We all know the feeling when our TBR is taller than we are, and our shelves are weighed down by unfinished titles. I have this awful habit of reading book 1 of a series, bulk purchasing the rest and just… never picking them up. I can’t carry on like this, especially when I have very little space left for new titles. I need to get through some series that take up huge chunks of a shelf and decide if they are worth keeping, and 2019 is the year of the backlist. (Or so I’ve heard). Perhaps making a list of everything will motivate me, or maybe it’ll just terrify me, but here are the series that I’ve started and just need to prioritize, push myself out of my comfort zone and get to the end so I can finally stop feeling guilty when I pick up new release after new release. I shouldn’t feel guilty, but I do. Some of these series I’ve owned for years, and just never finished. Whoops?
Fallen Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
I’ve read the first book more times than I can count, and loved it enough to pass it along to my sister to read. There’s nothing stopping me from picking up the next 3 books in the series that I own (not counting the 2 books in the companion duology I also have). Nothing at all. Apart from motivation. And time. And all the other pretty books that keep distracting me, but I really want to get back to these ones. I stare at them a lot and I keep getting so close, but I’m just intimidated by the fact that I’ve only read the first one and it’s a huge chunker of a series. BUT SO MANY PEOPLE LOVE IT SO SURELY IT’LL BE WORTH IT RIGHT??
Finding Sky by Joss Stirling
These were the books of my childhood. Soul mates, magic powers and books that fitted perfectly in my hands – I was in love. I’ve read Finding Sky so many times I’d need a calculator to sum it up, and even read Stealing Phoenix and Seeking Crystal a fair few times. But there are 3 more books that are just sitting on my shelves looking pretty. They are doing a great job of it, mind. But I didn’t buy them to just sit and gather dust. I bought them to read, and I haven’t. I know they are the perfect read for when I’m in a slump, or just not feeling emotionally healthy, which is often, so I have no reason not to fall back into the world of savants that I adore. I’ll be home soon babies, I promise.
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
I’m along with the rest of the world who feel intimidated by the ever expanding world of the shadowhunters. I’m at least 2 books behind and that’s ignoring the novellas, extras and completely-irrelevant-to-the-main-story companion titles. I was on track with this series once upon a time, but now I’m lacking. I still buy them with stubborn loyalty, and Cassie dominates almost an entire shelf with her books- but that doesn’t mean I actually read them.
An Ember in the Ashes
I read this one long ago when it was just taking flight in the YA universe, but now it is a completed trilogy that I’ve not even considered picking up for a long time. Until now, anyway. This is why these reflection posts are so important to me – they remind me what my priorities should be, and I know this series should be one of them. My need to read them increased when they got their gorgeous cover re-works, and hopefully by the end of next month I can be proud of myself and finally announce that I’ve read them. HOPEFULLY.
Those are all the ones I want to focus on!
Obviously, there are probably a thousand other series that I’ve fallen behind on, but I only wanted to mention some of the main ones. The ones that I’m ashamed I haven’t finished.
But maybe I need that shame to convince myself to pick them up, so please feel free to scream at me to finish your favourites.
Are there any here you are behind on too? Maybe a buddy read could help us both!