For a long time, I was terrible at finishing series. To be honest a lot of this was down to the fact that, when I reached for series, I was reaching for the books that everyone was reading instead of reaching for books I actually wanted to read, but I know Lauren Oliver’s Requiem also played a big part in me falling out of love with series.
That finale was so frustrating and disappointing that, for a few years, I lived on standalone novels and I really enjoyed it! I still love a good standalone, but over the past couple of years I’ve begun to rediscover both my love for big epic fantasies and for series. I’ve remembered that feeling of being so excited to see characters I love again.
To make sure I don’t fall back into my old habits of being a terrible finisher, today I thought I’d talk about some of the series I’d like to finish this year if I can!
The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Diviners was on my TBR for years and I finally read and loved it in October 2019, and then managed to get through Lair of Dreams, which has been my favourite book in the series so far, and Before the Devil Breaks You in 2020. The King of Crows came out last February and it’s the one finale on this list I’ve started, and I’ve liked what I’ve read so far, but I’ve been in a reading slump throughout the majority of February and I don’t want to force my way through the final book in one of my favourite series just in case my current mood makes me not like it as much as I could. I’m hoping to pick this one up again soon!
The Falconer by Elizabeth May
I read The Falconer years ago, and liked it well enough, but I only got around to reading The Vanishing Throne last year, so I’d like to get to The Fallen Kingdom before I forget everything that happened in the second book. I don’t think this series is going to be a favourite by any means but it’s enjoyable enough, and if you’re a fan of fae books this is a series that could be worth your time.
The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden
I received a copy of The Bear and the Nightingale via NetGalley, and enjoyed it, and then borrowed The Girl in the Tower from the library and finally crossed it off my TBR in January. I love Arden’s writing and the way she brings medieval Russia to life, but I think I’m going to wait until December and borrow The Winter of the Witch from the library—these books make for perfect winter reading—because while I do enjoy this series, I don’t think I love it enough to warrant buying copies of the books for my shelves.
The Divine Cities by Robert Jackson Bennett
I read both City of Stairs and City of Blades in 2019, and loved them both, but for whatever reason I still haven’t picked up City of Miracles. I think it could be because I’m not quite as interested in the point of view character in the third book, but I’m hoping I’ll be pleasantly surprised and I don’t want to leave this trilogy unfinished forever.