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:
Before They Are Hanged
Last Argument of Kings
Best Served Cold
Kage Baker’s Lord Ermenwyr trilogy:
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 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
(Not to mention short stories aplenty to be found and devoured)
Libba Bray’s The Diviners:
Before the Devil Breaks You
The King of Crows
Marie Brennan’s Memoirs of Lady Trent:
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 Galaxy and the Ground Within
Julie E Czerneda’s Web Shifters trilogy: *Completed 2020*
Dave Freer’s Dragon’s Ring duology: *Completed 2020*
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:
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*
Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist Histories:
Glamour in Glass
Without a Summer
Valour and Vanity
Of Noble Family
Mary Robinette Kowal’s Lady Astronaut books:
The Fated Sky
The Relentless Moon
… and more still to come?
Garth Nix’s Abhorsen series:
Ada Palmer’s Terra Ignota quadrilogy:
The Will to Battle
Perhaps the Stars
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough’s Argonian books:
Song of Sorcery
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 Legacy of Molly Southbourne
Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy:
Chris Wooding’s Tales of the Ketty Jay:
The Ace of Skulls
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?