Series I could (realistically) finish this year!

After several years of reading mainly standalones, which I really enjoyed, 2018 was the year I got back into series after too many disappointing YA trilogies put me off. In fact I surprised myself by finishing four series in 2018: The Parasol Protectorate series; The Broken Earth trilogy; the Six of Crows duology; The Abyss Surrounds Us duology.


I’d love to continue to finish some series in 2019! In fact I challenged myself to read three at the beginning of the year – and I finished one in January when I finally read the Grisha trilogy! – so today I thought I’d share some of the series I could realistically finish this year! That means series I’m already part-way through, or series I haven’t started yet that aren’t 32 books long. Essentially, I don’t want to stress myself out with an unrealistic goal.

Over the past year I discovered I particularly love duologies, so you can expect to see a few here!

The Memoirs of Lady Trent by Marie Brennan; narrated by Kate Reading


A Natural History of Dragons; The Tropic of Serpents; Voyage of the Basilisk; In the Labyrinth of Drakes; Within the Sanctuary of Wings

Total books in series: 5 | Books read: 3

Fun fact: the first time I tried reading this series, I DNF’d the first book. Then last January I gave the audiobook, narrated by the fabulous Kate Reading, a try, and I’ve been in love with the series ever since. This series speaks to the little girl in me who was obsessed with dinosaurs, and I’m currently listening to the fourth book so I should definitely get this series finished this year!

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig


The Girl From Everywhere; The Ship Beyond Time

Total books in series: 2 | Books read: 1

I read The Girl From Everywhere a few years ago now and I really enjoyed it – the concept was such an original take on time travel, and I loved how Heilig captured 19th century Hawaii – and for some reason I’ve never got around to the second book despite owning it since its release. As it’s a piratey book, I think I’ll aim to cross it off my TBR this summer!

Glamourist Histories by Mary Robinette Kowal


Shades of Milk and Honey; Glamour in Glass; Without a Summer; Valour and Vanity; Of Noble Family

Total books in series: 5 | Books read: 3

This series isn’t a favourite by any means, although I do love a fantasy of manners, but these books are such pleasant, easy reads that I think I’ll easily finish this series this year. I think it’s a series that gets better with each book, too. Again, this is a series I might save for the summer when I’m in the mood for a Regency romp. If you’re a Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer fan, you’d probably like this series!

Eliana’s Song by Naomi Kritzer


Fires of the Faithful; Turning the Storm

Total books in series: 2 | Books read: 0

I discovered this duology earlier this year while on the search for f/f fantasy, and it ticks quite a lot of my boxes: it’s f/f fantasy, a duology, Italian-inspired fantasy, and it features religious conflict, which always fascinates me in a novel. I’ve since seen really good things about Naomi Kritzer and this duology, so I’m planning to read it this year.

Stream Raiders by Sara Raasch


These Rebel Waves; These Divided Shores

Total books in series: 2 | Books read: 0

This is probably the series I’m least sure of, and the one series here that hasn’t finished yet as These Divided Shores isn’t out until August. I received a copy of These Rebel Waves in a Fairyloot box last year and I hadn’t heard of it before then, nor have I read anything by Sara Raasch, but there’s something about this book that makes me think I’m really going to enjoy it. It’s one of those books that just gives me a feeling. All I know about it is that it’s inspired by the Spanish Inquisition, and that really intrigues me, and if I do enjoy These Rebel Waves as much as I think I will then I’ll be eagerly anticipating These Divided Shores.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor


Strange the Dreamer; Muse of Nightmares

Total books in series: 2 | Books read: 1

I finished Strange the Dreamer earlier this month and loved it so much more than I expected to. I’ve already pre-ordered the paperback copy of Muse of Nightmares, which is out next month, and I’m really excited to finish this series!

Are there any series you’re hoping to finish this year? Which series have you been meaning to finish for a while? Let me know down below!


6 thoughts on “Series I could (realistically) finish this year!

  1. ofwishesandpages says:

    I’ve been meaning to get to the Memoirs of Lady Trent series, as it sounds amazing, but I’ve been putting it off for some reason? Now that you’ve mentioned audiobooks though, I am there for it, I need to get started on it ASAP! I’m hoping to get caught up on A Song of Ice and Fire (there is no way to finish the series as we don’t know if it will ever be finished *nervous laughter*), as I’ve only read two books so far and to finish another one of Robin Hobb’s trilogies!

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    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      I still need to read Robin Hobb! Every year I tell myself I’m going to read Assassin’s Apprentice and then I never quite get to it – I really do want to read some of her work this year, though. 🙂 The audiobooks of the Lady Trent series are SO good – the narrator, Kate Reading, is amazing and really brings the heroine to life, so I definitely recommend checking them out.


    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      I know what you mean – I haven’t felt particularly compelled to read The Ship Beyond Time, but I enjoyed The Girl From Everywhere enough that I’d like to check it out eventually. 🙂


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