I’ll be up front, I’m really bad about starting book series and even worse about finishing them. I’ve collected quite a few book series over time that I just haven’t gotten around to starting even though I know they’re supposed to be really great. This is mostly out of laziness and a fear of committing that much of my time to a single series when there are so many standalone novels that are easier to digest. I also tend to like to read series all in one go if I do read them, which makes waiting on releases a bit of a pain as I tend to forget a lot of details in between.
For this goal list I’m only going to pick series that are complete and not works in progress. This will be a part of a back list challenge for myself, so hopefully I can knock out at least a few of these!
I had actually started this series last year over the summer and had to put the first book, Parable of the Sower, back on my shelf for a number of reasons. One was that I was falling way behind on ARCs and library check outs that were just higher on my priority list, and the second was just that the first book was so… well brutal. It is incredibly violent, and normally I don’t bat an eye when books go to dark places. I want to pick the series back up because I know it’s a classic and I was interested in the plot, I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind to handle all of the more gruesome details at the time that I was reading it. I was also granted a copy of the second book from the publisher for review so that’s another reason I want to get back to this series.
Perhaps one of the most famous works on this list, Practical Magic was originally a standalone novel that has now become a series with the publication of a prequel. I selected The Rules of Magic for my November Book of the Month box and have been really wanting to read both books in the series together as a pair.
This is another trilogy that I picked up the ebooks for on sale in 2015 and I’ve been really wanting to read them, especially with the first movie on it’s way to theaters in just a few days. The premise just sounded so ominous and the covers were so eye catching they’ve always piqued my interest. So I think this year I’m going to try to finish the books and watch the film after.
I feel so guilty for this one as this series is incredibly well loved and Leigh Bardugo is an extremely popular YA author. I have yet to read any of Bardugo’s work but this series sounds like everything I would love in a fantasy series. I picked up the trilogy via ebook some time ago while it was on sale and just haven’t gotten around to starting it, so I want to make it a goal to do so this year.
Penryn & the End of Days
This is another trilogy that I had purchased on a whim via an ebook sale quite some time ago (in 2015 to be exact) and I still haven’t read them. I’m literally the worst, right? Especially since this series has quite the fan base and seems to be loved by basically every book blogger that I follow. I’ve been eyeing this series and have wanted to pick it up, so I think that this year will finally be the year that I do.
Are there any series that you’re wanting to read this year?
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