Mission Impossible: Tackling series (update 1)

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Last time, September 20th, I wrote this introduction post to this challenge. Mission impossible: tacking series. Today I’m going to show you the progress I’ve made so far.

My laptop broke down for the second time and the series document I was adjusting is gone for the second time. I hope to get my laptop back soon, so I can share you the stats. For now, I'm only able to share the series I finished in 2013 and the ones I want to finish in 2014:


In 2013 I finished 13 series.
Amy Plum – Revenants (3)
Kiersten White – Paranormalcy (3)
Cassandra Rose Clarke - Assassin’s curse (2)
Anna Carey - Eve (3)
Alex Flinn – Kendra Chronicles (2)
Lauren Oliver - Delirium (3)
Cameron Dokey, Nancy Holder, Tracy Lynn, Suzanne Weyn & Debbie ViguiƩ - OUAT series (19)
Jessica Day George – Princess (3)
Cynthia Hand – Unearthly (3)
Michelle Diener – Susanna & Parker (3)
Tia Nevitt – Accidental Enchantments (2)
Adam Gidwitz - A tale dark and Grimm (3)
Brodi Ashton - Everneath (3)

I hope to finish at least 12 more series this year.
1. Gail Carriger - Parasol protectorate (Heartless & Timeless)
2. Rae Carson - The bitter kingdom (novella's optional)
3. Juliet Marillier - Seven waters (Flame of Seven Waters)
4. Jenni James - Fairy tale collection (Rumpelstilskin, Cinderella, Jack and the beanstalk, Snow white, The frog prince & Twelve dancing princesses)
5. Adam Gidwitz - A tale dark and Grimm (The Grimm conclusion)
6. Dan Wells - Partials sequence (Ruins)
7.Marie Lu - Legend (Champion)
8. E.D Baker - The wide-awake princess (Unlocking the spell)
9. Mary Pearson - Jenna Fox chronicles (Fox Forever)
10. Lauren DeStefano - Wither (Fever)
11. Kendare Blake - Anna dressed in blood (Girl of nightmares)
12. Richelle Mead - Vampire academy (Shadow kiss, blood promise, spirit bound, the last sacrifice)

I noticed in my first post that many people have unread series and that got me thinking, why? Is it because we are afraid to read book 2 because of our high expectations or because of all the horrible sequels we’ve encountered in the past?

It got me thinking about my reading habits when I was younger. I used to finish a series straight away if it was possible, but I’m not sure when and why that changed. I always enjoyed reading a complete series, so perhaps it’s because of the overload of new published books? There are just so many titles I’m interested in and when I was younger, I didn’t know Goodreads existed and I didn’t follow blogs. Perhaps it’s because of my awareness of other books that makes me jump from series to series?

Sometimes I also don't want to read the last book, because I don't want to finish the series yet..

What are your thoughts about these two theories? Do you agree or is there another reason for you to not binge-read a series? And how did you do with finishing series last year? Any plans for 2014?

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  1. For me, it's a combination of anxiety to read the next book and sometimes boredom. Unless it's a series penned by a beloved author, I get bored with being in the same world. Some series though, no matter how much I loved it (Ashfall by Mike Mullin), just leaves me shaking with the mere thought of jumping on the next book. I couldn't handle the anxiety! I really should read Ashen Winter because Sunrise should be out soon. *chews nails*

    Great post, Mel!

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    1. Oh, interesting! I never had such a thing, because I love returning to beloved worlds, but I can see why you have such a thing!

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  2. I love binge-reading series - in fact that's all I've been doing recently! I usually don't finish series just because I read the first book and then have to wait until the second is released, and in between I read so many other books and start so many other series that I just forget about the first series that I was waiting for in the first place! I'm so tired of that happening that my mindset right now is to exclusively read series that are already complete, so I won't forget about them and don't have to deal with any anxiety if any of them end on horrible cliffhangers!

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    1. Haha, yes, that is something that happen to me often!

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  3. I think for me I always want to read the sequel or finish a series, but I never come around to it due to all those new releases! Only my very favorite series have a high priority with me and I know I will read them very soon after buying them. Like for example, I know I will read Into the Still Blue, Cress and Evertrue VERY VERY soon after buying them, just because I love these series a lot. With other series I like but not necessarily love I don't have the feeling like "I need to read this NOW", and they always lose out to the newer releases. I don't like this, though, and that's why I'm joining the series challenge this year. Hopefully we can both finish some series!

