Book Series I Need to Catch up On

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I have this problem... I LOVE book series. I know a lot of people will prefer standalone books to series just because these days stories are getting unnecessarily stretched out into trilogies for financial reasons, but I will admit: I am part of why this problem exists. The thing is, when I really love a book I want to spend more time with the characters and in the world the author created. That's not to say I don't end up disappointed by book series—I would say that most of the time nothing lives up to the thrill of the first book for me, but I can't help wanting more. That results in me wanting to start NEW book series... pretty much all the time. Which also means I'm constantly in the middle of multiple series, and that just irks me on a personal level—I really don't like leaving things unfinished. So, I have decided to dedicate the rest of this year to tying up loose ends and getting caught up on everything I'm in the middle of. You will see some of those in my upcoming Summer TBR post, but here are ALL of the books...

1. Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman (books left to read: 2)

I don't know why I haven't finished this series yet. I loved Unwind, and really liked UnWholly, but somehow I never ended up starting the third one. I finished the second book back in 2012, so it's about time I got back into this, before I forget what the cliffhanger was.

2. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (books left to read: 4)

OK, I actually know what happened here—a bad audiobook narrator. I had a great time reading City of Bones (review here) and City of Ashes (review here), but for some reason decided to listen to City of Glass. Bad move, I couldn't stand the narrator—everything sounded so cheesy, and her version of male voices was ridiculous. I couldn't even finish the book! So, I will be re-reading that one before I continue further.

3. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (books left to read: 3)

This is my most recent book series endeavor—I just reviewed the first book, Cinder, in my previous post. Though I had some problems with it, I still am very interested to continue reading. I don't want to lose momentum with this book series, and I want to make sure I catch up before the next book comes out this fall, so I will be reading the rest very soon. 

4. Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce (books left to read: 2)

Remember how I said I was going to get back to reading this series a year ago? Yea, that's yet to happen. I read Alanna: The First Adventure and In the Hand of the Goddess back in 2013, and really enjoyed them, so I have no idea what's taking me so long. I think part of it is that there is always something higher on my priority list, but I'm making a point of finishing this series this year.

5. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin (books left to read: 2)

This is a series I'm currently making a lot of progress on. After I'm done with A Storm of Swords (which may take some time, since it's a quite lengthy novel), I will only have 2 books left until I am all caught up. Needless to say, I'm absolutely loving the series. You can see my reviews of the first two books here and here.

6. Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata (books left to read: 6)

This actually sounds scarier than it is, because Death Note is a manga series. I read half of it a while ago, and though I was really enjoying it, it took an unexpected turn I wasn't on board with, so I decided to take a break. I do want to find out how everything ends, and since it's not going to take me a long time, I suspect I will marathon the rest of the series very soon. 

7. Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind (books left to read: 10?!)

OK, now this one IS a little scary... However, if this series starts going downhill, I won't worry about finishing it. I read Wizard's First Rule a few years ago, and I felt a little conflicted about it. On one hand, I enjoyed the world building and the variety of characters, as well as how dark of a story this actually turned out to be. On the other hand, I had a little trouble getting into the writing itself, so it took me longer than necessary to finish the first book. Basically, we'll see how this goes, but I would like to at least try to finish this beast of a series.

That's quite a long list of books, so I better get back to reading.
Is there a book series or two you want to finish soon?

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