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All the Series…

Hello bookish friends!

One of my very first posts on this blog was about the series I was either currently reading, had finished, or had planned to start. Since that post is over two years old (where does the time go!?), I thought it was the right kind of time to update so I can look back at this in another couple of years time and see my progress. Be warned, this is going to be a very long post!!

Ongoing Series:

In total, I am currently reading 24 series (31 if we’re counting graphic novel series which I personally don’t!)

Incomplete:

These are all the series that I am in the middle of reading but not all the books have been published quite yet.

  • The Folk of the Air – read: to read: 2
  • Wayward Children – read: 1 to read: 2
  • The Diviners – read: 1 to read: 2
  • Murder Most Unladylike – read: 1 to read: 5
  • Magisterium – read: 4 to read: 1
  • Throne of Glass – read: 6 to read: 1
  • Frey & McGray – read: 1 to read: 3
  • The Stormlight Archive – readto read: 9
  • The Dark Artifices – readto read: 1
  • Strange the Dreamer – readto read: 1
  • Falling Kingdoms – readto read: 3
  • Mistborn (era 2) – readto read: 1
  • Rebel of the Sands – read: to read: 2

Unfinished:

These are all the series that I am currently reading and all the books have released, I just haven’t gotten around to finishing them quite yet. Because I’m terrible at starting series and never finishing them.

  • Heroes of Olympus – readto read: 2
  • Chronicles of Narnia – readto read: 3
  • Shades of Magic – readto read: 1
  • Skulduggery Pleasant – readto read: 9
  •  Snow Like Ashes –  read: 1 to read: 2
  • The School for Good and Evil –  read: 1 to read: 2
  • His Dark Materials –  read: 1 to read: 2
  • The Young Elites –  read: 1 to read: 2
  • Shadowmagic –  read: 1 to read: 2
  • The Girl At Midnight –  read: 2 to read: 1
  • The Raven Cycle –  read: 1 to read: 3

Graphic Novels:

As I’m sure you can see from the heading, these are all the graphic novel series I am currently in the middle of. Most of these are series that are incomplete.

  • Giant Days – read: 3
  • Locke & Key – read: 1
  • Monstress – read: 1
  • The Sandman – read: 1
  • Lumberjanes – read: 6
  • The Wicked and the Divine – read: 5
  • Saga – read: 5

Finished Series:

This list is (thankfully!) a lot longer than the one I wrote two years ago where I had only completely finished 12 series in my entire lifetime!! I’ve now read 27 which means I’ve completed 15 more series in 2 years which is actually so much better than I thought. Go me!

  • Lockwood & Co.
  • Jackaby
  • The Winner’s trilogy
  • Harry Potter
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians
  • The Lunar Chronicles
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses
  • Penryn and the End of Days
  • The Sin Eater’s Daughter
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  • Six of Crows
  • Mistborn (era 1)
  • The Mortal Instruments
  • The Infernal Devices
  • Shadow and Bone
  • Shatter Me
  • Starcrossed
  • Dark Heart
  • Fallen
  • Hush, Hush
  • The Hunger Games
  • The Wolves of Mercy Falls
  • Trylle
  • Books of Faerie
  • Noughts and Crosses
  • Twilight
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles

DNF Series:

Most of these series I’ve only read the first book and either felt very meh about it (Firebird series), I’ve heard bad reviews for the rest of the series and don’t want to ruin my enjoyment of the first book (Rebel Belle/The 5th Wave), left it too long to read the sequel (Legend) or I just plain did not like the first book (Age of Legends series). These aren’t all definitely DNF’s though and I might get back around to reading them… someday!

  • The Wrath and the Dawn
  • Firebird
  • Rebel Belle
  • Black City
  • Age of Legends
  • Red Queen
  • Legend
  • The 5th Wave
  • Watersong
  • Goddess War
  • Divergent

Series to Start:

There are possibly in infinite number of series I want to start as I hear about new ones  practically every day, so I’m keeping this list relatively short to the top 20 I’d like to get to the most, preferably this year.

  • The Gentleman Bastards by Scott Lynch
  • Timekeeper by Tara Sim
  • Lady Helen by Alison Goodman
  • The Witchlands by Susan Dennard
  • Nemesis by April Daniels
  • Summoner by Taran Matharu
  • The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
  • A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
  • Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  • Bartimaeus by Jonathan Stroud
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer
  • Warcross by Marie Lu
  • The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Monsters of Verity by V.E. Schwab
  • Legacy of Orïsha by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Abhorsen by Garth Nix
  • The Kane Chronicles/Magnus Chase/The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan

As you can probably tell, I am a huge fan of series! Although I’m in the middle of quite a few different series, I’m really glad that I’ve finished more than I’m reading. Of course, I’ll be starting many more series during the course of the year, so here’s hoping I can keep my completed series list higher than my ongoing series list!

How many series are you in the middle of reading?

