This is an extremely apt Top Five Wednesday for me, because I’m challenging myself to read an entire series every month of next year.
Yep, that’s an entire twelve series.
I’ve never been good at finishing series – I procrastinate, I dawdle, I dread the final book being published and I completely avoid it for years… For so long, in fact, that my anticipation level and my excitement goes way, way down.
But I am going to stop that in 2016. So instead of this being a Top Five Wednesday, this is going to be my plan for my year of series.
January) The ‘Red Rising’ trilogy by Pierce Brown
This is technically cheating, because I’m actually participating in the #ReadRedRising challenge that Hodderscape have set up. I’m on part four of the first novel for my re-read, which means I’m going to be – finally, oh sweet finally – starting ‘Golden Son’ next week. That will take me through the first three weeks of January, but then the third book, ‘Morning Star’, doesn’t publish until the 11th of February. I’m still going to read it as soon as it publishes, though.
January will also be the month for me to finish all of the series that I’m part the way through, ready for a clean slate: namely the Grisha trilogy, the final book of the ‘Splintered’ series by A. G. Howard, ‘Sisters’ Fate’ by Jessica Spotswood and ‘The Retribution of Mara Dyer’ by Michelle Hodkin.
February) The ‘Anna and the French Kiss’ companion novels by Stephanie Perkins (+ The Raven Cycle?)
I first read ‘Anna and the French Kiss’ last November, and I loved it. I got given ‘Lola and the Boy Next Door’ and ‘Isla and the Happily Ever After’ for my birthday, so it feels right to finally read them in February, the month of Valentine’s Day and unavoidable soppiness.
Because these are likely to be quick reads (I read the first one in about five hours, and I cried for at least one of those five…) I’m also going to reattempt The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, as the fourth and final book, ‘The Raven King’, comes out at the end of February.
March) The Half Life trilogy by Sally Green