Book Series I’m afraid to commit to | Ft. Book series & Books on my TBR I’m avoiding reading

As I sat down this Saturday to prepare my posts for the upcoming week, I instantly realized how perfect this week’s TTT (Top Ten Tuesday) topic is – Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why (maybe you’re scared of it, worried it won’t live up to the hype, etc.)

I’ve recently started a blog series about book series (this is my favorite phrase! 😀 ) with the first one being Book series I need to finish, focusing primarily on the unfinished trilogies that I have quite a lot of. 

P.S. I still haven’t read any of the last books in the trilogies mentioned in that post. I will! I promise I will! It just takes me a while to actually get to them.

I thought I’d take this opportunity to combine book series with the TTT topic and talk about Book Series I’m afraid to commit to

Why am I afraid to start new series?

There are two main reasons – (1) I already start a lot of new series every year, mainly due to debut releases, ARCs and just general hype about new (and old) books, and (2) I rarely finish book series. 

The last two book series I finished and actually read from the beginning till the end without long interruptions was the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas and His Dark Material by Philip Pullman, but only because I knew that if I wouldn’t pick up the next book right after finishing the previous one, I would never have read the entire thing. 

Because I have so many unfinished book series, I always feel like I HAVE to finish at least a few of them before committing myself to another one. 

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*I actually took all of these books down from my shelves for the purpose of writing this post and read a couple of pages of each of them. So I could touch them and maybe convince myself that the time has finally come to start reading these series.


1 – Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Most people only know one London; but what if there were several? Kell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel Londons. There’s Grey London, dirty and crowded and without magic, home to the mad king George III. There’s Red London, where life and magic are revered. Then, White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. But once upon a time, there was Black London…

I bought this entire trilogy probably 3 years ago, a little bit after starting this blog. They have been sitting on my shelves for a very long time now and I’m pretty sure I will like them, but I’m still scared. 

The first book is actually only 380 pages long, which is very short for a fantasy novel. However, we all know how easy it is to read the first book, and how difficult it gets to pick up the rest of the trilogy. 

My reasons for avoiding these books:

  1. I didn’t like This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab
  2. The 3rd book is a brick and has double the amount of pages of the 1st book
  3. I’m afraid that it won’t live up to the hype

2 – Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee – whose thoughts Todd can hear, too, whether he wants to or not – stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden – a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.
But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

Over the years I’ve acquired a few of Patrick Ness books (and I love how my paperback editions by Walker Books all have similar spines so the books look gorgeous together on the shelf). My first Patrick Ness book was A Monster Calls which is one of the saddest books I read. This year I read his The Rest of Us Just Live Here, and while love how beautifully written it was, how many important subjects it brought to light, I didn’t necessarily love it. 

I also realized that Patrick Ness doesn’t focus on the plot or surroundings, his attention is always with the characters. Since the Chaos Walking is considered a Dystopian trilogy I’m not sure if I will like that character-driven style. 

My reasons for avoiding these books:

  1. Not a lot of people talk about this trilogy
  2. I’m afraid that I won’t like Patrick Ness writing style in dystopian settings

3 – The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff

Mia Corvere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.
Destined to destroy empires, the child raised in shadows made a promise on the day she lost everything: to avenge herself on those that shattered her world.
But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, and Mia must become a weapon without equal. Before she seeks vengeance, she must seek training among the infamous assassins of the Red Church of Itreya.
Inside the Church’s halls, Mia must prove herself against the deadliest of opponents and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and daemons at the heart of a murder cult.
The Church is no ordinary school. But Mia is no ordinary student.
The Red Church is no ordinary school, but Mia is no ordinary student.
The shadows love her.
And they drink her fear.

The last book in this trilogies was released last week. It’s only normal that there has been so much talk about this series. And I do own the first two books that I purchased after reading the Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman. 

I really want to love it, especially because of the assassins, school setting and all the praises I’ve seen around the bookish net. 

My reasons for avoiding these books:

  1. The font size in my paperback edition is the tiniest
  2. I’m not a fan of flowery, over the top writing style (I heard that’s how Jay Kristoff writes)
  3. The footnotes are not my favorite thing
  4. My copy is blurbed by Starburst: ‘If you love Robin Hobb or George R.R. Martin you will adore Nevernight’. I don’t really like GRRM overly descriptive writing style and I’ve never read any of Robin Hobb books. 

4 – Legacy of Orisha by Tomi Adeyemi

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

This was very much a hype induced purchase. Everyone was talking about this book last year and felt a little bit left out for not knowing what all the hype was about. I bought it, and… I haven’t read it yet. (the story of my life)

The second book came out earlier this year and I believe the third book should be out next year. I still have some time to think about this series before committing to it 

My Reasons for avoiding these books:

  1. Once again, I think I will be disappointed because of how hyped this book is
  2. I’m currently reading a similar fantasy – Kingdom of Souls  by Rena Barron and I’m not enjoying it. 

5 – Lightbringer by Brent Weeks

Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. Yet Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live.
When Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

The first time I heard about these series was on PeruseProject channel. She really loved and binged all the books in a couple of months. At the time, I wanted to try some more adult fantasy, so I thought this series would be perfect. 