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Series Starter, Not Finisher

I was looking through my Goodreads bookshelves the other day and I realised something: in the past two to three years, I have only finished reading and completed 1 series. Just 1! *Exasperated sigh* So I’ve decided that that simply is not good enough and I wanted to reflect on my reading habits and find out why I can’t seem to finish a series.

Looking back at the list of completed series, it seems to me that I went through a period of my life where I marathoned series all in one go. In 2012, I managed to complete a total of 6 series. And, according to my Goodreads, I had started and finished 4 of these series in just that one year!

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Completed Series:

  • Shatter Me (Unravel Me, Ignite Me) – 2015
  • Dark Heart Forever (Dark Heart Rising, Dark Heart Surrender) – 2013
  • Starcrossed (Dreamless, Goddess) – 2013
  • The Hunger Games (Catching Fire, Mockingjay) – 2012
  • Switched (Torn, Ascend) – 2012
  • Shiver (Linger, Forever) – 2012
  • Fallen (Torment, Passion, Rapture) – 2012
  • Lament (Ballad) – 2012
  • Hush, Hush (Crescendo, Silence, Finale) – 2012
  • Twilight (New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn) – 2010
  • Noughts and Crosses (Knife Edge, Checkmate, Double Cross) – 2009
  • The Field Guide (The Seeing Stone, Lucinda’s Secret, The Ironwood Tree, The Wrath of Mulgarath) – 2004 (I think…)

In my lifetime, I have only completed reading 12 series. Disappointment does not even begin to cover it.

Currently Reading Series (All instalments released):

  • The Mortal Instruments (2 more to read)
  • The Infernal Devices (2 more to read)
  • Black City (2 more to read)
  • Mistborn (1 more to read)
  • The Grisha (1 more to read)
  • Harry Potter (don’t burn me at the stake!) (4 more to read)
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone (1 more to read)
  • The Lunar Chronicles (3 more to read)
  • Penryn and the End of Days (2 more to read)
  • Legend (2 more to read)
  • Watersong (2 more to read)

I have 22 books to read here in order to complete all 11 of these released series.

Currently Reading Series (All instalments not yet released):

  • The Raven Cycle (read 1 out of 3 that are released)
  • Rebel Belle (read 1 out of 2 that are released)
  • Throne of Glass (up to date)
  • Rebel of the Sands (up to date)
  • The Sin Eater’s Daughter (up to date)
  • Jackaby (up to date)
  • Saga (read 2 out of 5 that are released)
  • Falling Kingdoms (read 2 out of 4 that are released)
  • The Winner’s Trilogy (read 1 out of 2 that are released)
  • The Girl At Midnight (up to date)
  • Six of Crows (up to date)
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses (up to date)
  • Red Queen (read 1 out of 2 that are released)
  • The 5th Wave (read 1 out of 2 that are released)
  • Goddess War (read 1 out of 2 that are released)

I am up to date with 7  of these series out of  a total of 15. To be up to date with all of these series, I must read 13 more books.

List of Series I’d Like to Start:

  • A Darker Shade of Magic
  • The Kanin Chronicles
  • The Witchlands
  • Firebird
  • Snow Like Ashes
  • The Remnant Chronicles

Recently Read Sequels In Series:

  • (Will be filling in this section as I read more sequels!)

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Discussion:

Back in 2012, I wasn’t part of the online book community – the only influences on what I read were the bookshops themselves. We have a discount shop in the UK called The Works and they sell books at £2 each or 3 for a fiver. Since I was still a young lass at the time, the price of books would definitely have played a huge part in what kinds of books I read. 3 of the 6 series I read in 2012 were all bought at £2 for each book. Back then, I don’t think I really had that much of a choice of what books I could buy and read and so, I would imagine, if I had found a series I adored, providing the rest of the books in the series were also really cheap, I would have continued on reading that series and, yeah, probably marathon that.

Obviously, now that I have a wee bit of money to spend on books and now that I’ve been opened up to the online book community, I am able to find all sorts of books that might tickle my fancy. I think I do have a bit of a tendency to get a tad swept up in the sheer amount of books I’m attracted to. I have such a broad range of tastes and I get so excited that I just want to lose myself in as many worlds as possible.

Also, if I am loving a series, sometimes I just don’t want it to end and so I try my best to make it last and space out my reading of them. But, as I’ve recently discovered, this can be to my detriment. Some of the series on the currently reading lists, I honestly don’t have that much interest in reading any more – such as Legend, The 5th Wave, Watersong, The Goddess War – which is such a shame as I rated all the books I had read in these series a 4 out of 5 stars (a 5/5 stars for The 5th Wave!) But I left far too long to read the sequels and now I don’t know if I’ll ever get back into reading them, which is such a shame.

That is why I need to make a promise to myself that I need to start reading more sequels to the series I’ve already started and loved. Maybe I’ll only let myself start a new series once I’ve read amount of sequels or something… I’m not sure how I’ll work that out yet. But it is definitely something I want to work on and, hopefully, by the end of the year, I will have added a decent amount of books to the last category of lists: recently read sequels in series.

How do you guys read series? How many series are you hoping to finish reading this year?Stark Reviews Logo