I learned about the Series to Finish Challenge right here on WordPress. Basically, you challenge yourself to finish some book series over the course of 2020. It doesn’t matter how many books you have left in the series. It could be 1 or (as in my case) 13. You can pick any series, so long as the series is completed.
Most people I’m following seem to have chosen between 3 and 5 series to finish. I’m going with 3, because the first one on my list is a doozy.
Here are the series I aim to finish in 2020! Wish me luck!
Series 1: Wheel of Time By Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
I’ve only read the first one and part of the second one. There are 14 books in the series, not including the prequel, which I will also be including in this challenge. Fantasy booktuber Daniel Greene advises reading the prequel after book five.
So, I have to finish Books 2-4: ‘The Great Hunt’ ‘The Dragon Reborn’ and ‘The Shadow Rising.’
Book 5, ‘The Fires of Heaven’
The prequel, ‘New Spring’
Books 6-14: ‘Lord of Chaos’ ‘A Crown of Swords’ ‘The Path of Daggers’ ‘Winter’s Heart’ ‘Crossroads of Twilight’ ‘Knife of Dreams’ ‘The Gathering Storm’ ‘Towers of Midnight’ and ‘Memory of Light’
My cat Leo wants to show off the gorgeous hardcover ‘Crossroads of Twilight’ that we got for only a buck at a library sale. I freaking love library sales.
If I ever manage to make it through the 4 million plus words (not kidding. Neither Jordan nor Sanderson are known for their brevity), then I’ll move on to the other series I’d like to finish this year.
Series 2: Unwind by Neil Shusterman
I loved book one and I’m about halfway through book two right now. I need to knock out books 2, 3, 4, and also spin-off books 1.5 and 4.5.
I absolutely adore the first book and the second one is great so far. It’s by far the most interesting dystopian world I’ve ever seen and I’m not usually a dystopia reader. Or a YA reader. But these books are so damn good, it doesn’t matter. I’ll defect from the adult genre for a great concept.
Speaking of YA, the final series on my list is a YA classic.
Series 3: The Time Quintet by Madeleine L’Engle
As with the other two series, I’ve only read the first. I really loved it. I didn’t read it when I was a kid though. Somehow I never crossed paths with this book as a kid. Maybe I was too distracted by Harry Potter. But since it’s a classic of Christian fantasy/YA Fantasy, I decided I should read it.
I rented the audiobook through my library’s Overdrive app and spent the past couple of weeks listening to it on my lunch break. I just rented the second book through the same app.
I only recently discovered the joys of audiobooks and I’m loving how easy it is to cram more books into my life. I can play books while driving, eating, cooking, dying my hair. It’s awesome. Even when I’m doing something where my hands or eyes are busy, I can still ‘read’ books. I think I’ll knock this series out pretty quick with my library’s audiobooks.
I have to read books 2-5: ‘A Wind in the Door’ ‘A Swiftly Tilting Planet’ ‘Many Waters’ and ‘An Acceptable Time.’
So, that’s it! My series goals for this challenge are to read a total of 14 books from the Wheel of Time Series, a total of 5 books from the Unwind Series, and 4 books from the Time Quintet.
I noticed a few similarities among these series. They are all speculative. Two are fantasy and one is Sci-Fi. Two are YA, which is unusual for me. I usually prefer adult fiction, but I’m not averse to books for younger readers. And finally, two are classics of the fantasy genre. I’m trying to read a lot more beloved fantasy classics, so that I can grow in my own fantasy writing.
What about you? Are you thinking of completing the 2020 Series Challenge? Which series will you finish? And do you see any similarities among the series you picked?
Have you read any of the series that I picked? No spoilers! But what did you think of them?
My husband is reading Wheel of Time with me, and I have one internet friend who loves the Unwind series. Other than that, I haven’t had much opportunity to discuss these books with anybody, so feel free to share your thoughts in the comments! I look forward to hearing from you 🙂