The Great Series Read Project


This is the beautiful brainchild of Caitlin over at Realms of My Mind. As it is both a list (squeee) and a project (double squeee) I was super-keen when I first read about it. But I procrastinated. People I admire jumped aboard and I procrastinated some more. Then I made my list. I was horrified. Here I am.

This feels as much like a confession of my inadequacy as a reader as it does an exciting new project. If it weren’t for others admitting to the same tendency (imyril of There’s Always Room for One More, Lisa from Dear Geek Place, Jason of Off the TBR, and Annemieke from A Dance with Books), I wouldn’t be here. In fact, I felt a strong urge to begin this post with: “Hi, I’m Book Forager and I don’t finish what I start … *hangs head in shame*”



Joe Abercrombie’s world of The First Law:

The Blade Itself

Before They Are Hanged

Last Argument of Kings

Best Served Cold

The Heroes

Red Country


Kage Baker’s Lord Ermenwyr trilogy:

The Anvil of the World

The House of the Stag

The Bird of the River

(and then onto the Company series)


Iain M Banks’ Culture books:

Three down and seven to go, but so long ago now that I really want to start from scratch


Aliette de Bodard’s Dominion of the Fallen series:

The House of Shattered Wings

The House of Binding Thorns

The House of Sundering Flames

Of Dragons, Feasts and Murders


Aliette de Bodard’s Xuya Universe novellas:

Seven of Infinities

The Tea Master and the Detective

The Citadel of Weeping Pearls

(Not to mention short stories aplenty to be found and devoured)


Libba Bray’s The Diviners:

The Diviners

Lair of Dreams

Before the Devil Breaks You

The King of Crows


Marie Brennan’s Memoirs of Lady Trent:

A Natural History of Dragons

The Tropic of Serpents

The Voyage of the Basilisk

In the Labyrinth of Drakes

Within the Sanctuary of Wings


Steven Brust’s Vlad Taltos series:

Brust has yet to complete this series, so while I’m mentioning it, I’m not too worried about finishing it just yet. Fifteen of the proposed nineteen books have been published and I’ve read the first four (Jhereg, Yendi, Teckla and Taltos).


Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga:

Cordelia’s Honor (collecting Shards of Honor and Barrayar together)

Then I’ve read four more in this series, but plan to go back and read them in publication order and post about them. Eventually.


Becky Chambers’ Wayfarers books:

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet

A Closed and Common Orbit

Record of a Spaceborn Few

The Galaxy and the Ground Within


Julie E Czerneda’s Web Shifters trilogy: *Completed 2020*

Beholder’s Eye

Changing Vision

Hidden in Sight


Dave Freer’s Dragon’s Ring duology: *Completed 2020*

Dragon’s Ring

Dog and Dragon


Ursula Le Guin’s Annals of the Western Shore trilogy:




And then everything else that Le Guin has written that I haven’t yet read.


Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings books:

Assassin’s Apprentice

Yep, it’s a poor start I’ve made on this behemoth collection of books. And there’ll be plenty of stops along the way so my battered heart can take a breather. I don’t expect to be done before I’m ninety.


Nina Kiriki Hoffman’s Chapel Hollow trilogy: *Completed 2021*

The Thread that Binds the Bones

The Silent Strength of Stones

Spirits that Walk in Shadow


Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist Histories:

Shades of Milk and Honey

Glamour in Glass

Without a Summer

Valour and Vanity

Of Noble Family


Mary Robinette Kowal’s Lady Astronaut books:

The Calculating Stars

The Fated Sky

The Relentless Moon

… and more still to come?


Garth Nix’s Abhorsen series:




The Creature in the Case




Ada Palmer’s Terra Ignota quadrilogy:

Too Like the Lightning

Seven Surrenders

The Will to Battle

Perhaps the Stars


Elizabeth Ann Scarborough’s Argonian books:

Song of Sorcery

The Unicorn Creed

Bronwyn’s Bane

The Christening Quest

The Dragon, the Witch and the Railroad

(This is just making me so twitchy because I read book 2 to fulfil a Book Bingo requirement without realising it was the second book in a series … soooooo upset when I found out!)


Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher series:

I’ve read Blood of Elves. I plan to read the rest. In time. If I get bored. Or run out of things to read.


Tade Thompson’s Molly Southbourne books:

The Murders of Molly Southbourne

The Survival of Molly Southbourne

The Legacy of Molly Southbourne


Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy:





Chris Wooding’s Tales of the Ketty Jay:

Retribution Falls

The Black Lung Captain

The Iron Jackal

The Ace of Skulls


Comics/ Manga

John Allison, Max Sarin and Lissa Treiman’s Giant Days – 3 volumes down, 11 to go

Joe Benitez and co’s Lady Mechanika – 4 down, 3 to go (and the series has been picked up by Image Comics, so more to come – yay!)

Akiko Higashimura’s Princess Jellyfish manga series – 7 down, 2 to go

Chihiro Ishizuka’s Flying Witch manga series – 6 down, 3 to go (ongoing series?)

Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s Monstress – 2 volumes down, 2 to go (another ongoing series)

Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga – 2 volumes down, 7 to go (and then who knows? Vaughan and Staples having taken an indefinite break from the series)


I don’t think I have the self-discipline to dedicate a monthly reading slot to chipping away at this project, or to stick with one series until I’m through before moving onto another. So I will just pick them off as and when I’m in the mood. It feels pretty good to have them all written down in one place, though. And if anyone is up for buddy reading something on the list, or just wants some company along the way, I’d be happy to oblige.

As for candidate series, that I’d like to read but haven’t started yet, if I made a list of all of them there wouldn’t be enough space in this corner of the internet for anything else. Let’s just focus on one of my failures at a time, shall we?




  1. My advice would be to start with the series that you only have 1 or 2 still to go, that way you get some positive momentum by crossing off a series instead of just reducing a number.

    Best of luck 🙂

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    • Have just read your reviews for each of the Annals books and loved them. I did not make the connection between the talent of unmaking and that of poetry, but it seems so obvious now that you’ve pointed it out.
      Beautifully written, Calmgrove. Thank you for sharing. 🙂


  2. Trilogies I can finish, even if it takes me three years. Anything longer than a trilogy I suck at finishing. it’s not that I get sick of the series, the opposite in fact – i do not want it to end. and if i read the last book, it will be over.

    I’m binge reading Baker’s Company books right now, as more therapy than anything.

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  3. Welcome to the Hall of Shamelessness. You are in good company. We’ll work on this project together, with much cheering along the way. And we’ll almost certainly end up with longer lists than we start with 😉

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  4. I love the Wayfarers books! And Robin Hobb too (although yes -sometimes you need a breather- she is HARD on her characters!).

    I really need to read Revelation Space as well.

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  5. I see so many great looking books on your list. Someday I will get the lady trent books.
    And I’m the same. I am not conciously carving a space for it in my monthly tbrs or anything. Just seeing where I end up at the end of the year and having it be very confronting haha.

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