T5W – Least Favorite Book in My Favorite Series


It’s Top 5 Wednesday, a meme hosted by booktuber Lainey aka gingereadslainey for which you can join on the Goodreads page here. Today is all about that one book in the series that just didn’t feel right. Maybe it was too long, maybe the story didn’t develop right or maybe nothing happened at all. Let’s see which ones were the black sheep in the series for me!

The Magicians from The Magicians

Okay, labeling this series as one of my favourites is a little weird. However, it did stick with me and I still come to think of parts of it every now and then. The TV show probably helps with that I guess. That first book in the series though … I swear, if I hadn’t bought the whole book box, I am not sure I would have wanted to continue with it. The other books were way better though and I came to weirdly appreciate some of the characters. Eliot remains to be my favourite though.

Lola and the Boy Next Door from Anna and the French Kiss

Lola … sure, Cricket was a darling, but Lola was annoying me so much. I get that she is eccentric and didn’t want to hide who she truly is and I would never discourage anyone from doing that, but there is such a thing as too much. And unfortunately, her personality was just that for me at times. Nonetheless, I LOVE that series and her book too. Just not as much as the others. How couldn’t I love something set in San Francisco?

Glass Sword from Red Queen

Ugh, that book was a headache. I was so in love with Red Queen and in comparison this book was just a struggle. Which I don’t understand! Why did it drag so much? Why was it so repetitive? And I stand by the opinion that a map would have maybe made this book better. Just saying! But I haven’t read the whole series yet, so I am still hoping that the others are better.

Kingdom of the Golden Dragon from Eagle and Jaguar

Im Reich des Goldenen Drachen (Eagle and Jaguar, #2)

Oh my stars, did I love this series! Couldn’t get enough of the first book and then Kingdom of the Golden Dragon was presented to me. There was a cover change, my suspicions immediately grew. What was this madness? Then I read the book and I still enjoyed it, but there was a new but temporary POV and it took up way too much page time. Would have loved to stick with the main characters instead. And I depicted the German cover here, just so you know why I was put off a little …

Inkblood from Inkworld

Apparently I have a thing against second books. It’s just that Inkheart was nearly perfectand Inkblood made things unnecessarily weird and complicated in some parts. I was of course happy that the story continued, but let’s just say it wasn’t as good as the first book, especially due to the torture of my beloved Dustfinger, which should be forbidden anyway.


I didn’t mention any of my favourite series such as The Infernal Devices, Red Rising or Shatter Me, simply because I couldn’t decide which book I liked the least. Yes, that can happen! They’ve just become one big glob of awesomeness in my heart! Which books were your least favourite in a series? Tell me all about it!

41 thoughts on “T5W – Least Favorite Book in My Favorite Series

    • I think you would like the Eagle and Jaguar series and also the Inkworld one. But I read them as a kid. I don’t know how I’d feel about them reading them for the first time now.


  1. Agreed! Lola was just way too much for my boring self. I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would but maybe I was just comparing it to Anna too much… ok but how can I not Anna was amazing!!

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  2. 2nd books tend to suck. Its just a thing they do. I think that’s why I’m such a serial non-finisher. I like just reading the first book and pretending it’s going to be awesome for the rest of the series without actually reading the rest of the series. LOL.

    My T5W

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  3. Lola is also my least favorite book of the three! It was many people’s favorite I think, which I never quite understood. I haven’t read the Magicians, but I have watched a few of the episodes (and I really like those)! Not sure if I’d want to pick up the books though.

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    • Right? I never got why so many people declared it as their favourite either.
      I am not sure I can recommend the Magicians as books with a clear conscience to be honest. Did I like them in the end? Yes, but the way there was a struggle. Also, I LOVE Arjun Gupta as Penny. I adore that dude and if you do too, or at least like him, the books would ruin that picture. I completely ignore that Penny existed in the books.

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  4. I think I already said so, but maybe that’s why I skipped Lola, because I knew you didn’t like it, hahaha. Glass Sword was a disappointment for me, too, but after that ending, well, I feel like I have to read the next book… Ugh, struggles. INKBLOOD! I’m so glad you talked about that series. I was disappointed a bit in the second book, too.. The first one was the best in that series I think 🙂

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    • Nooo! Don’t let me be the one to put you off a book. Not one that was a really fun read. It’s just Lola herself … hahaha nevermind that she is the main character.
      I will have to read the next books in the Red Queen series as well. It’s unavoidable.
      Inkheart is the only truly viable part of that series unfortunately. I was so in love with Dustfinger back then though. *swoon*

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  5. Great post! I *really* did not like Magicians- so haven’t bothered with the rest of the series :/ interesting that you think it gets better though. Yeah I wasn’t a huge fan of Lola in comparison to the other books either. I also think Inkblood took the series in a weird direction :/

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  6. I agree with you on Lola and the Boy Next Door. I think the story was okay. It’s just that Lola was so obnoxious and whiny.

    And ugh I’ve wasted my life reading Glass Sword. Sorry to exaggerate LOL. I hope the third book’s better 😀

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