2021 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge

Hosted by Celebrity Readers


guidelines:

While we’re pretty lax about how you wish to set up this challenge for yourself, we do have a few guidelines to follow.

  • The challenge will run from January 1st, 2021 to December 31st, 2021.  Books must be read during this time frame to count.  Sign up is open from now until December 1st, 2021, 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 by the end of 2021.
  • 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 2021 (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.

how to play:

  • Declare your intentions to participate in this challenge somewhere on the internet!!  You do not need to be a blogger to participate, there are many ways to declare.  You could write a blog post, create a reading challenge page, create a Goodreads shelf containing series you hope to finish, post about it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  • Some things you could include (but that aren’t required):
    • A link to this page so that others may find us and join the fun as well (feel free to download the button at the top to use in your posts).
    • A list of series you hope to read for this challenge.  You could even get fancy and list the length of the series, or the books you’ve already read, etc.
    • The level you are aiming for.
  • Sign up for the challenge using the link up below, and link directly to where you’ve declared your intentions (ie to the specific blog post, the goodreads shelf, the facebook post, etc).
  • We will be posting quarterly link ups for you to add links to your reviews or any wrap-up/overview posts you wish to share.
  • Go forth and READ!!  And have fun!!
  • Use the hashtag #FinishingTheSeries2021 on any social media to keep up with other participants!

the reward:

Uh…your own sense of pride in achieving a goal?  Sorry folks, we’re not actually that motivated by prizes ourselves, so we’re just offering bragging rights.  But we can offer you some pretty graphics to either declare your goal or to use as a badge once achieved!

the levels:

  • We offer you 3 different “Celebrity” levels of achievement for this reading challenge:
    1. C-LIST SERIES FINISHER ⇒ COMPLETE 1-4 SERIES.
    2. B-LIST SERIES FINISHER ⇒ COMPLETE 5-8 SERIES.
    3. A-LIST SERIES FINISHER ⇒ COMPLETE 9+ SERIES.

I’ll be aiming for A-LIST! We’ll see how I do. ^_^ Series completed will say (COMPLETE) beside the series title and author name, and will be underlined.

Current status: 1 series caught up with/completed.


Series I’ve finished, or plan to (if there is no date listed or review linked, I have yet to read it), and the books I read to finish them: (All books in the series not listed have been read before this year and can be checked on my GoodReads ‘read’ list here.)

