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Top Ten Best and Worst Series Enders

I couldn’t decide between 10 best or 10 worst series, so I went halfsies. While thinking of books for this post, I realized something very disturbing- I’m a series quitter. There are SO MANY series I’ve never finished!

I think it’s a lack of interest over time (so many years between new books) and realizing I didn’t like the series that much to invest time and money into it. Sad day, though, right?! Do you do this too?

Top Ten Best/Worst Series Enders

harry potter and the deathly hallows best and worst series


1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows– What an amazing conclusion to an epic series. I think it’s high time for a series re-read.

Bitterblue– Even though things didn’t end exactly as I’d hoped, I love how things progressed and came to a close. The characters and the world were top notch.

3The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson– Agh! So, so, so good. I can’t believe this series is over. Carson built such a rich world, and I could have reveled in it for books to come.

4Spy Glass by Maria V. Snyder– I think this series is totally underrated. It’s got really interesting magic and crazy action-packed scenes. Highly recommended.

5Sever by Lauren DeStefano– This author…she’s a rockstar. Sever was beautiful and emotional and moving. I will read anything she ever writes.


6Requiem– I can’t. This book was torture to finish. The lack of a solid conclusion was terrible and mean to readers. Thumbs down.

7Mockingjay– Don’t get me wrong, I love this series, but so many awful events go down in Mockingjay. Things that make you want to cry and tear out your hair and curse Suzanne Collins.

8Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb– The longest book of my life (789 pages worth). And, it also does have anything wrapped up either. ALL THOSE PAGES for nothing!!!

9The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray– To me, the ending was a copout and made me regret reading the whole series. I was massively disapointed.

10Breaking Dawn– The movie, in my opinion, was better than the book. The movie at least gave us what we wanted – ACTION – without taking anything away from the story. Bella and Kristen Stewart, get away from me.

Are you also a terrible series finisher? Or is it just me?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Lauren Ann

    I try not to quit series unless the first book is really bad, because quitting them makes me feel like I’m in limbo or something. If it’s bad, I usually don’t finish the first book. The Maze Runner series scared me – haha I wanted to quit but was really curious of what happened. It was okay, but the first book was my favorite. I’m so scared the “bad series ending” is going to happen with the Divergent series! I was really surprised by the twist at the end of book 2 (don’t want to give any spoilers away), and now I’m really curious to see what Veronica Roth does with that plot twist. I have a feeling it could be super lame, or really awesome. Ahhh I can’t wait for Allegiant!!!

    I definitely agree about the timing between book releases in a series, Lisa! I’m DYING to finish The Selection series too, and May is so far away considering I finished book two in May, but I know I’ll be itching for that one to come out. And with Divergent, I just read those over the summer so I don’t have to wait long for the third book. But I think Harry Potter is the only book series that I have actually waited years between books to read. I would’ve lost interest if it was anything else. Years – that’s a big jump in your original audience too!

    Love this post!

  • Yay for The Bitter Kingdom! I loved everything about that series, especially how it all wrapped up. And I think everyone was disappointed with Requiem. It made my list today too!

  • TooBah4

    I absolutely agree about Robin Hobb, Lisa. I read 2 of her series (Farseer and Liveship Traders), loved the characters, settings, concepts… and I refuse to read any more, because her endings are… well, “unsatisfying” just barely scratches the surface.