Popular Series I Probably Won’t Read

I love reading popular book series. It’s easier to find common ground and also many book lovers to talk to when you read popular books. But I also love reading new releases, so it’s always tough to find time to read backlist popular books. I have tried to read and love some, but there are too many to count. And that’s why I’m writing this list of very popular book series – both old and new – that I don’t think I will ever read.

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The Chronicles of Narnia is probably one of the most popular children’s fantasy series, but I never knew about it until I saw the movies. And it’s pretty tough for me to show any interest in books mostly catered towards younger readers these days, so I can definitely say I wont ever be reading this.

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I didn’t know much about His Dark Materials for a long while, so I never really became interested. Even now, I might be inclined more towards watching the latest TV show adaptation than pick up the books.

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The Wheel of Time series is probably one of the top epic fantasy series ever and I know from quite a few of my friends that it is pretty awesome. However, I think it’s too late for me and there’s no way I can read this huge set of books without discarding a lot of my existing TBR. And it’s definitely very intimidating.

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The Kingkiller Chronicles is another reader’s favorite epic fantasy, but I just have this nagging feeling that it’s not for me. And it looks like the third book hasn’t been out for a while, and I’m not very good at waiting.

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My brother and the only other reader in the family vouches for The Stormlight Archive series with all his heart, and our tastes tend to be very close, but I’m still not sure I want to read this. Brandon Sanderson just seems to scare me and even if I ever do decide to read his books, I think I will start with the Mistborn trilogy.

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I’m obviously one of the legions of fans of the TV show and whatever my feelings about the way it ended, I can’t disagree that it’s been a wonderful journey of excellent television. However, I tried to read the first book and failed thrice, so I’m very sure that I will never be attempting to read them again.

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The idea of multiple Londons with different magical powers and the ability of the MC to travel between them sounds fascinating, but I seem to have a love-hate relationship with Victoria Schwab’s books, and I don’t think I want to try to read this one.

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Obviously this is another very popular book series as well as a TV show, and I have attempted to watch it but didn’t feel compelled to continue. I’m usually someone who loves watching adaptations and then reading the books, so if I didn’t like the show much, I really don’t think this series is for me.

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I won’t deny that these covers are absolutely stunning and one of my very good blogger friends loves this series, but I have never felt that the premise is interesting and I am very sure I won’t read this one.

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Many, and I really mean many friends of mine absolutely adore the Percy Jackson series and Rick Riordan’s books in general. I did try to read the first book once and DNFd it, and I do think I might like it a little more if I read it now, but I just don’t want to anymore.

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This trilogy is one that my favorite booktuber Sam swears by, and I know that everyone seems to love Laini Taylor’s writing, but I again find myself not interested. I just have this feeling that the writing style might not be my cup of tea.

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Another best selling fan favorite, Lunar Chronicles definitely feels like my kind of series – because I do love retellings – but it’s also mostly sci-fi and I am not at all into the genre.

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I was actually pretty interested in this series for a while, bought the first two books and tried to read the first one. It quickly turned out to be not that fascinating and I just wanted to put it down. Never felt like picking it back up again.

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I once tried to read Shatter Me when I didn’t even know that it was a popular series and I don’t think I went beyond one chapter. I have heard that it improves from the sequel, but I’ve also heard that the second trilogy is not as great as the first. So, I don’t think I want to invest my time in this one.

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The covers of the Winternight trilogy are too beautiful and I’ve heard the writing in them is too, but I also have a feeling it might be too flowery for my taste. However, this is probably the only one series in this list that I might think about reading someday, and that’s why it’s at the end.


Have you read any of these series? Did you like them? What are some of your favorites among these books? Please let me know in the comments below and you might just change my mind…..

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  1. I’ve read the main trilogy for the Shatter Me series and the style is something you need to get used to. It’s not my favorite series but it does pick up in books 2 and 3. I haven’t read the second trilogy yet, but I haven’t heard the best things about it, so I guess I’ll see when I read them.

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  2. Honestly you’re not missing much, I’ve read Caraval, Name of the wind and Darker shade of magic and couldn’t bring myself to read the next books, it took sheer willpower and a lot of motivational speeches to complete Caraval. Shatter me series and the Lunar Chronicles were mediocre and cliche in my opinion, DOSAB trilogy thought I really love, reread them too which is a very rare feat

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    1. Haha thank you so much for telling me this ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š I understand many others are fans but I also feel so much more interested in new releases and donโ€™t think I have enough time in the world to invest in these mammoth series… so Iโ€™m very glad for your assurance that Iโ€™m not missing out ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ

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  3. I find it really funny! Half of this list I’ve read and adored including A Darker Shade of Magic and Name of the Wind. And the other half I have zero interest in reading! I’m also moving away from fantasy more, which is also why if I were to pick up a fantasy book at this point it would be a new release that sounds too intriguing not to pick up!

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    1. Haha.. I found it funny writing the post too because I kept wondering what kind of comments I would get ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Everyone has favorites in this list…
      I love fantasy so Iโ€™m not moving away from it, but Iโ€™m also more enamored by the new releases ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ

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  4. There are so many wonderful series on this list. Honestly I’ll say that it doesn’t matter what age you are: the Chronicles of Narnia, His Dark Materials, and Percy Jackson are great for any age–I say this as an almost 31 year old woman. I totally understand being intimidated when it comes to the Wheel of Time and the Stormlight Archive; they are massive books and rather lengthy series, but they are wonderfully complex and intriguing worlds, so I do recommend them someday if you change your mind.

