Series to Finish Challenge 2019 TBR

One of my 2019 resolutions is to read more of the books that I own. On my shelves are far too many complete series that I’ve read maybe one or two of and then left to languish on my shelves (I even own a couple in full that I haven’t even started yet…). I’ve picked out a few of the ones that have been sat there the longest to be the starting point for my TBR for Anna’s Series to Finish 2019 challenge.  I actually love starting series so the other challenge for me in tackling series will be ticking some off without starting too many new ones!

1)  The Curseworkers series by Holly Black

A fantasy series about…well, curseworkers. I read the first book in the series, White Cat, back in February 2013, really enjoyed it, bought the two other books in the trilogy, put them on my shelves and forgot about them.  I may re-read the first one before I read the next two because obviously I can’t remember what happened in something I read nearly 6 years ago but we’ll see.

2) The Graceling Realm series by Kristin Cashore

This is even worse!  Another fantasy series set in a world where some have ‘graces’ (talents) and there’s magic and political shenanigans. I read the first two books in the series (Graceling and Fire) in 2010 and have owned the last instalment, Bitterblue, since not long after its release in 2012.  Haven’t read it though…

3) The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde

Now this isn’t one I want to finish or even get up to date with (it’s not yet finished and there are 7 instalments out so far) but I do want to at least read one of the ones that I own. It’s an amazing series where the lead character, Thursday Next, and her fellow literary detectives can jump in and out of novels. I’ve read the first two, The Eyre Affair and Lost in a Good Plot, and own the next two so I just want to at least read those two.

4)  The Extinction Trials by S. M. Wilson

This is a slightly different example of my series hoarding activities. I loved the first one in the series (kind of a Hunger Games with dinosaurs) last year and preordered the second, intending to read it straight away. Obviously I didn’t and the third book is due out in February.  I want to read the next book by then and then if I still love the series, I’ll allow myself to buy the next one.

5)  The Kingsbridge series by Ken Follett

The Pillars of the Earth is one of my favourite books of all time. Huge, sweeping historical fiction telling the story of the building of a cathedral. It sounds dull but it’s really incredible and over a decade after I finished it I still remember it so clearly.  The next book, World Without End, has the dubious honour of being the book that I have owned unread for the longest. I’ve had it so long that I actually don’t even know when I bought it because I bought it before I started tracking my book buying and reading on Goodreads. At over 1,000 pages, reading it will be quite an undertaking but one I’m determined to get to this year.

And that’s my TBR! Let me know if you’re taking part in this challenge and what’s on your TBR if you are! Feel free to also make my problem worse by recommending other series I should be getting to 🙂

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2019

One of my main priorities for 2019 is to read some of my own books. I own 571 books that I haven’t read, which is frankly ridiculous. In 2018 so far, I have acquired 217 books and read 62. I’m fortunate enough to have a room largely dedicated to storing my books but that doesn’t mean that I need to keep filling the space with books that frankly I’m going to end up neglecting for years. So while I won’t be putting myself on any kind of ban, I am going to make a conscious effort to reduce the volume of books I buy.

As part of helping me get to the titles on my shelves, I’m going to be doing the Popsugar Reading Challenge for 2019.  There are 40 ‘regular’ prompts and 10 ‘advanced’ prompts. I actually only read 50-60 books in an average year so I doubt I’ll even get to all of the regular prompts but if I make half I’ll be happy. I might post a TBR every quarter but I haven’t decided yet…ONTO THE PROMPTS!

There are some that will be easy to tick off (multiple character POVs are super popular in fantasy and I love ghost stories, for example). Then there are some that I don’t have a clue about, like a book written by a musician or a book recommended by a celebrity I admire. No idea what I’d read for those but hopefully something I already own! There’s a GoodReads group that I’ll be raiding for recommendations as we go too and I am excited 🙂