Wednesday, October 5, 2016

September Series Update (Includes Spreadsheets!)

I really liked posting my previous series update, so I'm going to continue posting about the series I'm reading! It's making me feel very organized. Though that may be because of the spreadsheet I created...

(I'm a big fan of spreadsheets, in case you don't know yet.☺)

I'm using it to keep track of the series I'm making progress in this year and prioritizing the ones I want to continue. I have a scale from 5 to 1 (1 being Wait if I have to wait for the next book to release). At the bottom are series I finished and then series I've decided to quit. Then I have color coded cells and notes for novellas and some release dates and oh, this is really fun to work with. *insert heart eyes*
The dark blue cell is supposed to be green since I'm not reading Morrigan's Cross anymore.

Anyway, let's get to the actual update. . . . Like last time, the first section is sorted by priority.

Series Progress
Circle Trilogy by Nora Roberts
Current Length: 3
Read: 1
Series status: Finished!
Notes: This series is one of Holly's absolute FAVORITES, so of course I'm trying it out. The first book is pretty good! I have the rest of the series and will be working on them this month and November.

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa (translated by Akira Watanabe)
Current Length: 27
Read: 11
Series status: Finished!
Notes: I'm really enjoying this series! It departed from the FMA plot pretty early on, which doesn't bother me at all. I like the differences. I should be finishing this series before the end of the year, but that depends on availability of the library copies.

Addicted/Calloway Sisters by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Current Length: 10
Read: 3
Series status: Finished!
Notes: I meant to read Kiss the Sky, too, but apparently I'm stretching this series out. A lot of people like to binge-read these books, but it takes a lot of my energy to prepare for each book. THEY'RE EMOTIONAL. And mind-blowingly great, so I'm going to take my time with these books. ☺

Dreamland by E.J. Mellow
Current Length: 2
Read: 1
Series status: Book 3 is releasing this month. There's also a novella that I want to read.
Notes: I discovered The Dreamer in September (thanks to Sarah's review) and quickly got my hands on a copy and read it! It approaches the dreamworld concept really well. I'm hoping to finish this series before the end of the year as well.

Current Length: 6
Read: 1
Series status: The author is working on the 7th!
Notes: THERE'S SO MUCH MORE TO READ. I don't think I can fit the sequel in this month, but maybe November? I want to make sure I continue this soon so I don't get in the habit to keep pushing it back.

Greatcoats by Sebastien De Castell
Current Length: 3
Read: 1
Series status: The 4th books releases in 2017.
Notes: Traitor's Blade is GREAT. I don't know when I'll get a hold of the sequel, though, so I'm not sure when I'll be picking the series back up.

Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
Current Length: 3
Read: 1
Series status: This one is finished, though there's a lot of follow-up series in the same world.
Notes: I liked the first book, though it wasn't the easiest read for me. The sequel was on my October TBR, but I've pushed it back a little because I know it'll take awhile to read.

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynn Jones
Current Length: 3
Read: 1
Series status: Finished!
Notes: I didn't like Howl's Moving Castle as much as the film, so I'm not that eager to continue the series. It's one of my best friend's favorite series, though, so I have a feeling she'll eventually get me to finish it.

Series I Finished
Castles Ever After by Tessa Dare

These historical romances were really fun! They had a great romantic comedy movie vibe to them. I adored the characters, humor, and romances. My favorite is Say Yes to the Marquess followed by a tie between When a Scot Ties the Knot and Romancing the Duke.

Frigid by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I think this is the first Jennifer L. Armentrout series I've finished . . . huh. They're my least favorite books by her so far, though. I liked them, but they weren't anything special.

Unfinished Series I Caught Up On
The Others by Anne Bishop

I absolutely LOVE the first book! The second book is great, as is the third one. I struggled with the fourth. My main complaints are that 1) things get repetitive with meeting after meeting after meeting, 2) with each book, the cast of characters gets bigger and harder to keep track of, and 3) with the addition of SO MANY OTHER CHARACTERS, it seems like Meg gets fewer and fewer scenes. I miss her!

The Miscellaneous Category
Read First Book, But Won't Be Continuing Series

Air Awakens by Elise Kova

This should be in the won't be continuing list, but I still might give the sequel a try. Before anyone says that I should definitely continue the series, I should say that I have something negative to say about every single aspect of the book and that I had a very bad experience reading it.

2016 Releases That Kick Off Series I Intend to Continue

Fresh Romance (comic anthology)

This was a fun read! I liked the artwork and the various stories. "School Spirit" and "The Ruby Equation" were my favorites.

What I'm Hoping to Read This Month
I have a second spreadsheet for my Series TBR. :D It currently has most of the series I'm hoping to start/continue this month. Caraval is on my October TBR. As you can tell from the screenshot, I'm borrowing a LOT of books right now, so they are a higher priority than FMA, the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series, The Circle Trilogy, and the Dreamland series. I also plan to catch up on the Saga graphic novels. ☺

Whoops. I forgot to remove Dreamland since it made it onto the other sheet...

What series have you been working on lately?

Happy Reading! ~ Kaitlin ☺

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