Saturday, 25 April 2015

Series that I have completed

Most times I consider myself more of a standalone books kind of person, however that doesn't mean I haven't been reading series. After seeing some Bookstagrammers showing their finished series I got curious, how many series had I completed? Turns out I have 'completed' 13 series. It's not as much as some others, but it's more than I had expected!

Completed series:

Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead
Read: Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound & Last Sacrifice.
I've read all the main books, I've not read any novella's/short stories. I have not started the Bloodlines series, but definitely plan to do so, I really enjoyed the Vampire Academy series!

The Assassin's Curse - Cassandra Rose Clarke
Read: The Assassin's Curse & The Pirate's Wish.
I've read both main books, haven't read the short stories.
I really enjoyed this series, but do feel like it might better had it been one bigger book instead of a duology.

Percy Jackson and the Last Olympians - Rick Riordan
Read: The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth & The Last Olympian.
I've read all of the main books, but again none of the short stories. I did really enjoy this series (though the second book slightly less), but at this point in time I'm not planning on reading the spin-off series The Heroes of Olympus.

A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket
Read: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window, The Miserable Mill, The Austere Academy, The Ersatz Elevator, The Vile Village, The Hostile Hospital, The Carnivorous Carnival, The Slippery Slope, The Grim Grotto, The Penultimate Peril & The End.
The longest series on this list & while some where better than others  I really enjoyed this series! Wish I had known about it when I was younger..

Alice In Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Read: Alice's Adventures In Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found there.
One of my favourites ever! I think I do prefer Alice's Adventures In Wonderland over Through the Looking-Glass, but both are amazing!

Maus - Art Spiegelman
Read: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History & And Here My Troubles Began.
Actually read this in the one volume edition; The Complete Maus. WWII/war stories in general can be a bit hit or miss for me. The ones I like I really love, but then there are also the ones I dislike. A lot. Luckily Maus fits that first category, It's so good! I loved how this was told in graphic novel format and how the people where represented by animals.

Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
Read: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner & Breaking Dawn.
This is a bit of a guilty pleasure kind of read for me. I really enjoyed reading Twilight, though at the same time there are definitely quite a lot of problems with the books. I've read all the main books and one of the short stories. (Only read that one because it happened to come in the boxset with my other books..)

The Hunger Games -Suzanne Collins
Read: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire & Mockingjay
I love this series! That said, it also was my first dystopian and one of the first YA books I read, so that might have influenced my opinion a little since I wasn't able to really compare to other books..

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling
Read: HP and the Philosopher's Stone, HP and the Chamber of Secrets, HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban, HP and the Goblet of Fire, HP and the Order of the Phoenix, HP and the Half-Blood Prince & HP and the deathly Hallows.
  Also, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Quidditch Through the Ages & Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them.
  & HP the Prequel short story.
This might actually be the first series I've ever finished. Which is kind of surprising as I only started reading these when all the books had been out. As a child/young adult I wasn't really interested in HP, but then when I reached my twenties all of a sudden I really wanted to read them! I've since made up for my late start with re-reads and can say that Harry potter is not only my favourite series, but also one of my all-time favourite books!

The 'I might be slightly cheating' completed series:

Divergent - Veronica Roth
Read: Divergent, Insurgent & Allegiant. Also read the short story Free Four.
Cheating because: I haven't read, nor do I plan to read The short story collection Four.
The first book I really liked while reading, but the other two not so much. Especially Allegiant wasn't at all what I had hoped for. (&no that is not because of that major event that get's spoiled everywhere..)

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-shorts - Various Authors
Read: A Big Hand for the Doctor, The Nameless City, The Spear of Destiny, The Roots of Evil, Tip of the Tongue, Something Borrowed, The Ripple Effect, Spore, The Beast of Babylon, The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage, Nothing O'Clock & Lights Out.
Cheating because: While I read the edition that came with all the short stories as separate books in a box-set this has also been released as short story collection (all of them in 1 book) and I'm also not sure if this is actually the complete thing. Maybe there will be a new story when there is a new Doctor again?
Some were better than others, but overall these where a lot of fun to read!

The Mortal Instruments - Cassandra Clare
Read: City of Bones, City of Ashes & City of Glass
Cheating because: There are three more books in the series. However since it was originally a trilogy and the third one does have an ending I consider this a completed series. 
As you can see above I haven't actually completed to whole thing and I'm not planning to do so. The ones I read where either OK reads or even a little below that to me. I'm not a big fan of Cassandra's writing and the characters got annoying fast.

The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
Read: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers & The Return of the King 
Cheating because: It isn't actually a series, it's one big book, that is often split up into three.
Love LOTR! Read this over the summer last year (2014) and fell in love with Middle Earth. Before going into it I was slightly afraid I wouldn't like it that much or that it would be hard to read/understand, but luckily it turned out there was no reason to worry at all!

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