The Great Series Read Project – An Introduction

Update: I now have a dedicated page to tracking my progress in the Great Series Read!

I have a problem that I know many of my fellow readers share: I frequently read the first book in a series, love it, fully intend to read the rest of the series and then…don’t.  Sometimes it’s because I just have too many other competing reads in the TBR stack, so the sequel gets put off.  Other times finances prohibit me from buying the next book – it can be hard to justify dropping money on a new book when I have stacks and stacks of unread ones waiting for me at home.  Inevitably, months or even years go by between reading book one and book two, and the events of book one become fuzzy.  I remember I really liked that book but….what happened at the end again?  Who was the villain?  And because I can’t remember, I feel even less motivated to read, and then the entire series falls by the wayside.

Enter The Great Series Read Project.  My goal is to dedicate one book slot a month to an ongoing series, in a back to back fashion.  So in January I read book one, February book two, etc.  until the series is complete.  That doesn’t mean I can’t drop a series I end up not liking, or that I can’t read two series at once!  But I’m hoping that by building in a goal, I can FINALLY get through some great series that I keep putting off.

To kick off this project, in January 2019 I’m going to finally read THE IMMORTALS, book one of the Olympus Bound series by Jordanna Max Brodsky (and a book I bought two years ago).  And to give you a taste of what’s to come (and further proof of why I needed this push to begin with) here are some other series on the docket:

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell
The Broken Earth by N.K. Jemisin
The Craft Sequence by Max Gladstone
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson
A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Worldbreaker Saga by Kameron Hurley
The Young Elite by Marie Lu
Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne by Brian Staveley
Dominion of the Fallen by Aliette de Bodard
Mistborn: The Alloy Era by Brandon Sanderson
The Machineries of Empire by Yoon Ha Lee
Terra Ignota by Ada Palmer
Imperial Radch by Ann Leckie
Farseer Triology by Robin Hobb
The Centenal Cycle by Malka Ann Older
The Queens of Renthia by Sarah Beth Durst
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skyes
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso
The Lotus War by Jay Kristoff
Books of Raksura by Martha Wells
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Dark Gifts by Vic James
Planetfall by Emma Newman
Kingdom on Fire by Jessica Cluess
His Fair Assassin by Robin LaFevers
The Witchlands by Susan Dennard
The Farian War by K.B. Wagers
The Band by Nicholas Eames
The Wounded Kingdom by RJ Barker

Some of these I’ve read the first book recently enough that I’ll just pick up book two and go from there.  Others may require me to commit to re-reading book one – and I declare that okay!  I’ll continue to add to this list as I remember or discover new series.  Want to join in?  Pick a series and let’s tackle things together!

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  1. This is a great goal and I wish you luck with it! I’ve been actively trying to finish some outstanding series and next year I’ll be continuing that goal. My problem is I keep starting new ones despite my efforts. One step forward, two steps back, haha.

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  2. That’s a good organized approach! I try for something similar, but not as organized! Plenty on your list I’m dying to read as well. Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne is one of my very favorite series…gah…sooooo damn good!!

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  3. I NEED to add some variation of this project to my reading plan and blog! You list the same basic reasons I have for not completing a series. I’ve had some book twos in a series on my TBR for years. And like you I’ve got a bunch of series I want to start. I just need to sit down, identify the series I want to start and those I want to finish, which series I want to start over, and then pick where to start. I may even add a page to my blog devoted to it like you’ve done.

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    1. I hope you find something that works for you! Last year was a lot of catch up on book ones so I could read 2019 sequels, this year I’m trying to really focus on completed series. It’s so hard because I keep wanting to jump to another series I haven’t started like First Law or Age of Assassins, and this is helping me stay focused. Finish Nevernight Chronicles Caitlin!!

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  4. Oh my, you had such a great idea! And you are so inspirational to me! This February I have read quite some books from series that I have started some time ago and it was so satisfying! I need to keep this thing going because I really need to stop drowning in series. I think I would join you, even if the year has started, and I would readapt something to accommodate my reading habits, but thank you for this amazing idea!

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      1. This month I have read a ton of sequels (and sometimes, more than one sequel for the same series, that is a near impossible thing for me) and it made me feel so satisfied! And in control of my TBR, if such a thing is even possible, so I would try harder and maybe using something a bit organized would be the push I was needing! 🙂

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  5. I love this idea! I can’t commit to a book per month until the second half of the year (ahem, or maybe _next_ year)… but there’s some exciting overlap between your unfinished series and my TBR so depending on what you pick up I could surely be tempted to get started with a buddy read 🙂

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