I have so many series I’m reading, it can be a problem to know which to read next.  In some ways, I don’t want to finish reading them, but just as with Harry Potter, one has to stop sometime. And then do another.

CJ at Great Middle Grade Reads suggested we do a series challenge (which we are), and I remembered seeing the one below on the Reading Challenge Addict.

finishing the series challenge2018 Finishing the Series Challenge

Celebrity Reader has put this series reading challenge #Finishingtheseries2018 together, with the following guidelines:

  • The challenge will run from January 1st, 2018 to December 31st, 2018.  Books must be read during this time frame to count.  Sign up is open from now until December 1st, 2018, so you may join even just for the last month of the year.
  • Series can be already completed as well as still ongoing.  For ongoing series, the goal is to catch up to the most recent book published.
  • We don’t care if you have only 1 book or 10 books to read in order to finish your series, as long as you’ve started the series before 2018 (ie read at least one book in the series), it counts.  Re-reads are not required.
  • Any format and length of book counts – print, ebook, audio, ARC, etc.
  • Series can be any length (even if it’s just a Duet).
  • Crossovers from other challenges are totally acceptable!
  • Reviews are not required, but highly encouraged.

There are three levels of success, banded into C-List, 1 – 4 series; B-list, 5-8, and A-List, 9+.

I’ve signed up to finish these series on GMGR:

  • Shadows from the Past by Wendy Leighton-Porter (I’ve read 6 of 9 to date, plus one in preparation) Update now 9 of 9.
  • Wrinkle in Time Quintet (Time Quintet) by Madeleine l’Engel (I’ve read 1 of 5). Update – I don’t think I’m going to get these done this year.

My ‘adult’ book series to complete are:

  • The Falco series by Lindsey Davis (read 18 of 20) Update now 20 of 20
  • Dining Out Around the Solar System by Clare O’Beara (1 of 3) Update now 2 of 4.
  • Ruth Galloway series by Elly Griffiths (6 of 10) update now 10 of 10
  • The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker (6 of 7, not counting those with decimal points and the extras) update now 7 of 7
  • Pismawallops PTA series by Rebecca M Douglass (2 of 3, with the third due out in March) update now 3 of 3

The question is whether I want to finish any of these so suddenly.  I’d miss them.  Although Falco’s daughter Flavia Alba has her own series (read 1 of 6 already!), and I have what seems like millions of ‘first in series’ on my list.

I think I’ll be conservative and aim to finish the two MG series, and get at least two of the others read. That’s at least 12 books off my TBR, and sees me with a target of four series.  I could make that five.

Challenge Progress

1. Dining Out Around the Solar System (now 4 in series)

  • Dining Out….Book 1 – Feb-18
  • Dining Out Among the Gas Giants Book 2- Dec-15

2. Shadows from the Past (9 in series – series finished for the challenge)

  • Shadow of the Norman Arrow (book 7) – Feb-18
  • Shadow of the Two Princes (book 8) – Apr-18
  • Shadow of the Tudor Rose (book 9) – Apr 18

3. Ruth Galloway mysteries (10 so far – series finished for the challenge)

  • The Ghost Fields (book 7) – Feb-18
  • The Woman in Blue (book 8) – Apr-18
  • The Chalk Pit (book 9) – Apr-18
  • The Dark Angel (book 10) – Apr-18  (I had an Elly Griffiths BookFest at Easter!)

4. Pismawallops PTA (now three in series – finished for the challenge)

  • Death by Adverb (book 3) – Mar 18

5. Falco (20 in series – now finished for the challenge))

  • Alexandria (book 19) – May 18
  • Nemesis (book 20) – Oct 18

6. Flavia Alba (6 so far)  I’m not intending to finish this series, or even catch up with it, not this year.  It’s just my bookclub got number 3 to read, so I had to read number 2 first…  I’ll do this series next year, probably.

  • Enemies at Home (book 2) – Aug-18
  • Deadly Election (book 3) – Aug-18

7. The Emperor’s Edge (finished for the challenge)

The series finished at 7, but Lindsay Buroker responded to the clamour for more Amaranthe & Sicarius, so she wrote two more.  I’m not convinced I need to read them to finish the series, but I want more Amaranthe & Sicarius in time…

  • Forged in Blood I (book 6) – Aug-18
  • Forged in Blood II (book 7) – Sep-18

8. Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers (three in series)

  • A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (book 1) – Jun-16
  • A Closed and Common Orbit (book 2) – Nov-18

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