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    1. Thank you so much for the recommendations… !!!! I do agree that they must be wonderful because everyone who has read them really loves them… Maybe I will someday when I get over my fascination for new releases ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ

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  5. What great blog post! I personally probably won’t get to the Lunar Chronicles (bc of what I’ve heard about the rep. over the years) or Laini Taylor’s Smoke & Bone trilogy either for some time–mostly because a lot of time has passed already for these in my opinion! But, the Winternight trilogy is on my TBR! ^_^

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    1. Thatโ€™s what I feel… itโ€™s been a while and itโ€™s not always easy to find time or interest for older series when all the new releases are so exciting ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I might still read Winternight too, just donโ€™t know when …

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  6. Ah I felt so bad reading this post, I love most of the series on this list! Especially A Darker Shade of Magic and Laini Taylor!

    Percy Jackson is another one of my favourites.

    But each to their own, great post!

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    1. I can understand your feelings… and they are on the list because theyโ€™re popular.. I guess I want to keep up with the new releases than invest a lot of time on these…

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  7. There are so many series on here that I love haha, like a darker shade of magic, caraval, the name of the wind and more haha. I’m currently reading the way of kings and absolutely loving it!

    (Www.evelynreads.com)

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  8. I canโ€™t believe you wonโ€™t read PercyJackson! Itโ€™s one of my absolute favourites but well when you canโ€™t get into a book, you just canโ€™t :/
    I donโ€™t think I will be reading the game of thrones either myself but I hope someday I will be able to!

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    1. Haha I know all of you are huge Percy fans.. maybe Iโ€™ll try the graphic novels… theyโ€™ll be easier to try ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š GoT however I donโ€™t think is gonna happen for me.. three times was enough ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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  9. I can fully understand why you don’t want to read the Wheel of Time series. I have been reading it – for the last 3 years (*sobs uncontrollably*) but I am absolutely determined to finish the series…I am up to the 12th book and really don’t have much further to go. They are VERY long books, and I honestly think the 14 books really could have been 6….but annnyyywayโ€ฆ

    I tried Caraval and absolutely hated it so didn’t continue, and I read Cinder but didn’t find it compelling enough for me to continue. A Darker Shade of Magic is one of my favourite series, and I love how full of action it is. I can totally understand if none of these books are you for you though, life’s too short and there are too many books to get through to waste time on books that don’t grab you ๐Ÿ™‚

    Great post!!!

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    1. Ohh thank you so much for understanding ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š And hats off to your commitment for Wheel of Time… Wish you luck that you complete it soon ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
      Iโ€™ve read those has reviews of Caraval and I think its most definitely not for me… Cinder might be ok but I just donโ€™t like sci-fi.. Schwab is actually the only author Iโ€™ve read in this whole list, so I might still decide to read Shades of Magic someday ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
      But as you said, too many to read and too little time… Have to pick properly so I donโ€™t go into my very frequent slumps ๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜”

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  10. I have read His Dark Materials, Lunar Chronicles, Shatter Me Series, Percy Jackson and Darker Shade of Magic From this list! I really did not like Shatter Me Series and it was quite a disappointment especially how hyped it was.
    I really love Shades of Magic though. Itโ€™s one of my all time favourites ๐Ÿ’›

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  11. I’m not sure if I’d describe the Winternight Trilogy as flowery, but it’s definitely a slow-paced one and on the heavier side (I still really liked book 1). And I don’t think you’re missing much with The Lunar Chronicles or Three Dark Crowns, I thought both of them were kind of mediocre.
    Great list!

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  12. Ahhh, you have to read the Lunar Chronicles! Theyโ€™re extremely humerus and have an incredible story! I wasnโ€™t sure if I should read them either at first because of their popularity, but I really love them now, the crew really gets to you! And I also havenโ€™t read Narnia and Game of Thrones, I completely understand you there!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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    1. I would also totally recommend trying out the Lunar Chronicles – Cinder was a bit of a struggle for me to get through but after that it was just FIRE! I love them just as much as I love the Six of Crows duology! However, I’ve read one of the Narnia books and don’t plan on reading any of the others for the same reason as you… I found them reallyyy boring haha but I liked the first two movies. I’m also not sure about The Name of the Wind series either…. it doesn’t look like my kind of thing. I also started The Way of the Kings but I found it too dense – maybe I’ll go back to it and like it in a couple more years down the line? Also, I don’t think I’ll ever read or watch Game of Thrones because of the sexual content which isn’t my thing. With Caraval I would suggest trying it, at least the first chapter, because it gives you a really good insight as to what the rest of the book is going to be like so you can decide whether it’s for you or not! Anyways, I hope you find loads of other series that you love other than these!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Ahhh, sorry my keyboard ๐Ÿ˜‚ I also had to get accustomed to Cinder, but after the first few chapters I felt like Iโ€™d known Cinder for years and that was just great! Same here with Game of Thrones! And also liked the Narnia movies but donโ€™t plan on reading them haha

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