I Think I Have a Serious, Er…Series Problem

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on October 7, 2013 | 23 Comments



Once again I don’t have a Monday review (damn PTBD), so today I’m going to talk about series.

I am afraid of series.

Why? I’m not particularly sure. With really good books, perhaps I’m afraid that the second book won’t compare to the first. With last books, perhaps I’m afraid to end the series. But I’m pretty sure it’s a commitment issue for me. I tend to read the first book and never continue! It’s not necessarily that I don’t want to read it, I just…don’t read it. Sometimes I procrastinate for months, even years, before getting around to the second book. Then I wish I had read it sooner! Does anybody else do this?!

Recently I got the idea from Mel @ The Daily Prophecy to track the series I’ve started. It’s not pretty, let me assure you. I’ve compiled a list for you guys!

Summary

Completely finished series: 14
Series I need to finish (all books published): 22
Series I need to catch up on (unread published books, unfinished series): 27
Series I’m caught up on (have books unpublished yet): 37
Series I don’t plan to finish: 26

That’s a total of 126 series I’ve started, and I’ve only finished fourteen of them. This is very sad, you guys. 

Overview

Finished series (14)

  1. Across the Universe by Beth Revis (3 books)
  2. Anna by Kendare Blake (2 books)
  3. Blood Ties by Jennifer Armintrout (4 books)
  4. Darkglass Mountain by Sara Douglass (3 books)
  5. Fever Series by KMM (5 books)
  6. Fins by Tera Lynn Childs (3 books)?
  7. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (3 books)
  8. Highlander Series by KMM (8 books)
  9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (3 books)
  10. If I Stay by Gayle Forman (2 books)
  11. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (3 books)
  12. The Wayfarer Redemption by Sara Douglass (6 books)
  13. Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris (2 books)
  14. Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong (3 books)

Longest series finished: 8 books
Average # books in series I’ve finished: 3.5 books

The only series I ever finish are the short ones!

 

Series I need to finish – all books published (22)

  1. The Chemical Garden by Lauren DeStefano (#3: Sever)
  2. Delirium by Lauren Oliver (#3: Requiem)
  3. Faeriewalker by Jenna Black (#2: Shadowspell, #3: Sirensong)
  4. Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (#2: Crown of Embers, #3: Bitter Kingdom)
  5. Glitch by Heather Anastasiu (#2: Override, #3: Shutdown)
  6. Gone With the Respiration by Lia Habel (#2: Dearly, Beloved)
  7. Hourglass by Myra McEntire (#3: Infinityglass)
  8. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (#4: Finale)
  9. The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda (#2: The Prey, #3: The Trap)
  10. Matched by Ally Condie (#2: Crossed, #3: Reached)
  11. Medusa Girls by Tera Lynn Childs (#3: Sweet Legacy)
  12. Need by Carrie Jones (#2: Captivate, #3: Entice, #4: Endure)
  13. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (#2: Wolfsbane, #3: Bloodrose)
  14. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles (#3: Chain Reaction)
  15. Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (#2: Trial by Fire, #3: Taken by Storm)
  16. Ripple by Cidney Swanson (#2: Chameleon, #3: Unfurl)
  17. Sabina Kane by Jaye Wells (#2: The Mage in Black, #3 – #5)
  18. Slide by Jill Hathaway (#2: Impostor)
  19. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (#2: Pretties, #3: Specials, #4: Extras)
  20. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (#2: Hallowed, #3: Boundless)
  21. Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater (#3: Forever)
  22. Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston (#2: Darklight, #3: Tempestuous)

10 series with only 1 book left
9 series with only 2 books left
Only 3 series with 3 or more books left

 

Series I need to catch up on (27)

*Some of these books may not be released. They’re in this list because I already have an ARC/eGalley of them.

