The Unfinished Series

I'm not talking about the series that have not yet been completed by the author (I'm lookin' at you A Song of Ice and Fire) but rather about series that I as a reader have not finished reading. Either I got part way through and lost interest, or I set the third book down and Life Happened(TM) and I completely forgot about it, or maybe I started reading it a long long time ago and it wasn't a complete series then, and I discovered the rest has been released only recently.

Whatever the case, there are several series that I haven't finished, and for the most part I'm pretty okay with that. (Life's too short to read books that don't interest me.)

Recently, however, I've found myself reading the first book in a series for a review and then... just not picking up the others. It can't be from lack of availability. I have a whole library *and* Audible *and* Amazon at my disposal. I can get the books if I want them. And it's not because I didn't like the books. In fact, I rated Dune and Mortal Engines pretty well when I reviewed them.

So... why haven't I at least tried to read the rest of their series?

The most honest answer is, unfortunately, "I have no idea." But I have a couple theories.


Reading the first book satisfied my desire to experience that story.

This could be because the first book was just that good, or it might be that my desire wasn't very strong to begin with. Maybe a combination of both.


The knowledge (however vague) of the time it will take me to finish 4 or 7 or 10 books persuades me that the first book was good enough.

This knowledge might be entirely subconscious (at least at the time) or it might be right up at the front of my thoughts. I understand that my attention span isn't as great as it could be, and this will occasionally prevent me from picking up a series I know is long. (I'm looking at you, Wheel of Time.)

Either one seems plausible to me. What about you, Inklings? Do you have unfinished series in your TBR pile, or did you give up on them entirely? I'm interested to hear what you do with them.

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