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    1. I agree, my favourite series are definitely the ones I finish when I have the chance. Good luck with your challenge :D

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  4. You rock this girl! I have so many series to end and I cannot even make myself to make a list. I'd probably have to cry my heart out. And then not to mention those that I shall start (yes Cinder I'm looking at you). Huh I need to get to that one day.
    I wish you all the luck with this! :)

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    1. If I look at all the series I still want to start *hides*

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  5. My awareness of series has definitely upped my series reading. I think it's also about access. When I didn't have ARCs coming to me, I would choose library books and it's like continue the series you know you like or start a new one? Well, duh, known quantity. Now, though, there's a bit of pressure to be familiar with what's coming out, so that leads to starting and not finishing. I have a series spreadsheet on my laptop and it's depressing how many series I've started (over four hundred), with only 70 or so completed. :(

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    1. Over 400, that is quite some series! I believe I was around 69 series and I already thought that was much. I can see how that is depressing.

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  6. Good luck on finishing the series :D I still have so so many that I have yet to finish. Sigh. It's just that when they arrived, I had waited too long and I didn't want to read them anymore, lol (A) But ohh. The Bitter Kingdom is awesome :D I hope you'll find the time to read it soon :) Thank you for sharing. <3

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    1. Haha, sometimes I just don't want to read the last book, because I don't want it to end..

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  7. Oh good luck dear. I need to read the last 3 books of parasol protectorates (that's why I still haven't read her YA series). But that's some pretty wicked list! You can do it!

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  8. I'm also hoping to finish series I started last year this year. Some series I have decided I do not wish to continue and others I don't know why I haven't finished them. I want to get as many series finished as possible. I'm just starting The Once Upon a Time series. I'm really enjoying Golden and hoping to enjoy the rest of the series.

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    1. Some of them are good, some of them are terrible, haha. Good luck and I hope you'll enjoy most of them :D

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  9. I know I started too many series at once and then I have to slowly finish the rest of the books haha! But I really want to get to finish a lot of them this year too. I also think I want to binge read a few series and read some of them almost back-to-back to keep each book fresh in my mind! Good luck! :)

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    1. Thanks Brittany, good luck with your binge read :D

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  10. I think I have a lot of series still unfinished, but I've probably completely finished an equal amount. With some of them I read them super quickly because I HAD to know what was going to happen, and others I took slowly.

    However, with some I'm so torn about what to do! For example, with Patrick Ness' Chaos Walking trilogy I desperately wanted to read all the books as soon as possible, but also didn't because I wanted to keep reading it forever and ever, haha!

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    1. Yes, I know how that feels! You want to read it and you want to treasure it at the same time.

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  11. I have to be honest. Sometimes I don't finish series because it takes so dang long for the next book to come out that I forgot what happened in the last book. I've gotten to the point where it drives me nuts when my book club picks another book from a series. I am like NOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Please NOOOO! LOL! Also I am in to so many series now that the first book better blow me away if I am going to continue on in the series. I miss binge reading a series.. when all the books are out. Now I have to wait a year maybe longer in between. :(

    Angie
    Angela's Anxious Life

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    1. Yes, a lot of series I started aren't completely published and the wait can be so hard!

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  12. If all the books in a series are out I definitely try to marathon them or at least read them all as soon as possible. Sometimes though, the sequel comes out and I'm just so caught up on other books that I forget to read them. I definitely need to read Champion. I feel like I've been waiting forever and then it came out and I just didn't read it. You should finish the VA series and start Bloodlines! It's amazing!! :D

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    1. Yes, I hope to finish VA and start Bloodlines this year :D

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  13. I hope you'll be able to finish a lot of series this year :) And I really recommend Legend by Marie Lu! Goodluck, Mel!

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  14. I would finish a series no matter what. I really like knowing how things end, but I usually can't get my hand on the books. Oh well. I'll be able to finish them all someday.

    But that is a lot of series. :D I don't think I finished any more than 10, but I don't really keep track, so I can't say that for sure. But oh, oh, I can finish two series that you want to finish this year! Oh wait, not "can" because I already read Champion (my feels) and I have Girl of Nightmares. I impulsively just bought that one when I saw it with Anna Dressed in Blood.

    Anyway, I hope you're able to finish all those series that you want!

    P.S. Your link is showing up weird. I don't know if it's my browser or you, but bits of the word "challenge" is hidden by the "Mission impossible" link. First paragraph.

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  15. 13 Series-Wow, Mel are you sure you aren't hiding a Wonder Woman persona?! I don't think I finished any, I'm a serial series abandon-er! :(

    "Sometimes I also don't want to read the last book, because I don't want to finish the series yet..''
    (^) That's exactly how I feel about some of them, I still haven't read Allegiant-I I just don't want to say goodbye to Four! But then, there are some that I don't read for the fear of disappointment.

