanquished the villain Voldemort, leaving the child famous as “The Boy who Lived”. With his friends Hermione and Ron, Harry has to defeat the returned “He Who Must Not Be Named” (Goodreads).

Why I Haven’t Finished:  These books are thick. I want to read them only when I can make the time to enjoy these adventures. There’s so much detail that was embedded into these novels and I want to capture as much of it as I can.

Will I finish this in the future? Definitely!

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Looking through my Goodreads to figure out what popular series I haven’t finished was more fun than I expected. It’s definitely more than I thought… What’s funny is that I like all these books! I just like them too much to finish them.

I plan to incorporate these series into my monthly TBRs at some point. Check out my March TBR to see which series I’ll be reading this month.

What’s a popular series that you haven’t read or finished? Let me know down in the comments.

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