There are two challenges on my Ultimate Homemade Challenge which concerns the amount of series I have started and not finished. I have this thing about starting but not finishing series. it makes my TBR very big having all these sequels in it. It needs to get sorted out.
Last year I took an in-depth view on the series I’ve started and I reviewed my interest in all these series, but I never posted it 🤦♀️ I thought I had, but apparently not cause it’s in my post-bin 🤷♀️
Anyway, as part of this year’s challenge, I have added two prompts for finishing series I started a specific year. The series I can finish is the ones where all the books are out and I still have an interest in them.
So let’s have a look at which first-book-in-a-series I read in 2015 and 2016 and which of those I’m still interested in and which I can dump. The titles with a line through are series I have since completed.
Rivers Of London by Ben Aaronovitch
Tigers Curse by Colleen Houck Legend by Marie Lu Odinsbarn by Siri Pettersen
If I stay by Gail Forman
A Vision of Fire by Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin
The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
A Darker Shade Of Magic V. E. Schwab
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Ink & Bone by Rachel Cain
The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Firstly, I read more series in 2016 than in 2015, which match my overall read count of those years; more in 2016 than in 2015. Secondly, my taste in books clearly improved 😏
I loved the first book of Rivers of London, but this is a long on-going detective series which won’t be done for a while I reckon. I won’t finish it this year.
Keep for now
I’m not sure if I have enough interest in If I Stay. Yes, I enjoyed the first book, I never saw the movie. but I felt the first book was enough. I’m not sure about this one.
Keep for now
A Vision of Fire was a book that really surprised me. it was philosophical and deep, but also phycological and very interesting. I really enjoyed it but never finished. I now have all the books in the trilogy and its ready to become read.
I loved the first Magnus Chase book. He was so funny and snarky, it hit right home. Though I’m currently a bit sick of Norse mythology being everywhere. As a Scandinavian, I feel protective of the myths and sometimes get annoyed at all these American taking our stories and make money out of it… I do have access to all the book in the series though I don’t own them. I think I will finish them for the sake of Magnus and his sass.
Conclusion: That leaves me with two options for 2015 series; A Vision of Fire and Magnus Chase
I was blown away by A Darker Shades Of Magic when I first read it, but for some strange reason, I never continued. This will be my year! I have all the books and I’m ready!
I wasn’t so keen on Ink and Bone when I finished it. I felt a bit let down and disappointed. I pretty much decided there and then that I was not going to continue.
The Alchemyst by Michael Scott was a fun read. I read this while I was on holiday in San Francisco and whenever I see the cover I think back on the pancake house I eat breakfast in, across the street from our hotel. I enjoyed the book, but I have no need to finish it yet. I have access to all the books so I will finish at some point but maybe not this year.
Keep for now
I listed to Storm Dancer on audiobook form the library by Jay Kristof when I was driving to and from work sites and really enjoyed it. But my library didn’t have the last book in the series so I never read it. This would be a quick way to finish a series from 2016 as there is only one book left. But I’m not sure if I want to at the moment. I will at some point but not right now.
Keep for now
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan was a book I enjoyed but felt a bit “meh” afterwards and I’m not fussed about continuing.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown was amazing and I can’t believe I have finished it yet! I have book 2 available and I really needed to pick it up.
Half a King by Joe Abercrombie was a good book, but I wasn’t feeling it. It was entertaining and everything, but it just wasn’t interesting enough. Writing that made me think that I might have an unconscious bias towards female protagonists, and generally dislike the rest… Or maybe I just dont like male authors that much 🤷♀️ I don’t think I’ll continue with this series even though I have access to the rest of the series.
Conclusion: That leaves me with two options for 2016 series too; A Darker Shade of Magic and Red Rising, with the potential of finishing Storm Dancer as a quick fix.
Which series do you think I should let go off?
Which series do you think I should keep?
Any of these series on your TBR or favourite book list?
Let me know!