  1. The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells
    • COMPLETELY CAUGHT UP
    • #4.5: Home: Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory
    • #6: Fugitive Telemetry
  2. The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
    • Still to read are two side-story novellas, both well over 200 pages.
    • But there isn’t a humongous (1200+) main book planned for release this year. I’d worry for Brandon’s sanity if that were so, in fact, even if I’d be extremely excited!
      • #2.5: Edgedancer
      • #2.5: Dawnshard
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
  3. The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
    • I’ve finished all but the latest book of this great urban fantasy as of last year. I’ve purchased the book; just need to get around to reading and reviewing it! #18 and further won’t be released in 2021.
      • #17: Battle Ground
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
  4. The Expanse by James S.A. Corey
    • When book #9, “Leviathan Falls”, the final book of the series, drops on October 28th, 2021, you can bet your ass I will be starting to read this book ASAP. Love this series.
    • I do also have the novellas (ex: The Butcher of Anderson Station, #0.5, and Auberon, #8.5, etc.) to read for this as well, but as I’ve caught up on the rest of the series as of last year, it’s my only fix for this awesome ‘verse. At least, for the written side of it! Still haven’t tried out the tv series. So I will be reading the novellas and the later novel to complete this challenge. If I don’t finish the novellas, but do finish Book 9, that’s still a series complete.
      • #0.5: The Butcher of Anderson Station
        • Completed March 11th
        • Review here
      • #2.5: Gods of Risk
        • Completed March 13th
        • Review here
      • #2.6: Drive
        • Completed June 16th
        • Review here
      • #3.5: The Churn
      • #5.5: The Vital Abyss
      • #6.5: Strange Dogs
        • Currently reading
        • Review here
      • #8.5: Auberon
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #9: Leviathan Falls
        • Not read yet (October 28 release)
        • Review here
  5. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
    • As of Book #2, read early January, I’ve caught up with this series as it stands. The next book is only estimated for a Christmas 2021 release. If it’s released, I will obviously be reading it to catch up to and finish this goal.
      • #2: Starsight
        • Completed January 6th
        • Review here
      • #3: Cytonic
        • Not read yet (November 25 release)
        • Review here
  6. The Old Kingdom by Garth Nix
    • Originally a trilogy, this series now has 5 books in it. Yes, the first 3 stand on their own as a complete unit, but 4 and 5 are great additions. I read 4 a long time ago but am going to re-read it instead of just jumping in head first into 5.
      • #4: Clariel
        • Completed June 26th
        • Review here
      • #5: Goldenhand
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
  7. Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews
    • I read the bulk of this series a few years ago and honestly thought I’d read the last book, #8. Turns out there are two more main books! I won’t be reading the tie-in novels for side characters or other novellas/short stories that aren’t part of the main storyline.
      • #9: Magic Binds
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #10: Magic Triumphs
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
  8. Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs
    • I was all caught up ages ago and then shit down with the (ex-)husband and I never caught up again. I can’t say for sure if I’ll get around to catching up to this one and a couple more urban fantasy series like this and Kate Daniels, October Daye, Anita Blake, etc. but I’ll try! These are certainly a pleasure to read at any rate. Book 13 won’t be released until 2022. Need to borrow/purchase Book 10.
      • #7: Frost Burned
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #8: Night Broken
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #9: Fire Touched
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #10: Silence Fallen
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #11: Storm Cursed
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #12: Smoke Bitten
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
  9. October Daye by Seanan McGuire
    • Same deal as above, pretty much. Need to borrow/purchase 13/14.
      • #10: Once Broken Faith
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #11: The Brightest Fell
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #12: Night and Silence
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #13: The Unkindest Tide
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #14: A Killing Frost
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #15: When Sorrows Come
        • Not read yet (September 2021 release)
        • Review here
  10. Wayward Children by Seanan McGuire
    • Have read Book 1 of this very unique and neat novella series. Hope to read the rest this year! Book 7 won’t be released until 2022. Need to borrow/purchase Book 5.
      • #2: Down Among the Sticks and Bones
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #3: Beneath the Sugar Sky
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #4: In an Absent Dream
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #5: Come Tumbling Down
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #6: Across the Green Grass Fields
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
  11. Jane Yellowrock by Faith Hunter
    • Same as above.
      • #10: Shadow Rites
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #11: Cold Reign
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #12: Dark Queen
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #13: Shattered Bonds
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #14: True Dead
        • Not read yet (September 2021 release)
        • Review here
  12. The Others by Anne Bishop
    • Same as above. I’m pretty sure I read Book 3 (I remember 1/2 for sure) but don’t remember it at all so I’ll read that one again. While there are other books set in this universe, the main books are #1-5 so I will only be reading 3/4/5. Books “6”+ don’t have anything to do with the characters of 1-5. Anne Bishop just tends (see Black Jewels below) to list books by publication order in the same universe, even if they’re not technically the same series. 6+ of this are simply another series set in the same world.
      • #3: Vision in Silver
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #4: Marked in Flesh
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #5: Etched in Bone
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
  13. The Black Jewels by Anne Bishop
    • Same as above.
      • #9: Twilight’s Dawn
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #10: The Queen’s Bargain
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #11: The Queen’s Weapons
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
  14. The Hollows by Kim Harrison
    • 2 new books after I thought this series was done! Apparently everyone thought so too, hah. xD
      • #14: American Demon
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #15: Million Dollar Demon
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
  15. Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson
    • These are long-ass and dense books. I was about 20% through Book 2 by the start of 2021, and hope to finish it and Book 3 this year if I can.
      • #2: Green Mars
        • Completed March 13th
        • Review here
      • #3: Blue Mars
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
  16. The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski
    • I read what’s considered Book 1 (or 0.5 — The Last Wish) back in 2020 and was almost 30% into Book 2 (or the first full length) by the start of 2021. Hopefully I can read the main books by the end of the year! They’re quite good. 😀
      • #1: The Blood of Elves
        • Completed April 7th
        • Review here
      • #2: The Time of Contempt
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #3: Baptism of Fire
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #4: The Tower of the Swallow
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #5: The Lady of the Lake
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
  17. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
    • Maybe.
      • #3: A Storm of Swords
        • Completed March 10th
        • Review here
      • #4: A Feast for Crows
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #5: A Dance With Dragons
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
  18. Girls of Paper and Fire Trilogy by Natasha Ngan
    • I read the first one a while back and although it’s not my favourite book, I’m willing to give the second book a try simply because it’s a fantasy LGBTQ+ book.
      • #2: Girls of Storm and Shadow
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #3: Girls of Fate and Fury
        • Not read yet (November 2 release)
        • Review here
  19. Origin Mystery by A.G. Riddle
    • The first book was alright, not great, but I’ve heard the second book is a lot better and am willing to give it and the third a try.
      • #2: The Atlantis Plague
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #3: The Atlantis World
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
  20. Oxford Time Travel by Connie Willis
    • I read the first book (Doomsday Book) last year and consider it to be well-written even if I was a little bored/meh about it. I’m still intrigued enough to check out part two, though. Books “3” and “4” are their own duology and not very related to 1 and 2. They’re in fact part of the “All Clear Duology and so I will not be reading them.
      • #2: To Say Nothing of the Dog
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
  21. Lady Astronaut by Mary Robinette Kowal
    • The only ones I had left to catch up to with this series (the next full length book will not be released until 2022) were novellas/short stories.
      • #3.1: Articulated Restraint
        • Not read yet
        • Review here
      • #4.1: The Phobos Experience
      • #4.3: Amara’s Giraffe
        • Completed June 19th
        • Review here
      • #4.4: Rocket’s Red
        • Completed June 19th
        • Review here
      • #4.5: The Lady Astronaut of Mars

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