10 Series I Need to Finish

One of my reading goals for 2020 is to finish more series than I start. I currently have 19 SERIES IN PROGRESS. And that’s assuming I didn’t miss any when I counted (which is quite possible even though I scrolled back several years through my books on Goodreads). To put that into perspective, I started 10 of those series in 2019, but I only finished or caught up on 8 series last year.

Clearly, I have a problem. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the buzz-worthy series everyone is reading, but right now I feel like I’ve started them ALL and now I don’t know what to read NEXT. Hopefully this year I can get this situation under control and get some closure for all of these worlds and characters I’ve fallen in love with!

Today I’m rounding up some of the series I’m in the middle of, the progress I’ve made so far, and the likelihood I’ll finish in 2020.

1. Renegades by Marissa Meyer

The Series:
Renegades
Archenemies
Supernova

Progress: 1/3
Owned: 3/3
Priority: Very High

Thoughts:
Marissa Meyer is one of my favorite authors. I read Renegades as soon as it came out, but never got to the other books. I now own the entire series, and I just checked out the Renegades audiobook so I can reread it before starting the next two!

2. The Folk of the Air by Holly Black

The Series:
The Cruel Prince
The Wicked King

The Queen of Nothing

Progress: 2/3
Owned: 3/3
Priority: Very High

Thoughts:
I LOVE this series! I won TCP from a Goodreads giveaway when it was released, but I didn’t read it til last summer. I got TWK for my birthday and read it in the fall, and I just got QoN for Christmas!

3. Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab

The Series:
A Darker Shade of Magic
A Gathering of Shadows
A Conjuring of Light

Progress: 1/3
Owned: 3/3
Priority: Very High

Thoughts:
I can’t believe I waited so long to start a Victoria Schwab series! I absolutely loved ADSOM and I can’t wait to read more of her books, but of course I need to finish this series first!

4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

The Series:
The Assassin’s Blade
Throne of Glass
Crown of Midnight
Heir of Fire
Queen of Shadows
Empire of Storms
Tower of Dawn
Kingdom of Ash

Progress: 3/8
Owned: 6/8
Priority: High

Thoughts:
I wanted to read more of these last year, but I ran out of time. I haven’t totally fallen in love with this series like I did with ACOTAR, but I hear these get better as you go!

5. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

The Series:
Serpent & Dove
Blood & Honey (9/1/20)

Progress: 1/1 published
Owned: 1/1 published
Priority: High

Thoughts:
This is the only series on this list I’m currently caught up with, because book 2 hasn’t been published yet! S&D was one of my FAVORITE books of 2019. I will DEFINITELY be preordering B&H as soon as I can, and I can only hope there will more books in the future!

6. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

The Series:
The Last Magician
The Devil’s Thief
The Serpent’s Curse (4/7/2020)

Progress: 1/2 released
Owned: 2/2 released
Priority: High

Thoughts:
The Last Magician rocked my world when I got in a Litjoy Crate in 2017, but The Devil’s Thief was released during a reading slump so I didn’t pick it up. I thought this was planned to be a duology, so I was surprised to see that a 3rd book is coming out this year! Hopefully I can catch up in time for its release.

7. The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The Series:
Illuminae
Gemina
Obsidio

Progress: 1/3
Owned: 1/3
Priority: Medium-High

Thoughts:
Illuminae was one of the most shocking and creative books I read last year and I can’t wait to see what happens next. However, I don’t own the next books in the series yet, and I need to read more of what I own before I buy the sequels.

8. The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

The Series:
Lady Midnight
Lord of Shadows
Queen of Air and Darkness

Progress: 2/3
Owned: 2/3
Priority: Medium

Thoughts:
Lady Midnight was my favorite Shadowhunters novel to date, but I was disappointed by Lord of Shadows. I didn’t pick up Queen of Air and Darkness when it came out because my enthusiasm for the series had faded and its size is SO intimidating! But maybe this is the year.

9. DC Icons by Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Sarah J. Maas, and Matt de la Pena

The Series:
Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Batman: Nightwalker
Catwoman: Soulstealer
Superman: Dawnbreaker

Progress: 1/4
Owned: 4/4
Priority: Medium

Thoughts:
This is a series of standalone novels. I liked Wonder Woman, but I didn’t love it. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this series so I’m not in any hurry to finish it, but I already own them all so it’s pretty likely I’ll read them to clear my backlist.

10. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

The Series:
A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords

A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons
The Winds of Winter (????)
A Dream of Spring (????)

Progress: 3/5 published
Owned: 5/5 published
Priority: Low

Thoughts:
These books are long, dense, slow reads. The story is good, but they are so hard to get through! I read books 1 & 2 in 2014 and book 3 in 2017. I want to finish this series someday, but for now watching Game of Thrones is good enough for me. Maybe I’ll pick up the next book when The Winds of Winter gets an actual release date.

Other Series in Progress:

The Casquette Girls (1/3)
Cormoran Strike (3/4)
The Darkest Minds (2/4)
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard (1/3)
Red Queen (2/4)
Simon Snow (1/2)
Sookie Stackhouse (3/13)
Spindle Fire (1/2)
The Winner’s Trilogy (2/3)

How many series are you “currently reading”? Have you read any on my list?

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

BOOK STATS

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Title: A Darker Shade of Magic
Author: V.E. Schwab
Series: Shades of Magic #1
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: Adult
Format: Paperback
Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Source: Purchased
Recommended for Fans of: Six of Crows, Pirates of the Caribbean

SYNOPSIS

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

MY THOUGHTS

This is very well-written. The storytelling is excellent, the worldbuilding is impressive, the magic system is unique, and the characters are bold, flawed, and likable.

This book does start off very slow. The first 100 pages or so are mostly exposition. We meet the major characters across the different Londons and start to learn about how magic works in each world, but it drags on with very little purposeful action (I wouldn’t say that there’s NO action in the first 100 pages, it’s just hard to see where it’s going). I am SO GLAD I stuck with it though because once the story picked up, DANG IT WAS GOOD. It should tell you something about the quality of the writing that I still gave this book 5 stars instead of docking half a star for the pacing.

Kell is a great MC. His many-sided coat is one of the coolest magical objects I’ve ever encountered. He is reckless but fiercely loyal, willing to risk himself to protect his world and the people he loves.

And then there’s Lila Bard, who just wants to live her best pirate life. My only complaint about Lila is that is took so long for her to be introduced in the book! She is clever and brave, diving headfirst into adventure, mischief, and danger even when her opponents have all the advantages. Her past is very mysterious, but there are some big hints about her true identity to be answered in future books (I hope).

I got swept away in this story, and I think the ending wrapped things up really well. I appreciate a book in a series that can stand on its own. There were no major cliffhangers, but enough unanswered questions to get me excited for book #2!

I’m running a giveaway for this book on Instagram! I got the boxed set for Christmas, so I’m giving away my extra copy to one lucky follower! Enter here.