Wednesday

Beachy Fun

I've been on the beach for the last few days for a little fun on the sun and a wedding. I had never been to Yelapa before, and it was a very neat little, secluded place.

I had intended to get lots of reading done, but the place had such a high, never-ending humidity, that I was afraid to get my reader out. It ended up spending the entire vacation hiding in a dry bag in my luggage. On the plus side, it still works. On the negative side, I didn't get much done.

Instead I read the first two books in Pullman's Sally Lockhart series. I had read them before, but I couldn't remember them. I also knew that I never read the third book, and I wasn't sure why.

Now I know. After reading the first 2 books, I don't feel any need to read the third book. I had it with me, and I tried to start it, but I just didn't get into it. In fact, I went and bought an adult mystery at the Borders in the Phoenix airport.

I hate that I don't want to finish the series (especially since I already bought all the books). I'm a completist and dislike not finishing what I've started. It's going to have to join the ranks of series like the Ulysses Moore series or the Warriors of even the Gossip Girls where I just didn't feel the need to read after a certain book.

What series have you not felt the need to get past the first, second, or third book?

11 comments:

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

For me, it was the Golden Compass series. Didn't get past book two.

And would you believe I quit on C.S. Lewis after what was then book three?

I see a theme here: these series that purportedly have Christian undertones just don't do it for me.

Sorry you didn't get much done on vacation, but maybe the break was more needed?

Hissy said...

Um I think I think I stopped reading Warriors finally maybe?

While I really liked the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, I've really had no interest in reading the rest of the series.

Sue said...

Twilight. One book was enough. It was a light, quick read, but Bella was stupid, Edward was dull, and I just didn't buy their romance. By the end of the book I was ready for him to just eat her and be done with it already. So yeah, I didn't bother with books 2, 3 and 4. :>

kbaccellia said...

I have to agree with Twilight being one book that could have been a stand alone book. The others weren't as good.

I also was disappointed in the last Golden Compass book.

PJ Hoover said...

Ditto on Narnia. I did make it through three Twilight books so far, though on the second and third, I almost put them down many times.
Also, I finished Uglies, Pretties, and Specials, but didn't pick up Extras.

Anonymous said...

I read the Golden Compass, but skimmed books 2 and 3. I haven't finished all the Pern Books by McCaffrey. I read The Bourne Identity but not the others.

So don't feel bad about not finishing a series. You're not alone.

(but I can think of four different series that I can't wait to get the next installment on -- Colfer, Sage, Moning, and Duane.)

beth said...

Quit on Twilight.
Quit on Eragon.
Quit on Sally Lockheart (how could he do you know what to you know who?!)
Quit on Golden Compass...after which, I quit on Philip Pullman, too.

As for those of you who quit on Narnia...I'm sputtering in surprise! Those were my favs ever!!

JeanieW said...

I haven't been able to bring myself to finish SEA OF MONSTERS (the second Percy Jackson book). I don't feel compelled to read the sequels to CITY OF EMBER or TUNNELS (whenever it comes out). I read RUBY IN THE SMOKE and thought that was enough of that series for me. But I loved all of HIS DARK MATERIALS. I loved THE HOBBIT, but couldn't get into THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING.

The only Narnia book I didn't care for was the last one, but I read it anyway - just not as many times as all the others. Way back when I was a kid, we didn't have Harry Potter as the gold standard. I sometimes wonder if I'd have fallen so deeply in love with the Narnia books if I'd had HP for comparison. My daughter lost interest in Narnia as soon as she broke open the SORCEROR'S STONE.

I have TWILIGHT on my to-read stack of books. But from what I've been hearing about Meyer's weak characters, it doesn't sound like I'll be reading any of the sequels.

The Buried Editor said...

I do like the whole Narnia series, although Magician's Nephew and Last Battle are a little heavy handed for me, but I agree with pretty much every other series.

I don't think I'll read Breaking Dawn, I didn't finish Uglies. I don't like Fellowship of the Rings although if they ever abridge it (I know, sacriliege!), I might like it more.

Annalisa said...

I haven't given up on the series YET, but I am really tempted to do so: Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay is the first one, and the second of the duology is Lord of Emperors. This duology (and the author's other works) have been so highly praised by so many readers, I was SURE I would like it. Instead I felt that the whole first 50 pages were an introduction to the book and the book itself was an introduction to the sequel. So the sequel has GOT to be good, right? That's where all the payoff is! And yet, Lord of Emporors remains stranded under my bedside table.

The Twilight series was a funny experience for me. I started reading it because at least two blogging literary agents said it had "perfect pacing for YA" (I want to write YA someday). The pacing was slow, slow, slow, and like Sue said so succinctly, "Bella was stupid, Edward was dull, and I just didn't buy their romance." But a friend of mine was hysterical about it so I bought the sequel at Costco. Oh my goodness it was so much better! FINALLY some life to the book (in the form of Jacob Black mostly, but overall I think the narrative was better). I ended up finishing the series. Twilight remains to me the weakest book of the series.

Wow, it sounds like peer pressure has a lot to do with my reading decisions lately. I swear that's not usually the case!

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