The last book is coming out this October. I think what I will do is read the first book and if I like it, just purchase the entire series so I can binge at some point. 

My Reasons for avoiding these books:

  1. They are huge!
  2. I heard a lot of comments about poor women representation.

6 – The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss

Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. 
The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. 
A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

I have a very floppy paperback of The Name of the Wind and if that doesn’t make you excited to read a book, I don’t know what does. 

There are currently only two books out and I don’t know how many there will be in the series, and also don’t want to wait a very long time between the installments as I feel that waiting time makes the series lose their appeal to me. 

My Reasons for avoiding these books:

  1. The series is not completed yet
  2. I’m afraid of big books
  3. I’m also afraid of the hype

7 – Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

Everyone says how beautiful Laini Taylor’s writing is, how beautiful this story is. But I’m just scared that I won’t love it as much as everyone else does. And also I own this weirdly sized mass-market paperback with the tiniest font. It honestly looks like a Pocket Book. 

My Reasons for avoiding these books:

  1. I’ve never read anything by Laini Taylor, so I don’t know if I’ll like her writing style
  2. My copy is the tiniest book I own with 
  3. Smallest font size! I already wear glasses, I feel like I’ll need a magnifying glass to read it! 


BONUS! 8 – The Goldfinch by Donna Tart

It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

This is obviously not a series, but I decided to include it here anyway because it’s the only stand-alone in my collection that I’m genuinely scared to pick up! 

Have you seen this monster? 

What books are you avoiding?
Leave your comments and TTT links down below!

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42 thoughts on “Book Series I’m afraid to commit to | Ft. Book series & Books on my TBR I’m avoiding reading

    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one avoiding Nevernight 😀 Actually, I read a lot of TTT posts this week and so many of them had Nevernight as well, ahah. Jay Kristoff is one scary writer!
      But I’m very excited to try it, and now would be the perfect time to buy the third book and binge the whole series.

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  1. I’ve been wanting to read Patrick Ness’ works for some time … but I also fear I won’t like his dystopian writing style. I’m REALLY picky on this genre ha-ha!

    I haven’t read anything by V. E. Schwab yet … so I’m also nervous to try the series.

    I think I’m going to read that Brandon Weeks one. It’s a shame about the lack of women representation (if that’s true), but I’ve heard really good things in general. As long as the books don’t disrespect the women just blatantly, I think I’m okay. I’m DEFINITELY reading Patrick Rothfuss’ series … but I refuse to start until the third book is released lol!

    Ugh … I’ve been eyeing Laini Taylor’s works for some time … I still don’t know though …

    I think I’m going to pass on The Goldfinch … I’ve heard it’s really good … but it just seems too sad. I might go see the movie when it releases.

    Love this post!

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    1. I’m sure the movie based on the Knife of Never Letting Go will great and something I’ll enjoy (I love everything dystopian basically), but I can already anticipate the focus on characters and their emotions and struggles, and I love to read more plot-driven dystopian novels. I actually read the first couple of pages of all these books as I was preparing this post, and they were alright, definitely very Patrick Ness-y 😀

      Oh no! I’m actually very excited to read Goldfinch. I love those books that break my heart and make me sob, but I totally understand why someone would NOT want to spend their evening sobbing into the pillow. Lol

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  2. Very very interesting choices and I love the way you structured this post 😍😍😍😍
    I’m not a fan of flowery writing style either but I loved the Nevernight trilogy because of its characters.
    And after some disappointments by Schwab, I don’t think I want to read Shades of Magic.. I seem to mostly feel indifferent about her books 😔😔😔
    I do hope that you love these books if you ever decide to pick them up 😊😊😊

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    1. Thank you, hun! ❤
      It's a pity about V.E. Schwab. I didn't like the one book I read, so I think I'm gonna give her another chance, just not sure if I should finish the This Savage Song duology or just start the Darker Shade of Magic trilogy.. hmm… Choices… Choices… 😀

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  3. I totally get your reasons for avoiding most of those books. I don’t want to dissuade you, but I found The Name of the Wind to be very pretentious, and all the female characters were stereotypes. I’ve heard very good things about Laini Taylor’s latest duology, though! Even my friends who don’t tend to read YA and fantasy enjoyed it.

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  4. I keep avoiding Nevernight and Illuminae too because I want to binge the series in one go, but they’re all fairly hefty books! And I keep avoiding continuing with the Winternight trilogy because, again, I want to devote my brain to it (given how good the first book was) and I’m super busy all the time 😥

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    1. I’m the same when it comes to the Winternight trilogy. I just need to read one more book and I’m always making excuses to not read it: “it’s not cold enough”, “it’s not dark enough”; “I’m too tired”, etc. lol I’m a master of excuse-making. 😀

      Illuminae is actually a very quick read, I think I read it in one day or two evenings during the booktube-a-thon in 2017. I just flew through it. It might seem hefty, but because of its format, it reads very well. I hope you’ll give it a go soon 🙂

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  5. OMG same! The font size for my copy of Nevernight is the tiniest! I bought this book online like 3 years ago and was super excited to read it because I absolutely loved Illuminae by this author, and then I opened it to the first page and went whoaaa, not today. And I’ve never touched it since XD

    I mean. Fonts shouldn’t be allowed this small.

