Top Ten Tuesdays-Best/Worst Series Enders

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different question is posed and gives us bloggers an opportunity to share our top tens on all different types of bookish topics. This week’s topic:

Top Ten Best/Worst Series Enders
Trying to do this TTT has alerted me that I’ve not finished nearly as many book series as I initially thought. I have found it very difficult to think of any

Best:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
1. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling- I think we all cried. We grew to know the characters so fully it was really difficult to say goodbye.

 

2. The Hunger Games by  Suzanne Collins- I know a lot of people really disliked Mockingjay but I felt it was a strong ending that really took us deep into the depths of Katnis’ pain. I actually loved the epilogue.

 

 

3. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare- Minus that epilogue I really liked how the series ended.

 

4. Anna Series by Kendare Blake- I loved Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares. I wish there would be more books in this series.

Series that got so bad I couldn’t finish:

1. Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris– Up through book 4 (and a bit beyond) I loved this series. It was perfect summer reading that was easy, fun, and fast paced. Once True Blood really got popular I felt the series took  a nose dive. I never liked the HBO series and I haven’t even started the last in the series. I’m not sure I will.

2. Fallen Series by Lauren Kate- The covers are oh, so beautiful-too bad the MC was whiney and there was a love triangle that just didn’t work for me.

3. The Selection Series by Kierra Cass–Oddly enough I found the first to be rather entertaining. as I attempted to read The Elite I found myself feeling annoyed rather than any enjoyment. I DNFed and never regretted it.

Worst:  
Twilight (Twilight, #1)New Moon (Twilight, #2)Eclipse (Twilight, #3)Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
1. Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer- Breaking Dawn was horrible in my opinion–is it a spoiler to talk about how it ended? Well, you probably know all the reasons this wasn’t a great series ender.

 Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter, #1)The Silence of the LambsHannibal (Hannibal Lecter, #3)

2. Hannibal Series- I loved Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs. I read Hannibal and was disgusted with it. All I could think as I read was that Harris had completely lost his characters and went so far off what I found acceptable for their actions that he destroyed all the beautiful build-up and depth he had created in Silence of the Lambs.

I think these ending will be epic:
Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)Allegiant (Divergent, #3)Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)Evertrue (Everneath, #3)

 Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)Winter (Lunar Chronicles, #4)Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)

This was an interesting Top Ten topic–it really brought to light the lack of series I’ve read and how many of my favorite series are ending soon. I’d love to see which books you chose, leave your link in the comments.

Comments

    • says

      I can’t believe how soon the release date for Allegiant is! Crazy how fast time has flown by. Good to know I didn’t miss anything by bailing. I sort of want to know how it ended but I imagine I can find that easily online.

  1. says

    Agreed on the realization! Looking at those upcoming endings is kind of crazy! I realized that I have only finished two or three series in the past freaking two years!

  2. says

    I have finished the Sookie Stackhouse series just because I really felt like I had to… but it really was a disappointment (as I knew it would). I read an article somewhere that said that Charlaine Harris had wanted to end up the series in book 8 I think, but that with the success of the show, her editor and the publishing house pressured her to continue writing… and it shows she didn’t have her heart on it.

    • says

      I bought the last book I’ve just never felt like reading it 🙁 It totally makes sense that her heart wasn’t in it. I think it was obvious. I can’t imagine she likes the changes HBO did to her story.

  3. says

    Ah, awesome list 😀 Agree on so many of those books. <3 Been so long since I read The Hunger Games books, though.. but when I think of them, I think of them with heartbreak 🙁 The only thing I liked about Mockingjay was the epilogue. The rest just sucked 😀 Anyway. Harry Potter is awesome. <3 need to re-read them soon 🙂

  4. says

    Yep–I agree with Harry Potter for sure. I was sort of ambivalent about Twilight and The Hunger Games. I didn’t think they rocked the endings but they didn’t totally suck either. And yes to anticipating those books at the end! I’m with you 100%!

  5. Joanna says

    I totally agree with you on the Hunger Games and Fallen series! I didn’t even read the last book, just skipped to the end and was so glad I didn’t waste my time 😀
    The way Mockingjay ended was pretty amazing, in my opinion. And I loved the way Infernal Devices ended too. I’ll admit the prologue irked me a little, so I’m wondering if that’s the same reason you didn’t like it? But the prologue was still enough to get me super excited for the next Mortal Insturments!
    And of course the ending of Breaking Dawn was truly terrible. Eew.
    But I just read Under the Never Sky, and I absolutely MUST read Through the Ever Night, and then Into the Still Blue. Wow, I loved the first one so much more than I had expected.

  6. says

    I sadly still haven’t read the Harry Potter series. Shame on me, I know. D:
    I actually wish that the ending of the Anna series ended better – like Cas ending up with Anna, but of course, that just isn’t possible. ):
    Great list Kristen & thanks for stopping by my TTT! (:

  7. says

    I think all of those endings are going to be epic, too. One of them I already have in my possession, and it’s been hard to not move it directly to the top of the pile. 🙂 I am so glad we agree that Mockingjay was a fitting end. We seem to have similar taste on a LOT of books. Also, I don’t know how I made it through the Fallen series, either. It took me no less than three tries to read that last book. I think it’s the fact that the author is a hometown girl and all of my books are signed — yes, I bought them all, ack! — so I had to at least TRY. Gah, and that Breaking Dawn…so epically BAD.

    Can’t wait to read Allegiant next week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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