  1. The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole (#2: Endless Knight)
  2. Article 5 by Kristen Simmons (#2: Breaking Point)
  3. Beautiful by Jamie McGuire (#2: Walking Disaster)
  4. Breathe by Sarah Crossan (#2: Resist)
  5. Covenant by Jennifer L. Armentrout (#2: Pure, #3: Diety, #4: Apollyon)
  6. Dark-Hunter by Sherrilyn Kenyon (#5: Kiss of the Night, #6 – #22)
  7. Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon (#2: Life Eternal)
  8. Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday (#2: Social Suicide)
  9. Death Escorts by Cambria Hebert (#2: Charmed)
  10. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo (#2: Seige and Storm)
  11. Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock (#2: Thornhill)
  12. The Hybrid Chronicles by Kat Zhang (#2: Once We Were)
  13. Jasper Dent by Barry Lyga (#2: Game)
  14. Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown (#2: Deep Betrayal)
  15. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (#2: Scarlet)
  16. Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout (#4: Origin)
  17. The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams (#2: The Shattered Dark)
  18. Mind Games by Kiersten White (#2: Perfect Lies)
  19. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh (#2: Enshadowed)
  20. Nightwatchers by Michelle Rowen (#2: Wicked Kiss)
  21. Otherworld by Yasmine Galenorn (#3: Darkling, #4 – #14)
  22. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (#2: Dare You To)
  23. Shadow Falls by C.C. Hunter (#2: Awake at Dawn, #3 – #5)
  24. Skindancer by Anthony Francis (#2: Blood Rock)
  25. Solus by Devri Walls (#2: Wings of Tavea, #3: Wings of Nestor)
  26. Tempest by Julie Cross (#2: Vortex)
  27. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (#3: Into the Still Blue) 

22 series with only 1 book left until I’m caught up
1 series with only 2 books left until I’m caught up
4 series with 3 or more books left until I’m caught up

 

Series that are unpublished – caught up (37)

  1. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill (#2: Untitled – 2014)
  2. Altered by Jennifer Rush (#2: Erased – 1.7.14)
  3. The Arkwell Academy by Mindee Arnett (#2: The Nightmare Dilemma – 3.4.2014)
  4. The Blackcoat Rebellion by Aimee Carter (#2: Untitled – 2014)
  5. Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa (#3: The Forever Song – 4.29.2014)
  6. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (#2: Untitled – ?)
  7. Call of the Forgotten by Julie Kagawa (#3: Untitled – 2014)
  8. Crewel World by Gennifer Albin (#2: Altered – 10.29.2013)
  9. Dani O’Malley by KMM (#2: Burned – 7.22.2014)
  10. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor (#3: Dreams of Gods & Monsters – 4.1.2014)
  11. Defiance by C.J. Redwine (#3: Untitled – ?)
  12. Dust Lands by Moira Young (#3: Raging Star – 4.15.2014)
  13. Everneath by Brodi Ashton (#3: Evertrue – 1.21.2014)
  14. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey (#2: The Infinite Sea – 5.6.2014)
  15. In the After by Demitria Lunetta (#2: In the End – 2014)
  16. Intertwined by Gena Showalter (#4: Untitled – 2015)
  17. Legend by Marie Lu (#3: Champion – 11.5.2013)
  18. The Lotus War by Jay Kristoff (#3: Untitled – 2014)
  19. Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (#3: The Retribution of Mara Dyer – 6.3.2014)
  20. The Mylena Chronicles by Chloe Jacobs (#2: Untitled – 2014)
  21. Mystic City by Theo Lawrence (#2: Toxic Heart – 4.8.2014)
  22. The Mortal Instrument by Cassandra Clare (#6: City of Heavenly Fire – 5.27.2014)
  23. Newsoul by Jodi Meadows (#3: Infinite – 1.28.2014)
  24. Partials by Dan Wells (#3: Ruins – 3.11.2014)
  25. Pivot Point by Kasie West (#2: Split Second – 2.11.2014)
  26. Project Paper Doll by Stacey Kade (#2: The Hunt – 4.22.2014)
  27. Reboot by Amy Tintera (#2: Rebel – 5.6.2014)
  28. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (#3: Ignite Me – 2.4.2014)
  29. Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton (#2: Where Silence Gathers – 7.8.2014)
  30. Splintered by A.G. Howard (#2: Unhinged – 1.7.2014)
  31. Starbound by Amie Kaufman (#2: Untitled – 2014)
  32. Struck by Jennifer Bosworth (#2: Aftershock – 2016)
  33. Stung by Bethany Wiggins (#2: Cured – 3.13.2014)
  34. Taken by Erin Bowman (#2: Frozen – 4.15.2014)
  35. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (#3: Untitled – 2014)
  36. Virals by Kathy Reichs (#4: Exposure – 3.1.2014)
  37. Wildefire by Karsten Knight (#3: Afterglow – 11.12.2014)

Only 2 series have books releasing in 2013.

