Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’m Glad Are Completed

For That Artsy Reader Girl’s Top Ten Tuesday:

August 23: Completed Series I Wish Had More Books

I changed this one up a little bit. These are series I’m glad are over. That’s not necessarily a bad thing! Some of them I really liked, and thought that they ended in just the right places. Others I felt went on a bit too long…

Tarien Soul by CL Wilson – I really liked the first two or three books in this series. But it was a five book series. If it had been a trilogy I would have really loved it. It just went on way too long.

Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden – A rare series that was just the right number of books. It developed everything without dragging anything out too much. Actually it was also rare in that I liked the second two books more than I did the first.

Wilderness series by Sara Donati – Depending on my mood I sometimes think this series (six books) outstayed its welcome a bit. But I did really enjoy a few of the later books. Either way, it ended in a pretty good place.

Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier – Initially this was a trilogy. Then Marillier revisited it with a second trilogy. I loved the first trilogy and liked the second. But I’m happy where she left things, and I don’t think she needs to revisit it.

Anne series by LM Montgomery – This one is eight books, but I actually consider the last two books to be sort of spin-offs because they’re about Anne’s children more than Anne, herself. I actually considered going with Emily for this one, but I do sometimes wish there were more of her books. I think Anne got the right number, even not counting the last two.

Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray– This is also a rare fantasy series that didn’t really have a weak entry. Even more rare, I felt like Bray really stuck the landing.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han– I read these for a book club. I enjoyed the first one a lot, liked the second, and was kind of “meh” on the third. Basically, I felt like the material was enough for one to one and a half novels, but not three.

Earth’s Children by Jean M. Auel – Another example of a series that went slowly downhill with each book. I usually finish series for the sake of closure, but I skipped the final one here.

Night and Nothing trilogy by Katherine Harbour – Again I think a trilogy here was the sweet spot. Not too long, not too short.


6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’m Glad Are Completed

  1. Great twist! There are definitely series where I’m glad they stopped when they did—though you’re right, sticking the ending like that can be really tricky. I only ever read the first Gemma Doyle book, and I haven’t started the Winternight Trilogy yet, so I’m really curious to see if I agree with your assessment when I (eventually) read those books.

    My TTT:

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    • I started by thinking of series I wanted more books for, but I kept thinking of series where I was happy with the ending being where it was. I think so often if I writer has a successful series they just keep going with it, past a natural ending point.


      • Yes, I agree that many times authors seem to just keep going when the series is working. Sometimes you can tell that the author has an endgame in mind with a long series, but so many other times it feels like they’re just writing because the books are still popular. And who can blame them? It is their income. But I do wish that branching off sub-series was done more often when the original series reaches its natural end.

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      • I have a hard time blaming them, because as you point out, it’s income. I think spin-offs are a good way to go though. With the Sevenwaters series the first 3 books are sort of one trilogy and the second 3 take place a generation later and are sort of a secondary trilogy. Maybe that’s why I felt like it worked!


      • There are some really long series that work well because of secondary trilogies or other kinds of spin-offs. I haven’t read Sevenwaters, but there are other series that do similar things that I feel worked as well. Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series, for example, is HUGE… but the series is made up of a bunch of trilogies (usually) showcasing different narrators or storylines, and that makes it all manageable.

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