t’s the end of 2019, and my relationship with series is very much still complicated.
Back in January, I chose six series to prioritize on my TBR for the year. Three series had just one more book coming out, while I wanted to start and read all books published so far in the other three series (two of them also had their series finales published in 2019).
I’m here today to admit that I didn’t get to all the series and books on my priority series TBR. And yes, I still deserve all the fangirl screams for the one series I didn’t get to at all. As you’ll see below, said series is an absolute must for my 2020 TBR plans. However, I’m really content with my series progress overall: having read the three series conclusions, starting one series, and starting a trilogy that had been on my TBR for far too long.
Completed Series Goals
The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden // The Winternight trilogy – Katherine Arden’s The Winter of the Witch was the first book that I completed on my 2019 series TBR. Overall, I loved the atmospheric writing and various relationship developments and character growth throughout the Winternight trilogy, although I expected a lot of disconnect from the main character and plot in the final installment.
The Toll by Neal Shusterman // The Arc of a Scythe trilogy – The most anticipated book on my series TBR, The Toll marks a bittersweet ending to my reading experience with the Arc of a Scythe trilogy. This series is worth all the hype and more, developing on so many plot threads and themes with each installment. The Toll wasn’t exactly what I had envisioned as the series conclusion when I first picked up Scythe, but I still absolutely loved it and was a really satisfying series finale.
Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart // Grace and Fury duology – I wish Tracy Banghart’s Grace and Fury duology got much more attention because this is such a fantastic feminist, dystopian-like series. This seems to be on theme with the series finales on this list, but I didn’t LOVE Queen of Ruinas much as I had hoped. I still really enjoyed it, but it lacked in climatic moments. However, having also re-read Grace and Fury this year, I have still have much love for the first book and the world-building within.
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – I intended to read all four books and novella in Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns series, but I’ve only gotten to Three Dark Crowns and One Dark Throne. I’ve really enjoyed the first two books and plan on picking up Queens of Fennbirn, Two Dark Reigns, and Five Dark Fates.
Renegades by Marissa Meyer – While I haven’t (yet) completed my goal, I’m still proud of myself for finally picking up Renegades this year. Even though I’m happy that I can now binge-read this completed series, I’m mad at myself for not reading Renegades sooner but I absolutely loved it! I’ve also read Archenemies, which I also really enjoyed, but I feel like fell a little bit to middle book syndrome – but this could also be blamed on the fact that I read this book over two weeks during one of the busiest points of the semester. There is a strong possibility that I could finish this series in 2019 with Supernova, but right now I am prioritizing some other library books I’ve checked out and 2020 review titles.
Not-So Completed Goals
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – Another year, another year in which I did not read Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes. 2020 will mark the fourth year that An Ember in the Ashes will be on my TBR. The main reason why I still haven’t read An Ember in the Ashes is my reader quirk in that I prefer to read series as closely together as possible. In this series’ case, I want to read the first three books as close to the fourth installment as possible. However, if An Ember in the Ashes doesn’t come until 2020, I do want to put my reading preferences aside and still read it.
What series did you start or finish in 2019? Do you have any series TBR plans for 2020 yet? Share in the comments!