 

Series I don’t plan to continue (26)

  1. Abandon by Meg Cabot
  2. Croak by Gina Damico
  3. Dark Ink Chronicles by Elle Jasper
  4. Downside Ghosts by Stacia Kane
  5. Falling Under by Gwen Hayes
  6. Fifty Shades by E.L. James
  7. The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton
  8. The Fury Trilogy by Elizabeth Miles
  9. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
  10. The Game by Eve Silver
  11. His Fair Assassin by Robin LaFevers
  12. The Klaatu Diskos by Pete Hautman
  13. Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
  14. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
  15. Never Knights by Kailin Gow
  16. October Daye by Seanan McGuire
  17. Revenants by Amy Plum
  18. Undeadly by Michelle Vail
  19. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
  20. Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris
  21. The Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins
  22. Tempest by Tracy Deebs
  23. The Tiger Saga by Collen Houck
  24. Touch of Death by Kelly Hashway
  25. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
  26. Zom-B by Darren Shan

None of these lists include novellas, which I am seriously behind on. I’ve probably only read 3 novellas, ever…

So what do your guys’ series stats look like? Are you good about finishing series?

Jessi (Geo)

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23 responses to “I Think I Have a Serious, Er…Series Problem

  1. I have the same problem! I start series and then for one reason or another I just don’t finish them. For a lot of them I have no excuse either, the next or final book in the series is on my shelf I just haven’t gotten to it yet. Hopefully we can both curb this problem =P

    • I do that too! There’s quite a few of those on that list that I actually have, but they’ve been sitting on my shelf for months and months! We really do need to fix it >.<

  2. I started keeping track of my series in a secret GR group and kind of stopped because it was getting insane. I’ve started way more series than you, and have only finished a few of them. I just can’t stop starting new series!!!

    Perhaps I should finish seeing which series I need to finish and make a plan to catch up…

  3. Series are tough. A lot happens between when you finish a book and when the next one gets published. There are always so many books to be read and so many reasons to put off reading the next, or the last in a series. I may like the first book and then just forget about the series by the time the second one comes out. By then, I try to just read them all in a row and be done with it.

  4. Ahhhhh, I love seeing this. Making lists is something I love to do and we can support each other in our battle against series ;) I’m actually planning to make my ‘tackling series’ a monthly event, so I’m pretty motivated to finish some series to show off :p

    I was planning to start ‘series I want to start’ but wow, that was even more depressing than series I need to finish. Not a good idea, haha.

  5. I love this post and I think I might run out and tally up my series reads now LOL!

    But seriously, I totally feel you. I did a similar post a few months back. When I read the first book I’m like, “OMG NEED BOOK 2 NOW!!” Then book 2 comes out and… I don’t read it. I have no idea why. I’m just not in the mood, or I’m afraid it won’t live up, or… I have no idea.

    Maybe that’s why it’s often refreshing to just read a standalone.

  6. My eyes completely popped out while reading this list. That’s so many series!
    I should write a post of my own – I’m really interested to see how mines will look. Would it be as long as yours?

  7. Okay, number 1)love the blog design!
    number 2) I can SO relate!
    In general, I like the idea of series. I hate saying goodbye to something, so a series where I can “grow” with the characters and meet them over and over again seems perfect to me.
    In reality, I’m horrible at finishing series. I don’t know why. I’m not afraid of not liking the book or something. I just…procrastinate. Start a new series. Don’t read at all. I hate that! My tip would be to just pick one series, get into the mood for it and then devour it on a rainy weekend. Sometimes, this works for me.

    Uh, not always, though.

    • Thank you! I procrastinate too…I’ve never tried to binge read a series, maybe I should do that! If I don’t read the second book directly after the first one, I’m likely to forget everything and then I don’t care much about reading book 2 >.<

  8. Omigoodness … ME TOO! Well, you already know this because we’ve talked ;-) I actually made a list and posted it on my blog over the summer, but I LOVE your colour-coded list … I might just “borrow” the idea to plan out my reading list for next year’s challenge! There’s something about seeing my reading list in print that just motivates me to get going and finish some of those pending series, you know?

  9. Wow, what a great list! I’m glad Dakota Frost is on it.

    I think you’ve got Skindancer listed as “only one book to be caught up” … I’m almost done with #3, LIQUID FIRE, but then I’ve got half of #4, SPECTRAL IRON, in the can.

    So it might be more than one left. I’m not going to tell you how many books I’ve got planned – I want you to keep Dakota Frost in the “need to finish” category! :-)

    -Anthony

    • Oh hi! It took me a minute to realize you were the author, lol! I don’t get many author comments, so thanks for stopping by :)

      I have it as one book to be caught up because your others aren’t out yet, right? If I can finish Blood Rock, then all I have to do is wait for the others :D

  10. Holy, I am late to the party on this one, but this is a brilliant (and totally frightening). I bet my list is a scary beast. Now I think I will make it. Would you mind if I did a similar post (giving you credit of course)?

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