Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Completed Series I Haven’t Finished Reading.
Ten Eleven Finished Series I Haven’t Finished (Yet)
Many of my favorite series are open-ended mystery or fantasy series, so they don’t count. I tend to be a bit obsessive about reading all the books in a series, too, so there aren’t a lot of recently-released-but-finished series here.
A lot of this list are children’s book series. As a child I was limited to what people gave me and what I could find in the library or thrift store. I lacked the resources to track down copies of older or out-of-print series. As an adult, I’ve tried to locate unread books in some of my favorite series, but other series palled on me after a while – or I just haven’t gotten around to them yet.
Sevenwaters (Juliet Marillier): I read the first book years ago, and didn’t realize it was part of a series until my mother gave me the first four in the series. There are six altogether. I guess I’d better get busy!
Fallen Angels (Mary Jo Putney): I’ve read and loved almost all of them, but there is one title that didn’t appeal to me enough to track down a copy.
Sherlock Holmes (Doyle & Horowitz): This entry is questionable, I know. I’ve read the entire Doyle canon. I haven’t read the new, authorized novels by Anthony Horowitz. I’m not sure they count, but since they’re authorized, I suppose they do.
Sid Halley mysteries (Dick Francis): I didn’t like the main character very much, so although I read the first two, I didn’t read the next two, nor the fifth by Francis’s son Felix.
Ranger’s Apprentice (John Flanagan): I stopped after #6 because #7 is a prequel and that annoyed me. I’ll get back to them eventually.
The Wolves Chronicles (Joan Aiken): I loved the first three and book six, which were all I could find as a child. I never continued the series as an adult, for some inexplicable reason. I’ll have to remedy that – this series was good enough that I can see enjoying them as an adult.
Five Little Peppers (Margaret Sidney): I loved the first two as a child – the only ones I was able to find copies of. About 20 years ago I tracked down copies of some of the later books, but either they’re not as good as the first, or they’re not as good seen through adult eyes, so I gave up on them.
Pollyanna (Eleanor H. Porter; continued by Harriet Lummis Smith): I loved the first two as a child – the only ones written by Porter herself. Book 3, the first by Smith, just didn’t do it for me, so I stopped there.
The Oz books (L. Frank Baum and several other authors): OK, it’s arguable whether this series is “finished” or not, since theoretically a new author could take up the mantle. I’ve read all of Baum’s books, but there are at least 30 by other authors, of which I’ve read maybe half or fewer.
Swallows & Amazons (Arthur Ransome): I loved some of these as a child, while others didn’t really appeal to me, so I didn’t push to find them all when I grew up.
Judy Bolton (Margaret Sutton): Unlike the Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys series, which enjoy periodic revivals and sometimes get new books added by ghost writers, the Judy Bolton series ended in 1967. The JB books are also better, in my opinion, because Judy actually ages through the series – she’s a young teen in the first book, grows up, marries, and even has a child before the series ends. I’ve never been able to track down all of the books, but I have about eight that I found several years ago but haven’t read yet.
So those are mine. Are there any finished series you’re still working your way through – or that you’ve given up on?