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    1. Ahaha, I love that 😀 Yeah! I mean I already wear glasses and can’t read it properly, what about all those humans who don’t have the magnifying help of the thick lenses?! Unacceptable!
      Also, strangely the second book is like WAAAAAY taller than the first book, what’s up about that too?! The publisher needs to reconsider its priorities!

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  6. Great list! I understand you, all this book series sound like a reader will have to make a huge investment in terms of time and patience, etc. I did read The Goldfinch and I can say it does drag a lot in the middle. I am also afraid to commit to The Name of the Wind….but only because I bought in Spanish. Yes, in the Spanish language. I do read in Spanish, but this one really really intimidates me and I will not be able to finish it without a dictionary.

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    1. Thank you! Definitely!! I mean, there are so many series out there and all of them have so many books, and we only have so much time to read (I wish we had more…. 😀 )
      Oh, wow!! Spanish?! Even in Russian it would be a chore 😀 Can’t even imagine reading it in a language I’m not 100% comfortable with.

      I hope you’ll love reading it in Spanish!! Let me know how it goes 🙂

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  7. I always feel so guilty starting new book series when I already have so many that are unfinished. I am so bad with finishing them ever since I started blogging in 2015. Before I used to finish them before ever starting anything new, but once I started blogging and discovering so many new books I stopped. UGHH. The last couple years I’ve tried to mostly read standalones because of the guilt, haha. I loved the Chaos Walking trilogy so much, although the second book wasn’t as great as the first and third. I tried to read Nevernight, but for some reason I just couldn’t get into it and same with A Darker Shade of Magic. I’ve been debating on if I want to give them a second change though. The hype surrounding Children of Blood and Bone didn’t live up to it for me.

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    1. You just described me! 😀 I used to finish series ALL THE TIME! I wouldn’t even buy new books without finishing the books I already had (how crazy, right?! 😀 ) Now, with tons of ARCs and new debuts, I probably have like 50+ series that I’ve started but haven’t finished and many of them I will never finish.

      I’m so glad to finally find someone who loves the Chaos Walking series. I feel like noone talks about it. Maybe more people did when it just came out, and I think the popularity of this series will go up again due to the release of the movie next year. So I’d love to read at least the first book before the movie comes out.

      I’d say give them a second chance, but I don’t even know if they are as good as everyone describes them to be. Ahah
      If you do, let me know what you thought about them 🙂

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    1. I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews, some people scream about the bad representation of women and sexism, and others read and loved the entire series and didn’t even pick on that fact. So I really think it depends on our own sensitivity to these things, and also we can’t forget that the events of these books are set in a different time, in a different society. Why don’t people hate so much on sexism in GoT books and even the TV show?!

      I think there is more smoke than fire here. I’m still hopeful that I’ll love it 🙂

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  8. HAHAHA I love how you listed font size as a reason for not reading some of these books & honestly that is a MOOD (seriously, why do publishers do this to us?! My book loving but severely myopic self can’t handle it!!!) I have definitely avoided the ADSOM & Chaos walking trilogies even though I’ve heard great things about both… I honestly don’t have a good reason except that I’ve never been in the mood? 😂

    Hopefully we can both pick up some books that we’ve been avoiding by the end of the year! 😛

    💛 Ngoc

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    1. 😀 Those teeny tiny fonts kill my eyes! They are already running at 30% after staring at the PC screen for over 8 hours at work. When I finally pick up that horrible mass-market paperback of Nevernight, it will have to be on the weekend, early in the morning after a very good night sleep 😀

      Thank you! We can read them all! Even if that means buying a magnifying glass. They look beaut in Insta photos anyway.

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  9. I avoided The Goldfinch for a good year after purchasing it. I loved Donna Tartt’s The Secret History but wasn’t keen on her other book so it was a bit daunting when considering (a) the size and (b) that fifty-fifty experience I had with her other books. BUT, it was totally worth it for me. It’s now one of my favourites of all time! That being said, I hope that if you ever get to any of these books/series, that you enjoy them and that they are worth the wait. If not, I hope you find something even better for your personal preference!

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    1. This makes me hopeful! I really think I’ll love the Goldfinch I just need it to get a bit colder outside so I can set the mood with some candles and cozy blanket. But it seems that we are stuck with the summer weather for at least a month, if not longer. 🙂 And thank you! That is definitely the most important thing.

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  10. Aaaah, I started reading the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness because I managed to snap it up for a real bargain here in the UK and I really liked the sound of the plot. I started reading it and didn’t like it all, so I can definitely understand why you’re cautious about it.

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  11. Great post, Alex!! You NEED to read the last Darker Shades of Magic book! I honestly thought that it blew the other two books in the series out of the park. It’s so beautiful! I haven’t been able to gain enough interest to continue the Chaos Walking books, because I was a bit underwhelmed by the Ask and the Answer. Part of me wants to continue with the series because the movie is in development for the first book, but I don’t think it’s going to happen lol.

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