Wait, It’s Not A Standalone?

When a lot of my friends joke about how my to-read list is longer than a combined list of books they’ve read, I like to blame it on one simple fact: everything nowadays seems to be a series. There have been so many occasions when I would finish a book and be incredibly satisfied with the ending, only to discover that two (or three… or even five) more books would be following it. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy series – in fact, there are several sequels that I’m impatiently waiting for – however, with all of the series that I’ve started, it’s been rather difficult to catch up or even complete many of them.

Out of curiosity, I counted the number of series that I’ve actually completed (an astonishing 43), and now I’ve decided to compile a list of the series I’ve started and need to finish. Here are the results:

Unfinished Series I’m Caught Up On:

  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
  • The Grisha by Leigh Bardugo
  • Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
  • Shades of London by Maureen Johnson
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • All the Wrong Questions by Lemony Snicket
  • All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass
  • Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
  • The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan
  • The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Completed Series I’ve Started:

  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • The Liar Society by Lisa & Laura Roecker
  • Fallen World by Megan Crewe
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Everneath by Brodi Ashton
  • Revenants by Amy Plum
  • The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
  • Jenna Fox Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson
  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  • The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
  • Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
  • Evernight by Claudia Gray
  • Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica by James A. Owen
  • Gone by Michael Grant
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
  • Curse Workers by Holly Black
  • Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen
  • Matched by Allie Condie
  • Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
  • Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
  • Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent
  • The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
  • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  • Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  • The Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire

Series Where I’ve Only Read the First Book:

  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • Jasper Dent by Barry Lyga
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Confessions by James Patterson
  • Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
  • The Archived by Victoria Schwab
  • Fallen World by Megan Crewe
  • For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
  • Jenna Fox Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
  • The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielson
  • Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
  • Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
  • Defiance by C.J. Redwine
  • His Fair Assassin by Robin LaFevers
  • Gone by Michael Grant
  • Penryn & the End of Days by Susan Ee
  • The Hybrid Chronicles by Kat Zhang
  • Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
  • At Somerton by Leila Rasheed
  • Matched by Allie Condie
  • The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
  • Wildwood Chronicles by Colin Meloy
  • Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
  • The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
  • The Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins
  • The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
  • The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Potzsch
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  • The Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire

… And that’s not even including the new series I’ve started that only have one book out at the moment. Or the upcoming series that I plan to read. Or the series that I started but don’t intend to finish. Scary, huh? Hopefully this will inspire me to cross some of these series off of my list — and if there are any that I should start with, please let me know!
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11 thoughts on “Wait, It’s Not A Standalone?

  1. I am always lagging behind on a series.. Especially if there’s a LOOOONG wait until the next book.. Sometimes (sometimes..) I forget about it.. *gasps*

  2. There are so many series because series are popular. And yes, sometimes it’s a hassle that there are so many. You feel like you can never get through them all — and realistically, you can’t get through them all. 😦

    • That’s true – after all, they do allow readers to go on a lot of different adventures with their favourite characters in a way that standalones don’t. Strangely enough, I thought about that the other day – I looked at my to-read list and how quickly it has grown in the ~9 months I’ve been blogging, and realized that I’ll never be able to read them all. It’s kind of a scary thought!

      • It is. But that’s how reading works. Every year, there are more books, and every year, your to-read list gets longer. Although, I mean, compared to the alternative — not enough books — I suppose we’re in a good place. 🙂

  3. If you liked Mortal Instruments – then Infernal Devices (Clare as well),
    or Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
    I also enjoyed Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien – it’s a little like Divergent or Hunger Games
    you didn’t include the series that are finished and you read them…so you may have already tackled these ones :o)

    • I loved The Infernal Devices! It’s on my list of series that I will (hopefully) have time to re-read at some point, even though Clockwork Princess will break my heart again.

      I really enjoyed Divergent and The Hunger Games, so I’ll definitely have to give Birthmarked a read! (:

  4. Oh yes, I have a lot of series on my tbr/shelves too. I have yet to read Scarlet and Cress too, and haven’t even started Shatter Me. I’ve read the both The Selection and The Elite and am caught up on Penryn & the End of Days and the Sweet Trilogy though, and only have one book left from the Gone series.

    Good luck with tackling your PILE! 🙂

    • I’m so glad I’m not the only one that hasn’t started Scarlet yet – everyone seems to be reading (and loving) Cress, so I feel like I definitely need to get back to that series soon.

      Thanks! Good luck to you too, and happy reading! 🙂

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