Recently I was watching a booktube video from Justine @ I Should Read That and she mentioned that she had spent December trying to clear up her unfinished series. You know what I mean, those series that you started to read and just haven’t gotten around to finishing even though you really intend to.
So, I got in my head that I need to do a series cleanup. In 2022, I want to complete reading the series I have sitting unfinished on my shelves. Or, as a couple on this list aren’t part of a completed series, I want to read the remaining books that are already published.
Happily, as I was compiling this list, it turns out I don’t have quite as many unfinished series as I thought I did so I feel like it is absolutely reasonable to tidy this all up by the end of 2022.
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- Liberte (Enchantee #2) by Gita Trelease – When I read the first book in this series, Enchantee, I fell in love with the author’s writing. The story is set in an alternate history revolution era France where magic exists in various degrees. A young woman and her sister just want a better life away from their abusive family and the elder sister finds the means to change her appearance and walks into Versailles and all their fortunes are changed. The first book was lovely and I know Liberte will be as well.
- Ember Queen (Ash Princess #3) by Laura Sebastian – Look, I have mixed feelings about this one. The first book in the series, Ash Princess, was okay. It had a lot of potential so I had hope for Lady Smoke which is the second book. Ya’ll, Lady Smoke was terrible but I finished it. I’m not overly excited to dive into this third one so it has just set on my shelves for a while now. However, I read the first two books in the series and it is annoying me having the third one there staring at me.
- Soul of Stars (Heart of Iron #2) by Ashley Poston – This is an instance of I read the first book, Heart of Iron, and it was pretty good. Nothing to really write home about but it was entertaining enough so I got the second book. It has been sitting on my shelf since 2019. I mean, I really need to get to this. I am not even really sure why I haven’t yet.
- Ravage the Dark (Scavenge the Stars #2) by Tara Sim – While I had the first book of this duology, Scavenge the Stars, through a book box near its release date I hadn’t read it until I won Scavenge the Stars in a giveaway from the author. I really enjoyed Scavenge and am genuinely looking forward to Ravage. I think it is going to be a great read. Sim’s new novel, City of Dusk, is out in March.
- Fugitive Telemetry (The Murderbot Diaries #6) by Martha Wells – This one is absolutely a no brainer for me. I fell in love with the Murderbot series late in 2021 thanks to Judith @ Dead Good Book Reviews and, I swear, I don’t think I have ever loved a series or a character more. I finished the 5th book in this sci-fi series as my first read of 2022 and gave it five stars, this 6th installment is going to be in my hands very soon!
- The Bone Shard Emperor (The Drowning Empire #2) by Andrea Stewart – I read the first book in this series, The Bone Shard Daughter, in early 2021 and enjoyed it well enough. At the time I was tumbling head first into a reading slump which I think effected of my enjoyment quite a bit. But, I did recently buy the second book in this series and, ya’ll, she thicc. I do still want to read this next book in the series but it isn’t as high on my priority list as some of the others.
- Court of Lions (Mirage #2) by Somaiya Daud – When I read the first book in this series I fell in love. For a YA SFF it is relatively short but it was written in a way that there was no excess hanging on. Every page, every paragraph, every word had a purpose that fed the whole and it made the story feel so well rounded. Court of Lions has been sitting on my shelf for several months now and I really want to get to it. Honestly, I’ve been putting it off because I was really bitter about the cover art change between the two books in this duology but that is just me being petty. It isn’t the author’s fault.
- Bone Criers Dawn (Bone Grace #2) by Kathryn Purdie – At the beginning of the pandemic, I was looking for some escapism and picked up my OwlCrate copy of Bone Crier’s Moon. I found it to be peak YA fantasy escapism and really enjoyed losing myself in the story. I picked up a copy of the second book when it came out and have been wanting to read it but I’ve been letting my mind get in the way. What if I don’t enjoy it as much? What if it spoils my love of the first book? Well, enough of that nonsense. It is time to read this!
- The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman – Several years ago now, I fell for The Invisible Library and found myself getting lost in those books with regularity. Currently, I am a couple books behind in the series (mostly because I keep rereading the first five) and need to play catch up. I do own up until the current release, The Untold Story, and fully intend to find myself lost in this world throughout the year. Irene is one of the most interesting protagonists I have ever read and I love sitting down and just spending time with her.
- We Free the Stars (Sands of Arawiya #2) by Hafsah Faizal – We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal is one of my favorite books. I’ve read it twice, once physically and once as audio, and it is one of those stories that just makes me feel good. It is another series I started during the start of the pandemic and the escapism this story provides is perfect. However, for some reason I just haven’t been able to push myself to dive into this second book. I’m not sure what is stopping me. Maybe because she is a little longer than my typical read? I’m not positive but it is time to fall back into this wonderful world.
- The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves #2) by Roshani Chokshi – I don’t even know what I’m doing with myself anymore. The Gilded Wolves was a really good book and I have very fond memories of reading it and yet…I have the next two books of the series sitting on my shelf. Untouched. What is going on? I’m annoyed at myself. Not only is this fantasy story great but the covers are absolutely gorgeous. Finishing off this series is definitely on my to-do list for 2022.
- Sword in the Stars (Once & Future #2) by A.R. Capetta and Cory McCarthy – When I read the first book in this duology back in 2019, it was the first time I had read a mass publication that very openly featured LGBTQIA+ characters. It was revelation to me to see such a vast array of characters and identities on page and I absolutely loved it. The second book came out and I was in the middle of a horrible reading slump so my copy got tucked onto my shelves to be (accidentally) forgotten. I think I need to reread the first book in this duology before I dive directly into the second one but I certainly want to clear this one up this year.
Do you actually finish series that you start? Is there a particular way you keep track of a series you are in the middle of? I’d love to know because I had forgotten about a couple of these before I started making this post…
Happy reading! 🖤