I love this challenge, which I’ve been doing for several years now, so I’m doing it again.

Despite rattling through enough series to almost get to the next level last year, I still have a raft of part-read series. Of course, one of the problems is so many books I read are first in series. The new releases that are stand-alones seem to be a rarity.

2024 Finishing the Series Challenge

Celebrity Reader has put this series reading challenge #Finishingtheseries2024 together, with the following guidelines:

  • The challenge will run from January 1st, 2024 to December 31st, 2024. Books must be read during this time frame to count.  Sign up is open from now until December 1st 2024, 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 2024 (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+.

Series to choose from

I just have so many series to choose from:

  • Shadows from the Past by Wendy Leighton-Porter is up to date for now, although I’m watching for the next one to come out.
  • New last year was the realisation that Juliana Rew had two more out in the Unwinding series. I read one of them…
  • I don’t want to forget Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Gamache series… another where I’ve read the first – and one of the latest! There’s fifteen in between. Maybe read one or two and leaving the ‘finishing’ for a few year’s time.
  • I’m now two into Joseph Lallo’s Free-Wrench series – it’s steampunk/airship sort of fantasy, has six listed in the series. I need to buy the later ones.
  • I’ve been working through Rosemary Kirstein’s The Steerswoman series, which is not hard to do as it’s such wonderful world-building. I’m going to miss this when it’s finished.
  • I made progress on Kristine Smith’s Jani Kilian Chronicles and bought the first three in a box set. Trouble is there are five now…
  • Sabrina Chase’s the Sequoyah trilogy is now ready for finishing – unless I discover there’s more to this series during the year.
  • And having been blown away by Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Boys, I realise I can get it from my library – so no more excuses.
  • I realise I have several of Rhonda Parrish’s anthologies to catch up on, and M T McGuire’s ‘shorts’ from the K’Barthan world.

Challenge Plans/Progress

I aim to finish or catch up with at least five, but no more than eight series. I’m targeting my TBR mountain in particular!

June Progress Report – five series completed.

1. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (4 books) Three to read

  • The Raven Boys (Book 1) – Apr-22
  • The Dream Thieves (Book 2)
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Book 3)
  • The Raven King (book 4)

2. The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein (4 Books), FINISHED

  • The Steerswoman (book 1) – Nov-20
  • The Outskirter’s Secret (book 2) – Apr-23
  • The Lost Steersman (book 3) – Oct-23
  • The Language of Power (book 4) – May-24

3. The Jani Kilian Chronicles by Kristine Smith (6.5 Books), two to read

  • Incident on a Small Colony (book 0.5) – Dec-20
  • Code of Conduct (book 1) – Jul-23
  • Rules of Conflict (book 2) – May-24
  • Law of Survival (book 3) – May-24
  • Contact Imminent (book 4) – Jun-24
  • Endgame (book 5)
  • Echoes of War (book 6)

4. The Sequoyah trilogy by Sabrina Chase (3 Books), FINISHED

  • The Long Way Home (book 1) – Aug-20
  • Raven’s Children (book 2) – Jun-23
  • Queen of Chaos (book 3) – Feb-24

5. Free-Wrench by Joseph Lallo (6 Books), four more to read

  • Free-Wrench (book 1) – Nov-21
  • Skykeep (book 2) – Jun-23
  • Ichor Well (book 3) – Jun-24
  • The Calderan Problem (book 4)
  • Cipher Hill (book 5)
  • Contaminant Six (book 6)

6. Russell’s Attic by S L Huang (5 books), three more to read

  • Zero Sum Game (book 1) – Nov-18
  • Half Life (book 2) – Jun-23
  • Root of Unity (book 3)
  • Plastic Smile (book 4)
  • Golden Mean (book 5)

7. Unwinding by Juliana Rew (3 Books), FINISHED

  • The Unwinding: Gin’s Story (book 1) – Nov-20
  • Extremophile: Violet Rain (book 2) – Jul-23
  • Lucanus: The Prodigal Son (book 3) – Jun-24

8. Shadows from the Past by Wendy Leighton-Porter (20 Books), awaiting publication

  • The Shadow of the Great Fire (book 17) – Nov-21
  • The Shadow of the Slave Ship (book 18)
  • The Shadow of the Shifting Sands (book 19)
  • The Shadow of the Guillotine (book 20)

9. Kiwi series by Vickie Johnstone (6 Books), three more to read

  • Kiwi in Cat City (book 1) – Oct-18
  • Kiwi and the Missing Magic (book 2) – Nov-23
  • Kiwi and the Living Nightmare (book 3)
  • Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle (book 4) – Feb-24
  • Kiwi in the Realm of Ra (book 5)
  • Kiwi’s Christmas Tail (book 6)

10. Elemental Anthologies ed Rhonda Parrish (4 Books), FINISHED

  • Fire: Demons, Dragons and Djinns (book 1) – Jun-24
  • Earth: Giants, Golems, and Gargoyles (book 2) – Feb-21
  • Air: Sylphs, Spirits and Swan Maidens (book 3) – May-24
  • Water: Selkies, Sirens and Sea Monsters (book 4) – Feb-24
  • Small Beginnings (book 1) – Dec-23
  • Nothing to See Here (book 2) – Jan-24
  • Close Enough (book 3) – Feb-24
  • Too Good to be True (book 4) – Mar-24


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