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*”



Kage Baker – Lord Ermenwyr trilogy = 1 down, 2 to go (and then onto the Company series)

Iain M Banks – Culture books = 3 down (but so long ago that I’ll definitely have to start from scratch), 7 to go

Marie Brennan – Memoirs of Lady Trent = 2 down, 3 to go

Steven Brust – Vlad Taltos books = 4 down (and posts still not written), 11 to go (and series not finished yet)

Lois McMaster Bujold – Vorkosigan Saga = 5 down, 11 to go

Gail Carriger – Parasol Protectorate series = 1 down, 4 to go

Becky Chambers – Wayfarers trilogy = 2 down, 1 to go

Julie Czerneda – Web Shifters trilogy = 2 down, 1 to go

Jasper Fforde – Thursday Next series = 3 down, 4 to go

Dave Freer – Dragon’s Ring duo = 1 down, 1 to go

Ursula Le Guin – Annals of the Western Shore trilogy = 1 down, 2 to go

Robin Hobb – Farseer trilogy = 1 down, 2 to go (and then onto the rest of her Realm of the Elderlings books, with plenty of stops in between so my battered heart can take a breather)

Nina Kiriki Hoffman – Chapel Hollow books = 1 down, 2 to go

Mary Robinette Kowal – Glamourist Histories = 1 down, 4 to go

Mary Robinette Kowal – Lady Astronaut books = 1 down, 2 to go (last book to be published later this year)

Garth Nix – Abhorsen series = 2 down, 3 to go

Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter – Long Earth books (which I had forgotten about completely until I saw them on Annemieke’s list) = 1 down, 4 to go

Alastair Reynolds – Revelation Space books = (I was convinced I had read more of these that I have, so it’s a very shameful) 1 down, 3 to go

Elizabeth Ann Scarborough – Argonian trilogy = 1 down, 2 to go (this is just making me so twitchy because I read book 2 to fulfil a Book Bingo requirement without realising it was the middle book in a trilogy … soooooo upset when I found out!)

Andrzej Sapkowski – Witcher series = 1 down, 8 to go

V E Schwab – Villain’s duo = 1 down, 1 to go

Tade Thompson – Molly Southbourne duo = 1 down, 1 to go

Jeff VanderMeer – Southern Reach trilogy = 2 down, 1 to go

Chris Wooding – Tales of the Ketty Jay books = 3 down, 1 to go


Comics/ Manga

John Allison, Max Sarin and Lissa Treiman – Giant Days = 2 volumes down, 12 to go (but an ongoing series, as far as I know)

Akiko Higashimura – Princess Jellyfish manga series = 6 down, 11 to go

Chihiro Ishizuka – Flying Witch manga series = 5 down, 3 to go (still ongoing?)

Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda – 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?








18 thoughts on “The Great Series Read Project

  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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    1. 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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