Reading goals: Series to read in 2018

Another year, another chance to set reading goals… that may or may not be at all realistic. But hey, a reader can dream, right?

I’ve moved away from setting too many reading goals over the years. I don’t participate in reading challenges (other than Goodreads), because I know that I’ll just end up feeling frustrated and resentful if I tailor my reading to a list or set of “requirements”, rather than just reading whatever the hell I feel like. I’m definitely a mood reader — I want to read whatever I want, whenever I want, no deadlines or commitments!

BUT… I do have a few reading goals, chief among which is the desire to dive into several series that I’ve had my eye on for a while now.

In 2018, my priority series to read (or at least start) will be:

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi – six books, starting with Old Man’s War:

Lady Julia Grey by Deanna Raybourn – five books and a bunch of novellas, starting with Silent in the Grave:

Question for those who have read this series: What’s the suggested reading approach? Read all the novels first? Are the novellas necessary? Do they come at the end, or in between, or… ?? Help!

Newsflesh by Mira Grant – four novels and assorted shorter works, starting with Feed:

Again, looking for advice on how to proceed: Read the original trilogy, then the story collection, then the 4th novel?

October Daye by Seanan McGuire – 11 books and counting, plus short fiction too, starting with Rosemary and Rue:

Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch – six novels and another on the way, starting with Rivers of London (Midnight Riot):


That’s it for my 2018 priority list… but wait, there’s more!

I still have my eye on a bunch of series/trilogies/what-have-you that I intend to read… eventually. Maybe some will make it into my 2018 reading pile, but then again, maybe not. It all depends on my reading mood! My will-get-to-at-some-point list of series includes:

  • Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness
  • Illuminae books by Amie Kaufman
  • Anything/everything by Tamora Pierce (by order of my beloved daughter)
  • The Last Policeman trilogy by Ben H. Winters
  • Wayward Pines books by Blake Crouch
  • Inheritance trilogy and/or Broken Earth series by N. K. Jemisin

I can’t forget to mention that I’m committed to continuing a few ongoing series as well, including:

  • The Expanse series — next up: Cibola Burns (#4)
  • Poldark series — currently on #7 (The Angry Tide), then continuing on with #8 (The Stranger From the Sea)

… and in the “don’t hold your breath” category, it would be lovely to be able to read the next books in the Outlander and A Song of Ice and Fire series, but I’m fairly certain we won’t see either one in 2018!

Are you planning to start any new series this year? If you’ve read any of the series on my “priority” list, let me know what you thought!

13 thoughts on “Reading goals: Series to read in 2018

    • Are your two books per month for book groups? I don’t mind those kind of obligations, in general. My book group has gotten me to read books I might have skipped otherwise, and usually with good results!

      • Yes they are although one is for work but I’m always glad to read them! And the work books are for a mystery book club – which has introduced me to a genre I did not usually read. All good! Thanks for stopping by, Lisa!

  1. Good luck! There are just so many great series, I think it sounds really helpful to have a priority list. I have tons on my shelf, but won’t commit to which ones are for 2018. Lists usually backfire on me sort of the same way goals did for you..,. I still personally like goals, but they are never anything unrealistic, more like guides and reminders 🙂 Anyway, here’s to another great reading year, whatever we choose to read!

  2. I personally don’t really have a concrete plan on which series I’m going to read in 2018, especially since most of the books I read lately are stand alones. But I sometimes miss the feeling of finishing a book in a series and wanting to read the next one, and immediately continuing with the next book! 🙂 Best of luck in your series reading this year 😀

    • Thank you so much! I’ve learned over the years that if I wait too long in between books in series, I end up not enjoying them nearly as much, so I try to only start new ones when I know I’ll be able to keep going. 🙂

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