Series I Started, Finished, or Continued in 2018

Today, I thought I’d discuss some of the series I read this year. There were a few on my list I didn’t get to (namely, the rest of The Raven Cycle and The Memoirs of Lady Trent), but I still managed to read books that are part of quite a few series. Get ready for a long post.

Here are the series I started, finished, or continued this year:

Red Rising by Pierce Brown. It’s no secret I love this series. This year, I not only read the original trilogy, but I continued with Iron Gold, which was released in January and the companion graphic novel, Sons of Ares. There will be at least two more books in this series, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. At the end of 2017, I finally reread The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, having first read it in high school. I’d never read past the first book, until this year. And I’m pleased to say that, as of yesterday, I have completed the entire series (well, the ones written by Adams). I read books two through five this year. While I didn’t love them as much as the first book, I did enjoy all of them.

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor. I read the first book in this trilogy early this year, and absolutely loved it. Unfortunately, I didn’t quite get around to the other books, but I have them on my bookshelf, and am definitely planning on continuing soon.

Area X by Jeff Vandermeer. I read Annihilation months ago, and I’m honestly still undecided as to whether or not I plan on continuing. This book was weird. And while I don’t think it was bad, I also don’t think it was quite interesting enough to hook me. What do you think? Should I keep reading this series?

The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller. This series doesn’t technically have a name yet, but I did read the first book, which I loved. It is such a great mix of historical fiction and fantasy. I am excited for book two, and think this might be a new favorite series.

Frankie Sheehan by Olivia Kiernan. Detective novels aren’t something I gravitate towards, but I took a chance on the first book in this series, Too Close to Breathe, when the publisher reached out to me. And I’m glad I did, because I really enjoyed it! I will likely continue with this series when the next book comes out.

Aven Cycle by Case Morris. Unfortunately, I didn’t love the first book in this series, From Unseen Fire, as much as I was expecting. But, I think that might just be due to when I read it. I’m a mood reader, and I think I pushed myself to read this when I wasn’t feeling it, because I had to get a review up. I think my plan here is to give this a reread when I’m in the mood for it and then see if I’d like to continue the series. Because I liked the story and the writing, and I’m not sure what didn’t work for me.

Six Tudor Queens by Alison Weir. This is one of my favorite series. I absolutely love every book in it so far. This year, I read book three, which centers on Jane Seymour. It was such a great novel, and I will definitely be continuing this series as soon as I get the chance (or when the next book comes out in May).

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. I had a lot of fun reading this book. It was such a unique story, and kind of felt like a guilty pleasure reality show. To be honest, even though I enjoyed this book, I’m not completely sold on continuing this series. It might happen eventually.

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart. This was a pretty solid YA fantasy novel. And I’m pretty picky about young adult fiction, especially fantasy. I’m going to see how I feel about this series when the sequel comes out. If I don’t remember anything about this book by then, I likely won’t continue. This might have been a good series to binge-read once all the books have been released.

The Lady Janies by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi AshtonMy Plain Jane wasn’t quite as good as My Lady Jane, but it was still really great. I also love that each book in this series is it’s own story, so I don’t have to remember too much. Will definitely continue this one!

Remembrance of Earth’s Past by Cixin Liu. I read the first two books in this series, The Three Body Problem and The Dark Forest, this year. I enjoyed the first one quite a bit, but the second one lacked a lot that I enjoyed about the story. I might push myself through the third book just so I can say I finished the series, but I’m not that excited about it.

I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young. This year, I read the final two installments of this series, and really enjoyed them. These comics are just so much fun! They remind me of Candyland and Wreck it Ralph, but with a lot of violence and gore. I’m sad that this series is over, and would continue if I could. But I’ll definitely read more by Skottie Young.

Wayward Children by Seanan McGuire. This year, I read Beneath the Sugar Sky, which is the third book in this series. Even though it was my least favorite of the series so far, I still loved it. So I’ll definitely keep reading as many books as we get from this world (or worlds).

Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda. I finally read Monstress! I loved the first volume, and added the rest of the series to my Christmas list. And if I don’t get them, I plan on buying them for myself for read soon. Because I need to keep reading.

Cassidy Blake by Victoria Schwab. I don’t read that much middle grade, but I’ll read anything Schwab writes. And I actually enjoyed this one a lot. It was such a good story, and it reminded me of how great middle grade fiction can be. I am definitely planning on continuing this series, and need to find some kids to recommend this to.

Villains by V. E. Schwab. Clearly, this was the year of Victoria Schwab. I loved my reread of Vicious. And I did really like Vengeful as well. To be fair, I read this right at the beginning of an epic reading slump, so I wasn’t quite as into it as I wanted to be. I think I’m going to revisit this one soon, because I feel like it’s something I should have loved more than I did. I’m not sure if this series is going to continue – it’s likely – but if it does, I’ll definitely be reading more.

The Archived by Victoria Schwab. I’m so glad I finished The Unbound, finally! This is definitely a favorite YA series, and I think I liked the second book even more than the first. There is a third book planned, and I am excited to read it whenever we get more of this story.

That’s it for this post! I’m excited by all the series I got to this year, and am looking forward to getting more of these stories.

What was your favorite series this year?

4 thoughts on “Series I Started, Finished, or Continued in 2018

  1. I’m also debating whether to continue Area X by Jeff Vandermeer! I did enjoy Annihilation (and the movie adaptation as well), but I don’t really have a desire to continue the series? I think I’m fine with how the movie ended, to be honest.

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