    I hope you succeed in finishing all the 12 series-Good Luck, Mel! :)

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    1. Haha, I wish, but I don't think that I would look good in that costume :p I NEED to read Allegiant soon. Thanks for reminding me! *writes down on list*

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  16. I think it's a combination of being afraid of getting disappointed and just the overwhelming number of books there are haha! I don't know how many series I've completed last year but I'm scared to count because I don't think they're a lot :x

    But good luck Mel! I hope you manage to achieve your goal :D

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  17. I'd like to finish series but for me, I notice that it's hard to finish when there is a big gap between the 2nd and 3rd books. Because those 2 books tend to be the crucial ones in terms of concluding things, if I can't finish it then and there, I drag myself in reading the final one because I forget all of the excitement.

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    1. I agree. Book 1 is almost always more of a.. prologue and things get most interesting in 2 and 3.

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  18. Congrats on finishing so many series! I'll be finishing Rae Carson's series as well in 2014, so at least I know I'm not alone. And YES YES YES. When I was younger, I thought it was inconceivable that someone wouldn't read the whole series if all the books were out. Now I *want* to, but I have other books and I'm like "oh, I'll get to it, I gotta divide my love and time..."

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  19. I definitely think Goodreads, blogs, and just being more aware of what's out there has had an impact on whether or not I finish a series. A few years ago, I would always make sure I got to the end of a series if I enjoyed it, but back then, I kept tabs on just a measly fraction of the number of series I follow now. Also, now that I buy more, I usually want to spend my money on a series that I LOVE, rather than one that just starts off okay. But I'm hoping to catch up on a few favourites this year, at least, and get better at deciding what I want to read. Good luck with your goals for this year! :)

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  20. That's amazing you finished so many series in 2013! I'm definitely not the best with finishing series. If a series is complete and I really like it, I usually binge read it all at once. However, if certain books in a series are spaced a year apart, I'm definitely less likely to read the next book right when it comes out, though.

    I think the fact that there's so many new many books coming out is definitely a big part of why I don't complete too many series. I did sign up for the 2014 series challenge, though :) Great post and good luck with all your goals!

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    1. Good luck with your challenge, I hope you'll be better at finishing them this year :D

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  21. You totally nailed it! I have finished one series in 2013. ONE. *gets depressed and starts sucking on thumb* There were SO MANY books coming out, and I've been so busy playing catch up, I forgot to ENJOY myself and read for fun. Sad, eh? I finished THE HUNT series by Andrew Fukuda and maaaaaaaan, it was EPIC. I loved it!
    I am planning on finishing more series this year. Like LEGEND by Marie Lu, or KIMBERLY DERTING's BODY FINDER. I have a few I've been wanting to read in sequence, too, so yay, fingers crossed!

    Good luck with your goals! Keep us updated on your progress :)

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    1. Good luck Evie! I have the same thing. Sometimes there are so many great books coming out - and older ones I need to catch up with.. Troubles of a reader & blogger :p

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  22. I personally don't read book 2 because I usually read book 1 as soon as it comes out and by the time book 2 is out already, I'm reading another book 1, so the whole cycle repeats.
    I'm with you on your Dan Wells, Marie Lu, and Vampire Academy goals! Hopefully I'll start the VA series this week since I just ordered the box set.
    Good luck on your goals Mel! (:

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  23. This is something I definitely need to participate in! I am so behind on several series!

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  24. Huh, I used to finish series' straight away when I was younger too - if I started a book I wouldn't stop or read anything else until I was caught up! I do always try to make progress with the series I have started...every year I make a point of moving forward with the most anticipated ones; or the ones that have been dragging too long >.< hehe Anyways personally I think it's because I want to take my time with beloved series more. When you blast through them all back to back, then it's over and I get severe book hangovers that way. I find that if I drag it out, it's less severe LOL

    Anyways, a lot of the series you caught up on in '13 and plan to read in'14 are on my TBR as well: Revenants, Assassin's Curse, Delirium, Unearthly, Everneath, Bitter Kingdom, Legend, Wither and VA...*phew* Good luck with all your goals Mel and congrats for all the series' you got caught up on in 2013 :D

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    1. That too! Sometimes I don't want it to end.. And a lot of series I want to finish aren't completely published yet. You have some good series waiting for you, good luck :D!

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  25. I prioritize reading sequels to books I enjoyed so I am rarely behind in my favorite series (sometimes it happens though, but for different reasons) But if I wasn't thrilled about the first or second book, sometimes I just lack motivation to continue the series. I want to pick up a books I think I am going to love, not something I feel like I should read because I read the books preceding it. I wasn't always like this though, before I started blogging I was more inclined to finish series, even series that I didn't really like (like Fallen by Lauren Kate). But now with Goodreads and having endless amounts of books to read, I don't feel pressure to finish if I don't feel like it.

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    1. Yes, I'm never behind on favorite series either. I already know I'll be reading books like Ruin & Rising as soon as they are published.

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